Category Patent Policy

Anti Patent Rhetoric, does it help?

Why are bright people uncharacteristically dense when it comes to understanding patents? Ignorance about a simultaneously technical, legal and commercial discipline is a factor, but there may be something else going on. The recent wave of assaults on patents and…

Perfect Storm is Set to Slam IP Rights, Holders

Broad and largely unfounded disdain for intellectual property rights and holders has gone beyond bickering between operating companies and NPEs, or Hollywood (old economy) and Silicon Valley (new economy). It  is starting to have an impact on innovation and investment,…

Year of the Patent Bull Market

2001 showed us a world economy in turmoil, financial instability in  the European Union and a looming recession in most of the major EU countries, falling prices on major stock markets.  How different the market for strategic IP was in…

Norway has oil, Holland has water

Foreign delegations fly on and off to The Netherlands to see with their own eyes how the Netherlands solve water problems. Netherlands had no major water problem since what is known as the “Delta Works”, a major undertaking after disastrous…

Patents role in Apple’s success

Now the master of new consumer technologies, Steve Jobs, announced his resignation on Wednesday as Apple CEO, attention is also given to the intellectual property aspects of Apple’s success. Mr. Jobs’s say over the minute details of Apple’s products is…

Patent Thickets, right or wrong?

Patents are instituted to provide an incentive to innovate, which is important considering that innovation is a key driver for economic prosperity. Yet, what happens if the company that holds the patent right does not want to produce anything, but…