Archive for the Category ‘Business’

The Colour Purple

The Colour Purple

The colour purple, no not the film or the book, the colour purple in packaging for chocolate used as a trademark.  Purple, or more specifically the colour pantone 2685c, is now a trademark alongside Cadbury for Kraft who bought the English chocolate maker in 2010.  Reported in Confectionary News* and widely elsewhere the decision by the UK’s [...]

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Another day, Another result for Rambus

Another day, Another result for Rambus

In 2010,The IP Observers commented on a successful day for Rambus, the microchip technology company, when they settled with Korean giant Samsung for close to $1B to resolve a range of disputes between the companies. As widely reported*, in November 2011 Rambus lost a jury trial at the San Francisco based California Superior Court, having [...]

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Schools of Thought: IP Strength and Value

Schools of Thought: IP Strength and Value

When it comes to IP Strength and Value, there two schools of thought. Left or right. Up or down. More distinct than two points of view, they are “chalk and cheese”. In patent valuation there are the adherents of the “Expert View” and the “Metricationists”. The older and therefore more established approach is the “Expert [...]

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Rambus’ $900M Pay Day

Rambus’ $900M Pay Day

Early in 2010, Korean CE giant Samsung settled with US technology licensing company Rambus for $900M to resolve a range of disputes including anti-trust and patent infringement, bringing another twist in the up and down story of Rambus’ licensing ambitions.  Rambus has been through some difficult times, including an inquiry by the European Commission over [...]

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Thoroughly Modern Marvel

Thoroughly Modern Marvel

Did you read comics as a kid?  Were they allowed in your house? With their poor English, their bold, brash, unsophisticated illustrations, and their weak, violent plot lines, were they banned, barred and excluded by tutting parents as worthless minding rotting third rate fiction? Beano.  Dandy.  Marvel.  Valueless waste paper?   Not Really.  While the works [...]

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Who’d be a Publisher?

Who’d be a Publisher?

Many sectors, if not all, start with a profusion of SMEs each trying to establish their own take on a technology, product, service, or market offering. Equally, with time “rationalisation” or “consolidation” occurs are small becomes medium becomes large, at least for the successful ones. Keeping a diverse SME base is challenge, and yet SMEs [...]

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Big Boys Games

Big Boys Games

The IPO is new, IP is not and while some of the games people play with IP are new, many are not. Many ways of using IP, entirely legitimately and fairly, are old, and require only two things: IP, without it we are nothing, and, of course, money. If you have the two then you [...]

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Spin Out or Drop Out?

Spin Out or Drop Out?

Venture capitalists work, according to urban myth, on a success rate of 1 in 10.  Long odds then of a start-up companies being successful.  Start ups, or spin outs, from Universities have understandably had mixed fortunes.  The success of one Scottish company Burdica Biomed, a spin out supported by The Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS) which [...]

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Global Indigestion for SMEs

Global Indigestion for SMEs

It is enough to give a CEO heartache, palpitations, and put them of their food.  You take the had won money from a group of bearish investors, spend it wisely, are beginning to increase turnover, profits are in sight, and someone steals your whole company,  An impossible nightmare?  Well not for today’s internet based businesses, [...]

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“To every book belongs its copy”

“To every book belongs its copy”

News that the New York Times will charge some categories of users to see its on-line content again raises the thorny, controversial debate about paying for content on the internet.  For some paying for any “knowledge” on the internet is heresy, for others the internet is just another medium, and like print, radio and television, [...]

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