IAM Issue 88

March/April 2018

Patents and the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution promises to have a profound effect on almost every economic sector. Patent offices around the world must evolve to keep pace with the rate of change.

Benoît Battistelli

Features

Out of court

Government bodies in Asia and beyond say that alternative dispute resolution is underutilised in disputes over fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licences. However, parties on both sides argue that it is far from a cure-all

Intellectual property and artificial intelligence: what does the future hold?

Artificial intelligence is creating a seismic shift in the way that people interact with technology. Research institutions and for-profit companies are moving to patent the commercial aspects of this new area in a land grab which could see rights holders reap future benefits

Trends in semiconductor patent transaction activity from 2013 to 2017

Upheavals in the semiconductor industry have seen patents change hands at unprecedented rates. This activity means that the IP landscape now looks very different to how it did five years ago

The long and the short of it

Matt Stack has spent much of his investment career developing a keen understanding of just how valuable intellectual property can be to a company. But as patents become far less enticing, he has shifted his focus to a new and very different kind of intangible asset

How to succeed at every stage of an inter partes review

Inter partes reviews continue to have a huge impact on patent litigation in the United States. Understanding the best routes to success at each stage of a review is crucial for petitioners and patent owners alike

The IP personalities of 2017

IAM names the 10 people and institutions that made some of the biggest waves over the last year and that helped to encapsulate developments in the global IP market

Building an IP risk management framework for innovation leaders

Identifying and mitigating IP risk needs to be part of any corporate strategy. To this end, Tata Consultancy Services has developed a robust framework that can be applied across industries

If we fail to protect intellectual property, we destroy innovation

A narrative that intellectual property is a damaging force is becoming widespread in the media and among policy makers. If it is not countered creatively – and urgently – society as a whole, not just rights holders, will pay a heavy price

Patents and the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution promises to have a profound effect on almost every economic sector. Patent offices around the world must evolve to keep pace with the rate of change.

Columns

IP lawyer: Taiwan rolls out US-like patent linkage regime

A new regulatory mechanism in Taiwan should be a boon to branded pharmaceuticals, although innovative companies did not get quite everything they wanted

IP strategist: Financial modelling for IP strategists

Modelling tools from the world of finance can be deployed to help inform IP decision makers, with their applications extending well beyond outright monetisation campaigns

Intangible investor: Minority inventors ‘lost’

A controversial study finds that economic hardship and lack of exposure to innovation are preventing people from some ethnic minorities, low-income backgrounds and women from becoming inventors

Insights

Seen and heard

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

Rollercoaster ride for SEP owners continues through 2017

SEP owners had much to celebrate in 2017 but a major decision from a US court meant that the year ended with a familiar amount of uncertainty

Data Centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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