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There was a great discussion at the symposium yesterday on ‘IP Strategy, what has changed, what is changing?’ Here are my slides – I look forward to your comments too. IP Strategy – what has changed, what is changing? from DuncanBucknell

Guest post by Robert Cantrell   An IP strategy should take account of the natural course of technology evolution so that it provides adequate protections into the future.  For example, product solutions tend, over time, to move towards an ideal state of providing more and more benefit with less and less drawback.  So where your IP protects innovation that does provide more benefits or fewer drawbacks, it is likely aligned with the course… Read More

What is better for a product-based IP Strategy, an open system of innovation or a closed system?  The answer is both and neither, and here is why. Strategy, at its core, is the interplay between interaction and isolation.  Everything that you do in IP strategy, from the most complex to the most mundane, is to create favorable interactions and isolations between you, customers, partners, and competitors.  For example, the right to enforce… Read More

Most organizations create a system whereby IP tasks are created, assigned, monitored and enforced. IP responsibility is vague and it needs to be deduced into number of tasks of definite nature. Sometimes IP tasks do not adequately cover an underlying IP responsibility whereas in other cases IP responsibilities go unrecognized. So one check point is to confirm if responsibility to task conversion is done appropriately. Unless this conversion is perfect, no responsibility… Read More

As part of our efforts to understand local challenges and build local IP communities, a little over two weeks ago Think IP Strategy organized a workshop and networking event in Copenhagen. We would like to thank everyone for attending and actively participating in what was an interesting exchange of ideas. Here are some highlights from the discussion of that day… The event was structured around four seminars each dealing with different aspects… Read More

A Holiday party treasure hunt this month became a reminder about how winning a game also depends upon understanding exactly what game you are playing.  This treasure hunt game involved finding 12 clues and answering 12 questions about objects around where the clues were found.  As the dozen or so teams heard the rules of play, they learned that the first three teams to find all the clues and answer all the… Read More

Sometimes patents can provide little or no value for a business. They wind up being merely a cost burden. Can organisations avoid generating unwanted IP? For the most part, yes. Of course this entails knowing the common underlying causes and acting to address them. It may require more time and attention than has previously been allocated within your business but the advantages are so far reaching that it’s worth the investment. There… Read More

Whether a CIPO, IP Business Manager, Chief IP Officer or other title, what are the key attributes that individual needs to be successful when tasked with developing and implementing a coordinated company IP strategy. Here’s my personal top 5 in order: 1) Senior company individual with authority to implement change This is top of my list. CEOs and their direct staff are usually well-aware of the importance of IP and how its… Read More

If you have ever seen a blind cave fish, one thing you cannot help to notice is that it looks like a typical fish except that it has no eyes.  It doesn’t have small eyes; it has no eyes at all.  If there was ever such a thing as a committee deciding how to configure a fish for a cave, imagine the debate and decision that would have been necessary for all… Read More

Millions of dollars are invested every year in protecting new ideas through intellectual property – for many however the strength of these intellectual property rights is still largely misunderstood. Probably the most common mistake related to the strength of IP has not so much to do with the strength of the right itself but with the owner’s perception of what it means. An IPR will not give you the complete and utter… Read More