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06 August 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend

23 January 2019

Kokes hails "fantastic first year" as NantWorks CIPO

In exclusive interview with IAM, after confirming as a speaker for IPBC Global 2019, the former BlackBerry IP chief talks in-depth about life sciences and high tech convergence - and the many patent opportunities that creates 

30 November 2018

A director’s guide to modernising IP governance frameworks

Boards and directors typically prioritise non-IP issues on the corporate agenda; however, legal requirements and market activities suggest that this might be a serious misstep.

08 October 2018

Life sciences innovators to gain from “new NAFTA”, but not immediately

The recently-struck deal promises to boost IP protection for pharma innovators in North America, but it will be years until it has an impact

01 October 2017

<strong>IP lawyer:</strong> Canada joins the global mainstream on patent inutility

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the so-called ‘promise doctrine’, which should make it easier for patents to clear the utility bar. However, there are fears that litigants will use other avenues to challenge patent validity

01 August 2017

A special anniversary at a time of rapid change

From June 18 to 20 2017, the 10th IPBC Global took place in Ottawa, with more than 500 senior IP leaders in attendance. Over the three days of the event a wide range of topics came up for discussion under the general theme of intellectual property in the age of convergence. The conference confirmed that the IP market is changing. The US-based confrontations which were once such a feature of the landscape have given way to a more collaborative approach to value creation, on a much more international stage. Business models and attitudes are evolving rapidly – and come 2020 it could all look very different again

07 July 2017

Two big Canadian cases that were good news for patent owners draw sharp contrast to US situation

It’s not often that Canada is put on the map in IP value creation terms. Last month’s highly successful IPBC Global in Ottawa certainly helped, as have two recent court decisions, which should catch the eye of patent owners everywhere. Late last…

20 June 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market…

19 June 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights…

16 February 2017

LES completes crucial step in its drive to introduce standards to the IP market

The US and Canadian branch of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) has been approved as an Accredited Standards Developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in what is a significant step in the its drive to introduce best…

25 July 2016

As Korean, French and Japanese sovereign patent funds gain traction, other countries warm towards the model

Recently published research has shed new light on the strategies employed by the world’s three leading sovereign patent funds (SPFs) – while discussion about the creation of similar entities in other countries appears to be picking up. In …

11 September 2015

“Odds of success are just too small now” for licensors, says outgoing WiLAN CEO Jim Skippen

Back in June WiLAN announced that its CEO Jim Skippen would be stepping down after nine years at the helm. When he took the top spot at the Canadian NPE, it had a market capitalisation of less than C$30 million. Today, it stands at well over C$300…

16 June 2015

Patent values about to climb, heroic inventors, the US's patent failure, hope for SMEs, and much more at the IPBC

The first full day of the IPBC Global in San Francisco is now done and dusted. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights from the sessions and from the conversations…