IAM Issue 9

December 2004/January 2005

A global issue played out in Japan

In January 2004, a Japanese district Court ordered Nichia Corp to pay ¥20billion (US$187million) to its former employee, Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of the blue laser-diode. The judgment is currently on appeal but the message is clear enough – employers worldwide need to wake up fast to the vexed issue of compensating employees for their inventions. By Nigel Page


Practical considerations for insuring the value of IP

A new type of IP insurance has recently come onto the market. Unlike its predecessors, it is not aimed at helping an owner enforce or defend a right. Instead it is concerned with the value of the IP itself. By Martin Hyden and Matthew Hogg

The secrets to finding technology licensees

Marketing a technology to potential licensees is an essential part of any IP commercialisation process. Four experts discuss the key issues that will help organisations identify potential partners and then reel them in. By Joff Wild

The folly of legislating against software patents

Anti-software and business-method patent lobbying efforts in Europe are alarmist rhetoric and more harmful than helpful to the software industry. Despite its media appeal, a prohibition on these patents is doomed to fail, as it is impossible to prohibit something that cannot be defined. By Craig Opperman

Leveraging IP the CDT way

Cambridge Display Technology Ltd is a comparatively small company based in the east of England. But, because of its IP-centric approach and strong management, it is able to hold its own in a field dominated by multinational corporations. By Keith Bergelt

How to unlock patent potential (co-published editorial)

Companies that align their IP portfolio with their business strategy can reach new levels of corporate success. Jason Resnick, manager of IP analytical services at CPA, explains how

Brands on the balance sheet

The new IFRS accounting guidelines, which will come into force on 1st January 2005, are set to have a major impact on the way brands and other types of intellectual asset are managed inside companies. The changes will be of benefit to rights owners and investors. By Thayne Forbes


Buy low, sell higher

Rather than complain about so-called patent trolls, companies would be better advised to wake up to the reality of the patent system and use it to maximise corporate value

Surviving the bankruptcy of ideas

Bankruptcy law and practice in the US can bring unwelcome news to organisations which license-out their intellectual property

UK patent problems

A recent decision from the highest court in England means patentees may have less protection in the UK than they previously thought

Working with Europe’s patent system

Venture capitalists operating in Europe have to confront the good, the bad and the ugly of the continent’s patent system. A series of reforms would make the VC’s life a whole lot simpler


A tale of two surveys

Two pieces of research published in October offer contrasting views of the state of IP management on either side of the Atlantic.

After 125 years, Fish & Neave bows out

The merger with Ropes & Gray looks like a good move for Fish & Neave. Whether it will be so positive for the general practice firm remains to be seen. One thing is certain though – with Fish & Neave gone, the future for remaining specialist IP outfits in the US is in more doubt than ever

European patent owners may have found their champion

In new EPO President Alain Pompidou, Europe’s patent owners look like they may at last have a heavyweight champion for their cause.