IAM Issue 45

January/February 2011

Introducing the patent privateers

Outsourcing patent litigation – whether openly or clandestinely – not only gives operating companies the chance to monetise their rights at low cost, but can also allow them to shape their competitive environments. No wonder privateering is proving increasingly popular

Thomas Ewing

Industry insight

1.2 billion consumers in search of a brand

India has emerged as a trademark powerhouse in the global economy, says Jeroen Lallemand of Thomson CompuMark


Airlines: road to reputation redemption

Customer loyalty programmes are not what drive airline profits. Something a lot less tangible is the key

Enterprise security

The role, function and responsibilities of security, risk management and overall corporate defence have changed for the better. This is set to continue and at a fairly rapid pace

Vertical disintegration in the pharma industry and the role of IP

New business models are emerging in the pharmaceutical industry, so the way in which companies and service providers in the sector handle IP issues is going to have to change

“J’accuse ....”

The lengthy, protest-friendly system at the European Patent Office has created a brain drain that is causing some of Europe’s most gifted entrepreneurs and scientific minds to head west to the innovation friendly United States

Strategic portfolio-based patent investment and management

A patent portfolio’s value can be a significant part of a corporation’s overall value. Knowing this, companies must give the same measure of attention to them as they do to their other investment portfolios

IP licensing strategies in complex markets

In a rapidly changing business and legal environment, licensing strategies must adapt if they are to keep up with developments

The GE IP agenda

As the nature of IP creation and exploitation has changed, so has the job of the in-house IP professional. These days, at a company such as GE they are focused on a range of issues, from IA management to public policy

All eyes on Africa

It is hard to ignore the strong signs of growth and potential in Africa. While South Africa is the powerhouse of the continent, other countries are building up steam as their patent systems improve


Agent provocateur

Legendary film director Jean-Luc Godard has declared there is no such thing as intellectual property. Such iconoclasm is something he can afford

The game is changing

There’s an opportunity for gamechanging business model innovation in the evolving IP market landscape

Business method patents possible in Canada

The Canadian Federal Court’s ruling in the Amazon.com case has finally framed the debate as to how subject matter is to be assessed for patentability


Seen and heard

A round-up of IP-related quotes, observations and opinions from the recent past...

More frustration as the EU’s single patent plans hit the rocks once again

After more than 10 years of negotiation, it looks like proposals for the creation of an EU patent have once again failed. And this time there may be no coming back