IAM Issue 67

Building a white-hat brand in the patent industry

With policy makers, business
groups and the public demanding
action to curb abuses in the patent
industry, companies must now
differentiate themselves from the
taint of patent trolls, developing a
white-hat brand not only within the
industry, but for the industry as well

David Kline and Marshall Phelps

Features

Is your country ready for open innovation?

As technologies become increasingly complex, many companies rely on open innovation to bring products to market. Governments can take measures to encourage open innovation and improve their countries’ position on the world stage

Cutting-edge tech: a how-to guide for corporate licensing officers

Universities and government labs –
especially in the United States – are
keen to transfer technologies into
commercial ventures. It can be tough,
but not impossible, for corporates to
engage with those organisations and
find those innovations

IP-based financing, Singapore-style

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has launched a US$80 million scheme under which granted patents can be used by Singaporeincorporated companies as collateral to raise financing in order to reach the next stage of development and compete in international markets

Amazing Amsterdam

More than 600 delegates from over 45 countries gathered at
the sell-out IPBC Global 2014, which took place at the Hotel Okura
in Amsterdam from June 22 to 24. Attended by senior operators from
all parts of the IP marketplace – including chief IP officers, executives
from major public IP companies and other non-practising entities,
financiers and investors, brokers and other intermediaries, policy
makers, lawyers and service providers – IPBC Global 2014 was a
resounding success, from the first plenary session featuring Philips
president and CEO Frans van Houten to the final breakouts

For patent practitioners, translation is everywhere

Patent translations involve some of the most technically and linguistically challenging material available, but are often an afterthought. As global patent filings grow, a rethink of how we approach patent translations is needed

Leveraging global collaborations to grow early-stage IP commercialisation

Early-stage IP-based collaborations
can help small start-ups to expand
globally and feed the innovation
pipelines of larger companies. It
is all about building relationships
and trust, and keeping the lines of
communication open

Hands-on counsel

Traditionally, the job of in-house
counsel is to protect innovation
rather than to encourage it. However,
with the right mindset, those in the
role can also play a critical role in the
inventive process itself

The year of the dragon

Once known simply as a PC maker focused on the Chinese market, Lenovo has grown into a global tech giant. Now, as it looks to grow its mobile business in the mature markets of Europe and America, it has placed patents at the heart of its strategy

An automated system for estimating patent value

With intellectual property now recognised as a major component of corporate value, the need for an accurate and widely accepted patent valuation method is more important than ever

Data centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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

Columns

Promise of federal protection brings new hope for critical US IP law

The United States lacks a strong
framework for protecting trade secrets
at the federal level. However, proposed
legislation could be about to shake things
up and provide new protection in this area

Cinderella story – is prior art the hidden beauty of intellectual property?

For some consumer electronics
companies, prior art libraries have
become a first line of defence against
patent assertions and an extremely
effectively tool against non-practising
entities

Turning uncertainty into opportunity

Despite a more restricted view of
innovation and efforts to rein in bad IP
behaviours, patents are more uncertain
than ever. Some IP investors are certain
to profit

Supreme Court turns its looking glass on software patents in Alice

In one of the most eagerly awaited
IP judicial decisions in recent years,
the US Supreme Court appears to
have refrained from restricting the
patentability of software

Industry insight

Under pressure: streamlining operations in the IP business

The findings of a recent survey of inhouse
legal departments and private
practice law firms underline just how
important it is to get the right people
and processes in place for efficient
IP management, writes Adam Jaffe of
Thomson Reuters

Insights

Seen and heard

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

Going in with eyes wide open

The License On Transfer
Network is a welcome
addition to the IP ecosystem,
but the companies which
sign up to become members
need to be clear that they are
sacrificing a large part of the
strategic flexibility that patent
ownership can bring