After Britain's public vote to leave the EU, the question comes up - in as far as intellectual property is concerned - what effect the Brexit has for the Unitary Patent (also referred to as "UPC") project that finally seemed to have picked up steam. It is likely that the UK leaving the European Union will have material effects on the UPC, either for the Unitary Patent as such or for the time the UPC will come into effect. Firstly it

Author: 2 months ago

Today as well as on June 23, patent attorney's firm EP&C together with Bas Berghuis van Woortman of Simmons & Simmons organize a seminar on the European Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Topics include: What is the unitary patent and how does it work? What is the Unified Patent Court and how does it work? What are the strategic options? What do I have to do?

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Yesterday the "Startup Fest Europe" had its kick-off meetings and formal opening in Amsterdam with innovators from large companies from US and Europe. Start up festival is an European festival of events that help startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). It is held in various Dutch cities from 24 – 28 May 2016. The program can be found here. Not usually high on the agenda of start-ups is intellectual property.

Author: 3 months ago

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a report on the adjudication of intellectual property cases worldwide, providing a snapshot of the structures and practices of specialised intellectual property jurisdictions (SIPJs) in a group of geographically and economically diverse countries. The report was launched in Moscow on April 29 during a session organized by ICC and ICC Russia at Russia’s largest IP-event, the International Forum on Intellectual Property – 21 Century. The newly published study is based on the practical

Author: 3 months ago

Intellectual property assets (IP Assets), primarily patents and software, have been the driving force behind high tech companies, but often times investors fail to understand their unique value as strategic business assets.  Investors tend to focus on the defensive value of IP Assets, as it relates to protecting the company’s own products, but that is a very narrow point of view that entirely misses the full value of these assets for investors.  This problem gets exacerbated as more and more

Author: 4 months ago

Tomlinson’s legacy: the ubiquitous @ Letters and numbers are for words and figures, both important to humans. But computers need more abstract instructions, requiring coders to reach for their % and their *, the { and the ], to tell machines what to do. In 1971 Ray Tomlinson, who died on March 5th, invented a way to send e-mails from one mainframe computer to another (previously, e-mail only worked between users of a single machine). He picked one of the remaining

Author: 5 months ago

Recently the Dutch financial newspaper "Het Financiele Dagblad" spent an article (" ("spin-offs rely on deep pockets University holding") on how (un)successful Dutch universities have been with their academic spin-offs, how many have been able to actually provide enough starting capital to give the spin-off a head start? How many universities only provide advice, but no capital? Some universities have set up special Holding companies to hold the shares (or part of it) in the spin-off, provide licenses under the

Author: 5 months ago

In our previous blog we dealt with IP Risk management by looking what it is and where risks typically originate from. In his blog we deal with seven case studies related to IP risk management in general and a special business software tool we developed called the "Alder IP Risk Management Tool"). These case studies involve an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of the subject, as well as its related contextual conditions. Case Studies The first case study looks at a hi

Author: 6 months ago

Unfortunately there has been wide spread confusion about what actually happened with the IKEA trademark case in Indonesia against Ikea, the famous furniture company from Sweden. Recently the Indonesian Supreme Court rendered a judgment, confirming a lower Commercial Court finding invalidating two trademarks due to non-use. Various commentators, blogs, newspapers and other public sources, believed that IKEA lost its right to use its famous mark in Indonesia. It caused many to warn against the dangers for companies doing business in

Author: 6 months ago

What is Intellectual Property Risk Management? It is the process of identifying, analyzing and responding to risk factors related to IP throughout the life of an IP right. Proper risk management implies control of possible future events and is proactive rather than reactive. Proper IP Risk Management will reduce not only the likelihood of an adverse event occurring, but also the magnitude of its impact on the business. If risk management is set up as a continuous, disciplined process of

Author: 6 months ago

A small revolution is about to happen in European Patent Practice. Professionals in IP have been brought up with the notion that after grant, a European patent is nothing more than a bundle of national patents in a number of European member states. The bundle often only covers three to six countries, and even though you might like to have a patent that covers the whole of Europe, the costs, in practice, are hard to justify. With the European Unitary

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