Wednesday, 1 June 2016

May's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary

Now that June is with us, with the promise of a lovely summer, here's our list of the Aistemos blogposts that we composed and published during the very busy month of May, together with a short synopsis.  May has actually been our busiest month ever, with no fewer than 18 blogposts.

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:

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Investing in Patents: a book for startup investors


Weighing in at 144 pages is a new book by Russ Krajec (BlueIron IP) that should instantly attract the attention of readers of this weblog: Investing in Patents, promisingly subtitled Everything Startup Investors Need to Know About Patents.  We review this unashamedly patent-positive book here. 

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Monday, 30 May 2016


Food for Thought: Trends in “high-tech” food and nutrition

"Food for Thought: Trends in “high-tech” food and nutrition" is the latest Aistemos Cipher Snapshot, which you can also find on the Aistemos website here. It has some fascinating data on patent ownership and control of this vitally important sector.

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Friday, 27 May 2016


The Wasteland: when patent landscapes don't deliver

"More than 50% patent landscape analyses are a waste of money!" This strident title crowns a recent GreyB blogpostwhich we discuss here.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016


Competitor behaviour revealed: an exercise in software patent data

So much ink has been spilled in recent times over the demise of patents in the software sector, particularly in the United States after the Supreme Court's Alice ruling, that one might be led to believe that there were scarcely any of them left standing. The truth is however very different -- and this study shows how much activity can be unearthed through use of Aistemos's recently revamped Cipher tool.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Patents for development, disclosures, enablement and access

Patents for Development: Improved Patent Information Disclosure and Access for Incremental Innovation is a new book by  Dr Nefissa Chakroun (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London and a Senior Public Service Counsellor), which we review here.   This book has some very sensible things to say about the information-bearing dimension of patents.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016


IP: a cute novelty act in the great Professional Services Circus?

This weblog has just been taking a look at Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, which the multinational professional services firm compiles annually. Why, we ask, are patents not apparently taken into account?
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Monday, 23 May 2016


IP3 and lawyers' core skills revisited

A week earlier, in" Would you sell your family?" (here), this weblog commented on the IP3 programme for the rapid evaluation and purchase of qualifying patent families containing at least one US granted patent.  Seasoned IP transactional expert Mark Anderson adds some comments of his own, as we note here.
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Friday, 20 May 2016


Rating risks in intellectual property: a choice dish on the law firm menu?

This weblog has on many occasions in the past year mentioned the need to handle risk.  This is a message for everyone working in the intellectual property sector. Investors risk their cash, innovators their time and knowledge.  But are law firms equipped to provide guidance in this field?
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Would you sell your family?

The IAM Blog is always a good place to find news, views and talking points on intellectual property strategy topics, particularly in the hyperactive area of patents.  We have just been taking a look at a recent post, "Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and 14 others team up with AST to launch new patent buying initiative" by Richard Lloyd; here we add some thoughts of our own.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Innovation, data-sharing and the RDA

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) sounds like the sort of body that readers of this weblog should want to know about, given their interest in IP analytics, investment and innovation strategy.  But how interested is the RDA in IP issues?
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Monday, 16 May 2016


State of Innovation 2016: patents up, publications down

Amid a not inconsiderable blaze of publicity Thomson Reuters launched its 2016 State of Innovation Study, using data from the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index and Web of Science. We look at the accompanying media release.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Who is driving autonomous cars? A profile of patenting activity


What's driving the automotive sector these days? It's plain from the popular media that cars are expected to be driving themselves soon, and the prospect of autonomous driving (a.k.a. driverless cars) has inspired comments from economists, business analysts, lawyers and, inevitably, cartoonists.  If you are wondering about the IP profile of this fascinating sector, here's a link to "Automotive: Insights into autonomous driving and dashboards", another recent Cipher production.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016


The Aistemos LinkedIn Discussion Group: have you checked it out?

The Aistemos LinkedIn Group now enjoys the support of well in excess of 300 members. Here we list some of its most recent discussion topics.
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016


Patent rulings in the United States: don't forget the Federal Circuit

Last month, on the IAM Blog, Joff Wild posted a short note under the title "Three recent Federal Circuit decisions that will have an impact on US patent monetisation strategies" (here).  The cases -- chosen by the Chicago-based Global IP Law Group -- are individually not particularly exciting; nor are they, taken by themselves or in conjunction with each other -- likely to have a major impact on US patent monetisation strategies.  However, the point they make is an important one.  What might it be?
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Monday, 9 May 2016


Patent landscape and IP competitive intelligence: should every company have it?

In a field of activity that has suffered from a dearth of useful objective and non-promotional literature, an article with the title "Leveraging Patent Landscape Analysis and IP Competitive Intelligence for Competitive Advantage" is bound to attract serious attention.  This piece, published earlier this year in Elsevier's World Patent Information, is authored by Yateen R. Pargaonkar. Aistemos investigates this piece's thesis.
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Thursday, 5 May 2016


NPEs and the cost of patent litigation: not so bad after all?

Writing last month for the IAM Blog ("If companies did not infringe NPE patents, the cost they incurred from NPE litigation would be much lower", here), Joff Wild made reference to the huge difference in the amount of costs incurred by operating companies in the US as the result of NPE litigation put forward by Boston University professors James Bessen and Michael Meurer on the one hand, and patent aggregator RPX on the other (which Wild discusses here).  We add some thoughts of our own on this topjc.
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016


IP strategy, start-ups and spin-outs: a seminar bears fruit

Following our earlier blogposts (here and here) on the joint LES Britain + Ireland and CIPA seminar on IP strategy, start-ups and spin-outs, here are a couple of the speakers' PowerPoint presentations which may be of considerable interest to readers. 
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