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13 March 2009

IP Brand Development Group releases its mission statement and announces first meeting

Last summer, I reported on a meeting attended by members of the IP community and senior marketing people. It was an interesting morning based on the premise that IP as a brand is currently in trouble. If it is thought about at all by policy makers,…

06 March 2009

Coca Cola is no longer the world's most valuable brand

In the next issue of IAM we will be looking at the Brand Finance 500, an annual report issued by UK brand valuation business Brand Finance, that identifies the world's most valuable brands. Unsurprisingly, the survey shows that during 2008 the…

02 March 2009

A new IP hook-up in Europe challenges the traditional law and attorney firm approach

I received a brief press release at the end of last week from Rouse, a specialist IP law firm and consultancy with its HQ in the UK and offices in 14 other countries. Rouse has always been something of an innovator and the press release announced…

25 February 2009

New report identifies the world's most IP-friendly country, but trademarks are ignored

Germany is the country which offers the best protection for intellectual property rights, according to a new study that was released yesterday. The International Property Rights Index 2009, published by the Property Rights Alliance, claims to show …

23 February 2009

Obama will disappoint anyone looking for a lighter touch in US international IP policy

Over on the Huffington Post James Love is none too impressed about a recent IP-related trip several Obama administration officials made to Geneva along with a delegation comprising members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers and USPTO officials made…

19 February 2009

Community trademark office is the latest to feel the downturn heat

The Community trademark is something of a rarity: a great European IP success story. Granted by the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante, Spain, CTMs have grown in popularity almost every year since they were fist…

01 February 2009

Banking brand values plummet

The top 500 brand values in the finance and banking sector have fallen by over $200 bilion in one year, according to research published by UK brand valuation company Brand Finance. That represents an annual fall of 32%. By contrast, the market…

24 January 2009

Intangible values collapse - the old 70% to 80% claim is now officially dead and buried

Back in November on this blog there was a fascinating debate about that old IP chestnut - that by subtracting the value of tangible assets from a company's market capitalisation you could get to the value of its intangble assets. This followed-on…

17 January 2009

The USPTO must be the domain of IP lawyers, the ABA tells president-elect Obama

As the US prepares for Barack Obama to assume the presidency next Tuesday, two more organisations have put pen to paper and sent him advice on how his administration should run IP policy. In its letter, the INTA not surprisingly focuses on issues…

01 January 2009

A new Chinese patent law, the CAFC reins in the ED of Texas and other recent news

A happy new year to one and all. I hope you are warmer than we are here in the UK at the moment. It’s barely above zero in the middle of the day and the forecast is for it to get a whole lot colder. Summer seems a long way off. Anyway, after a…

17 December 2008

IP Business Congress hits the first 100

The IP Business Congress, which IAM is hosting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago between 21st and 23rd June 2009, now has over 100 confirmed delegates. With the early bird discount, which offers attendance at the three day event for $995, in…

09 December 2008

IP litigation enjoying a boost from the recession, but a depression could change everything

Although recession is now biting in many countries and across almost all industrial sectors, the indications are that - so far - intellectual property is getting off pretty lightly. The cover story of the most recent issue of IAM, for example, takes…

04 December 2008

Massive cuts in European patent and trademark fees proposed at meeting of European ministers

On 1st and 2nd December the European Competitiveness Council held a meeting in Brussels. Among the subjects discussed was a draft European Economic Recovery Plan which suggest ways in which Europe should react to the current economic and financial…

01 December 2008

Obama attorney-general pick good news for IP, says US Chamber of Commerce

Today Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder as the next attorney-general of the United States. Reacting to this, the deputy director of the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center, Mark Esper,  praised the appointment. Esper…

30 November 2008

Sir Hugh Laddie, 1946 - 2008

The UK has lost one of its finest IP minds following the untimely death of Sir Hugh Laddie after a long illness. Sir Hugh was a High Court judge for 10 years after previously enjoying a long career at the English bar specialising in intellectual…