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22 February 2010

ICAP IP chief reveals plans to be dominant player in the transactions market

In just over a month's time ICAP/Ocean Tomo will be holding its spring auction in San Francisco. You'll remember that ICAP bought Ocean Tomo's transactions business in June last year and since then has held one very disappointing public sale and…

19 February 2010

Big tech and "buying clubs" will help Acacia continue to grow, says CEO

If you bought stock in the very litigious non-practising entity Acacia Technologies in November 2008, you have had a very lucrative 15 months. Back then, the company's market capitalisation stood at $90 million, after steep falls at the back end of…

21 January 2010

Latest developments relating to the UN's IP finance initiative

The IAM blog has been following the progress of attempts by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to develop ways in which intellectual property can be more readily used as collateral to raise finance.  I have just…

23 December 2009

A breakthrough programme for prospective CIPOs launches in the US

Ron Laurie who along with Rob Sterne, has been reporting on the chief intellectual property officer role for IAM over the last few years, has been in touch to point out what looks to be a first for the United States - a multidisciplanry masters…

21 December 2009

Just who are the world's leading IP strategists? We want to know ...

In 2010, IAM will be publishing the second edition of the IAM 250 - the World's Leading IP Strategists. The first edition came out in the spring of this year and identified individuals who we believe offer world-class services relating to the…

18 December 2009

New exchange can be a game-changer, but will need good patents to thrive

The Intellectual Property Exchange International - or IPXI for short - has announced that Gerard Pannekoek has been appointed as its president and CEO. Previously, Pannekoek was behind the groundbreaking Chicago Climate Exchange, which describes…

16 December 2009

Policy makers and politicians confirm their presence at the IP Business Congress 2010

We already have some great speakers lined up for the IP Business Congress, which is taking place in Munich next year. You can see a full list of the people who have already confirmed they will be in Munich for the event, which is running from 20th…

08 December 2009

Korean companies beef up patent expertise as policy makers confront the NPE challenge

I think it is fair to say that in the US many Asian companies have been targeted by NPEs as it is felt they often lack the will and/or the expertise to go to court to defend their interests, and so will settle to make a problem go away. According to…

20 November 2009

Look behind the headlines and China's patent miracle is a lot easier to explain

After four very illuminating days in Shanghai attending the China IP Business Summit, I have learned at least one very important lesson about reporting what is going on here. And that is: it pays dividends to be on the ground because only then do…

15 November 2009

China emerges as a world leader in IP finance

It looks like IP-backed loans in China, which this blog reported on last year here and here, are being rolled out across the country. Although loans secured against IP rights have been made available by a couple of banks in China for several years…

03 November 2009

Raising finance from intellectual assets is on the rise, but more needs to be done

Many companies these days are rich in intangible assets, yet poor in physical ones.This creates a problem for them as they seek to raise capital in order to get off the ground or to expand. Traditionally, banks and other financial institutions have…

02 November 2009

A look into the future ...

The US has now joined a number of other major economies in reporting a return to positive economic growth. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, this news may not mark the beginning of the end of the downturn but it may, if we are lucky, at least…

16 October 2009

Setting out the future framework for IP securitisations

IAM finance editor Nigel Page was at a meeting held on Wedesday in London to discuss an on-going United Nations initiative relating to the securitisation of IP rights. The proposed UNCITRAL supplement to its Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions…

15 October 2009

It's time to nominate 2010 Hall of Fame inductees

The nomination process for IP Hall of Fame 2010 inductees is now open. Over the coming days, members of the global IP community will be receiving emails inviting them to nominate individuals for induction into the IP Hall of Fame for 2010. Like all…

06 October 2009

The IPBC 2010 preliminary programme is now out

The preliminary programme for the IP Business Congress 2010 is now available. As with the previous IPBCs, held in Amsterdam and Chicago, the aim of the event is to examine cutting edge issues around using IP as a means to generate corporate value…