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Alcatel-Lucent recruits former Kodak president to lead its patent monetisation drive

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that former Kodak president Laura Quatela is to join the company as its executive vice president of intellectual property. She will be leading its patent monetisation programme. In an indication of the importance Alcatel-Lucent attaches to Quatela’s role she will be one of very few heads of IP at a major company who reports directly to the CEO. “[Quatela’s] strong leadership background in patent monetisation in particular will be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 August 2014 @ 12:11PM
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Pressure to change IP focus in Japanese corporates is coming from the top

Between the early seventeenth century and the brusque arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853, Japan followed a foreign policy of sakoku – that is, extreme isolation from the outside world. To a non-Japanese speaking journalist based outside of the country (and to plenty of IP service providers from elsewhere in the world looking to do business there), it can sometimes feel that a similar climate prevails in the country’s IP marketplace today. Therefore, I took the ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 June 2014 @ 11:29AM
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How IP intermediaries can help to solve Asian universities’ ROI problem

The findings of a recently published study by the United Nations has found that the vast majority of the R&D conducted by Asian universities is not successfully commercialised, raising questions over the large investments in academic research made by Asian governments in the hope of stimulating economic growth. However, this disconnect between public funding and a return on investment could present rich opportunities for IP intermediary services. The UNESCO report – ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 June 2014 @ 9:17AM
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China needs foreign expertise if it is to meet its IP expectations

Chinese businesses have a highly positive outlook when it comes to leveraging M&A opportunities, with access to IP being a major deal driver, according to a newly released report from Ernst & Young. However, a shortfall in domestic IP expertise could be holding companies back from acquiring the IP rights they need. In the latest edition of its biannual Capital Confidence Barometer – an executive summary of which can be viewed here – Ernst & Young surveyed ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 May 2014 @ 10:01AM
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New study tries to put a price on trade secrets theft

The Centre for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have published a report assessing the economic impact of trade secret theft around the world. Released last week, ‘Economic Impact of Trade Secret Theft: A framework for companies to safeguard trade secrets and mitigate potential threats’ estimates that trade secret misappropriation costs the world’s top 40 economies between 1% and 3% of their GDP on average each year. To ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 March 2014 @ 2:06PM
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AutoHarvest’s early success proves that patents are about so much more than exclusion

This weekend, Crain’s Detroit Business ran a feature looking at AutoHarvest, the non-profit IP exchange platform set up to serve the open innovation needs of the automotive industry and adjacent sectors. As reported by Crain’s, the AutoHarvest Foundation project has come on leaps and bounds since its inception in August 2011. To date, over 200 organisations have posted information regarding their technology requirements and offerings to the AutoHarvest website. Other ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 24 February 2014 @ 5:37PM
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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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UK faces a brain drain if its lackadaisical approach to patenting doesn’t change

An article (in German) in yesterday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) compares the size of the research and development community in selected countries with the number of domestic patent applications. While it seems to be an arbitrary comparison, the statistics do appear to reflect some interesting trends in the patenting environments of different countries. A graph that features in the FAZ article combines UNESCO data on the number of researchers per million inhabitants ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 13 February 2014 @ 3:52PM
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New kid on the PIPCO block sees big opportunities in both Asia and Europe

Patent licensing and investment firm Inventergy has made a couple of big announcements over the past few months. In December, the NPE revealed that it was planning a merger with publicly traded eOn Communications, a company that provides internet protocol telephony solutions. And last month, it closed a major deal with Panasonic, which saw it acquire around 500 patents from the Japanese company relating to 3G and 4G wireless technologies. I caught up with Inventergy’s ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 February 2014 @ 4:28PM
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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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