IAM Issue 79

Volvo’s road to business-driven IP management

Swedish company Volvo Group has completely re-engineered its IP strategy over the last two years. This is how it happened

Jens Bördin


Down to business in Barcelona

Well over 500 senior members of the international IP community met at the Hotel Arts in June for the ninth IPBC Global. Up for discussion were the rapid pace of change in the market, its shift from the United States to Europe and Asia, as well as emerging IP value creation business models that reflect the new realities. Throw in an IP Hall of Fame induction ceremony and hours of top-level networking opportunities, and it is no wonder that so many declared IPBC Global Barcelona the best event so far

Asian portfolios in flux

Asian companies are working hard to right-size their portfolios in both directions, even as they keep one eye on quality and respond to the overseas developments that shape their IP risk environment

Breaking the banks

From payment systems to insurance, financial services are being transformed by the convergence of banking and high-tech. In the process, many of the world’s largest financial institutions have radically shifted their approach to IP

An augmented market approach to patent portfolio valuation

Demand is increasing for quick, easy and relatively reliable methods of patent portfolio valuation in patent-intensive corporate transactions. An augmented market approach may be the solution

Buying time in China

As they set their sights on new horizons, Chinese companies are accelerating their patent purchasing activity. For vendors and intermediaries that can get to grips with the idiosyncrasies of this market, the opportunities are abundant

Where next for university IP commercialisation in China?

China’s universities have been registering patents for years and most now have a technology transfer office. Yet despite this, many crucial opportunities for commercialisation and licensing are still being missed

The European patent market – where should investors look next?

A growing number of patent owners in the European Union probably have the potential to monetise their patents – but do they know the best way to go about this?

Top trio

Three outstanding individuals have been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for 2016. They have already had a profound impact on their corners of the IP world – but do not expect these pioneers to rest on their laurels just yet

Efficient infringement and the undervaluation of standard-essential patents

Faced with the growing problem of efficient infringement and the difficulty of obtaining adequate protection from the courts, US owners of standard-essential patents need to develop creative strategies to protect the value of their rights


Brexit leaves the UPC in limbo – and that’s no bad thing

The UK vote to leave the European Union may have surprised and disappointed many in the IP community, but a rush to bypass the decision and implement the unitary patent package would be a mistake

Seen and heard

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


IP strategist: Serious business for serious people

The work of the IP valuation professional is often subject to intense third-party scrutiny; it must be of the highest professional standard

IP lawyer: PTAB ‘licence to kill’ renewed

In its Cuozzo decision, the US Supreme Court has left the inter partes review system untouched. Patent owners must plan for tough validity fights from the beginning of the prosecution process

Intangible investor: The perils of privilege

Patent exclusivity has never been more misunderstood or feared. Rights holders need to do a better job of explaining what patents are and who they benefit

IP insider: Strengthening patent value to incentivise innovation in China

China has signalled its intent to develop a knowledge-based economy. To achieve this goal, it needs to focus on increasing the value of SIPO-issued patents

Data centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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