Innovation Insights

How to improve communication between R&D and IP [eBook]

Written by Hejab Azam on Feb 20, 2017 4:08:24 PM

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In many organisations, R&D and IP are considered separate departments focusing on different aspects of IP development. R&D focus on rapidly developing technology at the early stages of the innovation process whereas IP is usually involved at a later stage when patent protection is required.


Topics: Patents, R&D, Collaboration, Corporate Strategy, Intellectual Property, Legal, ebook

The CRISPR decision and the future of biotech patents

Written by Hejab Azam on Feb 16, 2017 6:00:00 PM

An image of a DNA structure modelOn Wednesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) upheld a series of patents on gene editing technology by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The patents have been awarded for a DNA altering technique called CRISPR.


Topics: Technology, IP Risk, Patents, Litigation,, R&D, Healthcare, Patentability, Legal, news

Webinar: Reducing patent annuity costs

Written by Hejab Azam on Feb 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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In this webinar, we were joined by our guest speaker Peter Rouse, director at Patent Annuity Costs Ltd.


Topics: IP Risk, Patents, Litigation,, Intellectual Property, Legal

Webinar: Patent valuation methodologies for companies and entrepreneurs

Written by Hejab Azam on Feb 6, 2017 3:45:00 PM

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In this webinar, we will be joined by our guest speaker Dr. Dierk-Oliver Kiehne, CEO of InTraCoM. InTraCom specializes in intellectual property rights and innovation management with a focus on valuations of patent utility models, patent families, or entire corporate portfolios. Their customers include large Blue Chip companies, SMEs, M&A agencies, banks, research institutions and tech transfer offices.


Topics: Growth, Patents, R&D, Corporate Strategy, patent analysis, Competitive Intelligence, Legal, IP Analysis

Why is it so difficult to patent software?

Written by Hejab Azam on Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Patentability of software is a tricky subject as the variations from country to country are less than clear. A common misconception is that it’s easier to patent in the US than in Europe – this is simply not the case; a major contradiction being the landmark Alice. Following the decision in Alice, most patent applications for software have been declared invalid due to unpatentability. There have also been significant developments further afield.


Topics: Patents

15 top industry spanning innovations

Written by Hejab Azam on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Coming up with a new idea is a challenge in any walk of life; innovation, especially useful and profitable innovation, is no mean feat. While necessity is indeed the mother of invention, only considering the necessities of your own industry could get in the way of seeing the opportunities lying elsewhere. Cross industry innovation is the application of one industry’s novelties to another.


Topics: Patents

What does the Apple vs Samsung ruling mean for design patents?

Written by Joe Bamsey on Dec 7, 2016 10:49:15 AM

Yesterday the supreme court reversed its decision in the design patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung. The ruling means that Samsung's original patent damages bill of $399 million will be significantly reduced. This decision sets a new precedent for the calculation of damages from design patent infringement cases under "article of manufacture rules", meaning patent holders can no longer expect damages to be calculated based upon the entirety of the profits from the sale of a product infringing a design patent. Instead, they may only seek recovery from profits which are attributable to the infringing feature(s).


Topics: Patents, Legal, Design Patents

How to Innovate without Freedom To Operate!

Written by Joe Bamsey on Nov 30, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis invariably begins by searching patent literature for issued or pending patents, and obtaining a legal opinion as to whether a product, process or service may be considered to infringe any patent(s) owned by others.


Topics: IP & Innovation, Patents, Patentability, FTO

8 ways to use IP analysis for investment research

Written by Duncan Clark on Nov 15, 2016 1:35:33 PM

Successful market intelligence will leverage all the data that is available in order to provide the most complete picture upon which to base decisions relating to market opportunities and company strategies. One of those sources of information is intellectual property.


Topics: Growth, Patents, Corporate Strategy, startups

5 Common startup IP mistakes

Written by Joe Bamsey on Nov 10, 2016 1:22:45 PM

Intellectual-Property-Law5-1.jpgIntellectual Property is usually low on the list of priorities for startups. But founders shouldn't be so fast to write off the importance of IP, as it can prove to be an essential building block for growth, investment, and even acquisition. If you take a look at many innovative and successful start ups you will most likely find that they started patenting early, and have a strong hold on their IP portfolio. Here are five of the most common misconceptions we hear from startup founders when discussing intellectual property.


Topics: Patents, startups