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Private practice attorneys provide
significant value-added to their clients
by helping them to secure quality
patents. An exclusive IAM/Ocean
Tomo collaboration reveals which
US law firms are doing just that.
After almost a decade of failed
negotiations, 2009 saw EU
member states commit to the
creation of an EU patent and single
patent court. A panel of leading IP
professionals discuss their hopes
and expectations for a unified
European patent system.
There is more to winning a complex
multi-jurisdictional IP litigation than
just having a good case.
Now is the time to be deciding
which IAM strategies to select
whose outcomes will track to your
corporate objectives and timelines
in 2010 and beyond.
US jewellery company Zale
Corporation has overlooked its
primary intangible asset. Sales
and market capitalisation have
fallen as a result. But all is not lost.
Detailed analysis shows that a high
percentage of the most successful
early-stage VC-backed businesses
in the United States have a strong
Bad habits in intellectual capital
management can end up causing
companies major problems. It is
important to recognise the sins in
order to put in place the solutions.
China’s economy may be forced to
change over the coming years as
the export market becomes more
challenging. This could present
both foreign and domestic
companies with new opportunities.
To seize them, they must
understand their brands.
An IP portfolio is a diamond in the
rough. In the hands of the right
craftsman, it can be polished to
reveal its full value. The trick is
finding these individuals and giving
them the best chance of doing
their job well.
For those interested in the
financing of IP and other
intangibles, the next decade
looks to be full of promise.
The IAM blog is updated four
or five times a week and
currently has a regular
readership of around 9,000
unique users, who visit the
site an average of three times
a month. In this series, some
of the blog’s most popular
posts are reproduced in the
Insight section of IAM
magazine, along with the
responses that they
For all the talk of out-of-the-box
innovation, perhaps there are also
some lessons to be learned from inside
Half-baked press coverage of IP
activities devalues patents and
impedes innovation. Blame both
reporters and patent holders for not
knowing the facts.
The Bilski case will be closely watched
to see whether the Supreme Court
will use it to address determination of
patent eligibility well beyond business
This issue's featured industry data includes key patent metrics for companies in the Information Technology Industries.
Understanding and adjusting to the
new rules covering divisional
applications is critical – as is the need
to track the new deadlines, writes
Andrew Schimmoeller, a legal
researcher for Thomson IP Management
Services at Thomson Reuters.