IAM Issue 47

May/June 2011

Quality counts

Consistently securing quality patents for your clients is a tough job. An IAM/Ocean Tomo collaboration reveals which US firms are doing just that and looks at the secrets of their success

Sara-Jayne Clover

Industry insight

Changing IP data quality from a good idea to a sustainable business process

For those looking for accurate and consistent IP data there are a variety of new technologies, processes and practices that can help, writes Adam Jaffe of Thomson Reuters


The demise of the 25% rule

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Uniloc v Microsoft regarding the 25% reasonable royalty rule is not only on point, but also long overdue. But the court did not get everything right

The value of IP as a commodity

Developed as a new and transparent way of trading IP licence rights, IP Exchange International (IPXI) has created quite a stir in the IP transaction market. One of the people behind its roll-out explains how it works

Postmodern IAM

The world economy continues to change, so the way in which companies manage their intellectual assets has to change too. Never has the term “adapt or die” been more appropriate

Divided patent infringement and patent valuation

A series of recent decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit mean that patent valuation will never be the same again

Smartphone wars and European competition law

The smartphone IP wars have captured many newspaper headlines. If the companies involved are not careful, they may also soon attract the attention of European competition authorities

The essential skills of a leading patent litigator

Many people describe themselves as patent litigators, but only a select few can be considered world class. Those who are often share similar traits

Reputation loss: a palpable intangible asset liability

A lost reputation can cost a company billions of dollars; the personal implications for its directors are equally as serious

Who’s in charge here?

Although intellectual assets often comprise the bulk of corporate value, their oversight – if it exists – is all too often diffuse and uncoordinated. A recent IAFS roundtable discussed how this situation might change if there were a post-holder inside companies to take overall responsibility for them


European Court of Justice says “no” to European Patents Court

Europe’s top court may have ruled that a proposed single patent litigation system is not compatible with EU law, but that is not the end of the story

Facing emerging competition: the wagon dilemma

What we don’t understand about emerging competition tempts motion in two possible directions – only one of which takes us forward

An image is worth 10,000 words

Businesses that have a reputation for successfully identifying and managing IP rights could be sitting on an overlooked asset – their patent brand


Seen and heard

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

The inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2011 are announced

On 25th February the identities of the five individuals to be inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for 2011 were revealed.

RPX, an IPO and a question of future direction

Although defensive patent aggregator RPX Corporation has been an outstanding success since its launch in 2008, those seeking to buy shares via its proposed IPO may have questions before opting to invest their cash