Monday, 4 January 2016

December's Aistemos posts: a handy summary

Happy new year! In case you missed our online activity during December, here's a list of Aistemos blogposts posted during that month, together with a short synopsis.  Each blogpost 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 points, or merely provide further links to relevant material.

To check each post out, just click the title:


Thursday, 31 December 2015

Does venture capital investment boost patent output?

"Venture capital firms are successful by picking innovative firms, not by boosting their patenting output". This reassuring statement is the opening line of a report released shortly before Christmas by the Cambridge Network.  Aistemos adds some comments of its own.
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

IP Issues in Corporate Transactions: a book review

IP Issues in Corporate Transactions: a Practical Guide to the Treatment of Intellectual Property in Acquisitions and Investments, is a multi-authored work which has been put together under consulting editor Neil Coulson (Baker Botts).  It is published by Globe Law and Business Ltd. Is it a good book? Could it have been better?
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Monday, 21 December 2015

Drones: up in the air, but grounded in patent protection

The latest Aistemos IP analytics feature, specially prepared for IAM's weekly industry report, deals with drones. This piece was first published by IAM here, and we reproduced it here for the convenience of our readers.
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Thursday, 17 December 2015


Trade secrets: a round-up of key issues

Recent Aistemos blogposts herehere and here have discussed or touched upon that most intangible of intangible intellectual property rights -- the trade secret.  We now welcome a guest post by former Nokia VP for R&D and Director of IP Donal O'Connell, currently an Aistemos consultant, on the main points to bear in mind when facing trade secrecy issues. 

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Monday, 14 December 2015


Patent litigation insurance: new tools for the job

"Intellectual property insurance is evolving". That's not merely an opinion -- even though it's the title of an opinion piece published in Insurance Day. It's part of the reality of the world in which businesses seek to shift risk as they invest in new products and processes, a world in which the insurance sector is finally being equipped with the informational tools it needs if it's going to provide a realistically affordable service for those innovating businesses.  The author of this piece, Erik Alsegård (CFC Underwriting), explains that data analytics lies at the heart of IP infringement insurance’s move from niche product into the mainstream.  

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

What we know and what we don’t: a review of patents for cybersecurity

"What we know and what we don’t: a review of patents for cybersecurity" is the title of this Aistemos IP Analytics contribution to the IAM Weekly Industry Reports.  This report gives a breakdown of one of the most currently sensitive industry sectors, offering not just fresh data but some pertinent perspectives. 

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015


IP due diligence: one problem, four perspectives

"IP Due Diligence -- Making a Difference" was the title of a roundtable discussion hosted by Aistemos last Thursday under the Chatham House Rule.  Input reflected the views of the financial services sector, business, the legal profession and IP analytics. By all accounts the discussion was a lively one, from which a number of themes emerged (on a non-attributable basis), to which this weblog has added some comments 

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Monday, 7 December 2015


Unicorn or donkey? It's time to separate the myth from the meaningful in IP valuations

"Unicorn or donkey? Investors need to forget mythical valuations and look at intangible assets to spot a good startup" runs the title of Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher's opinion piece in CITY.AM.  The message is plain: investors need to base their decisions on data rather than hope when looking at tech companies.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Changing of the Guard as CPA, LexisNexis mop up analytics firms

"Changing of the Guard in the Patent Information Market", an informative and thoughtful piece by Hugh Logue, was posted on Outsell Insight.  This article reviews the deals that have left Aistemos as what appears to be the only independent IP analytics business.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Trade secrecy and international transactions: a new title

Following the previous day's post (see below), "Trade secrecy: the last frontier for IP analytics?" here as promised is news of Sharon K. Sandeen's book, co-authored with Elizabeth A. Rowe. It's called Trade Secrecy and International Transactions: Law and Practice, and it's published by the Anglo-American house of Edward Elgar Publishing.
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Trade secrecy: the last frontier for IP analytics?

Suddenly and almost without warning, the IP topic on everyone's lips is trade secrecy.  Writing on the IPKat weblog (here and here), Magic Circle patent litigation lawyer Annsley Merelle Ward narrates the debate before the Senate Judiciary Committee as to whether a Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act should replace the current Uniform Trade Secrets Act-- an ill-fitting uniform since it fails to cover two important jurisdictions that did not adopt it: New York and Massachusetts. We look at trade secrets and ask where, if anywhere, they belong in the world of IP analytics.

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