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Page 1 of 3 Archive - July 2012

Service providers the only winners as IP businesses lose value in first half of 2012

Publicly-quoted IP-based businesses have suffered significant losses in share price and market capitalisation since the start of this year, according to a completely unscientific review of their performances undertaken by IAM today. Of the 10 companies featured on the extremely Unofficial IAM IP Index, eight have experienced declines since 2nd January, when markets opened for business in 2012. The only two that have bucked the trend are the UK’s Murgitroyd and RWS.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2012 @ 5:25PM
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Google will not want to lose out on Kodak's patents to a Microsoft, Apple and IV consortium

Opening bids for the patents being auctioned as part of Kodak’s on-going bankruptcy are due to be made this week. The 1,100 rights are being divided into two portfolios: one of 700 patents covering digital-capture technology; and one of 400 for document imaging technologies. According to the Wall Street Journal two consortia have so far emerged as potential participants in the auction. The first is made up of Microsoft, Apple and Intellectual Ventures. The other comprises ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2012 @ 2:40PM
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Deconstructing Bessen and Meurer - paper raises big questions over their NPE claims

James Bessen and Michael Meurer have published a number of highly-publicised papers and books attacking what they see as significant flaws in the US patent system and claiming that these cost American companies – large and small – billions of dollars that could otherwise be spent on what they see as more productive things, such as R&D. Most recently, the pair published an article entitled The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes in which they reported that US “firms ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 July 2012 @ 2:00PM
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NTP’s breakthrough syndicated licence deal points to a better way of doing business

Non-practising entity NTP signed up an impressive roster of 13 of the world’s leading corporations to licences for its email-related patents this week. NTP will be well-known to readers of this blog for the $612.5 million settlement payment it received from Research In Motion (RIM) back in 2006 after a long-running patent dispute between the two. The Canadian company ended up paying out far more than it would have done if it had taken one of the many opportunities it had to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2012 @ 1:14PM
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Can creating a hub really help to fix India’s many IP problems?

India has seen a couple of developments that are intended to establish the central city of Nagpur as an IP hub for the country. In a press release issued on Saturday, the government announced the opening of a new home for the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM). The new building sees the NIIPM renamed in honour of Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister who “laid the foundations of the information age in India”. At a ceremony to mark the ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2012 @ 7:57AM
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IPBC China 2012 - top-level dialogue, discovery and the China IP Champions

Last week I was in Beijing with my colleagues from our Hong Kong office meeting with various government departments, official organisations, companies and law firms to discuss the IP Business Congress China, which is talking place in the city from 2nd to 4th December. It all went very well; gratifyingly there seems to be huge interest in the event and a real commitment to making it as successful as possible. One of the aims of the IPBC China is to develop top level dialogue between ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 July 2012 @ 5:19PM
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Jack Daniels profits from trademark team's imagination and craft - UPDATE

A cease and desist letter written by Christy Susman, a senior attorney in the trademarks department at Jack Daniel’s, is currently being heavily referenced in blogs and on Tweets. Sent to author Patrick Wensink, the letter points out that the front cover of his book Broken Piano for President “bears a design that closely mimics the style and distinctive elements of the JACK DANIEL’s trademarks”. What the letter then goes on to say is as far removed from the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2012 @ 4:26PM
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Growth in China helps keep Novartis from the patent cliff

Switzerland-based Novartis is one of a number of leading global pharma companies that has reason to worry about the patent cliff: its top-selling product, hypertension drug Diovan, comes off patent in September. However, the company has just reported better-than-expected results for the second quarter of 2012, part of which is attributed to strong growth in China. The company announced on Thursday that sales across all emerging markets were up by 6%, and by an impressive 23% in ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2012 @ 7:43AM
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It's not too late for Nokia if the current board has learned the lessons of past IP mistakes

Nokia released its quarterly financial results yesterday, posting an overall loss for the second consecutive quarter and reigniting discussion over what happens next. As speculation mounts that the company’s assets may be sold either in part or as a whole, much talk has focused on the value of the company’s extensive patent portfolio to potential buyers. This week, an article from the Wall Street Journal placed the blame for Nokia’s current predicament squarely on ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2012 @ 11:25PM
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Patent deals soar from $450 million to $18.8 billion in one year - but is that the full story?

Readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that Lazard, Evercore and Barclays are three mainstream banking operations that have been doing a lot more patent-related deals over the last year. After all, we have been reporting on this for quite a while. So, much of what is covered in a recently-published Business Week piece on the three's activities in this area will be old news. However, one little tidbit that might look like new information is the accumulated ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2012 @ 2:29AM
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