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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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On Tuesday February 2, 2016 IPEG Consultant Severin de Wit gave a Workshop for the Netherlands Association of Insolvency Attorneys (Insolad). The presentation for that workshop "Intellectuele Eigendom en Insolventie" is in Dutch and can be found here (for videos, click on the picture and you will see a bar with a "play" and "pause" button). Enjoy! Op dinsdag 2 februari 2016 gaf IPEG consultant Severin de Wit een workshop voor de Vereniging Insolventierecht Advocaten (Insolad) onder de titel: "IE en

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Pull vs Push is well known in marketing and supply chain logistics. Push marketing brings content to the user. Also known as “traditional marketing,” push is the grandmother of modern marketing. Direct mail marketing, such as catalogs and brochures, are prime examples of push marketing. Yes, you guessed it, pull marketing is the opposite of push marketing. This type of marketing “pulls” a consumer into the business. Meaning: the customer seeks out your company. Today’s consumer is an avid researcher. He or she

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“What’s the value of my IP” is a question that comes up in the mind of a lot of IP owners, enticed by news of lavishly priced IP rights, they would like to see if they can get their IP monetized in a similar lucrative way. For the companies that receive the question whether they can valuate the IP this is not always good news. “It depends”  is mostly not a reply that is welcomed by a hopeful IP owner,

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