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Do Investors Care About IP Anymore? When IP Is a Consideration in Devising Investment Strategies

It's been two decades since Intellectual Property (IP) and its development became a defining element in investment strategies for parties on both sides of the negotiation table. In the late 1990's, investors wanted their dot-com startup companies to have patents, as it would help the company appear innovative. Even after the dot-coms went bust, investors regarded IP as upside protection; meaning, if the company went under, the IP portion of the portfolio could keep the deal from being a complete loss. Investors, like Venture Capitalists (VCs), who got burned by multiple failed investment efforts, turned their interest towards start-up companies with a strong balance sheet versus those with no revenue potential. For example, if pre-investment research showed that the start-up had a Freedom to Operate (FTO), then IP became a more important consideration on an investor's check list.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 12:20 P.M. Nov 20, 2018

TAGS: John Cronin | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Valuation | Mergers and Acquisitions | Licensing | Patent Sales

CRISPR Decision Highlights the Importance of Strategic Claims Drafting

The battle over CRISPR (Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats) patents highlights the importance of having a sound patent strategy before filing the first disclosure. The University of California v. Broad Institute, Inc. is an excellent example of the difference a well-executed strategy can make.

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POSTED BY Michael Baker and Kennyn Statler AT 10:25 A.M. Nov 7, 2018

TAGS: Invention | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Kennyn Statler | Disclosures

What should your foreign filing strategy be?

When deciding where to file patents, that is, what other countries should a patent be filed in other than the inventor's home country, there are important considerations that need to be evaluate and weighed against each other. This creates a "foreign filings decision matrix" approach. Here are some of the considerations that might help create a "foreign filings decision matrix." Simply list the countries in columns and these considerations as rows and put a high, medium or low at each intersection to create an evaluation matrix.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 9:22 A.M. Oct 24, 2018

TAGS: Invention | John Cronin | Strategy | China

John Cronin is the author of "AI Enters the IAM and IP Space as an App Store? You’re Kidding!"

Artificial Intelligence (AI) goes back to the 1950’s, as defined by Minsky & McCarthy, to be “any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task”. This being the case, a lot has happened in almost 70 years since that statement. The history of AI can be easily researched; however, a reasonable definition can also be extracted from examples of how AI is being used and what AI is being used for.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 6:28 P.M. Oct 17, 2018

TAGS: Innovation | Invention | John Cronin | Process | Strategy | Artificial Intelligence

Virtualized Innovation Labs - No More Physical Innovation Labs Needed

The day has come where large innovation labs built by companies may not be needed. Why spend hundreds of millions to billions of dollars on a physical structure, staffed with creative people and equipped with the best tools, when this all can be virtualized? In this context, "Virtualized" does not mean remote workers, but taking the innovation process and virtualizing it with AI tools and specialized, data analytic capability and inventors. These inventors don't even have to have domain knowledge, as experts can be hired by the hour from the crowd.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 12:46 P.M. Oct 17, 2018

TAGS: Innovation | Invention | John Cronin | Strategy | Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence in IP/IAM space will come to us as an "App store"

There is no question that large artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to solve the numerous efficiency and quality needs in the intellectual property (IP)/intellectual asset management (IAM) space will fail. This has been seen with companies that have tried to bring in a generalized AI engine to solve a specific need. The reason for this is clear now, and becoming clearer every day. AI is coming into our IP/IAM space as an application (app) store type business model.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 1:32 P.M. Sep 14, 2018

TAGS: IAM | Innovation | John Cronin | Process | Strategy

From consumer, to producer, to creator: A new era of IP development in China and India (2)

In the previous article, we discussed the recent development of the IP environment in China. Newly strengthened protection of intellectual property rights from the Chinese side indicates lower risk, which will likely encourage foreign investors to enter the Chinese market. On the other hand, there are also incentive programs in the US that support companies in IP-intensive industries on research and development. US companies find themselves holding a strong R&D presence in China due to the size of the Chinese market and the overall strategy to integrate local talents into their R&D operations. The High and New Technology Enterprise (HNTE) program and The Technology Advanced Service Enterprise (TASE) program, funded by the US China Business Council, are perfect examples of programs that promote innovation in US enterprises. With a stronger IP management portfolio, a company can prove itself a contender for innovation and qualify for the HNTE or TASE status.

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POSTED BY Yiyi Jin AT 3:39 P.M. August 28, 2018

TAGS: Innovation | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | China | Yiyi Jin | India

From consumer, to producer, to creator: A new era of IP development in China

With one of the world’s fastest growing economies, China continues to develop its IP environment. As mentioned in the previous article China and the next Great Wall, China has already entered a transitional period away from seeking GDP growth by capital investments and imported technology diffusion toward promoting innovations from within. In this chapter and the upcoming second installment of a two-part article, we will discuss the recent developments in intellectual property rights in China and their efforts in building self-sustaining IP strategies.  Further, we will analyze the opportunities and challenges for US firms with an aspect of international business development in this new era of IP development.

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POSTED BY Yiyi Jin AT 2:19 P.M. August 14, 2018

TAGS: Innovation | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | China | Mergers and Acquisitions | Yiyi Jin

Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, is the author of "Winning in the knowledge economy".

In this whitepaper, Adam discusses how companies (and countries) with unique, intangible assets and associated capabilities capture more of the value that they create from innovation activities (and remain competitive).

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POSTED BY Adam Bulakowski AT 9:53 P.M. July 10, 2018

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | Disruption | Innovation | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | China

Summary of ipCG’s 14th Annual Thought Leadership Conference

On May 9-11, ipCapital Group held its 14th Annual Thought Leadership Conference. This year’s theme was The RenAIssance of IP. The conference was filled with provocative discussions revolving around hot topics in intellectual property (IP). Following the full day conference, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) IP Tools Workshop was held, during which two highly regarded AI startups presented demos.

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POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 1:29 P.M. June 7, 2018

TAGS: Adam Bulakowski | IAM | ipCG Team | John Cronin | Strategy | Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Invention Disclosures

John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, and Jacob Rosen, Chief Executive Officer and Matt Osman, Chief Technology Officer of Legit are co-authors of "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Invention Disclosures". Intro: Artificial Intelligence (AI), when implemented correctly, uses humans’ biggest weakness to its advantage: the management and analysis of huge quantities of data. Confronted with several million documents all containing different information, a legal practitioner's first goal will be to reduce that to a reasonable level. That is often what previous workflow technology has been previously used for, particularly in the legal realm. Document management systems filter by date, author and keywords, RSS feeds show only news stories pertaining to an attorney’s current cases and even the “find” function on PDFs documents help you ignore most of the target document. The performance of these tools does not improve when the amount of data it is tasked with handling increases, in fact in most cases it declines.

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POSTED BY John Cronin AT 2:59 P.M. April 6, 2018

TAGS: Innovation | John Cronin | Process | Strategy | Artificial Intelligence | Disclosures

Artificial Intelligence Enhances Prior Art Search

Artificial Intelligence is no longer the stuff of science fiction. It's being used in a wide variety of industries to drive innovation and efficiency. In fact, Microsoft has just identified AI as a top priority and expects it to drive business in the future. In the world of Prior Art Searching, the industry is just beginning to move past keyword searching and semantic processing tools. Here at ipCG we recently began utilizing AI to improve the quality and relevance of search results that support FTO Opinions and Market Clearance Reports.

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POSTED BY Kennyn Statler AT 12:51 P.M. September 29, 2017

TAGS: Innovation | Process | Strategy | Artificial Intelligence | Kennyn Statler

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

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

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 | Seth Cronin

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

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 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 | India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 | Copyright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 | Licensing

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

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

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


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

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 | Copyright

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