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New online platform attempts to plug crowdfunding’s IP protection gap

Last month saw the launch of KarmaKrowd, a new online crowdfunding platform that will offer IP and marketing expertise to inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The website’s inclusion of these services alongside its funding platform could significantly reduce some of the IP risks that the crowdfunding model presents both for SMEs looking for capital and for investors. Crowdfunding platforms act as online portals between those seeking ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 1:49PM
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New IP reporting obligations for listed companies in India could be very good news

A recent development in India may be a catalyst for domestic companies in the country to begin engaging with intellectual property in way that up to now most of them have failed to do. A note I have just received from Safir Anand, a senior partner in the leading New Delhi IP law firm Anand and Anand, details recent moves by the Indian Security and Exchange Board to ensure greater transparency in, and reporting of, IP-related issues among publicly-quoted companies in the country:  ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 March 2014 @ 5:41PM
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Samsung and a study of pure altruism in Texas

In the world of patents Marshall is synonymous with one thing: it is home to the Eastern District of Texas Federal Court, that plaintiff friendly forum where non-Texan defendants - and, more especially, non-US defendants – struggle to prevail. It’s a venue that is particularly alluring to NPEs, PAEs and trolls, many of whom have registered offices in the town. But away from patents, Marshall has a population of 25,000 people and is very well-known for its annual ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 09 March 2014 @ 11:57AM
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Dyson’s choice: Risk losing to Samsung, or end up being labelled a ‘troll’

Samsung has filed suit against Dyson in the Seoul Central District Court and is seeking 10 billion won (around US$9.4 million) in compensation because, it states, it has suffered reputational damage as a result of “groundless” patent infringement claims made by the UK technology company. A spokesperson for the Korean company told the Korea Times that it had launched the suit because Dyson’s “previous litigation has hurt Samsung’s corporate image” ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 February 2014 @ 1:57PM
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What may be the world’s most valuable IP rights are now up for grabs

Earlier this week, the first handful of new general top-level domains (gTLDs) opened to public registration. Whatever your views on the new gTLD programme, the public availability of these  domains is a significant development for IP owners. Since Wednesday, anyone in the world has been able to obtain web addresses ending in ‘.bike’, ‘.clothing’, ‘.guru’, ‘.holdings, ‘.plumbing’, ‘.singles’ and ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 31 January 2014 @ 1:39PM
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The definitive guide to the world's leading trademark law practitioners is now available online

The world’s leading trademark practitioners have been unveiled with the publication of the 2014 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. The definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers, the publication also serves as a testament to the depth of expertise available to brand owners as they seek to protect their assets across the globe. To access the latest findings, click here. This year’s ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2014 @ 9:46AM
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Strategic investments in US tech start-ups gain Tencent potential access to IP and know-how

Chinese internet giant Tencent is reported to be considering a $200 million investment in SnapChat that would push the Silicon Valley-based messaging app business towards a $4 billion valuation. With a string of similar deals behind it, Tencent has embarked on a process designed to get it greater access to the US market as well as to bolster its technology base. Earlier this summer Tencent made a $150 million Series D investment in Fab, an e-commerce company. Other US tech start-ups ...

Posted by Seher Hussain, IAM Magazine on 08 November 2013 @ 1:11AM
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Chinese generic company takes another step along the road to becoming a full-blown originator

China’s Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical has announced a cooperation agreement with Switzerland-based biopharmaceutical and research company Sellas Life Sciences Group for the licensing of $533 million worth of IP rights relating to diabetes and cancer treatment drugs. Fosun will receive a 10% royalty on sales and a 3% equity interest in the firm once Sellas develops and receives product approvals for the drugs in the US and Europe. Fosun has come a long way from its beginnings ...

Posted by Seher Hussain, IAM Magazine on 28 October 2013 @ 10:04AM
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Lenovo covets BlackBerry not only for its patents, but for its trademark too

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker, is considering making a bid for BlackBerry. The Chinese company is said to have just signed a non-disclosure agreement that allows it to assess BlackBerry’s finances. This piece of news is the latest development in what has been a tumultuous year for the Canadian company. In August it declared it would be reviewing strategic options and swiftly following this came the announcement of a ...

Posted by Seher Hussain, IAM Magazine on 18 October 2013 @ 12:12PM
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Tech giants top the list of most valuable brands

A new report from branding consultancy Interbrand has highlighted the dominance of technology-based companies as the ‘world’s best brands’. Perennial winner Coca-Cola has been toppled from the top spot for the first time in 14 years by Apple, whose brand is judged to be worth $98.3 billion, up 28% from 2012. The Cupertino based company is joined in the top 10 by six other tech giants. Google’s brand, which rose from 4th place last year to 2nd, is now valued ...

Posted by John van der Luit-Drummond, IAM Magazine on 03 October 2013 @ 5:35PM
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