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Page 1 of 3 Archive - March 2010

Groundbreaking global CIPO event scheduled for 14th April - your chance to participate

The role of the chief intellectual property officer (CIPO) has been championed by IAM for several  years now. It is our belief that employing a CIPO (or equivalent - the actual job title is unimportant) at senior level presents a company with the best opportunity to develop the quality and value of its portfolio of IP and other intangible assets, as well as to ensure that their consideration is an integral part of overall corporate strategic planning. Our aim is to help ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2010 @ 10:50PM
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Limelight takes licence from AST to end declaratory judgment dispute

Internet services delivery company Limelight has dropped its action for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement against Allied Security Trust after the two sides reached a settlement. Under the terms of this, Limelight will take a licence to the patents in suit from AST for an undisclosed fee. Limelight had originally asked an Arizona court for the DJ in relation to four US patents. Among other things, the company accused AST of threatening to use a broker to assert ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2010 @ 6:15PM
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So what was going on with the Walker Digital lot at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction?

I have had some more feedback on the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction from someone who was in the room as the bids took place:Terry Ludlow, CEO of Chipworks. Terry makes some interesting points. I wonder what Dean Becker and his team will make of his Walker Digital comments: The auction was much more upbeat than the past couple of auctions. ICAP-Ocean Tomo posted some decent results. They sold 19 of 46 lots for a 41% sale rate. Total dollar sales without the 10% buyers' commission was $13 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2010 @ 8:42AM
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ICAP OT San Francisco auction total exceeds $12 million

I have just heard from Ron Laurie of Inflexion Point. Ron was at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction in San Francisco and recorded what happened. From what I can work out on the figures Ron has provided: • Nine lots were sold on the floor, fetching a total of $1.78 million. • Another 10 were pre-sold, for a total of $11 million (including $7 million for an exclusive licence to a portfolio of multimedia rights owned by the University of Southern California's ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 March 2010 @ 1:21PM
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China's get out of jail free card for patentees - literally

As I am gradually learning, it is important not to take all the IP-related news that you see coming out of China at face value. Recently I posted on here about the stunning amount of IP-related litigation in the country and how the number of patent disputes seemed to be far greater than in the US. One of the comments posted about that blog came from Terry Ludlow of Chipworks: I first heard the alarming statistic about the huge number of patent cases in China in 2006. A little ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 March 2010 @ 12:46PM
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OT auctions more akin to "one continuous sales event"

Today ICAP Ocean Tomo holds its auction in San Francisco. As I wrote earlier this week, quite a few of the lots listed in the brochure have already been sold. I also said that this is not something that has been done before at this kind of auction. Subsequent to this, Tom Ewing, principal consultant at Avancept, got in touch to give me a bit more perspective on this. You will recall that Avancept has recently published a detailed study of the Ocean Tomo auctions held between 2006 and ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2010 @ 3:12PM
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Big win for Google at Europe's top court

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that Google's controversial AdWords programme does not infringe the rights of trademark owners. In a decison handed down this morning, the court stated that advertisers could use brands owned by third parties as search terms. However it also stated that there are circumstances under which advertisers themselves could be found to be infringing rights when doing this. This is a comment I have received on the case from Mark Blair, a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 March 2010 @ 12:40PM
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ICAP OT auction already making sales

I have just had a peak at the list of lots available for sale at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction next week in San Francisco. It turns out that quite a few lots will not actually be bid on when the event starts as they have already been sold. And quite a few more are on offer for a fixed price before things get underway. My understanding is that the prices for at least some of the sold items will be released quite soon and that a few of the amounts achieved may ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2010 @ 8:36PM
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Why Microsoft is a global leader in IP strategy

Microsoft haters are not going to like it, but the company's patent portfolio has been recognised once again for its quality. For the third consecutive year, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has rated the company's portfolio as the strongest in the software industry; while the Patent Board ranks Microsoft as number one in information technology. This follows on from a report, based on research undertaken by Ocean Tomo's patent ratings business, and published ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 March 2010 @ 7:43AM
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Inside Article One

Earlier this week I spoke to Cheryl Milone, the founder and CEO of Article One, the patent validation business. I have reported on the company a couple of times on this blog, most recently when Marshall Phelps became a director, and it was an opportunity to find out a bit more about what it does. In a nutshell, the Article One proposition is that it can call up a worldwide community of advisers to assess the strength of a particular patent and to see whether there is any material ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 March 2010 @ 5:24PM
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