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
Like many maturing companies, Facebook has been unwinding complexity from its business(1). What does this mean for the IP Strategy team? If you’ve built intellectual property strategies around products or services that are going to be shelved what do you do? Do you have a good understanding of the new strategy? Is there a new strategy? And if not, how can you optimize around a particular direction? If you’ve spent the time to map all… Read More
Inadvertent abandonment of IP rights often results from either human error, the lack of a robust deadline docketing system and/or failure in communication between company and IP counsel. More usually however, abandonment is a positive action taken by companies who no longer see the relevant IP as core to their business generally or in particular markets, or have noted data to suggest that a patented product or process will not reach the… Read More
Most of us are aware and probably agree that a reasonable portion of a company’s success lies in its ability to protect its intellectual property (IP). Conversely, the failure to protect IP can have devastating effects on a company. The potential consequences of not protecting IP are many. The most obvious consequence is that your competitors, partners, and customers may gain access to your IP and associated market potential without paying due… Read More
In some situations, filing IP very early in the invention cycle can actually do harm and perhaps kill the potential commercial prospects for an invention. Earlier blogs in this series have highlighted speed of action as a way to achieve competitive advantage. Speed to file IP, speed to publish, speed to invent. But to quote a well-known public vehicle information commercial “speed kills”. Put another way, the early bird can arrive too… Read More
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