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02 Oct 2014

Recent PIPCO performance shows why successful patent investors must play the long game

Issue 68 of IAM magazine is now available to subscribers to view online, as part of our totally revamped, new-look – and, we hope you will agree, much improved - website. Here is a sneak-peek at the (unofficial!) public IP company (PIPCO) stock performance table we run regularly in the Data centre feature of each issue of IAM magazine (we have selected just a few of the companies that normally appear on the table). What you will see is that – aside from a few notable Read more

Jack Ellis

30 Sep 2014

New IAM event will be the first to focus exclusively on NPE sector

The first conference specifically focused on the NPE community and the business of responsible licensing is to be hosted by IAM in New York early next year. The event will cover a range of topics - from the legal and policy climate to the new opportunities opening up in different sectors and regions of the world – all from the perspective of entities whose primary business is patent and technology licensing. The full details for the day-long event, called NPE15, are currently being Read more

Richard Lloyd

30 Sep 2014

In its early years the unitary patent system will be an option in the EU, but not the only one

The European unitary patent and the unified patent court system through which it will be enforced are well on the road to creation. In a series of articles running through June and July Alan Johnson, a partner at UK law firm Bristows, discussed a number of issues that actual and potential patentees in Europe must consider when developing strategies for the new regime. And as those who read them will know, it’s all rather complicated – tp say the least (links to all the articles can Read more

Joff Wild

29 Sep 2014

Your in-house IP heroes to debut in the 2015 edition of the Strategy 300

Since 2009 the IAM Strategy 300 (formerly 250) has been identifying the world’s pre-eminent IP thought leaders and value creators. These individuals have been nominated by their peers and then, following tough scrutiny from the IAM editorial team, selected from a longlist for inclusion in the final publication.  To date, we have limited nominees so that only individuals providing a service to IP owners - whether as a lawyer, broker, aggregator, financier, consultant, or anything Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

29 Sep 2014

Korea event offers more proof that IP financing is a big issue in Asia

The inaugural Asia IP Business & Finance Conference (AIPBF) was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul on Friday. It brought together IP owners and prospective investors to discuss the capital-raising possibilities of patents and other IP assets. What made this conference different from other events with ‘IP’ in the title was its audience, the vast majority of whom were newcomers to the world of intellectual property. Delegates were largely drawn from Korea-based financial Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Sep 2014

Big US tech companies face major patent losses in the post-Alice world, IAM research reveals

The potentially catastrophic effects of the Alice v CLS Supreme Court decision on the patent holdings of the US’s biggest technology companies are laid bare by the IAM blog today. Research undertaken by IP data company ktMINE on behalf of the blog reveals that tens of thousands of assets owned by the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Google and Cisco could be threatened by the judgment, which was handed down in June and has since led to a series of software patent rights being Read more

Joff Wild

26 Sep 2014

Invention on demand firm reveals ambitions with hire of top dealmaker; expect more big news soon

Peter Holden, senior vice-president of investments and acquisitions at IP Value, has left the firm to become the president of ipCreate. The move is a further sign that ipCreate – founded by John Cronin and Marshall Phelps – is looking to significantly beef up its presence in the IP market.  ipCreate already has strategic partnerships with ipCapital, the IP consultancy that Cronin founded in 1998 after spending 17 years at IBM, and with crowd-sourcing  patent research and Read more

Joff Wild

25 Sep 2014

The monetisation market faces many challenges, but it has a canny ability to innovate

Are we seeing a period of accelerated innovation in the IP monetisation market? Most observers would recognise that the current climate for making money from IP assets in the US is tougher now than it was in the past. From the Supreme Court, to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), to potential new legislation, it’s clear that there has never been more uncertainty over how you value and commercialise a patent. But at the same time the market has demonstrated a continuing ability Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Sep 2014

Japan and Korea outstrip US in innovation creativity stakes, says development bank

I have been in Seoul this week meeting with local IP strategists from the corporate, intermediary and finance fields. Like IAM’s recent visits to Japan, it has been a fascinating trip and has given this correspondent a fresh insight into Korea’s rapidly evolving IP marketplace. I will write at more length on what is happening in the country next week, but one of the key takeaways so far is how keen the government is to prioritise IP creation and value realisation. This is a Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Sep 2014

AST changes its fee structure in bid for more members

Allied Security Trust has introduced a new fee structure to make the defensive patent aggregator more attractive to potential small and medium-sized companies. Members will now fall into one of five tiers depending on their revenues, with fees ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Here’s how the new pricing structure breaks down: Up to $250m revenues: $25,000. $250m - $500m: $50,000. $500m - $1bn: $100,000. $1bn - $4bn: $150,000. More than $4bn: $200,000. Previously Read more

Richard Lloyd

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