Category Patent Management

A Marriage for 20 years

In Europe the heated discussion on business method patents and software patents basically died after the European Parliament rejected the controversial draft directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in July 2005. This vote ended more than three years of…

The Patenting Paradox

Tomorrow, Monday February 11, Arnaud Gasnier, receives his PhD at Technical University Delft (TU Delft) for a study on efficient patent management (“The Patenting Paradox“) . Gasnier’s study shows that despite a dramatic increase in the number of patents filed…

IP securitization in Europe

Intellectual property securitization has had a promising history- from the initial excitement over Bowie Bonds, which securitized David Bowie’s song catalog, and other early deals, followed by a recent lull, during which it was thought the idea was dead. Recently…

First European IP merchant banking

On February 1, 2007 Europe got its first company that will primarily focus on acquisition (and divestiture, for that matter) of intellectual property (mostly patents). IP is a new and valuable asset class. IP merchant services (also “IP merchant banking”)…