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Page 1 of 3 Archive - September 2010

Low key the rule for next ICAP-OT auction as Walker patent questions remain unanswered

The LES meeting is in full swing here in Chicago. The first full day of sessions took place on Monday and kicked off with an excellent talk from Steven Levitt, a professor at the University of Chicago and the co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. While not much that he had to say was directly related t IP, one of his core messages was the importance of incentives to driving innovation. An organisation, and by implication a country I suppose, that does not recognise the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 September 2010 @ 2:23PM
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Yahoo! keyword squashing may mean some trademark owners pay more

I am currently in Chicago for the LES USA and Canada annual meeting. I'll be reporting on it over the next couple of days. In the meantime, however, here's a report that was fist published by IAM's sister publication World Trademark Review. It lifts the lid on an issue that could be of great importance for any company that owns a well-known brand ... Yahoo!'s chief economist has revealed that the company's search engine injects more competition into a keywords auction by ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2010 @ 1:50PM
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IP litigation cases up over 30% in England last year

There were 770 IP-related proceedings initiated in the Chancery Division of the High Court in England and Wales in 2009, according to statistics released yesterday by the UK's Ministry of Justice. That is more than 200 higher than the 2008 figure. Clearly, the recession has made a lot of people think a lot more carefully about the rights that they own. The breakdown by type of IP right is as follows (with the 2008 figure in brackets): • Confidential information 95 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 September 2010 @ 6:04PM
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VCs love IP, parts 2 and 3

Peter Zura on the 271 Patents blog takes a look at a paper entitled Patent Signaling, Entrepreneurial Performance, and Venture Capital Financing written by Jerry Cao, of Singapore Management University, and Po-Hsuan Hsu, from the University of Connecticut. Zura highlights the authors' central conclusions: Not only does patenting play an important signaling role between VCs and entrepreneurs, but our results show that start-up companies’ patenting prior to any VC investment is ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 September 2010 @ 5:49PM
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Under 1% of patents account for close to 50% of overall patent value in Europe - UPDATED

One additional snippet from the paper by Tony Clayton that I wrote about earlier today. He has produced a series of slides that run alongside it. Take a look at the graph on page 7. It shows that when it comes to patent values in Europe: • The top 0.8% of the most valuable single patents in Europe represent 42% of total patent value; while the top 3.5% represents 77% • Meanwhile, the top 0.8% of intertwined patents represent 52% of total patent value; and the top 6.1% ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 September 2010 @ 2:44PM
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The UK is still in the IP thought leadership game

I have been looking through a presentation made by Tony Clayton, the chief economist of the UK IP Office, at the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association annual meeting currently taking place in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I met with Clayton recently and we discussed research the UKIPO has planned that is designed to get a better feel for the impact IP has on the UK economy, with a view to making well-informed policy decision moving forward. This is something that the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 September 2010 @ 1:42PM
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NASA needs YOU!

NASA, the US space agency, has published a request for information (RFI) relating to "No-cost Intellectual Property Marketing and Brokerage Services With Revenue-Sharing Component Upon License Execution". Basically, the agency wants to hear from American organisations that can help it commercialise its intellectual property in a way that will make it available as widely as possible: NASA is requesting information from U.S.-owned organizations interested in providing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 September 2010 @ 4:54PM
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Europe's leading anti-IP party suffers major electoral setback in Sweden

What a difference a year makes. Or more, precisely, 15 months. In June 2009, the Swedish Pirate Party - campaigning on a platform advocating the abolition of patents and profound reform of the copyright system - secured 7% of the national vote when Sweden went to the polls to elect its representatives to sit in the European Parliament. Yesterday, as a lot more Swedes voted in the national elections, the party's share collapsed to just 1%. This means that it failed to reach the 4% ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 September 2010 @ 10:57AM
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World class licensing lawyers in more than 20 key jurisdictions identified

The inaugural IAM Licensing 250 is now online. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first research-based publication that identifies leading private practice patent and technology licensing lawyers in over 20 of the world's most important jurisdictions. The hard copy version of the publicaiton will be launched at the upcoming annual meeting of LES USA and Canada, which takes place in Chicago at the end of the month. The publication also features a series of chapters in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 September 2010 @ 4:46PM
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A catalogue of IP success stories from around the world

WIPO has put together an excellent resource that details the ways in which different IP rights have been used by businesses all over the globe to create value and underpin growth. IP Advantage focuses on a variety of companies in both the developed and developing world, operating across a wide rane of industries. What I really like about it is that it details how individual companies have used packages of rights - not just patents, or trademarks, or designs, or ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 September 2010 @ 11:20AM
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