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Kodak needs to be very careful about raising expectations ahead of its patent sale

In news that will surprise no-one, Kodak CEO Antonio Perez has stated that the company has signed confidentiality agreements with a number of potential buyers of the patent portfolio it put up for sale at the end of July. There are 1,100 patents on offer. “What we are selling is the part of the portfolio that does not apply to the core investments and the future of the company,” Perez said yesterday. “This is the right time … The conversations are going. We ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 August 2011 @ 6:03PM
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Taiwanese patent fund changes tack and shifts focus to blocking competitors in China

Earlier this year the Taiwanese authorities announced that they were gong to be creating a patent fund to acquire patents in order to help local companies fight off the risk of litigation being used as a weapon against them. Now it seems, there has been a strategic rethink. According to an article published in the Taipei Times, while the aim of shielding Taiwanese companies such as HTC and Acer remains the same, the way it will be done is to change. An anonymous source at the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 August 2011 @ 11:00AM
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A mixed share price performance for publicly quoted IP-based businesses in August

For those who dabble in stocks and shares August has been a wicked month. A series of wild fluctuations since the week beginning 29th July have had the overall effect of causing most major stock markets (at least in the developed world) to decline quite significantly in overall value. I thought it would be interesting to see how some listed companies that have IP-based business models have performed during this time. In an entirely non-exhaustive and completely ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 August 2011 @ 2:00PM
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The rise of the multi-million dollar Chinese IP lawyer

Leading IP practitioners in the Chinese offices of international law firms are now commanding annual remuneration of between $1 million and $2 million, according to a recent Reuters report. In a piece looking at the filing activities of companies such as Huawei and ZTE, author Rachel Armstrong quotes Hong Kong-based barrister Douglas Clarke as saying: “The last 10 years have seen a huge growth in the number of IP lawyers employed in firms and in-house … At the very ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 August 2011 @ 9:18AM
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Google's Motorola acquisition and Jobs leaving Apple the big August stories

Going away for a few weeks in August usually means coming back to a lot of emails and very little else. Not this year though. Everywhere you look there have been major events. Not least with regards to intellectual property. In fact, there have been far too many IP-related news stories emerging for this blog to do anything like an effective summary of them all. In any case, most readers will now what has happened. So instead of doing an August review, here are a few comments on what ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 August 2011 @ 12:06PM
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Top blog stories for July; and farewell for three weeks

It's holiday time on the IAM blog. We're taking a break and will be closing down for three weeks or so. Before we do, however, we just want to say thanks for continuing support. We had another great month in July, with 19,235 unique users making 72,848 visits. That makes it our second best month ever. The top 10 stories read during the month were as follows: 02-Jul-11 Google bid $4 billion for the Nortel patents and still lost - UPDATED 01-Jul-11 Google the big loser as Nortel ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 02 August 2011 @ 9:14PM
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National Public Radio in the US attacks patents and does us all a favour

At the recent IP Business Congress, one of the organisations to ask for press accreditation was National Public Radio in the US. They were putting together a story on patents, they told us, and wanted to attend to see a few of the sessions and to speak to some of the participants. Naturally we let them in. It turns out that the story the journalist concerned was working on was a programme broadcast nationally on 22nd July under the title “When Patents Attack”. I have not ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 02 August 2011 @ 4:15PM
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IAM 49 now available online

Issue 49 of IAM has now been published and can be accessed online by all subscribers. Click here for the PDF version. Click here for the digital version. Hard copies will be posted today and should land on desks shortly. The deluded few who do not subscribe can access the contents page here and then request a subscription here.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 01 August 2011 @ 5:10PM
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Another big IP auction scheduled for September, but this time it's not patents

Hot on the heels of an auction involving key IP assets owned by a famous but sadly bankrupt North American company comes news of a second auction involving the IP assets of a famous but sadly bankrupt North American company. But this time the IP under the hammer will not be patents; instead bids will be invited for the trademarks and logos, as well as a number of other intangibles, owned by Borders Group, the booksellers which filed for Chapter 11 protection in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 01 August 2011 @ 3:29PM
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