IAM Issue 62

Meet the Asia IP Elite

After an in-depth research process to
identify companies in the Asia-Pacific
region with world-class IP functions
and strategies, IAM reveals those
that lead the field and takes a closer
look at their operations

Virna Chung and Seher Hussain

Features

Comparative review of IP landscapes in the US, Japan and Korea

Japan and Korea watch and wait for
the impact of the America Invents
Act on their markets. But how
can these countries take a more
prominent role in shaping the global
IP landscape for themselves? The
answer may lie in harmonisation

Translation of patent applications: a challenge in globalised IP management

In a globalised world, the quality
of patent translations has become
a key issue. A recently conducted
survey reveals that poor translations
are widespread and are causing
active harm to patent owners

Developing IP strategies for emerging companies in Taiwan

After years as the world’s
manufacturer, Taiwan is beginning
to take its place as an IP player
on the global stage. However,
companies preparing to compete
internationally need to have an
effective IP strategy in place in
order to avoid costly mistakes

China moves closer to antitrust rules for IP agreements

There has been much discussion
over the latest draft rules for
enforcing antitrust provisions in
IP agreements in China. These
could well signal a new wave of
enforcement and there are fears
that foreign rights holders may bear
the brunt of this

From IP to IC: why intangible capital matters

Attendees at this year’s IP Business
Congress in Boston learned that
understanding and leveraging
intellectual capital is one of the
surest ways to maximise the value
of their intellectual property

Keeping secrets

The European Union lacks
uniform regulation on trade secret
protection – despite the fact that
they can be among a business’s
most valuable assets. But the
European Commission is currently
working towards a harmonised
system of protection

Syndicated patent deals: the supercharging of selling and buying

Some of the world’s largest
corporations joined forces to
acquire patent portfolios in the
high-profile Nortel and Novell
deals. Consortium buying also has
advantages for small and mediumsized
entities looking to purchase or
sell patents

Rand plans

Two years ago Bruce Schelkopf
was brought into Ingersoll Rand to
create an IP culture at the 100-yearold
company. Here he discusses his
progress and the relationships that
have helped him along the way

3D printing – the breakthrough technology that could change the world

Long the stuff of science fiction,
3D printing is not only real, but
finding new applications – from
aerospace to biomedicine – every
day. A careful analysis of the
patents behind the technology
suggests that home 3D printers
could become as ubiquitous as PCs
within the next few decades

Using analytics to generate glossaries in patent applications

Computer-driven glossaries would
lead to higher-quality patents and
less litigation. The technology is
available to put them in place

Columns

The new Chinese Trademark Law at a glance

On 30th August China passed longawaited
amendments to the Trademark
Law. The changes will become effective
on 1st May 2014

IP theatre at the ITC: get your programmes

It is high drama and high stakes at the
International Trade Commission for
Apple, Samsung and the public interest.
As their back and forth continues and
the patent battle escalates to the level
of legal theatre, the only thing for sure is
that it is not over yet

Explain thyself

Can a handful of small, publicly traded
companies play a significant role in how
the IP value and performance of larger
businesses are measured? Yes, they can

When narrow patent claims can really work

Recent figures from Ireland on the effect
of the patent cliff are a timely reminder
to CIPOs to look again at their internal
practices to ameliorate the possible effect
of their companies’ own patent cliffs

Insights

Seen and heard

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

Nokia reinvented

Senior decision makers at
Nokia have come under fire
in recent years, but by never
losing sight of the importance
of R&D and the creation of
high-quality patents, they
have ensured that the Finnish
company has an exciting future

Industry insight

Shepherding innovation

The outsourcing of IP services sparks
a shift in corporate roles, says Stuart
Recher, vice president, Thomson Reuters
IP Consulting Services

Roundtable

China: the inside track

Six Chinese legal experts offer their
insights on recent and ongoing
developments affecting IP owners
in the country