IAM Issue 62

November/December 2013

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

Seher Hussain, Virna Chung and Justin Kung

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

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

Roundtable

China: the inside track

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