Archive for the Category ‘Society’

The Changing Face of Innovation

The Changing Face of Innovation

The reason that the IP Observers website is here is in part to promote change, particular a change in the view people have of IP.  The role and importance of IP to all of us is steadily increasing, whether we are aware of it in our daily lives or not.   Now there is no need to take [...]

Share

The Rise of the Trolls

The Rise of the Trolls

A new study from Boston University School of Law* has looked at the impact of so-called “Patent Trolls” on the companies they have asserted their patents against with surprising, and yet unsurprising, results. The type of company often, commonly called a Patent Troll, is now likely to be tagged a Patent Assertion Entity, and is [...]

Share

IP as a Human Right

IP as a Human Right

The ownership of intellectual property by the individual that created it is a fundamental human right. In a sophisticated knowledge economy, owning and trading in our own intellectual capital is as fundamental as trading in our labour was in a manufacturing economy. At least this is one view. Not everyone sees IP that way. Some [...]

Share

Patenting Green

Patenting Green

It is over thirty years since colour was an issue in patents. Then it was a squash ball which was in the spot light, or rather a blue squash ball, and whether it was fair to be able to get a patent on a squash ball simply because it was blue, when black squash balls [...]

Share

Universities Challenged

Universities Challenged

At a time when UK Universities are facing “savage” spending cuts, making money from IP is going to be of growing important to universities strapped for cash. Not surprising then centres of research excellence want to promote themselves, the surprise is how different the approaches can be. First in late November 2010, The University of [...]

Share

New Age IP

New Age IP

One of the great things that can be said about the system of laws which provide the enforceable rights within IP, IP Rights such as patents, copyright and trade marks, is that they are stable. Most are built on international conventions going back to the 19th Century. The 1886 Berne convention on copyright is a [...]

Share

Boxing Clever with Patents

Boxing Clever with Patents

In socio-economic terms, a patent is a trade between the inventor, or the company that employees them, and the government, who acts as a proxy for the people. The trade is simple: tell us, the government, the people, how to “do” your invention, and we will give you a 20 year right, a patent, to [...]

Share

SOCIAL NETWORKING