Duncan Bucknell

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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

Strategy without analysis is like turning up to play a sporting match when you don’t know what sport you’re playing, what equipment to bring, the rules, who your opponent is or indeed where to show up for the game. It’s not uncommon for far reaching errors to be made due to a simple lack of analysis.  The people involved may know what to do but never get that far because they didn’t… 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

IP is a source of great value for our organisation – keep in touch with the IP function. Messages around IP successes can really leverage our success in the market.  You have to be very careful about what you say to the world, but when you get it right, you can sing it from the rooftops… Having said that, messages around IP enforcement successes have to be very carefully managed – we… 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