IAM Issue 65

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

Features

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

Columns

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

Insights

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