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Those innovation funds "having trouble" - IV responds UPDATED

Earlier today I asked Intellectual Ventures whether they had any comment regarding the stories that have been circulating concerning the performance of a couple of funds they established and now run. As you'll remember, the University of Texas Management Company, which has invested in both the Invention Development Fund I and Invention Investment Fund II, has just reported significant negative returns on the two. Some concluded this must mean that they are "having ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2010 @ 9:32PM
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Interviews with top CIPOs available to view

During the IP Business Congress in Munich last month we conducted a number of video interviews with speakers and delegates which are now available to view. The interviewees discuss their experiences of holding the Chief IP Officer role, or equivalent, and offer their advice to aspiring CIPOs looking to convince their boards of directors to sit up and take notice of the potential value of their intellectual property. The videos can be found on the new CIPO section of the IAM website - ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2010 @ 3:40PM
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IV funds "are having trouble", according to reports

A Twitter from a bloke called Chris Dixon and a subsequent comment piece published by TechCrunch are causing a stir right now. Both relate to a report published by the University of Texas Management Company which details its private investments in venture and private equity funds, and their internal rates of return. Two funds detailed are created and managed by Intellectual Ventures: Invention Development Fund I and Invention Investment Fund II. They have shown a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2010 @ 8:54AM
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What Marshall did next ...

Victor Kiam was famously the man who loved the Remington electric razor so much he bought the company. Clearly, Marshall Phelps knows how he felt. The ex-head of IP strategy and policy at Microsoft, who now sits on the board of Article One Partners, likes his new company so much he is "a key investor" in a new $5 million round of institutional funding announced today. The Article One proposition is that it can call up a worldwide community of advisers to assess the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 July 2010 @ 8:03PM
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International IP Strategists Association moves closer to launch

The group seeking to set-up the International Intellectual Property Strategists' Association (INTIPSA) held another meeting yesterday. I was not there, but it looks to have moved things on quite considerably. Jon Calvert, one of the group's members, sent me the following update: Following the launch of Interested in INTIPSA on Linked-in and the early announcement in IAM of our intentions, we’ve received interest from 100 people in the formation of INTIPSA (at the time of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 July 2010 @ 12:29PM
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Another deal that puts IV on the side of the angels - UPDATED

I got a joint press release today from Intellectual Ventures and a company called Vlingo. I am going to reproduce the main body of the text in full, because it's not a style of press releade that I have seen from IV before. This is the first one I have seen from the firm which actually makes public the fact that a company has become a licensee of and acquired patents from IV. This is what it says: Vlingo Corporation Enters Into License Agreement and Patent Sale Agreement with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2010 @ 9:41PM
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Identifying CIPO best practices

Back in April, you'll remember that we ran a day-long on-line innovation game experiment focused on identifying best practice issues for chief IP officers. The idea was to get members of the global IP community to select key issues that they wanted to get feedback on from CIPOs. At the end of the process, four topics stood out: • IP strategy in business. Best practices for working with senior management to improve their understanding of the strategic use of IP assets. • ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2010 @ 5:28PM
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The copyright troll is born

This is an interesting development that is already getting quite a bit of coverage in the US. Righthaven, a company based in Las Vegas, has been buying copyright material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. And since March, it has initiated legal proceedings against 80 websites and bloggers, and is also said to have settled cases with a number of others. The target of Righthaven's actions have been sites which reproduce the Review-Journal's material without permission. “Media ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2010 @ 8:29AM
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IP value creation at IBM and Microsoft - compare and contrast

The next issue of IAM will be out and ready to view online next week. One of the articles we are running is based on interviews done with chief IP officers at the recent IP Business Congress . Reporter Sara-Jayne Clover asked a number of the CIPOs who joined us in Munich to share their experiences of how they got their company boards to take a new look at IP as a value generator, rather than just as a cost. One of the people Sara-Jayne spoke with was Marshall Phelps, who is now a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2010 @ 6:35PM
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IAM Exclusive - David Kappos writes on the Patent Prosecution Highway

Below is a guest blog from David Kappos, Director of the USPTO, in which he explains why the office is embracing the Patent Prosecution Highway and why he believes it offers significant benefits to patent applicants. Fast Track Examination of Applications on the Patent Prosecution Highway Patent backlogs are a problem for every patent office in the world and reducing the duplication of work among patent offices is key to reducing patent pendency. Work sharing arrangements enable ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2010 @ 7:14AM
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