Monday, 16 January 2017

What you read last year: our most popular blogposts for 2016

The new year is well underway, with all the challenges and opportunities that every new year presents. But before we say goodbye to 2016 completely, let's take a look at our most popular blogposts for the past twelve months. Their interest lies no only in what we have had to say, but more importantly in which topics have attracted the most interest among our readers. 

Inevitably the majority of most-visited blogposts are those from the earlier part of the year, since they have been online and available for longer than the more recent posts. Nonetheless, the posts listed below are broadly an accurate reflection on what our readers have been most eager to peruse.

In descending order of popularity, the 2016 "Top Ten" reads as follows (just click the title to access each post):

Patents surrounding Pokémon Go – has someone caught them all? (2 August)

Following the launch of Pokémon Go -- the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game -- we took a look at the legal bases upon which such games are built. Accordingly we composed a Cipher Snapshot, focusing on the highly topical issue of Augmented Reality and looking at the key patent-holders.

Competitor behaviour revealed: an exercise in software patent data (26 May)

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.  There are tens of thousands of them, in the US and beyond. Their very large number makes it difficult to gauge their potential impact in the marketplace and their role in shaping the commercial direction taken by their owners.  This Cipher-driven study gives some idea of the benefits that can be derived through the deployment of IP analytics in this highly competitive field.

Microsoft and the missing Link? The LinkedIn deal has a patent profile (20 June)

After the news broke of software giant Microsoft's $26.2bn acquisition of business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn, there was surprisingly little comment or response from the business information sector. We asked whether there might just be a patent dimension to this acquisition and, again With the aid of Cipher we threw together a few bits of relevant data that analysts and investors might want to consider.

Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective (10 February)

The enticingly-titled Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective: Global Returnees is a new book in the Edward Elgar New Horizons in Management series. It is also the first and only book whose review managed to made the Aistemos Top Ten.

Patent landscape and IP competitive intelligence: should every company have it? (9 May)

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.  A piece with that title, published in Elsevier's World Patent Information, was authored by Yateen R. Pargaonkar. A registered US patent agent whose experience covers working with Procter & Gamble and Chevron. This blogpost takes a look at what he has to say, adding some comments of our own.

IP Strategy in the Boardroom: around the Roundtable (5 July)

In late June Aistemos hosted an IP Strategy Roundtable, in which participants discussed the following issues: 
  • Is intellectual property recognised by boards as an asset class deserving of C-suite attention? 
  • What changes are likely to occur in the next 5 years to corporate reporting of IP and IP strategy? 
  • What are the key elements of an IP strategy that will transform IP from a cost to profit centre? 
  • What data and analytics need to underpin IP strategy, and how should they be presented?
Aistemos took this event as an opportunity to publish the results of its survey, which are summarised in this blogpost.

Rabbits join Unicorns in the Investment Menagerie (26 January)

Last year there was still quite a lot of interest in the concept of Unicorns (billion dollar start-ups). However, Unicorns were not alone in the investment menagerie.  Writing in Australia's Business Insider ("2016 will be the year of the rabbits"), Sam Shead picked up on a theme brought to light by CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal in his daily newsletter: the rise of the Rabbit. What is the Rabbit -- and what are our thoughts on the subject? Read on!

Would you sell your family? (18 May)

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. Here we review and discuss a recent IAM Blog post, "Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and 14 others team up with AST to launch new patent buying initiative" by Richard Lloyd.

Europe, Utopia and the Unified Patent Court (7 June) 

The Unified Patent Court (UPC), billed as "a single patent court covering 25 countries", is not yet functioning. Indeed, it is still some way from being kick-started into action. However, its existence and operation entered the limelight last summer, particularly within the context of Brexit. 

Nokia price fall a "wild overreaction" -- and it's not the first, either (4 February)

Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher discusses share price fluctuations affecting large-scale patent owner Nokia and asks whether better use can be made of patent analytics when considering a company's stock value and future prospects.

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