Duncan Bucknell


How do you protect your IP Processes?  More importantly, have you ever done a freedom to operate clearance on them? To kick off this short series of posts, here are a few insights on some of the top ‘patent process’ patent filers, what they are covering, and the most cited patents. Given my 100 per cent client focus, I couldn’t really do this topic justice but I look forward to further insights… Read More

There is no doubt that CEOs are gaining a greater perspective on IP.  There is also no doubt that the key question a CEO will want to know about IP is whether his enterprise has a patent or trademark to defend anything considered important at the moment.  If his attorneys say yes, then that may be all he wants to know – trusting that the people employed to handle IP matters will… Read More

This is an interesting mistake because you can find yourself doing the right thing while emphasizing the wrong thing.  It is certainly not a mistake to pursue licensing and monetary value from your IP portfolio.  It is a mistake when licensing happens tactically that could happen strategically. Marshall Phelps, an IP icon for his work at IBM and Microsoft, noted that the greater value of licensing for most innovator companies is not… Read More

Over the weekend I collected and read all the posts that I have written in my two years with Think IP Strategy straight through to pick out the common threads.  In doing so one element popped out at me, and I include it here within our list of mistakes.  This is the failure to lead.   The IP legal profession tends to attract a fairly conservative lot.  That has made industry transformation… Read More

Even in the midst of drafting this blog post my To Do list seems to be winning its race with me.  It’s a dual metric race, because I have to balance speed with precision to catch up, more like driving in a hurry through a city than an open highway.  I should be good at this, because a significant part of my own practice within the team practice of Think IP Strategy… Read More

Monetary concerns are some of the most common issues out there for IP managers. These concerns stream from limited budgets and the need to balance those limited budgets with comprehensive global protection (from filing IP to assertion, defensive litigation actions and other). Let’s face it, there is always something more that can be done…one more patent filed, one more country covered, one more report requested…. The situation should make getting the most… Read More

Throughout some of my recent discussion with different companies and indeed one of the reoccurring themes since I have a started studying and working in the IP field is how to guide the organization towards capturing IP value and how to effectively do this on an on-going basis. Most often an asset deemed to be “valuable IP” would fall into one or more of the following categories: assets required for the company… Read More

I spent time at the LES World IP Day celebration on April 26.  It had lots of interesting discussions.  Toward the end, when I was about to leave – it had gone a bit longer than scheduled – and just as I was getting up from my table, I had to pause. I love when people net out a truth behind a way we do things that we may not think about. … Read More

During the past decades, many of the regulatory and technical barriers to international market entry have been all but erased. This has made it easier for companies to expand their operations abroad, but has also making them more vulnerable to new competitive threats from companies abroad expanding into their markets. The decision to expand into international markets is and always should remain a business decision that carefully balances the benefits and risks… Read More

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