Tuesday, 1 November 2016

October's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary

October was a quieter than usual month for the Aistemos weblog, there being so many other matters to keep the blogteam busy -- including the company's third birthday party and the conference we hosted for users of the Cipher analytics tool. Be that as it may, in keeping with our regular practice here's a list of the previous month's substantive Aistemos blogposts, for your convenience if you have been away or simply too busy to follow them in real time.

Each blogpost listed below 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:

This post announces the first of this winter's Aistemos webinars, "Examining Industry 4.0: Through the lens of patents", which takes place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Here you can find an explanation of what is meant by Industry 4.0 as well as details of the webinar.
* Tuesday, 25 October 2016IIPCC: the debate shifts to the Asia-Pacific [Sad but true: this little blogpost has the distinction of being our least-read feature in the past 12 months. Do give it some support!]
We ask what the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC) may be able to offer the already busy world of international bodies and organisations representing IP interests.
There's a new blog on the block, with the promising name The Rational Think Tank (subtitled "Behavioural Insights for Law and Business"). It proposes to look at, among oher things, behavioural economics.  Can this teach us more about the way businesses make IP-based decisions and use (or fail to use) IP analytics?
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) takes the occasional look at intellectual property, and has published a short report with a title that reflected its conclusions: "Patent Office Has Opportunities to Further Improve Application Review and Patent Quality".  We briefly consider some of the GAO's thoughts.
Back in May of this year, much attention was directed to the IP3 initiative -- officially called the Industry Patent Purchase Program -- which was designed to make the sale of patents swifter and simpler by imposing an arbitrary set of deal-making criteria [see eg the earlier Aistemos blogposts here and here].  Five months later, with a much smaller fanfare, the initial results of this transactional experiment have been published. We take a look at them. 
* Wednesday, 5 October 2016: Patent Box: why so few take-ups?
A recent feature on the website of Startups ("The UK's No.1 service for starting a business") carried the alarming title "Small businesses not taking advantage of Patent Box relief", its theme being that, in 2013-4, the first year for which statistics have become available, only 700 claims for Patent Box tax relief were made by small and medium-sized businesses. Why should this be so, and is it really so surprising?
You can check out Aistemos's posts over the previous twelve months below:

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