To publish or not to publish is not always a choice but an obligation. Unless you fulfill it, it will not give you what you wanted to achieve. Imagine you have a new invention. Someone else also has a similar invention to yours with very few modifications/additions. The later invention could be deemed inventive and it may limit your freedom of operation unless you protect and publish your invention. Imagine another situation… Read More
Just how far can you protect your IP once you’ve licensed it out? Here’s a shining example. What are your thoughts? On January 24th, 2011, Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, asked a U.S. District Court to prevent Motorola from illegally transferring Huawei’s intellectual property (IP) to Nokia Siemens Networks (“NSN”). Huawei took this action as NSN seeks to… Read More
Any organization benefits from two core resource pools that it can tap into to gain competitive advantage and long term sustainable growth. These are: physical assets and intangible assets (that form the company’s intellectual capital (IC)). Resources in the physical asset pool can include land, machinery and other similar facilities. These are resources that you can touch, see, feel. Some characteristics of these assets are 1) they need to be acquired and… Read More
Welcome to the IP Think Tank podcast for Thursday 4 November 2010. In this show Duncan is joined by Kim Chotkowski, Stan Abrams and Robert Cantrell to discuss: China innovation and indigenous innovation Correlating innovation and patent filings in China Reverse guest host strategy US election and impact on patent reform Chinese patent trolls (cockroaches); and Twitter’s patent strategy We hope you enjoy this week’s show, and as always, we look forward… Read More
Two of the key IP questions for small companies are: How can I base my business strategy on IP when I know that there is always a risk that I will be sued or that someone will steal my idea without me being able to retaliate? Is it not better to keep everything as a trade secret? Granted, keeping everything a secret can work for a period of time. However, despite NDA’s,… Read More
One of the key tenets for any successful business effort is to gain and retain freedom of action. This tenet is aligned with the overall strategic goal of any person to not only succeed, but to succeed on his terms. You do not want your opportunity to advance your business to be limited by others, be it your customers, partners, and especially, competitors. In the IP world, freedom of action has a… Read More
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