IAM Issue 65

May/June 2014

The role of trust in patent monetisation

As patent monetisation-focused business models continue to attract controversy, it is more important than ever for non-practising entities to demonstrate integrity and trustworthiness in order to secure partnerships with patent owners

Scott Burt


IP deals meet bankruptcy: what every IP professional needs to know

Some of the best prospects for value creation, and the most significant risks, lie in creative use of the IP portfolios of financially distressed businesses

The dominant players in the US patent landscape

The second edition of the US Patent 100, which names the entities with the largest active US patent portfolios, looks very different from the first list published this time last year

Key patent valuation issues for European businesses raising new capital

European investors generally have a limited understanding of patents when compared to their US counterparts. A major challenge for businesses is to provide them with credible and appropriate valuations

Change in practice

The implementation of the America Invents Act and the prospect of further reforms in the near future mean that prosecuting attorneys must be adaptive if they are to continue securing high-quality patents for their clients

Patents, network effects and social media

Twitter’s successful initial public offering has focused attention on how much value patents actually contribute to publicly traded social media companies

Powers of attraction

Whether a company is seeking acquisition targets or potential suitors, it is increasingly the strength of the intellectual property on offer that is the driving attraction. However, the messages to participants are ‘buyer beware’ and ‘seller, be prepared’

The TomTom route

Building an entire patent portfolio from scratch while your company is besieged by claims of infringement would be a daunting task for many. But TomTom’s chief IP strategist, Peter Spours, rose to the challenge with gusto

Software licences and patent infringement claims – a risky business?

There can be significant hidden risks in software licence agreements for those who fail to take account of a relatively common indemnification exclusion


Beauty is in the eye of the holder

Google’s recent sale of Motorola Mobility’s handset business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion is a reminder that the meaning of a patent acquisition is as much a reflection of perceived need as it is of market value

Navigating the pitfalls of patent transactions

While the patent market remains busy, parties must avoid several potential snags before successfully completing a transaction – particularly where monetisation efforts are led by a central team, but intellectual property is owned by individual business units

Getting the right balance: proposed US legislation aimed at abusive patent litigation

Legislation designed to reduce abusive patent suits that is currently before the US Senate could open up a major loophole for supply-chain manipulation – illustrating yet again that finding the right IP balance is far from straightforward

Pharmaceutical patents in South Africa: a new drug war

Last September the South African government published its draft national IP policy for comment. It covers a range of IP issues, including proposals on the way in which pharmaceutical patents should be dealt with

Evolving is not just for business models

A personal reflection upon – and projection from – over a decade in the IP innovation space at PARC


Seen and heard

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

A revolution postponed

If recent reports coming out of China are accurate, the country could now be leading the world in IP financing. The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced

Data Centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources