Archive for the Category ‘Business’

Guilt by Association

Guilt by Association

The arcane, immobile world of intellectual property can sometimes show surprising flexibility, adaptability even.  Special events require special treatment, as long as you qualify “special” very carefully.  While after over 30 years a Community Patent to enable and support European industry is still some way off, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games should be free from unauthorised [...]

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The Market Price for Fish

The Market Price for Fish

How much is it worth?  Don’t we all like to know?  Whether it’s the china figurine inherited from Aunt Agatha, or the collection of Wayne Rooney memorabilia, or even our homes, we like to know the “value” of things.  No less so for intellectual property.  Everyone would like to know the value of a patent [...]

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Sharpening the Knives

Sharpening the Knives

Kitchen drama isn’t limited to Gordon Ramsey’s colourful histrionics, after all.  A surprising tale from the restaurant world hit the streets, or rather the court rooms in the US as Dataworks sued Commlog over copyright and trademark infringement in Dataworks “well known” “Red Book” products, including organizational aids used in restaurants.. IP mantra has it [...]

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IP and SMEs

IP and SMEs

As awareness of IP spreads amongst SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises), it is time to go beyond the question do “SMEs get IP?”.  There are some very successful SMEs around who have used IP to make their businesses work.  They have had to come to terms with an IP system which is complex, expensive [...]

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The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet

Intellectual property is valuable.  There are no formal, register measures of global revenues from IP sales and licensing, but figures of over $100B per year are spoken off, and seem reasonable, even cautious.  The economic benefits of IP will certainly be in the $ trillions.  Companies now look to their Head of IP to produce [...]

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