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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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HP makes good on its mobile misadventure in patent deal with Qualcomm

At the end of last week Qualcomm announced that it had acquired around 2,400 mobile-related patents and applications, including 1,400 US assets, from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed sum. Commentators covering the deal have tended to emphasise what the acquisition means for Qualcomm and have wondered what amount of money the telecoms chip maker may have paid for the patents. But from an IP strategy perspective, HP’s side of the story is just as interesting. What can be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2014 @ 2:32PM
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$1 trillion-plus per year – copyright’s contribution to the US economy

Recent research from Washington DC-based trade group the International IP Alliance (IIPA) has found that industries based on the production and commercial exploitation of copyrighted content added over $1.01 trillion in value to the US economy during 2012. According to the latest edition of the IIPA’s ‘Copyright Industries in the US Economy’ report – authored by Stephen E Siwek of Economists Incorporated – ‘core copyright industries’ ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2013 @ 12:06PM
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The patent system has helped to make open source the success it is

A recent article over at Infoworld outlines several strategies for participants in open source software projects to mitigate the risk of having patents asserted against them. The piece is entitled ‘Four ways open source protects you against software patents’. But it would make just as much sense to have called it ‘Ways IP protects you against software patents’, since at least three of the four suggested solutions – which include defensive patent pooling, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 November 2013 @ 10:32AM
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Europe’s multi-trillion euro IP economy revealed; now it’s time to spread the word

The findings of a two year study into the economic impact of IP in the European Union were released today at a press conference held in the European Commission’s Brussels headquarters. The study is impressive in its scope and provides some powerful indications of the value of IP to the European economy – but industry stakeholders now face the challenge of passing on the message to the wider public, portions of which have given pretty high levels of support to avowedly ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 30 September 2013 @ 7:16PM
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The USPTO needs a permanent leader once more. And it needs one now.

Next Monday is Labor Day in the US. Once that is done and dusted the summer is officially over and everyone is supposed to get back to work. But one person who won't be doing so is the permanent Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Nearly nine months after David Kappos left that position, we still do not have one. That’s an awful long time, especially given that it was in November 2012 that Kappos actually stated he was going to leave. Of course, there is an acting ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 August 2013 @ 4:10PM
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As government and business embrace IP, Brazil is set to become a big international player

The annual meeting of the ABPI – the Brazilian IP Association – may just be the biggest annual IP conference that you have never heard of. That was certainly the case for me. I have been in Rio attending the 2013 event (and celebrating the association's 50th anniversary) and was blown away by the attendance: about 1,000 delegates, a good mix of industry and private practice, with around 75% of attendees local and 25% from abroad (mostly Latin American, but quite a few from ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 August 2013 @ 12:31PM
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Deals are important, but they are not the principal drivers of IP value

We are all back from Boston now after last week’s IP Business Congress (see reports here, here and here) and we are now going through the feedback we have had from delegates. Overall, it looks as if most of the 600-plus who attended found the event very worthwhile, both in terms of content and networking opportunities. There are criticisms and nits too, just as there always are, and we will look at these carefully so that we can make next year in Amsterdam even better; but, in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 June 2013 @ 6:31PM
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Red Hat opposes software patents, but still recognises the value of IP

Last week a court in the Eastern District of Texas dismissed patent litigation brought by NPE Uniloc against internet hosting provider Rackspace. Uniloc sued the Texan company in June 2012, alleging that its use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux infringed one of the NPE’s software patents relating to “the processing of floating-point numbers”. In response, Rackspace and Red Hat (which was providing assistance to its customer in accordance with its Open Source Assurance ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 05 April 2013 @ 11:05AM
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