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03 November 2008

Another Chinese bank begins to offer IP loans

Last week, I reported on a Chinese bank's decision to offer loans to SMEs secured against IP assets. This week comes news that another one is getting in on the act. It may all be low-scale stuff, involving relatively small amounts of money, but it…

29 October 2008

Last chance to nominate top trademark teams

Every year World Trademark Review (WTR), the sister publication to IAM magazine, hands out its Industry Awards at an event timed to coincide with the INTA meeting. The awards are designed to pay tribute to in-house trademark departments or groups…

23 October 2008

China salutes success of bank's IP-backed loans scheme

In 2006, the Bank of Communications Beijing Branch began offering loans to Chinese SMEs secured against IP assets. Since then 37 companies have borrowed a total of over 400 million yuan (around $58.5 million) in 44 separate deals. And not one has…

17 October 2008

IP Business Congress 2009 to be held in Chicago

The next IP Business Congress, organised by IAM magazine, will be taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago between 21st June and 23rd June 2009. The event will feature the CIPO Summit and will also include a gala dinner that will honour…

13 October 2008

Report highlights pressures facing the IP brand; new group gets ready to act

The UK’s Intellectual Property Institute is publishing a paper written by Roya Ghafele, a lecturer in the department of international development at Oxford University, entitled Perceptions of Intellectual Property: A Review. For anyone involved in…

09 October 2008

Dodgy IP crime stats are more trouble than they are worth

Although it stands to reason that counterfeiting and piracy will have an affect on genuine IP owners, there has always been a problem in identifying just how much of an affect. So, while it seems pretty logical that companies which have their…

08 October 2008

Brand IP project advances as climate change paper shows how it should be done

Back in July I attended a meeting in London designed to work out ways in which the IP brand could be detoxified. The premise was – I think quite rightly – that boardrooms, politicians and the general public remain largely ignorant of IP, but where…

04 October 2008

Is the lesson of the last few weeks that we need IP valuation standards?

If the global financial system can be brought to the brink of collapse over worries about the valuation of mortgage-backed securities, where does that leave prospects for the development of markets based on other kinds of intangible, such as IP? …

30 September 2008

The 2008 inductees into the IP Hall of Fame are revealed

The five inductees into the IP Hall of Fame have been officially announced. They are: • Jane Ginsburg - A highly influential academic and teacher who has written some of the most important IP-related books of modern times. • Francis Gurry -…

22 September 2008

Gurry confirmed as new WIPO chief

Francis Gurry has been formally endorsed as the new director general of WIPO on the opening day of the UN agency's General Assembly, which is taking place in Geneva. Gurry was nominated for the post back in May following an election process in which…

22 September 2008

Community trademark fees set to tumble

A deal done over the weekend means that Community trademark fees are likely to fall substantially in the near future. OHIM, the body that administers the trademark from its offices in Alicante, has been pressing for this reduction for quite a while…

18 September 2008

Reputation as risk: a lesson from the financial markets

Anyone paying attention to the business headlines these days will readily appreciate the extent to which the strength of a financial services company is tied to its reputation. Banks that are perceived as having implemented appropriate risk controls…

17 September 2008

Brand values collapse in the face of global financial turmoil

Brand values are in steep decline in most sectors, as the full scale of the financial and economic turmoil facing the global economy becomes more apparent. So says a press release put out by consulting company Brand Finance this morning. Earlier…

09 September 2008

Dickinson relishing his AIPLA role

I am in Boston currently for the AIPPI International Congress. Yesterday I had lunch with Todd Dickinson, who took over from Mike Kirk as the executive director of the AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) last Monday, 1st September…

05 September 2008

ACTA faces a long and tortuous path to ratification

World Trademark Review, the sister publication to IAM, has an article on the mysterious Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in its latest issue, which publishes next week. As you will recall, ACTA hit the headlines earlier this year when a…