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India must face up to patent challenges if it is to realise its potential

It is commonly accepted that both China and India are the emerging technology superpowers of the 21st century. And no doubt, there is huge potential for both countries to do spectacular things as the coming decades roll on. But it is also probably the case that neither is quite there yet.  Earlier this week, the OECD issued its report on innovation in China, identifying a number of problems that are currently preventing the country from being as technologically powerful as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Report sheds new light on the economic impact of music piracy

The Institute for Policy Innovation has released The True Cost of Sound Recording Piracy to the US Economy, a study that claims to detail more accurately then ever before the damage done to the US economy by music piracy. As you would expect, they provide a series of big figures: • As a consequence of global and US-based piracy of sound recordings, the US economy loses $12.5 billion in total output annually. Output includes revenue and related measures of economic ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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OECD identifies lack of IP enforcement as a major barrier to Chinese innovation

Although the advances made in China have been extraordinary over the last couple of decades, a new OECD Review of China’s National Innovation System claims that there is still a way to go before the country becomes an innovation superpower. Among the issues identified by the OECD as hampering China’s progress are the very limited availability of capital to SMEs in the country (banks prefer to lend to large, state-owned companies), a lack of open capital markets and the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IPotential breaks the mould and goes public with brokerage figures

There are a growing number of IP service providers out there who claim that they can help IP owners maximise the value of their assets in any number of ways. Many sound very convincing and, off the record, will also tell you about some of the work they have done. Up to now, however, I do not remember having come across many of them that actually give you an idea of the kinds of sums they are raising for their clients. Today, however, California-based IPotential, which describes ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Budweiser trademark must be protected if Czech brewery is to be sold off

The privatisation of the Budejovicky Budvar could be getting closer. This follows a statement from the Czech Republic’s Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek that the brewery is a candidate for sale as long as the Budweiser trademark it owns in many parts of the world is protected. Anheuser-Busch, the owners of the other Budweiser trademark, would probably love to buy its Czech rival and put an end to the seemingly never-ending dispute between the two. A recent deal under which ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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US patent reform legislation runs up against patriotism

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, Dr Johnson told his biographer James Boswell in the late 18th century. And it could also be the last refuge of those opposing the Patent Reform Act in the United States, if this article posted on the on-line version of the Wall Street Journal is to be believed. Although US politics is not one of my areas of expertise, as a casual observer of the machinations in Washington DC over the years it does seem to me that the one chance ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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It's the intangibles, stupid

Readers of the Economist may have spotted a letter written by Nir Kossovsky, executive secretary of the Intangible Asset Finance Society (with which IAM magazine works closely) in the latest issue of the magazine: SIR – Capital markets ascribe value to all assets—tangible and intangible alike (“Intangible measures”, August 4th). It is the challenge of measuring the value of assets such as intellectual property and know-how, as well as the reputations stemming ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Patent attorneys should go with the flow not stand in the way

There is a discussion on the PatentlyO site about one of the implications of the In re Seagate decision handed down by the CAFC earlier this week. Commenting on the case, PatentlyO’s author Dennis Crouch says this: “The question now on the minds of many patent attorneys: What role, if any, is there for the thick, formal opinions explaining in detail why a particular patent is invalid, unenforceable, and/or not infringed?” And it’s a point well made. A lot of US ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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French PM says London Agreement ratification to be announced in days

The Prime Minister of France, François Fillon, has announced that his country will be ratifying the London Agreement on Translations. In an interview published on Tuesday in the leading French newspaper Le Monde, Fillon said that plans for ratification will be announced in the next few days. As revealed by this blog at the end of May, the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the French president cleared the way for this to happen; Sarkozy's predecessor Jacques Chirac ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Americans told to confront the challenge of the reverse brain drain

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know – just over 24% of PCT applications with a US origin are now filed by foreign nationals living in the country, that’s up from around 7% in 1998. In companies such as Qualcomm and Merck the percentage jumps to 65%, while inside US government agencies it stands at over 40%. Those are serious figures. According to research undertaken by a team of academics from Harvard, Duke and New University they demonstrate that the US ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 August 2007 @ 12:00AM
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