IAM Issue 47

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


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

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