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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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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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When the CEO turns up to your leaving do you know you have done a good job

To understand the impact that Ruud Peters has had on Philips during his 13 years as the company’s chief IP officer you only had to be in Eindhoven last Friday for the event organised to mark his retirement from the role. Not only were members of Peters’ IP and Standards team well represented, but also in attendance were Jim Andrew, the company’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, and Frans van Houten, its CEO.  They were joined by a host CIPOs from other ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 December 2013 @ 12:06PM
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For innovators, patents aren’t always the answer – but that doesn’t mean they are less important

Findings of a recent working paper from the University of Lisbon’s School of Economics and Management suggest that only around 10% of key inventions are patented. Several IP-sceptic commentators have been quick to highlight the study as proof that patents do not play an important role in fostering innovation – but their assessment overlooks business realities. In ‘Reassessing patent propensity: evidence from a data-set of R&D awards 1977-2004’, authors ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 December 2013 @ 3:26PM
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For universities that are losing money on their patents, a solution is staring them in the face

A recent report from the Washington DC-based Brookings Institution suggests that many leading US universities are failing to profit from technology transfer. In fact, universities are not even generating enough of a return on their patents and technology to cover the operating costs of their tech transfer functions, including employment and patenting costs. ‘University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer’ analysed licensing data from 155 US ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2013 @ 12:27PM
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