IAM Issue 60

July/August 2013

Star man

John Veschi expected to create a world-class licensing programme at Nortel when he joined the company in 2008. Five years later, he is the CEO of Rockstar, a unique NPE that is in the early stages of monetising what is probably the most famous patent portfolio in the world

Industry insight

Make innovation tax deductible

The UK’s new Patent Box regime offers IP owners a new way in which to leverage their rights in order to create significant tax savings, writes Bob Stembridge of Thomson Reuters


What makes green patents green?

While there is an increased focus on green technology and intellectual property, confusion remains about what qualifies as ‘green’. Industry leader Philips offers some concrete examples of how to define and measure green patents

Shining stars of IP

Introducing the five individuals selected to enter the IP Hall of Fame in 2013 for their stellar contributions to the IP space

Asia drives the transformation of the global patent economy

Those looking for cutting-edge developments in the way that IP is integrated into wider society – at an educational, corporate and financial level – are increasingly turning their gaze to Asia, and to four countries in particular

Everyone’s a winner

While litigation brings substantial risk and requires significant investments of time and money, mediation offers the opportunity to achieve a win-win outcome for both sides – and at a fraction of the cost

Patent privateering reloaded

IP privateering, while rare, does exist. The target of such efforts can typically do little more than fight them off, unless it can establish who is behind them. The practice is likely to continue unless and until a regulatory actor steps in to place boundaries on its commercial use

Leveraging patent catalogues to reap the benefits of your portfolio

Patent catalogues are invaluable for companies needing a quick answer to what IP assets they own and what these are worth. As investor interest in IP monetisation continues to soar, a well-maintained catalogue can be a crucial part of a business strategy

The ever-changing IP monetisationmarketplace for PAEs

Entities whose business strategy is centred on IP monetisation are operating in an industry that is undergoing rapid transformation and controlled growth

Developing global IP strategies in the wake of the America Invents Act

The America Invents Acts took full effect on 16th March 2013, and strategic integration of its provisions into IP portfolio development, IP litigation and IP transactional matters will continue to be of paramount importance

America’s dominant patent players

A little more than 300 entities own over 50% of all active patents in the United States. They are the companies which hold portfolios comprising 1,000–plus US patents and each one is named in this follow-up to the US Patent 100 list published earlier this year in IAM


Patent system’s bad actors are not confined to trolls

The headlines proclaim that NPE suits are up and awards paid to them are higher than for operating companies. The reasons why, and who among IP plaintiffs and defendants act in bad faith, can be revealing

Injunctions in the post-Apple world

In two recent appeals involving Apple and Samsung, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal has raised the bar for enjoining sales of a competitor’s infringing products in the United States. Now patentees must establish that the infringing feature actually drives consumer demand before being granted an injunction

Full disclosure: the next big thing?

A new trend is emerging for formerly secretive companies to open up both their patent portfolios and IP activities to public scrutiny. While this may seem a refreshing change, is it always a good idea to follow suit?


Corporate trademark departments should be feted, not ignored

Although IP is gaining greater visibility inside corporations, what that often means is patents. In too many cases trademarks are being ignored. This is bad news for in-house practitioners but also, potentially, for their employers

Management report

IP in the Life Sciences Industries 2013

No matter what stage of the business cycle they have reached, it is critical for companies in the life sciences sector to identify, protect and effectively manage their intellectual property if they want to maximise their chances of enduring success in the marketplace. A well-built, well-maintained IP portfolio enhances competitiveness, increases differentiation and can make a business more attractive to potential investors. It may also provide additional revenue streams where there are opportunities for it to be licensed or sold.