Friday, 2 December 2016

November's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary

Now that November has departed, it's time to review the blogposts on topics that have occupied us, or indeed preoccupied us, over the past four weeks. Accordingly, here's a list of the previous month's substantive Aistemos features. This service is provided for your convenience if you have been away or simply too busy to follow them in real time, and for your general information and amusement if you are not yet familiar with Aistemos and its take on IP analytics, management and strategy. 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:

The UK government announced its intention to prepare to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The UPCA provides for the machinery whereby  European Union-backed Unitary Patents will be litigated. What does this tell us about UK Brexit strategy?

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This is the first in a series of special reports based on the research conducted by Aistemos earlier this year in its IP Strategy in the Board Room project [on which see our post here].  The text below is designed to introduce readers to the continuing growth of importance of the intangible asset, shedding light on what this means to businesses and investors.

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Our attention has recently been drawn to another potentially useful service for the intellectual property community. It's called Omnity and it claims to accelerate "the discovery of otherwise hidden, high-value patterns of interconnection within and between fields of knowledge as diverse as science, medicine, engineering, law and finance". What does Omnity seek to add to the growing and increasingly sophisticated range tools for delivering and analysing information? 

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This weblog has mentioned in the past that trade secrets are in a way the last frontier for effective intellectual property management: trade secrets are often amorphous, difficult to protect and to license safely, hard to value and complicated to deal with in terms of in-house rights management [for a helpful review of management issues click here; for a case study click here]. Being unregistered and having so very little publicly accessible profile, they also pose a huge challenge for the discipline of IP analytics. The article featured here, by Donal O'Connell (Managing Director of Chawton Innovation Services Ltd and the author of a number of articles that have appeared on this blog over the past year and a half), looks at some key issues that currently give cause for concern.

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Economic Approaches to Intellectual Property, a new book by Nicola Searle and Martin Brassell, deserves a spot of serious attention. Dr Searle, currently of Goldsmiths, University of London, has previously served as Economics Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office and is well known as having a sense of humour and a level-headed, sympathetic approach to intellectual property rights -- both of which being qualities that appear to have eluded many of her fellow economists.  Martin Brassell, co-founder and Chief Executive of Inngot, has hands-on experience of raising capital for SMEs; he also co-authored Banking on IP?, an independent report for the UK Government. We take a look at this promising publication.

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This post publicises a call for "ugly" clauses in intellectual property agreements -- these being clauses that employ vague, ambiguous or otherwise objectionable obligations on either party.  Specimens of such clauses, appropriately anonymised, are sought for use in teaching by Amsterdam-based IP attorney and academic Alexander Tsoutsanis

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This is a Cipher report on Industry 4.0 which gives a pictorial analytic perspective in order to explain both the meaning and the importance of this term, paying particular attention to patents.

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