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Summary of ipCG’s 13th Annual Thought Leadership Conference

On Thursday May 11th, ipCapital Group held its 13th Annual Thought Leadership Conference, bringing together innovation and intellectual property (IP) leaders from around the world in the picturesque Essex Resort & Spa in Northwest Vermont. This year’s conference theme was Effective Innovation - Transforming Ideas into High-Value IP.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 8:45 A.M. May 31, 2017

TAGS: ipCG Team | IAM | Innovation | John Cronin | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Valuation




Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, is the author of "The VC’s playbook: Diligence essentials for technology-based IP"

In this whitepaper, Adam discusses how VC investments can improve monetization options and mitigate risk when diligence considers IP assets from a holistic business perspective, beyond the traditional legal opinions.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 12:38 P.M. March 24, 2017

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | ipCG Team | Disruption | Process | Strategy | Valuation




How Can Prototyping Help You Develop and Protect Your Idea?

When developing a new idea, you could take the short route and create a “paper only” concept. This approach may be sufficient if you only intend to develop a concept for future rights, or to gain an IP foothold in a market or industry, and not an actual product or service. But if you are developing a new product or service idea and your plan is to take it to market in the immediate or near future, creating a working prototype can be a crucial step in enhancing the value of the IP and product you are developing around the concept and growing its potential value in the market.

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POSTED BY Ted Anderson and Charles E. Root Jr. MS. AT 2:14 P.M. March 16, 2017

TAGS: Strategy | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Ted Anderson | Prototype




Predicted Uptick in M&A Activity in Food & Beverage Industry: How does this affect IP?

A number of acquisitions have appeared in the food and beverage industry in the past several years, including Kraft and Heinz, JAB Holding and Keurig, and most recently the thwarted acquisition of Unilever by Kraft Heinz. Companies would be wise to not only assess the business landscape of potential consolidation in the industry, but consider the IP landscape and patent owner shifts if more of the largest food & beverage corporations merge.

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POSTED BY Jeff Goodwin and Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 12:18 P.M. March 6, 2017

TAGS: Innovation | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Strategy | Jeff Goodwin | Mergers and Acquisitions




The Internet of Things (IoT) and Implications for Intellectual Property Part III: Alexa today, where tomorrow?

In our second installment of The Internet of Things (IoT), Data, and the Implications for Intellectual Property, we discussed the relationship of data and IoT devices. In this final installment, let's look ahead to the potential future of IoT.

The number of companies that are actively seeking IP protection in this area has rapidly increased. A chart created with ipCapital Group's patent research software, ipCG Innovation Integrator, demonstrates that from 2007 and 2016, there was a 1300% increase in patents related to the IoT.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. and Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 8:07 P.M. January 20, 2017

TAGS: Innovation | Invention | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Process | Strategy | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | IoT | Big Data




China and the Next Great Wall: Part II

China's history of largely ignoring foreign patents is changing quickly as their largest technology companies look for meaningful IP protections for their innovations. China seems to be well underway in the development of a solid IP national system for protection of IP rights. R&D investment and new regulations for equity investments spark innovation, while stronger patent laws and more fair litigation demonstrate the country's approach to IP protection.

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POSTED BY Michael D'Andrea AND Eva Carreira AT 10:08 A.M. Nov 23, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Strategy | China




Protecting Your Intellectual Property Protects Your Customers

Verizon was recently informed by Yahoo, a company they inked a $4.8 billion purchase of back in July, that in 2014, Yahoo's servers were hacked and over 500 million Yahoo user accounts loaded with personal data were stolen. Now, various reports in the news are suggesting Verizon is going to ask for a $1 billion reduction in the price of the deal. It is in a business's own best interest to handle this data as it would any other intellectual property, i.e., as a very valuable asset.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. AT 9:59 A.M. November 14, 2016

TAGS: Case Study | Valuation | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Data Security | Mergers and Acquisitions




IP is an Emerging Concern in Technology and Telecom

The discussions surrounding the dependence of society on technology are well worn. We all know technology and the communication revolution that it has enabled are both powerful forces that are here to stay, creating many new and exciting business opportunities. The rapid rise of technology, however, has also created new business risks.

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POSTED BY Jeff Padgett AT 5:24 P.M. Sep 21, 2016

TAGS: Disruption | Strategy | Telecom | Jeff Padgett | Data Security




Acquisition of Yahoo: What Verizon will Gain Without the Patents

Intellectual property is big part of a company's valuation, so it is with some interest here at ipCapital Group that we look at any large corporate sale. Such events help us to fine-tune our own equations and provide mountains of useful data for creating such valuations for our clients. So when Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 Billion dollars and that doesn't include their patent portfolio, it's interesting to take a look at what they are getting.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. AT 4:18 P.M. August 8, 2016

TAGS: Valuation | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Mergers and Acquisitions




Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, is the Author of "Valuation of Public Equities, Including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple: Capital Market Pricing of Opaque Intangible Assets"

In this whitepaper, Adam connects market value to innovation-related growth potential, a practice that requires diligence beyond traditional analysis, particularly on knowledge intensive businesses.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 8:07 P.M. August 01, 2016

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | ipCG Team | Metrics | Valuation




The Internet of Things and Intellectual Property: Who Owns the Data?

In our first installment of The Internet of Things (IoT), Data, and the Implications on Intellectual Property, we discussed the need to understand the full landscape of IoT, not just devices. In this second part, let's talk about "big data". All of these devices and the data they will create, hold, transmit and interact with raises a unique Intellectual Property (IP) question. Who owns the data?

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. and Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 1:48 P.M. May 17, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Invention | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Process | Strategy | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | IoT | Big Data




How the Defend Trade Secrets Act Impacts your IP Strategy

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 was signed into law on May 11th, adding national and international protection for trade secrets to the already-existing state-level laws, which are allowed to remain in place according to the new federal statute. The DTSA taken together with the AIA’s prior use protections, provides 2-part protection, which may allow a company to continue to use its trade secreted inventions even if another entity subsequently patents the invention. This new paradigm is a game-changer for IP strategy - especially for defense, as it adds another route for IP protection outside the usual "race to the patent office".

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POSTED BY Bill Petrow and Jeff Goodwin AT 12:51 P.M. May 13, 2016

TAGS: America Invents Act (AIA) | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Bill Petrow | Jeff Goodwin




How Can Data Drive Medical Device Innovation?

ipCapital Group recently had the privilege of attending the 2016 BIOMEDevice Boston conference. Although the array of gears, wheels, pumps, membranes, molds, tubes and tools we witnessed was impressive, from our view, it was the data that stole the show. The Biomedical Innovation series of presentations focused heavily on the quest to collect, store and (somehow) utilize data, and made it clear that data is driving the cutting edge of the medical device industry. Three main themes emerged:

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POSTED BY Jeff Padgett AT 5:29 P.M. Apr 28, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Strategy | Health Care | Jeff Padgett




Yahoo Sale Highlights the Need for a Thoughtful IP Valuation

Since Yahoo launched the sale of its core business and patent portfolio in February, questions have been raised regarding the value of non-operating assets. With estimates ranging from $1B to $4B for the patents alone, many are left to wonder how to value a portfolio of roughly 6,000 patents encompassing a wide variety of technologies.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski and Seth Cronin AT 4:27 P.M. Apr 18, 2016

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Strategy | Valuation




Is "Ad Hoc" Innovation Good Enough?

As innovation consultants, we have a front row seat to watch (and help) companies learn how to be innovative. We've seen a lot of companies take a variety of approaches to innovation. One of the most common we see is what we call the "ad hoc" approach. This is a fancy way of saying "let's invent something and then see if we can sell it!" Although this approach is very common, it very rarely works well. We have a better approach. See how we helped a company in the health care industry apply four fundamental ingredients for a successful innovation strategy.

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POSTED BY Robert McDonald and Jeff Padgett AT 1:23 P.M. Apr 7, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Process | Strategy | Robert McDonald | Health Care | Jeff Padgett | Ad hoc | Big Data




The Smart Grid Demands Innovation: Are you Ready?

The electrical energy delivery system, the Grid, looks today very much like it has for the past century. However, over the past two decades, customer demand for grid performance has driven the development of new technology. The Grid is transforming from a one-way flow of energy into a Smart Grid that allows for the two-way flow of both energy and data back and forth between all nodes. Some expect that over $20B dollars will be spent annually over the next 20 years to effect this transformation. To take advantage of these opportunities, innovation is needed, and it is needed now.

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POSTED BY Jeff Padgett AT 1:48 P.M. Mar 8, 2016

TAGS: Creativity | Innovation | Smart Home | Jeff Padgett




Can Innovation Heal Healthcare?

To say that the healthcare industry is under intense pressure to change is an obvious understatement. But in a large and mature industry how do we begin to understand the scope and scale of the change needed? Working with our clients, and a review of the literature has made it clear that there are three broad areas that can provide a framework for change.

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POSTED BY Robert McDonald AT 3:57 P.M. Mar 3, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Process | Strategy | Robert McDonald | Health Care | Big Data | Telemedicine




Emergence of Hand Wearable Technology, Intellectual Property

All companies are walking a fine line as they merge and innovate in smart wearables. The open spaces are quickly filling up. Proper care has to be taken to guard the innovation process to maintain an open space for the newest smart wearables to flourish. Any company, large or small, should be alert and constantly innovating to keep a competitive edge when addressing this market.

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POSTED BY Justin Kunz and AJ Knowles AT 4:08 P.M. March 1, 2016

TAGS: Disruption | Innovation | Invention | Strategy | Justin Kunz | IoT | Wearables | Smart Home




The Internet of Things (IoT) and Implications on Intellectual Property

While the Internet of Things (IoT) is not new, we are now seeing the refinement of the devices, communication protocols, and data management that was not possible a few years ago. There is a forthcoming convergence of multiple product and technology spaces in this this new world of a predicted 50 billion "things," and the possibility for growth in markets and IP are enormous. IoT is a wide-ranging technological space. So we are publishing a short series on IoT and intellectual property (IP) to highlight some opportunities and challenges that we see, beyond the standard scope of everyday articles being circulated.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. and Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 4:07 P.M. February 18, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Invention | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Process | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | IoT | Wearables




The Four Pillars of Implementable Innovation

One of the complex problems that we have been focusing on recently is how to make innovation more successful. We measure innovation success as a combination of both the number of new innovations and the rate of successful implementation. Innovation without implementation serves neither a company nor its customers. From our work with clients we have concluded that there are four major elements necessary to have any chance of creating focused, implementable innovation that meets your business needs: The Four Pillars.

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POSTED BY Robert McDonald AT 4:55 P.M. Jan 28, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Process | Strategy | Robert McDonald




Advantages of Improving Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in India

Traditionally, knowledge was viewed in India as something that is created and put in the public domain. However, this does not fit with the global understanding of strongly protected IPR. Hence, there is a need to show the value of transforming knowledge into IP assets.

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POSTED BY Nagesh Kadaba AT 1:57 P.M. January 25, 2016

TAGS: Innovation | Strategy




Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, is the Author of "The Future of Banking Profits: Innovation Decisions for Retail and Commercial Banks"

In this whitepaper, Adam outlines the changing customer and competitor landscapes facing today’s banking industry and argues that developing a thoughtful innovation strategy, considering changes with both customer needs and competition, is necessary to maintain profitability.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 4:06 P.M. January 15, 2016

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | ipCG Team | Innovation | Strategy | Banking




Two Directions of Open Innovation

For more than a decade, firms have focused much of their "open innovation" (OI) efforts on one direction - inbound OI. The push has been fueled in part by a wealth of scholarly articles and disclosures by the likes of Procter & Gamble about accessing the marketplace of outside ideas. The outbound direction of OI, while arguably less intuitive, offers a number of opportunities for firms to capture value from either internally generated or acquired innovation.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 12:21 P.M. December 17, 2015

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Innovation | Outside Publication | Open Innovation




Barriers to Innovation: The Greatest Idea in the World Is Only As Good as the Process that Put It Together

The Apple Watch is, as usual for Apple, a trailblazing product that not only showcases a new product, but opens up a path to grow a new area of technology. It is also another example of true innovation struggling against internal and external forces, all of which try to hamper innovation, harming sales and damaging the development of exciting technology. As with other examples, the Watch is proof that process is just as important as the innovation when it comes to implementing great ideas.

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POSTED BY Chris Huffines AT 1:33 P.M. Sep 22, 2015

TAGS: Chris Huffines | Innovation | Invention | Process




IP risk mitigation for new product development

Avoiding IP roadblocks and exploiting gaps in the competition's IP position is a key to developing an intellectual property strategy for new product development. Find out why it’s best to start with the end in mind by looking for potential IP roadblocks up-front that may impact product release.

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POSTED BY Bill Petrow and Cody Barrette AT 9:43 A.M. Sep 2, 2015

TAGS: NPD | Strategy | Bill Petrow | Cody Barrette




Spiraling Healthcare Costs - Mergers are not the answer, innovation is.

What is really required to make a significant change to the overall cost of healthcare delivery and its associated industry of health insurance? The answer is innovation, both in how people are cared for and how they pay for it.

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POSTED BY Robert McDonald and Charles E. Root Jr. MS. AT 3:12 P.M. July 14, 2015

TAGS: Creativity | Innovation | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Robert McDonald | Wearables | Health Care




Extending the Financial Impact of Innovation

Innovation capabilities, from understanding customers to commercializing new products, determine financial success for nearly all firms in today's economy. By building a capability to manage IP, a firm maximizes the potential for a lasting return on innovation.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 4:12 P.M. July 6, 2015

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Commercialization | Innovation | Invention | Strategy




5 Reasons to Add Design Patents to your IP Portfolio

Based on recent trends, we expect an increase in strategic focus on design patents, which will likely include an influx of new design applications into the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as other patent offices around the world. Here are the key reasons why we are advising our clients to increase their focus on design patents.

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POSTED BY Justin Kunz AT 5:25 P.M. June 30, 2015

TAGS: Invention | Process | Strategy | Justin Kunz | Design Patent




Three things to know about Disney's Future Aerial Shows

The Walt Disney Company was recently awarded a number of issued patents for future unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or UAS or drone) integration into its aerial shows. By patent protecting this technology and technology application, Disney may keep competitors (e.g., Universal Studios) aerial display shows "on the ground".

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POSTED BY Cody Barrette AT 1:30 P.M. June 18, 2015

TAGS: Entertainment | Innovation | Invention | Strategy | Cody Barrette




Mobile Advertising and its Intellectual Property Landscape

It's a bleak geography for many of the top corporations. The top companies in the mobile advertising space, with the exception of Google and Yahoo, even come close to being the top patent holders in the sector.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. and Jeff Goodwin AT 10:15 A.M. June 4, 2015

TAGS: Mobile | Strategy | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Jeff Goodwin




China and the next Great Wall

Valuable IP will define an upcoming chapter in China’s growth story. China recognizes that innovation is an imperative for its long-term economic growth. Less discussed amongst the country’s initiatives to promote innovation is the fact that China’s national system for protecting IP rights continues to strengthen. The rapid evolution of China’s IP system requires emergent IP strategies from all domestic and foreign firms.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 9:28 A.M. May 12, 2015

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Innovation | Strategy | China




Alice is market-affecting and could impact your market advantage in a few short years

The recent decision in the Alice v. CLS Bank case (Alice) has had a profound impact on patent litigation and prosecution, but what impact has it had on IP strategies? Many of our clients are wondering how this legal decision impacts them strategically.

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POSTED BY Justin Kunz and Jeff Goodwin AT 2:45 P.M. Apr 23, 2015

TAGS: Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Justin Kunz | Jeff Goodwin




Getting a Patent? Consider a Trade Secret.

Would a patent really be an effective way to protect your IP? Owning a patent might actually work against your interests by disseminating your proprietary information. Enter trade secrets.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Bill Petrow AT 1:45 P.M. Feb 4, 2015

TAGS: Bruce Story | Process | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Bill Petrow




Run - Don't Walk: First-Inventor-to-File is Here

Final implementation of the AIA has changed the race track substantially. Companies will have to adjust in order to win the new race to the patent office. ipCG’s cutting-edge ipAIASM services are designed to let our clients dramatically shorten the time between conceiving an invention and filing the patent application. A client company will run—not walk—to the patent office.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Chris Huffines AT 1:45 P.M. Mar 8, 2013

TAGS: America Invents Act (AIA) | Bruce Story | Chris Huffines | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy




Part II: Rembrandts for Sale

In our October 15th blog post Don't Forget About the "Rembrandt in the Attic"?, we discussed how a failure to think strategically about IP may have been a overlooked factor in the financial collapse of Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG). DDMG as debtor in possession has now sought court approval to sell the 3D patents along with the company’s remaining assets. The assets will be auctioned in separate groups, with the six granted 3D patents and two applications sold as one group. For any parties considering making a bid for the 3D patents, one essential question must be asked: how much are these patents worth?

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin and Nathan Doudera AT 9:10 A.M. Nov 19, 2012

TAGS: Entertainment | Nathan Doudera | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Valuation




The Role of Design Patents in an Overall IP Strategy

The recently concluded and highly publicized patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung was significant because design patents have long been seen as less valuable and less strategic than utility patents. In reality, design patents do have strategic value, especially when used within the context of an overall IP strategy.

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POSTED BY Justin Kunz and Nathan Doudera AT 1:25 P.M. Oct 30, 2012

TAGS: Invention | Nathan Doudera | Process | Strategy | Justin Kunz | Design Patent




What is your IP and technology worth?

Over the past year, ipCapital Group has seen a dramatic increase in requests to value IP portfolios. The engagements range from advising on high-profile deals to supporting capital raises for small, private companies who have few assets other than IP. We continue to use these experiences and lessons as feedback to our methodology, which is critical as the landscape evolves. In our latest video, we highlight a few of those lessons.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 11:15 A.M. Oct 24, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | IAM | Process | Strategy | Valuation




Don't Forget About the "Rembrandt in the Attic"?

The case of DDMG is not unique; IP mismanagement is pervasive throughout the media and entertainment industry. For a number of reasons, companies often fail to recognize the value of their intellectual assets, and the business continues to move forward while the IP strategy does not. When companies start to consider IP in the face of a crisis, be it bankruptcy or an infringement lawsuit, it is too late to go back and reap the benefit of their creative thinking and innovation.

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin and Nathan Doudera AT 8:55 A.M. Oct 15, 2012

TAGS: Disruption | Entertainment | IAM | Nathan Doudera | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Strategy | Mergers and Acquisitions




It's Football Season. Time to Go Long?

In February, Alcatel Lucent (ALU) initiated a corporate restructuring that included plans to license almost 9,000 U.S. patents. The license project was recently cancelled, because the assets have generated no cash over the past seven months. So, what’s next? Maybe an auction? If the quality and strength of these patents matches or exceeds competitor portfolios, then maybe now is the right time to establish a long equity position.

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POSTED BY Betsy Nesbitt AT 3:24 P.M. September 25, 2012

TAGS: Betsy Nesbitt | Strategy | Valuation




Strategies for Filing Patents in China

For patents specifically, the best IP strategy for China balances the use of both Utility Model and Invention patents. For a comprehensive IP strategy, foreign companies should not just look at the term of protection and assume that Invention patents offer all the protection they need. Companies should use the full range of IP protections including not just patents but also trade secrets and know-how, black boxes, and defensive publications.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Nathan Doudera AT 2:28 P.M. Aug 29, 2012

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Nathan Doudera | Process | Strategy | China




The IP Protection Challenges of 3D Printing

3D printing is one emerging technology field with the potential to create significant—perhaps even extreme—practical and legal consequences.  Innovators and manufacturers need to be ready to use all the protections offered by the different forms of intellectual property to protect their assets and businesses.

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POSTED BY Chris Huffines AT 5:05 P.M. Aug 15, 2012

TAGS: Chris Huffines | Creativity | Disruption | Regulation and Legislation




Reboot Your Innovation Strategy

Is your business strategy aligned with the current market? Or, are you exhausting resources on innovations for a bygone market opportunity? Reboot your innovation strategy with a broader perspective.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 5:45 P.M. Jul 25, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Innovation | Process | Strategy




Is the Rental Car Industry Heading Toward Disruption Because of Intellectual Property?

The rise in the prevalence of technology and patent filings in the car rental industry is creating the possibility of an industry disruption due to intellectual property. Car rental companies that acknowledge and prepare for the increasing importance of IP will stand to benefit, while companies that ignore the importance of IP will suffer.

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POSTED BY John Cronin and Nathan Doudera AT 1:20 P.M. Jul 25, 2012

TAGS: Disruption | John Cronin | Mobile | Nathan Doudera




Getting Started with the UK Patent Box Initiative: Establishing Your Baseline

As the commencement date of the UK Patent Box initiative approaches (April 2013), eligible businesses need to begin thinking about what their current baseline looks like in regards to their existing IP portfolio. By establishing an initial patent to product mapping inventory and setting up a formal process for ongoing management, businesses can maximize the near and long term benefits of the Patent Box initiative.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team and Cody Barrette AT 4:30 P.M. Jul 18, 2012

TAGS: ipCG Team | IAM | Strategy | Cody Barrette




Overcoming Barriers to Innovation and IP Creation - PART 5: FINDING BUDGET

This final article in a series of five on barriers to innovation and IP creation explores ideas for overcoming having no resources or budget. Learn how an effective “ROI story,” communicated to executives, can help you obtain dedicated budget to invest in staff, infrastructure, and tools needed to drive your innovation and IP initiatives.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 8:02 A.M. Jun 19, 2012

TAGS: Innovation | Jed Cahill | Process




UK Businesses - Are You Prepared for the Patent Box Initiative?

The Patent Box initiative is an exciting offering for businesses operating in the UK; one that can provide significant long term technical, business, and financial value. By considering the implications of the Patent Box program now, businesses will be able to put in place the necessary processes to measure, communicate, and build a sustainable IP program supportive of this initiative.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 3:58 P.M. June 18, 2012

TAGS: ipCG Team | IAM | Strategy




IP's Impact on Investor ROI

As a follow-up to the recent M&A post, this article examines common IP-related drivers of ROI, from the perspective of an investor, such as a private equity firm.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 8:04 A.M. Jun 13, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Commercialization | Strategy | Valuation | Mergers and Acquisitions




IP’s Role in Improving M&A Success

Inorganic growth strategies through M&A don’t always account for the potential of intangible assets. M&A teams that consider IP and other intangible assets both before and after a deal can improve success with more accurate pricing and more efficient value extraction.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 8:35 A.M. Jun 7, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Commercialization | Strategy | Valuation | Mergers and Acquisitions




IP Valuations: When an IP Decision Includes a Real Option

Making the decision to invest in patented technology requires a manager to map and evaluate a series of decisions and uncertainties. Real options pricing can enhance IP valuations in situations where key assumptions regarding market, financial, and technology variables are identified and estimated with reasonable accuracy. When coupled with the income and other valuation approaches, such as comparable market transactions, options thinking can guide financial and strategic decision making.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski and Betsy Nesbitt AT 8:09 A.M. May 25, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Betsy Nesbitt | Valuation




Overcoming Barriers to Innovation and IP Creation - PART 4: MOTIVATING ACTION

Having a dedicated innovation or IP leader responsible for managing execution according to a documented process is essential for putting strategy into action. But even a well-defined strategy and process and won’t run itself. People make the strategy go. So, how can you help your organization motivate action by the teams and individuals needed to achieve your innovation and IP goals? How can you incentivize value creation?

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 8:03 A.M. Apr 23, 2012

TAGS: Innovation | Jed Cahill | Process




Do Investors Understand the Value of your Patents?

Last week, Microsoft paid $1.06B to purchase and license about 1,100 AOL patents. Putting the issues of purchase premium and strategy aside for another discussion, this transaction presents an interesting case on IP value expectations and communications.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 8:20 A.M. Apr 17, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Valuation




How To Find Great Ideas and Get Them Funded

Great innovation is not just about great ideas. To get new ideas off the ground, you need executive buy-in and funding. You can increase the likelihood of success by building the executive buy-in for the innovation process, and by knowing what the CEO and other stakeholders are seeking in order to approve and fund your ideas. Here's how you can find great new ideas and establish rigor in the process that will win support and funding.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 8:17 A.M. Mar 19, 2012

TAGS: Ideation | Innovation | Kate Shore | Process




IP Valuation Case Study: Non-Durable Consumer Products & IP Acquisitions

Companies buy and sell intellectual property (IP), including patented technology, in all industries, ranging from high-tech products like semiconductors to relatively lower-tech products like non-durable consumer goods. Businesses can take advantage of these often fast-moving opportunities if they have the appropriate IP valuation tools. These tools are particularly important when market and technology uncertainties are highand managers need to model different market scenarios.

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POSTED BY Betsy Nesbitt AT 8:11 A.M. Mar 13, 2012

TAGS: Betsy Nesbitt | Case Study | Valuation




Copyright is a Cautionary Tale for Patent Holders

SOPA, PIPA, RIAA, MPAA. In certain corners of the Internet, these are not just 4-letter acronyms, but 4-letter words. What is most striking about the conflict over digital piracy is the incredible level of hostility the copyright holders and their defenders, including the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America, have generated. Patent holders and their defenders should take note: you are next.

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POSTED BY Chris Huffines AT 8:07 A.M. Feb 28, 2012

TAGS: Chris Huffines | Strategy




How Can Innovation Improve Customer Service?

Serco, a FTSE-100 outsourcing company based in the UK, operates contact centers for a large, FTSE 100 broadband provider, who was seeking to raise the level of performance for customer service. ipCG's innovation process was used to discover and prioritize 300 innovation ideas toward this objective. Just three months after the process began, Serco's performance on handling customer complaints moved to the top of the client's supplier performance table.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 8:10 A.M. Feb 21, 2012

TAGS: Case Study | Ideation | Innovation | Kate Shore | Telecom




Overcoming Barriers to Innovation and IP Creation - PART 3: DEFINING YOUR PROCESS

Strategy is only as valuable as your ability to execute - an imperfect strategy that is well executed will generate much higher returns than a glossy white paper strategy that is poorly executed. So, how can you help your organization turn innovation and IP strategy into business value? This third article in a series of five on this subject explores ideas for overcoming the barrier of having no defined process.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 9:15 A.M. Feb 9, 2012

TAGS: Innovation | Jed Cahill | Process | Training and Incentives




Top 5 Blog Articles from 2011

Looking back on 2011, we've pulled together the top five most read articles from the ipCG blog during the year. While we covered many topics, including a series on IP strategy execution, open innovation, and the impact of new patent legislations, the topics of most interest to readers were IAM best practices for SMEs, understanding patent valuation, and filing strategies for design patents and China.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 8:10 A.M. Jan 26, 2012

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Overcoming Barriers to Innovation and IP Creation - PART 2: DEFINING & MEASURING SUCCESS

Establishing a clear direction for innovation and IP creation starts with consensus on an overall corporate strategy that defines the vision, specific business goals, and tactical actions that serve the vision and goals. Unfortunately, Executive and Board level consensus on the strategy is not enough.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 8:10 A.M. Jan 19, 2012

TAGS: Innovation | Jed Cahill | Process




IP Valuation Case Study: IT Industry

Over the past two years, ipCG completed several IP valuations in the IT industry. In most cases, our clients contracted the models for external purposes - to estimate IP value for M&A negotiations. However, work products generated significant internal benefits as well. We share this case study with you to demonstrate the many strategic and managerial insights that can be gleaned from thoughtful IP valuations.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski and Betsy Nesbitt AT 8:45 A.M. Jan 13, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Betsy Nesbitt | Case Study | Valuation




New Year, New Strategy

No new typewriters will be produced in 2012. The last production line closed down just this past year. On the one hand, this shows quite poignantly why innovation is important, on the other hand, it shows that destructive innovation is not something that happens in a flash. So, how do you know if your product is a typewriter? Do you have a plan?

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POSTED BY Ben Little AT 8:15 A.M. Jan 9, 2012

TAGS: Disruption | Innovation | Strategy




IP Valuation: Is the "25% Rule" Still Relevant?

The 25% rule is a rule of thumb used to estimate royalty rates for intellectual property (IP) licensing transactions by approximating the risk/reward relationship between a licensee and licensor. A licensee only pays a portion of profits to the licensor, because of the additional costs and uncertainties that it incurs to convert the technology in to revenue.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski and Betsy Nesbitt AT 10:10 A.M. Jan 5, 2012

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Betsy Nesbitt | Valuation




Top Ten Things that SMEs Need to Know About IP

SMEs are often in a risky position of not having access to professional advice or formal training about intellectual property (IP), and therefore can unknowingly handicap themselves in whether or how they use IP. As a starting point, here are the 10 things every SME should know about IP.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 10:00 A.M. DECEMBER 21, 2011

TAGS: IAM | Kate Shore | SME | Strategy




Overcoming Barriers to Innovation and IP Creation - PART 1: ESTABLISHING DIRECTION

The innovation and IP leader who is able to overcome the barriers has an opportunity to advance the company's competitive position with better products and services, faster time to market, more efficient operations, stronger IP, and the resilience necessary to respond to rapidly changing market conditions and critical business problems.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 10:00 A.M. Dec 13, 2011

TAGS: Innovation | Jed Cahill | Process




AIA's Effect on NPE Assertion Tactics

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) recently signed into law by president Obama represents the most substantial modification to the U.S. patent system in the past fifty years, and most notably, changes the U.S. system from a "first to invent" to a "first to file" system. These new rules will undoubtedly cause companies to re-think their intellectual property (IP) strategy and re-tool their IP process.

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POSTED BY John Cronin and Bill Petrow AT 10:00 A.M. Dec 2, 2011

TAGS: America Invents Act (AIA) | John Cronin | Bill Petrow




ipCapital Group Welcomes Chris Huffines

ipCapital Group is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Huffines to our team. Chris works primarily with ipCG strategic partners on projects such as technical patent mapping and prior art analysis. He is especially active in the areas of telecom analysis and in reviewing the changes to the patent system stemming from the America Invents Act.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 1:30 P.M. Nov 29, 2011

TAGS: Chris Huffines | ipCG Team




Linking IP Strategy and Profitability

Business strategy boils down to choices, with the ultimate goal of maximizing firm profits. The firm plans its activities, e.g. operations, marketing, finance, R&D, to support its business strategy. However, few firms use IP strategically by aligning IP activities with their business goals.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 11:45 A.M. NOVEMBER 16, 2011

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Strategy




Linking IP to Competitive Advantage

In formulating its business strategy, a firm analyzes both its external environment and its internal composition. Externally, the firm studies the structure of the industry in which it competes, identifies market opportunities and threats, and researches social, political, technical, and economic trends.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 4:00 P.M. OCTOBER 3, 2011

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Strategy




Hollywood and Hidden Creativity

Whether used simply for enhancement of brand, developed and sold as a new product, or licensed to film industry companies or studios, Hollywood inventions are being missed. These missed inventions are wasted opportunities for studios and companies involved to increase their revenue based on creative thinking - ironically, the lifeblood of the film industry.

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 10:20 A.M. SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

TAGS: Creativity | Entertainment | Nancy Edwards Cronin




How to Encourage Joint Creation in Open Innovation without Losing IP Rights

In the September issue of Intellectual Property Magazine, Kate Shore discusses how to address IP issues before the relationship to help create a culture of co-invention and collaboration, how to rev up your innovation engine to generate many potential inventions, and ways to maximize the value of the inventions created for both parties.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 8:15 P.M. SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

TAGS: Innovation | Kate Shore | Outside Publication | Process | Open Innovation




Missing Trade Secrets?

If you are like most technology managers, you know you have trade secrets in the organization, but you don't know what they are. You know you have to protect "them" from loss, but what are "they"?

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 3:45 P.M. SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Trade Secrets




Missing Inventions?

If your R&D department is like most, you have very creative people working diligently to solve problems. However, you may wonder why you don't see more invention disclosures coming from such bright, creative people.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 5:00 P.M. SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Invention | NPD | Process




How to Adjust a Target's Valuation for Risk

Risk factoring is critical to developing valuation models that work. By investing the time needed to develop thorough and effective risk adjusted valuation models, you significantly increase the potential that you will actually achieve the projected return on investment for your technology acquisition and make better, more informed business decisions.

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POSTED BY Rachael Schwartz AT 4:45 P.M. JUNE 27, 2011

TAGS: Commercialization | Outside Publication | Rachael Schwartz | Valuation




Know What to Pay: Evaluate the Market Value of an Acquisition through Comparables

Comparables are vital to determining what the market would likely pay for a company, technology, or Intellectual Property (IP) asset. While the market value is not necessarily what the asset is worth to your company, it gives you an idea of what competitors may be willing to pay and can provide insight that will inform your bidding strategy.

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POSTED BY Rachael Schwartz AT 12:45 P.M. JUNE 1, 2011

TAGS: Commercialization | Outside Publication | Process | Rachael Schwartz | Valuation




A Triangulation Approach to Valuation Delivers the "Right" Price

A Triangulation Approach to valuation looks at value in three ways: 1) modeling the value that the technology and IP provides for your company's intended use; 2) reviewing, risk-adjusting and use-adjusting the target's valuation, and 3) understanding market comparables.

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POSTED BY Rachael Schwartz AT 1:00 P.M. MAY 26, 2011

TAGS: Commercialization | Outside Publication | Process | Rachael Schwartz | Valuation




Sustaining the IP Strategy Execution Process

As has been shown, ICM processes are needed to successfully execute the IP strategy. If a company does not have all the processes needed, or needs to improve their processes they typically call upon outside experts in the field to help. This can be very helpful by comparing with best practices in the industry.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 4:30 P.M. MAY 13, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Strategy




Measuring and Extracting IP Value

The value of any IP is dependent on the context. Valuation of the IP in context and targeted marketing is important to gain returns on the licensing effort.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 2:15 P.M. APRIL 29, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Metrics | Process




Protecting IP

The protecting phase includes the legal processes for creating a patent application, filing in the appropriate jurisdiction and prosecuting the application through to the grant of the patent.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 3:30 P.M. APRIL 15, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | Defensive Publishing | IAM | Process | Trade Secrets




Reviewing IP Strategy

Organizations that do not use the IP strategy reviewing process generally file patent applications on everything that is deemed patentable coming from the R&D staff. There is no one "minding the store" to ensure that the IP strategy is followed. This is a very expensive way to create a low-value patent portfolio!

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 3:30 P.M. APRIL 1, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Strategy




Documenting

Documenting is an important step on the path to successful execution of IP strategy, however inventors are often more interested in solving technical problems and inventing than in documenting their inventions.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 9:30 A.M. MARCH 18, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Invention | Process




Creating and Acquiring IP

Facilitating invention, acquiring technology and IP from outside the company, and inventing around patents are key processes for creating and acquiring IP. Many companies have adopted the best practices of conducting proactive invention extraction sessions and directed invention brainstorming.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 9:15 A.M. MARCH 04, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Invention | Process




Planning & Motivating IP Strategy

All the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) processes focus on implementing IP strategy. The strategy must clearly articulate what the desired business objective is and how IP supports that.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 1:45 P.M. FEBRUARY 18, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Strategy




IP Strategy Execution and Process Implementation

The first step in implementing IP strategy is to thoroughly evaluate which processes you have that are working well and which processes are absent or are not yielding the desired results. It is important for a company to consider the best practices used by other IP leaders, both inside the company's industry as well as in other industries.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 10:45 A.M. FEBRUARY 4, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Strategy | Ad hoc




Value of a "Business-Driven" IP Strategy

To achieve value effectively, IP-savvy companies have learned to create business-aligned IP strategies. The IP strategy must be integral to the business strategy to create maximum value.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 11:15 A.M. JANUARY 21, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Strategy




Instant Intellectual Property Violations

Protecting Your IP in the Age of Home Manufacturing

Imagine this scenario: You spend the tens of thousands of dollars to bring a product to market, and patent-protect it. Within days of your product's release, the device has been scanned (via a 3D printer add-on that cost only $200), its dimensions transformed into computer code, and that code transmitted across the globe via the internet. Thousands of people with 3D printers can then take this pirated information and create exact copies of your device in their homes.

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POSTED BY Charles E. Root Jr. MS. AT 12:19 P.M. NOVEMBER 18, 2010

TAGS: Disruption | Charles E. Root Jr. MS. | Prototype




Business Interests are Finally a Focus at the USPTO!

The newly published USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan is the first strategic document from the USPTO that demonstrates that someone who has used IP as a global business asset is in charge! No wonder, as the new Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, comes with 20 years of experience managing IP at IBM.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 2:57 P.M. JULY 14, 2010

TAGS: Bruce Story | Regulation and Legislation




Recent Uproar around False Patent Marking

False patent marking has become a hot topic recently as case law around patent marking on products and recent legal developments have created a lucrative opportunity with very low barriers to entry. More than 100 cases have been filed so far in 2010 and new cases are being filed daily. ipCG has some suggestions on how your company might respond.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore and Sarju Bharucha AT 10:15 A.M. APRIL 2, 2010

TAGS: Kate Shore | Regulation and Legislation | Sarju Bharucha | Strategy




The Strategic Use of Design Patents

Design patents are a form of IP that should be considered by all industries as their strategic use, in conjunction with utility patents and other forms of IP, can strengthen and enhance the value of a company's IP portfolio and brand.

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POSTED BY Sarju Bharucha and ipCG Team AT 5:35 P.M. MARCH 18, 2010

TAGS: ipCG Team | Sarju Bharucha | Strategy | Design Patent




Degrees of Patent Analysis: Which Approach to Use and When?

Good preparation for a patent search can lead to successful and effective patent analysis, whereas the lack of preparation can lead to the disappointed stakeholders, missed IP opportunities, or wasted time.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore and Sarju Bharucha AT 12:45 P.M. FEBRUARY 16, 2010

TAGS: Kate Shore | Process | Sarju Bharucha




Measuring, Managing, and Communicating Intangible Asset Value

Intellectual property (IP), such as a patent portfolio, is a critical intangible asset for innovative companies. However, IP presents management and communication challenges because few companies catalog their IP strategically or link its development to value creation, i.e. increased revenues or decreased costs.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 3:00 P.M. JANUARY 18, 2010

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Commercialization | Process | Valuation




Cost-Effective IP Strategy Investment

Whether a company uses its IP offensively or defensively, a company's investment in IP strategy can be implemented cost-effectively in both the short and long term. Four practices to consider are: an IP portfolio audit, strategic foreign filings, defensive publications, and strategic portfolio development.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Adam Bulakowski AT 2:45 P.M. NOVEMBER 23, 2009

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Bruce Story | Defensive Publishing | IP Fees | Process | Strategy | Ad hoc




Leading Companies are Integrating Product Development, IAM, and IP Processes

"It is only a matter of time before the integration of IP and product development becomes part of the mainstream business process. Companies have to decide whether they want to be leaders or laggards as this happens." John Cronin, Managing Director & Chairman of ipCG, and Brad Goldense President and CEO of Goldense Group, Inc. are the authors of "Integral IAM and new product processes are the future," published in the November/December 2009 issue of IAM Magazine. Their article stresses the importance of becoming an early adopter to the growing trend of merging intellectual property and business goals.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill and Ted Anderson AT 10:20 A.M. NOVEMBER 17, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Jed Cahill | John Cronin | NPD | Outside Publication | Process | Strategy | Ted Anderson




ipCapital Group speaking at the Licensing Executive Society

If you are attending, be sure and stop by one of the workshops in which ipCG is partnering to speak at LES with other companies.

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 2:55 P.M. OCTOBER 16, 2009

TAGS: Nancy Edwards Cronin




ipCapital Group Releases iPhoneTM Application; Ah-Ha!TM Discovery Deck

ipCG is pleased to announce the release of its first iPhoneTM application, the Ah Ha!TM Discovery Deck, which is an electronic version of a brainstorming and creativity tool that ipCG has been using for years with clients.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 3:30 P.M. OCTOBER 12, 2009

TAGS: ipCG Team | Creativity | Ideation | Mobile




Mobile Device Applications and IP

If you expect mobile applications will become an established channel of communication for your business, you should consider implementing a formal strategy to guide the development process, from generation ideas to prototype creation to selection of best mode of IP protection.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 2:00 P.M. SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

TAGS: ipCG Team | Mobile | Strategy




Intellectual Asset Management Best Practices for Small Companies

Small companies can face large financial hurdles on the way to securing intellectual property (IP) protection, particularly with patents. Accumulated patent lifecycle costs can exceed $125,000 for one US & one PCT filing. This cost may include prior art searching, patent drafting, patent prosecution, and maintenance fees.

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin AND Adam Bulakowski AND Sarju Bharucha AT 4:00 P.M. SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | IAM | IP Fees | Metrics | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Process | Sarju Bharucha | SME | Training and Incentives | Ad hoc




Is it worth $20M or $200M? A case study on (un)realistic IP licensing value expectations

IP valuation is complicated by a host of factors, such as accessing market comparables, determining IP risk, handicapping potential licensees, and calculating the uncertain economic benefits to be generated by IP assets. While many sources enumerate methods of IP valuation, few provide real-life applications or guidelines.

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 4:00 P.M. SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Commercialization | Strategy | Valuation




Weathering the Economic Storm in Telecom with Strategic Management of Intellectual Property

Telecom companies large and small will reduce costs by out-sourcing more processes, reducing headcount, and generally reaffirming focus on core markets and technologies. The cost-cutting conversation for many will eventually turn to intellectual property (IP), and rightly so. There is opportunity for many thousands or millions of dollars in value creation by reducing costs and increasing revenue through strategic management of IP.

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POSTED BY Chris Rose AND Jed Cahill AT 4:00 P.M. SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Jed Cahill | Strategy | Telecom




IP Training

The development and management of IP is an art, not a science. Of all corporate job functions, only IP attorneys receive formal training related to IP, but just related to the legal side of intellectual property. More comprehensive training is needed...

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 4:20 P.M. AUGUST 04, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Kate Shore | Training and Incentives




The Disruptions are Coming!

All companies are susceptible to disruption - across all industries, at every scale, and in both strong and weak players. IP plays a key role in disruption - it is both a means for identifying it and protection against it. Make sure that you are ready when disruption comes galloping your way!

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 4:20 P.M. AUGUST 04, 2009

TAGS: Disruption | Invention | Kate Shore | Strategy




Consumer Products

Innovation is the lifeblood of consumer products companies, as they strive to stay ahead of competitors, respond to evolving customer needs, and manage other market pressures. Products typically have short timelines for development, design, and marketing and high corporate expectations for sales. Getting products to the market is just the first step in a long process.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 7:00 P.M. JULY 21, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Innovation | Kate Shore | Strategy




Grow Patent Quality with Reverse Engineering in Mind

Any company that files patents as part of its intellectual property (IP) strategy should be actively thinking about the end use of these assets. In order to maximize business leverage, a patent holder must be able to demonstrate that a third party is using or may have a desire to use the patented invention.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 3:35 P.M. JULY 7, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Jed Cahill | Process | Strategy




Minimize Loss of Intellectual Assets When Downsizing

Is your company planning to layoff employees in response to a tougher economic environment? Do you have a process for preventing valuable intellectual assets from walking out the door along with your exiting employees?

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 2:05 P.M. JUNE 23, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Jed Cahill | Process | Trade Secrets




IP Valuation

A valuation of a company's patent portfolio or of a specific group of patents is important in helping the company to determine the value of its portfolio in a licensing transaction or in the sale of the company. It is important for companies to understand the drivers of value within their portfolios and to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the portfolios.

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POSTED BY Rachael Schwartz AT 6:53 P.M. JUNE 9, 2009

TAGS: Rachael Schwartz | Valuation




ipCG Benchmarking Survey

Companies engage in strategic planning to lay out a path to success in various areas of business. In strategic planning, achievement of milestones and progress toward goals are assessed using a variety of metrics, both quantitative and qualitative. A refined set of those metrics may be designated for use as key performance indicators (KPIs).

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 5:40 P.M. MAY 26, 2009

TAGS: Kate Shore | Metrics




Should I File Patents in China?

There is a lot in the news about IP piracy and counterfeiting in China. This may cause you to be indecisive about whether or not it is important to file patents there. It is also very clear from the numerous analytics work we have done in almost every industry that only a handful of companies have a clear filing strategy. Many of our clients ask us what they should do.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 10:15 A.M. MAY 20, 2009

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Strategy | China




Innovation Protection Through IP Strategy

In a recent article, "Is the recession suffocating American Innovation?," Deb Riechmann of the Associated Press describes some trends that may be negatively impacting the success of innovation in the US. There has been a decline in the new patent applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office because some companies...

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 10:10 A.M. MAY 12, 2009

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Innovation | Process | Strategy




Telecommunications

The telecommunications industry continues to evolve. Competitive threats come from the least likely sources. Technology continues to create new business models and disrupt the old. Network convergence may shift the balance of power.

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POSTED BY Douglas Roth AT 1:25 P.M. MAY 5, 2009

TAGS: Strategy | Telecom




Innovation and IP Strategy: Even More Important Now

In Vijay Govindarajan's blog, "Strategy and Innovation," his April 12th entry responds to a recent BusinessWeek article, "Is Innovation Too Costly in Hard Times?" From the article, IBM Chief Executive Samuel Palmisano, states, "Some may be tempted to hunker down, to scale back their investment in innovation. While that might make sense during a cyclical downturn, it's a mistake when you're going through a major shift in the global economy."

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POSTED BY Nancy Edwards Cronin AT 2:15 P.M. APRIL 27, 2009

TAGS: Innovation | Nancy Edwards Cronin | Strategy




IP and the Banking Industry

In 1997, a small Texas company called DataTreasury invented and patented a novel technology to electronically capture and store checks. More than 10 years later, after post-September 11th laws were instituted requiring banks to be less reliant on paper checks being transported by aircraft, DataTreasury found that its patent was being used by a long list of major American banks.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 9:30 A.M. APRIL 14, 2009

TAGS: John Cronin | Strategy | Banking




IP Cost Management

As the economic downturn forces companies to tighten their collective belts, one strategy they cannot afford to abandon is strategic management of intellectual property (IP) through patents - one of the most powerful methods of protecting competitive advantages.

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 8:55 A.M. MARCH 31, 2009

TAGS: IAM | IP Fees | Jed Cahill | Metrics




Brand and IP

In today's competitive marketplace, companies cannot miss any opportunity to strengthen, improve, and protect their brands. They have to look beyond traditional strategies of securing trademarks, copyrighting text, and protecting designs.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore AT 8:50 A.M. MARCH 24, 2009

TAGS: Kate Shore | Strategy