IAM Issue 60

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

Insights

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.

Columns

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?

Features

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

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