IAM Issue 56

Patent litigation as an asset class

As the litigation finance industry grows in prominence, funders and their investors are increasingly turning their attention to patents

Jack Ellis


India’s IP trailblazer

Tata Steel may be a Fortune 500 business with sites located all over the world, but until recently it was an IP novice. But times are changing at this Indian powerhouse, with benchmarking and monetisation moving up
the corporate agenda

IP management in aerospace and defence

IP and other intellectual assets play a key role in the aerospace and defence industry, and are regularly
monetised, but the high-profile litigation seen in other sectors has yet to make a mark

A bright idea

There are thousands of LED lighting manufacturers in China, but very few of them have developed an international presence. One of the rare exceptions is Civilight, whose focus on cooperation, with IP licensing as a bridge, has reaped significant dividends

A tale of untapped potential

European companies have been less willing to monetise their IP assets than those in the US. There are a number of reasons for this and each represents an opportunity lost

Analysing the role of NPEs in the patent system

The debate about the merits or otherwise of non-practising entities in the United States is ongoing and frequently controversial. It is also characterised by assertions based
on questionable data

Achieving a balance between offence and defence in 21st century capitalism

If capitalism in the 21st century is to deliver long-term sustainable value, it must achieve a healthy balance
between offence and defence. This will require a notable correction to the current imbalance

The law and the ultimate intellectual asset

While intellectual property has risen to an elevated position of strategic significance and monetary importance in our society, many fail to realise what has changed and how
incisively the law itself has become central to enterprise strategy

Discovering your other balance sheet

IP and other intangibles have emerged as an asset class capable of being exploited in financial markets; and there are a number of monetisation options to choose from

Demystifying IP valuation in Asia

IP valuation remains a highly complex task, and although the approaches to it are easy to understand, implementation is the critical issue. Nowhere is this more
so than in Asia

IP commercialisation in China: suggested answers to common questions

There are plenty of opportunities for innovative companies to undertake R&D and get involved in collaorative projects in China, but to succeed they have to be able to navigate what is often a very unfamiliar business culture and
regulatory regime


The analysis angle

The capacity to perform deep, insightful patent analysis is foundational to a productive IP organisation

Isolated DNA sequence patents - safe for now in the US

A divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that isolated natural DNA sequences
remain patentable in the United States. But this may not be the final word on the subject

He’s no Robin Hood

File sharing promotes a culture of piracy that makes it more acceptable to steal branded goods and inventions, as well as content. Big daddy Kim Dotcom is sticking it to all IP holders


Seen and heard

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

After the verdict, the reckoning

There has never been a more high-profile patent case than
that between Apple and Samsung in the Northern District of California. And the August verdict could be a game changer for more than the two companies that faced off across the courtroom floor