Archive for the Category ‘Editorial’

ACTA – In the Balance

ACTA – In the Balance

The balance between human rights, particularly freedom of expression, and intellectual property, is at the heart of the current debate about the international treaty on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA.  ACTA deals with mechanisms to ensure that intellectual property laws, and the rights under them, are properly enforced in currently contentious areas, like digital downloads and [...]

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The Pan European Patent Dream

The Pan European Patent Dream

Shortly before Christmas, that’s Christmas this year, 2011, the dream of two if not more generations is due to be realised: the Unitary European Patent should be born, or at least regulations to create both the Unitary European Patent and the system of European Patent Courts to enforced this new form of IP should be [...]

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Many words have been written about Steve Jobs since his untimely and premature death.  Rarely in the world of business and technology is someone’s passing a newsworthy event, even rarer that it affects more than close family and friends.  That Steve Jobs in both life and death could send ripples round the world speaks to [...]

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21st Century Cradle of Innovation

21st Century Cradle of Innovation

Scotland has a rich tradition of innovation and using IP that goes back at least as far as James Watt who famously had an act of parliament extend the life of his patent on the steam engine. Today, culturally rich, with the scenic beauty of mountains, valleys and hills, it is its modern day innovation [...]

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Costing the Earth?

Costing the Earth?

One common, and sadly continuing, complaint from small companies are the cost of obtaining registered intellectual property, eg patents or trademarks, or the cost of going through IP litigation, either to enforce IP or defend an action. The expression on the CEO’s reddening face, the CFO rolling her eyes in horror, is all too familiar: [...]

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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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The Management of IP in a Micro-company

The Management of IP in a Micro-company

An article in the Times recently focussed on the importance, even need, for micro-companies, as well as small and medium sized companies to be aware of the importance of intellectual property to their business. In a way the message is not new, IP awareness, like attention to our health is a perennial topic, requiring more [...]

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