Sunday, 1 May 2016

April's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary

Now that May has arrived, here's our list of the Aistemos blogposts that we composed and published during the showery month of April, 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:

A piece of research that recently caught our eye is "Secret Admirers: An Empirical Examination of Information Hiding and Contribution Dynamics in Online Crowdfunding", authored by three US-based scholars.  This paper, available via SSRN here, is not directed at intellectual property and innovation-based crowd-funding, but may have something useful for the IP community.

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Our attention was recently caught by a curious new project, All Prior Art ("Algorithmically generated prior art"), which promises -- or threatens -- to change the face of patent law, at least in the United States. Is this just a flight of fancy, or is there more substance to it?

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Back in February, in "What can unicorns tell us about the real world?", here, we reviewed an article that Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher and his colleague Sebastian Müller-Borges wrote for IAM.  Now we reproduce the full text of this piece, which is rich in data and contains some pertinent observations about these beasts.

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"The Yahoo Patent Portfolio: What is the market price today?" This is the question posed by Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver and Michael Costa, in a piece hosted by IP Watchdog, here. The three take issue with Business Insider's estimate of the likely sale price of Yahoo's patent portfolio.

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In "IP strategy, start-ups and spin-outs: when divergent interests converge", here, we welcomed the cooperation between the Licensing Executives Society's Britain & Ireland chapter and the UK's Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in promoting a joint seminar on that subject. Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher, who participated in that event, summarises some thoughts of his own on the topic.

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This post flags an event co-hosted by two very different organisations, seeking to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the subject.

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* Thursday, 14 April 2016: A US Patent Box: reflections from "Abroad"
The US takes a look at the experiences of other jurisdictions in providing tax-driven incentives for deriving profits from patents.

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An earlier Aistemos blogpost, here, discussed the fall in Rovi's share price in the wake of that company's commencing patent infringement proceedings against target licensee Comcast.  This post, with the aid of Cipher, takes a look at Rovi's patent health and concludes that the position is a good deal better than financial analysts have led investors to believe.

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The interface between stock prices and patent activity was highlighted again when patent activity resulted in a sudden drop in Rovi's share value. Was this the result of reasoned data-driven analysis, we asked, or was it the product of the usual failure of the financial community to grasp the significance of patent data.

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Earlier we posted this brief note of what went on at the recent Roundtable which we hosted on intellectual property, taxation and the looming phenomenon of base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS).  We promised more information about it, and here it is.

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From the United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) comes a fascinating 27-page document which is ostensibly about standard-setting for cryptography but which actually has a message or two for those who are involved in patents and IP analytics. This blogpost highlights those messages and speculates as to their deeper significance.

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Earlier Aistemos blogposts flagged a roundtable,  held on 23 March, on "The road ahead for taxation on IP". This roundtable was intended as a way of exploring current issues in IP taxation, including the apparently unpopular topic of base erosion and profit shifting ('BEPS'). This blogpost summarises the way the roundtable went.

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