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  • We're on the move!
    We've been here since May 2015, but this month the Aistemos weblog gets a major makeover and moves to a spanking new site here.  Not just that, but the blog's name is changing too. Aistemos is still the name of the company, but the branding of the blog is falling in line with the name of Aistemos' star IP analytics product, Cipher. If you are one of our email subscribers you can carry on receiving...
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  • Aistemos blogposts for May: a handy summary
    Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for the recently-passed month of May.Every one of the blogposts listed below comes with a moderated comment facility, so please feel welcome to respond to anything you read, whether you disagree with it, wish to ampl...
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  • Never mind the mainstream: it's all about collaboration and communication
    Following up on the IP Strategy Forum 2017, presented by a team of experts last month under the auspices of Managing IP magazine and some illustrious sponsors, Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher summarised the two most important things he came away with: First, ... IP is no longer a specialist topic, but is now a mainstream topic involving finance, marketing, tax, M&A, licensing etc. Secondly, ... the an...
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  • A new home online for Cipher
    Aistemos's Cipher intellectual property analytics tool has featured many time on this weblog, and has furnished the analytical basis for a large number of its most popular and informative blogposts [if you're not yet familiar with Cipher and its capacity to generate commercially relevant data, which it represents in a clear and user-friendly format, follow the links to our blogposts here]. The rea...
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  • Moni in the media
    Aistemos COO Moni Mannings is, as her title suggests, an integral part of the Aistemos team.  With her extensive experience in the fields of law and finance, she has the capacity to broaden the perspective of IP analysts at the point where their discipline dovetails with commercial considerations that face real-world businesses.Last month Moni was interviewed by a leading Irish radio channel RTE R...
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  • A taxing issue: IP valuation, scrutiny, national taxation and global trade
    Looking for a clue that mightlead to a good IP valuation ..."Legal Issues: IP Asset Valuation and IRS Scrutiny" is a paper published in September of last year but posted to SSRN only last week by George H. Pike (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law). "Legal Issues", a monthly column in Information Today, looks at legal concerns and challenges for the information industry in general; its ...
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  • Aistemos blogposts for April: a handy summary
    Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for the recently-passed month of April.Every one of the blogposts listed below comes with a moderated comment facility, so please feel welcome to respond to anything you read, whether you disagree with it, wish to am...
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  • The IP Strategy Report -- now available online
    Yesterday's inaugural Managing Intellectual Property IP Strategy Forum 2017 [on which see earlier blogposts here] also provided a launch-pad for the Aistemos IP Strategy Report, prepared for the company by leading journalist Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor at the Telegraph and former Online Editor of Management Today Magazine.The report, at 38 pages, is packed with text and tables based ...
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  • In praise of facts: a short thought on IP strategy
    Facts must be more thanright -- they must alsobe accessible by thosewho have to act on themToday's inaugural IP Strategy Forum, organised by Managing IP magazine and sponsored by Aistemos (among others), proved to be a great success, judging not only by the comments of those who had the privilege of attending but also by the fact that almost everyone stayed on to the end of what turned out to be a...
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  • A howler from Owler: putting the record straight
    The ever-interesting community-based business insights platform Owler surprised us by issuing a competitive profile with the subject heading "Aistemos Getting Out-Blogged By PatSnap: Q1 Blog Report". The substance of the profile was that "Aistemos had no blog posts this quarter compared to 30 from PatSnap".  Readers of this weblog will know that, between January and March, we have been far from in...
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  • IP Strategy Forum 2017: next week's agenda for your future plans
    Readers of this weblog should already know all about this year's inaugural IP Strategy Forum, which we've mentioned a little while back [our earlier posts on this exciting event can be accessed here]. Well, after a great deal of careful planning, the Forum will take place next week. In short, as this morning's release from Aistemos indicates:To coincide with World IP Day on 26 April, we are hostin...
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  • Should economic competitiveness be off-limits for patent-granting offices?
    Patent Offices handle their bureaucratictasks well, but does that qualify them topitch in on economic issues too?OxFirst is running a free webinar next week (Thursday, 20 April 2017) on "The approach of the European Patent Office to digitalization and the Internet of Things". The presenter is Professor Yann Meniere, Chief Economist at the European Patent Office. The marketing material for this web...
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  • Face reality! Patents for facial recognition are on the way up
    In the wake of our recent and well-received posts on the spread of patents for encryption and cryptography ["Encryption, cryptography and the current state of patents", here, and "Encryption and Enigma", here], here's a follow-up on a specific aspect of security that has been quietly gaining momentum for some while: facial recognition. With the aid of the Aistemos Cipher tool, we have put together...
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  • March's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary
    Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for the recently-passed month of March.Every one of the blogposts listed below comes with a moderated comment facility, so please feel welcome to respond to anything you read, whether you disagree with it, wish to am...
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  • Encryption and Enigma: a postscript
    Arthur ScherbiusOur post yesterday on patents for cryptography ("Encryption, cryptography and the current state of patents", here) attracted a good deal of interest, not least on account of its Cipher-driven data presentation. This interest has sparked off the following tailpiece to the topic, for those who are fascinated by the history of cryptography technologies: The infamous cryptography mach...
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  • Encryption, cryptography and the current state of patents
    The recent terrorist attack in London's historical Parliament zone, Westminster, has again thrown into the limelight the keen debate over personal privacy versus public security. The British government has called for decryption of messages on the perpetrator's WhatsApp account and is insistent that the law should not enable terrorists to invoke encryption as a shield for their activities.  This su...
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  • Patents in China: present boom, future prospects
    Chinese patents arenow showing their teethWho's Who Legal (WWL) has published an encouraging item on the way things are going in IP: "Patents 2017: Trends and Conclusions", as its name suggests, takes a look at the patent scene and acknowledges that this trend is decidedly upward. The subtitle, "China and the Global Patent Landscape", reflects the now well-established fact that, whatever one may t...
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  • Grasping Intangibles: now you can enjoy the show
    All assets, tangible or not,need tangible support if they'reto play their role in businessA few weeks ago Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher penned some comments on the risk of failing to recognise the importance and value of rights in intangible assets, and in particular intellectual property rights ["Grasping intangibles: IP can slip through your fingers", here].  Nigel's thoughts on the topic soon beca...
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  • Making a mint? Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and patent ownership
    'Bitecoin'? Unlikely to catch onas a cryptocurrency ...The ever-restless world of money seems set for further changes that lie outside the comprehension of most people. Most of these changes relate to the increased use, if not the greater respectability, of cryptocurrencies, of which the most prominent is Bitcoin [for more on Bitcoin click here; for our recent blogpost on patents based on the bloc...
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  • Something to trumpet about: good news if you're heading for the IP Strategy Forum
    Free registration for in-house IPfolk: somethingto trumpet aboutReaders of this weblog will by now be well aware that Managing Intellectual Property journal (MIP) has launched its inaugural IP Strategy Forum, to be held in the historical and quite lovely surroundings of London's County Hall, on 26 April 2017.  We have also trumpeted the happy fact that the World Intellectual Property Organization ...
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  • February's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary
    Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers  who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for the recently-passed month of February.Every one of the blogposts listed below comes with a moderated comment facility, so please feel welcome to respond to anything you read, whether you disagree with it, wish t...
  • Oiling the machinery of fracking technology: we see where the patents lie
    A recent study on avoidable oil spillages caused by fracking in the United States was the trigger for this blogpost, compiled with the assistance of Cipher, on the state of the fracking industry in terms of patent ownership and control.The first thing we did was to look at fracking patents in terms of time.  The table below offers a time-chart from the year 2000.  Active Fracking Patent Families o...
  • Seize the moment, grasp those intangibles: this webinar discusses how
    It has all been said before, but the messagemust still be internalised and applied ...Here's a reminder that Aistemos is running a webinar with the theme of "Grasping intangibles: IP can slip through your fingers". It's scheduled for Wednesday 8 March, starting at 1500 pm GMT. The substance of this webinar can be gleaned by reading a short, punchy piece by Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher that you can r...
  • Navigating the intangible landscape: in data we trust
    Here's the very latest in our series of features built upon the survey conducted last year by Aistemos into IP strategy and attitudes found within the boardroom.Navigating the intangible landscape: in data we trust The big data revolution has made its mark on many industries from agriculture to e-commerce. Information about almost anything is available at the touch of a smartphone screen, and data...
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  • Celebrate World IP Day with us at the IP Strategy Forum
    Maybe ...In an earlier blogpost we mentioned that the respected Managing Intellectual Property journal was launching its inaugural IP Strategy Forum this spring, in the historical and quite lovely surroundings of London's County Hall, on 26 April 2017.  It has since come to our notice that the World Intellectual Property Organization -- the UN agency responsible for promoting IP globally and admin...
  • The International IP Index 2017
    The US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) Global Intellectual Property Center released earlier this month its International IP Index for 2017. The function of the Index is clear. As it states:Not only does it assess the state of the international IP environment [an exercise in which it is by no means alone: readers may wish to compare this Index with the 5th Taylor Wessing Global Intellectual Property Ind...
  • How intellectual property became the strategist's darling
    Strategists are finallylearning to love IPHere's another in our series of features built upon the survey conducted last year by Aistemos into IP strategy and attitudes found within the boardroom.How intellectual property became the strategist's darling A decade ago, the majority of boards dismissed intellectual property (IP) as a cost centre. When it came to business strategy, IP wasn’t even on th...
  • "The Benefits of Transparency in Patent Ownership" now accessible online
    This is what ORoPOis all aboutOn Friday 3 February, in "Transparent patent records: it's time to toast an ORoPO webinar", this weblog publicised a forthcoming CPA Global webinar on the need for more accurate and transparent patent ownership records, and on the role that can be played by the non-profit ORoPO -- the Open Register of Patent Ownership -- in achieving this end. This webinar was entitle...
  • Blockchain patents: where is control of the new technology heading?
    It's nearly a year since our blog team asked what blockchain actually was, and offered some helpful explanation [see "Blockchain, data and intellectual property: the shape of things to come", here].  In short, a blockchain is an "open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way". This ledger "can also be programmed to trigg...
  • IP Strategy Forum 2017: an invitation
    Your IP strategy: matchless-- or can it be improved...?Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) is launching its inaugural IP Strategy Forum this spring, in the imposing surroundings of London's County Hall, on 26 April 2017.  This event is being held in conjunction with Aistemos.  Apart from the benefits of participating in the Forum itself, there's an additional bonus in that the results of last yea...
  • The currency of ideas: IP can make or break a business
    This is the latest in a series of blogposts that originate from the IP in the Boardroom survey conducted by Aistemos last year.The currency of ideas: IP can make or break a businessInnovation, and the research and development that delivers it, is crucial to a company’s survival. Whether this involves developing new products or services, enhancing existing product lines, or making operations leaner...
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  • IP planning: a playbook for entrepreneurs
    The Entrepreneur's IP Planning Playbook, subtitled "A Strategy Guide To Help Solopreneurs, Startup Founders, And Entrepreneurs Harness Their Intellectual Capital", is a short (81 page) and highly focused little book, the purpose of which is clearly flagged in its title. The author is Robert Klinck, manager of a Washington DC-based legal boutique practice that addresses the IP concerns of entrepren...
  • Steps can you take to ensure IP is taken seriously: a webinar
    Big strides are being madein alerting businesses to theneed for better IP strategyLast week we posted a piece by Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher on the risk of failing to recognise the importance and value of rights in intangible assets, and in particular intellectual property rights ["Grasping intangibles: IP can slip through your fingers", here].Now, as if by magic, Aistemos has conjured up a follow-...
  • Grasping intangibles: IP can slip through your fingers
    Last year Aistemos ran its IP Strategy in the Board Room project, which sought to gauge current levels of awareness of significant intellectual property issues and to raise the level of awareness among the top echelons of IP-sensitive businesses. The following piece, by Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher, is the latest in a series of chapters that address this task. Nigel writes:Grasping intangibles: IP c...
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  • CourtListener: what can it offer?
    The easy part of intellectual property analytics is the bit that deals with registered rights in patents, trade marks, designs, utility models and plant varieties: national and regional intellectual property offices keep official records that provide easy-to-access data concerning the nature of the right itself, its ownership [though accuracy and currency of ownership data are always a problem, wh...
  • Examining the Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset: loud and clear!
    ...but is it getting through?Last week Aistemos held its most heavily-followed webinar ever, "Examining the Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset". The contributors to this ever-more important topic were the terrific trio of Jennifer Wuamett (Deputy GC IP and Litigation, NXP Semiconductors), Dan McCurdy (Partner, Quatela Lynch McCurdy) and Nigel Swycher (CEO, Aistemos).In keeping with our regular ...
  • Transparent patent records: it's time to toast an ORoPO webinar
    If the transparency of toasters improvestheir performance, shouldn't the samebe true for patent ownership records?Exactly four weeks ago we posted this item on our blog, with the title "Push from CPA adds to ORoPO's momentum". It reported on the boost to ORoPO -- the Open Register of Patent Ownership -- which was delivered when leading intellectual property technology and management business CPA G...
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  • January's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary
    Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers  who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for January.Every one of the blogposts listed below comes with a moderated comment facility, so please feel welcome to respond to anything you read, whether you disagree with it, wish to amplify or clarify its point...
  • Lifting the lid: uncovering innovative technology in 2017
    New tech: whattreasures lie within?In this, the second in a series of articles, with the aid of Cipher we can cast a light on what is next for the technology industry. With the pace of innovation and global competition increasing year-on-year, businesses are constantly seeking to surpass their competitors by launching new and innovative technologies into the market.  What does this mean in real te...
  • Corporate secrets in an age of innovation
    It is with pleasure that we reproduce here an MIP guest post, published with Aistemos ahead of this April's IP Strategy Forum. In this post The Telegraph's Enterprise Editor Rebecca Burn-Callandar discusses transparency in the IP system. Corporate secrets in an age of innovation More patents are being created each year than ever before and yet we live in a world of innovation that is steeped in co...
  • The Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset: webinar reminder
    Last November this weblog posted "The Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset" [you can check it out out in full by clicking here] -- the first a series of reports, prepared by Aistemos, that are designed to alert and educate readers as to the growing importance of intangible assets in general and intellectual property in particular. The reports are based on the results of research conducted by Ais...
  • The Future of Patent Analytics: a foresight study and a survey
    In connection with the Workshop featured in our previous blogpost, there is also a foresight study. This aims to develop a technology roadmap for the next 10 years of patent analytics, involving key stakeholders with relevant knowledge and expertise to push the boundaries of patent analytics, such as technical experts, lead users of patent analytics solutions, patent specialists and decision-maker...
  • The Future of Big Data Patent Analytics: Workshop coming up
    Here's some exciting news from Cambridge -- the English one, that is, rather than the Massachusetts version. It comes from the Innovation and Intellectual Property group (IIPG) within the Centre of Technology Management, at the Institute for Manufacturing. The IIPG seeks expressions of interest for attendance for a workshop on the theme of "The Future of Big Data Patent Analytics". The date of th...
  • Why is IP being left behind in the boardroom?
    Here, in the first in a series of articles, Cipher casts a light on the M&A trends of 2016 and the outlook for 2017.Why is IP being left behind in the boardroom? According to the latest research, 2017 could be a record year for deal-makers, with 57% of those surveyed by EY set to pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months. The same research indicates that as many as 91% of respondents are using big...
  • A fresh start -- and a chance to take stock: five perspectives for the New Year
    Earlier this week we listed our Top Ten blogposts for the year just past.  Now we change gear from retrospect to some forward thinking, via some thoughts from Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher (these thoughts are also posted to the Aistemos LinkedIn Group if you'd like to discuss them there). Nigel notes the following:The start of the year is a great time to take stock and, with so much change in the wor...
  • What you read last year: our most popular blogposts for 2016
    The new year is well underway, with all the challenges and opportunities that every new year presents. But before we say goodbye to 2016 completely, let's take a look at our most popular blogposts for the past twelve months. Their interest lies no only in what we have had to say, but more importantly in which topics have attracted the most interest among our readers. Inevitably the majority of mo...
  • The Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset -- now for the webinar
    Don't let those intangibleassets slip out of sight!Last November this weblog posted "The Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset" [you can check it out out in full by clicking here]. This was the first a series of reports, prepared by Aistemos, that are designed to alert and educate readers as to the growing importance of intangible assets in general and intellectual property in particular. The re...
  • Push from CPA Global adds to ORoPO's momentum
    A push in the right directioncan have knock-on effects ...At risk of sounding like latter-day prophets, the Aistemos blog team can say in all honesty (and with some pleasure) that some of their more ancient blogposts have been a bit ahead of their time. In a series of articles posted mainly in 2015 [you can check them out here], we trumpeted the virtues of having accurate data regarding ownership...
  • December's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary
    We were so busy in December that the month really flashed past -- and that's why we didn't post as many items on our weblog as we usually do. Still, in case you were as busy as we were (which is quite likely if you are working in the fields of intellectual property analytics and strategy), here's a list of our December features. If you're not yet familiar with our blog, let us explain.  Each month...
  • ScienceOpen: looks promising, but can it help patent and IP search?
    Every so often, this weblog likes to take a look at information-related tools that may be of assistance to the intellectual property community. Today we note the ScienceOpen Research + Publishing Network, this being"... a freely accessible research network to discover and evaluate scientific information. Search among over 27 million articles and article records, filter by citation or Altmetric sco...
  • The OECD BEPS guidelines -- here's an IP perspective
    This weblog has sounded off on previous occasions about the potential importance of BEPS, the tidy acronym that stands for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting [you can check out our previous BEPS-related blogposts here].  Our position has been that this is a topic that has substantial relevance to the intellectual property business and investment community, which has to date taken little interest in ...
  • November's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary
    Now that November has departed, it's time to review the blogposts on topics that have occupied us, or indeed preoccupied us, over the past four weeks. Accordingly, here's a list of the previous month's substantive Aistemos features. This service is provided for your convenience if you have been away or simply too busy to follow them in real time, and for your general information and amusement if y...
  • Hot off the press: the Industry 4.0 webinar recording is now available
    Recent blogposts have focused on the challenges created by "Industry 4.0", a term that is gaining currency in the world of the Internet of Things. These posts include our well-received and much-read report on key technologies and trends, as well as a series of posts relating to "Industry 4.0 through the lens of patents", the Aistemos webinar which took place yesterday. The recording of yesterday'...
  • Patents, Brexit and a first firm indication of British policy
    Earlier today the UK government announced its intention to prepare to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The UPCA provides for the machinery whereby  European Union-backed Unitary Patents will be litigated. The UK government statement reads as follows: This is part of the process needed to realise the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPCA). Under the new regime, businesse...
  • Industry 4.0: a review of key trends and technologies
    We've come a long waysince the days IoTlooked like this ...Here's a reminder that Aistemos is running a timely webinar this coming Wednesday, 30 November, with the title "Examining Industry 4.0 through the lens of patents". As we explained in an earlier blogpost, the term "Industry 4.0" refers to "the increasingly connected, automated, computerised industrial revolution ... which is used to desc...
  • The Rise and Rise of the Intangible Asset
    Not just hot air:intangibles are stillon the up-and-upThe Rise & Rise of the Intangible Asset is the first in a series of special reports based on the research conducted by Aistemos earlier this year in its IP Strategy in the Board Room project [on which see our post here].  The text below is designed to introduce readers to the continuing growth of importance of the intangible asset. The wor...
  • Associative semantic search technology: Omnity and IP
    Our attention has recently been drawn to another potentially useful service for the intellectual property community. It's called Omnity and it claims to accelerate "the discovery of otherwise hidden, high-value patterns of interconnection within and between fields of knowledge as diverse as science, medicine, engineering, law and finance". What does Omnity seek to add to the growing and increas...
  • Trade secret asset management: cyber issues revisited
    Secrets can't be squirreledaway any more, and we needmore protection than SecretSquirrel can provideThis weblog has mentioned in the past that trade secrets are in a way the last frontier for effective intellectual property management: trade secrets are often amorphous, difficult to protect and to license safely, hard to value and complicated to deal with in terms of in-house rights management [fo...
  • Should the IP community listen to economists?
    Economic Approaches to Intellectual Property, a new book by Nicola Searle and Martin Brassell, deserves a spot of serious attention. Dr Searle, currently of Goldsmiths, University of London, has previously served as Economics Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office and is well known as having a sense of humour and a level-headed, sympathetic approach to intellectual property rights -- both ...
  • From econometrics to Industry 4.0: two events show the breadth of modern IP strategy
    Two forthcoming events should by now have caught the eye of anyone who has a serious interest in intellectual property strategy.  While both are webinars and have IP (and especially patent) rights at their core, the very nature of their differences shows the sheer scope of the subject, once thought to be a tidy niche but now a topic that manifests itself in a wide variety of ways, through the appl...
  • Headache in need of relief? 'Ugly' clauses in IP licences
    Late last month an appeal was made, via the IPKat weblog, to crowd-source examples of what that blog described as "ugly" clauses in intellectual property agreements -- these being clauses that employ vague, ambiguous or otherwise objectionable obligations on either party.  Specimens of such clauses, appropriately anonymised, are requested for use in teaching by Amsterdam-based IP attorney and acad...
  • INDUSTRY 4.0: a review of the key technologies and trends
    Further to our recent announcement concerning our forthcoming Industry 4.0 webinar ("through the lens of patents"), here's the Cipher report on Industry 4.0 which, we hope, will convince you of the importance of the subject.****************************************************INDUSTRY 4.0: a review of the key technologies and trendsThe increasingly connected, automated, computerised industrial revo...
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  • Swayed in Sweden? Making the case for Industry 4.0
    IoT: your chicken can be remotely defrosted and roasted. Eat it yourself, or arrange for consumption to be "out-sauced" ...Last week this weblog posted this preview of the then-imminent CIP Forum. Well, the Forum has been and gone -- but not without leaving its mark. Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher, who was honoured to be one of the presenters in this prestigious invitation-only event, has given us th...
  • More value, less cost: IP due diligence, unexpurgated
    Having missed the webinar, Nipper wasdelighted to catch the recording ...Regular readers of this weblog -- and we are pleased to say that they are increasing in number -- will recall that last Wednesday, 21 September, was the day that Aistemos held a webinar examining IP analytics in the context of due diligence. For this purpose, Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher teamed up with guest speaker Justin Watt...
  • Wake up and smell the fertilizer? Big changes ahead for agribusiness
    High tech solutions have taken much of thesweat out of the modern farmer's routineAgribusiness is big business for several reasons. Most obviously, there are over 7 billion people on this planet and they all consume food that someone, somewhere has grown.  Producing more food, better food and cheaper food is therefore a market that will likely continue for as long as the human race continues to ex...
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  • Converging on Gothenburg: plenty of IP in the CIP Forum
    CIP is the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Based on the university's School of Business, Economics and Law, it enjoys the support of the Chalmers University of Technology which co-founded it back in 2001. The biennial CIP Forum is CIP's flagship event, the next one starting this week (the Forum runs from 25 to 27 September). Describing itself as an event...
  • IP in Africa: a golden opportunity to make an impact?
    Thanks to Managing Intellectual Property, support for intellectual property education in Africa has been given quite an airing this week. The journal's blog carried this feature by Kingsley Egbuonu on how a treasure trove of over 800 IP practitioner and text books found their way from Holborn, London, to Africa University, Zimbabwe, where the WIPO/ARIPO IP masters programme is held. Despite its v...
  • DSC disruption? Close shaves and cutting-edge patents
    It's not just advertisingstandards that have changedRecent developments in the lucrative male grooming market have caught the headlines for many reasons. However, little attention has been given to the spread of patents that lie beneath the surface of the literally cut-throat competition that drives technological progress in a market that is not only global but has the extra attraction of products...
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  • Patent litigation and damages in the US: cause for migration?
    The Final Report of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Patent Damages Workshop (UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2823658) has been written up for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. If you don't see that journal and can't wait to get your hands on the report, the good news is that you can access it via the increasingly invaluable Social...
  • "More value, less cost" -- and even more value!
    By now, many readers know that our next webinar, "More value, less cost in corporate transactions", takes place on Wednesday, 21 September [details of content and registration are available from the webinar website, and from our earlier blogpost].  We have an update on the contributors: Justin Watts, a leading intellectual property practitioner and a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has ...
  • Due diligence:so essential, so easily overlooked
    Due diligence: the right toolfor many IP-related tasks"Due diligence is a critical tool when entering into an M&A transaction". So says Mark Scott, this being the title of a Smart Business article where he interviews Elizabeth G. Yeargin (Partner in Ohio law firm Brouse McDowell). This message is scarcely hot news, which is actually quite depressing. Due diligence is indeed a critical tool, not ju...
  • Cipher User Conference 2016: a rallying-point for IP analytics believers
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