IAM Issue 44

November/December 2010

China: protectionist bad guy or political fall guy?

China’s proposed indigenous innovation policy is considered by many members of the international IP community to be an unreasonable protectionist measure. But is China exploiting its position as a booming economic powerhouse or simply looking to move from manufacturer to innovator?

Industry insight

A case study on IP process improvement

Anyone can make changes; the trick is to enact permanent process improvements that withstand the test of time, writes John McIver of Thomson Reuters


Fitting the intangible pieces together: a call to arms

If intangibles are ever to achieve the prominence they should in business, a common language that describes what they are and how they are deployed needs to be developed

Investors and the move to an intellectualised market

The Swedish risk capital market is the second biggest in Europe. The good news is that firms are beginning to appreciate the importance of IP; the bad news is that the process is a slow one

IP is dead. Long live IP (reputation)

A corporation’s reputation is underpinned by the IP it owns and manages. And as reputation is now established as a major issue for boardrooms, investors and the media, that is great news for IP professionals

The essential skills of a licensing lawyer

The best patent licensing lawyers have not just broad legal knowledge, but also the ability to understand complex and diverse technology, as well as a full range of people and management skills. These are the main findings of a major IAM research project to identify the world’s best

Leaders in licensing

Four months of research undertaken by IAM has found that when it comes to the provision of top-class licensing advice, certain law firms are mentioned time and time again

In search of the golden cow

Reworking the way in which patent strategy was communicated to senior executives helped change the decision-making dynamic at a global chemical company based in Europe. The result is that IP spend is now seen as an investment rather than a cost

So, you want to be chief IP counsel, eh?

Corporate heads of IP need a wide range of skill sets that go far beyond being a talented patent attorney



Proposals to establish a small claims court for patent disputes in the US and to use patents to create jobs hold promise. But the devil is in the details

AntennaGate: tepid reception

Apple's recent antenna woes have highlighted how corporate performance is tightly bound to corporate personality

IBM – EU antitrust investigation

IBM is the European Commission's latest high-profile target in its continuing scrutiny of attitudes to licensing essential patents and technology by dominant undertakings


BRIC countries still lag in innovation, but catching up could be getting easier

There is no doubt that the BRIC countries are helping to change the dynamics of the global economy. But the established industrial powers have many advantages, not least when it comes to innovation. The issue is whether political and business leaders actually realise this

Seen and heard

A round-up of IP-related quotes, observations and opinions from August and September 2010