Monday, 3 April 2017

March's Aistemos blogposts: a handy summary

Each month we list and summarise the previous month's blogposts for readers who have been away or who were simply too busy to follow them in real time.  This blog lists our main posts for the recently-passed month of March.

Every one of the blogposts 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:

Friday, 31 March 2017:  Encryption and Enigma: a postscript

The previous day's blogpost on patents for cryptography ("Encryption, cryptography and the current state of patents") attracted a good deal of interest. Here's an "Enigmatic" tailpiece to it.

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The recent terrorist attack in London's historical Parliament zone, Westminster, has again thrown into the limelight the keen debate over personal privacy versus public security. The British government has called for decryption of messages on the perpetrator's WhatsApp account and is insistent that the law should not enable terrorists to invoke encryption as a shield for their activities.  This sudden interest suggested to us that it is time, with the assistance of Cipher, to take a look at who owns patents in this field.

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Who's Who Legal (WWL) has published an encouraging item on the way things are going in IP: "Patents 2017: Trends and Conclusions", as its name suggests, takes a look at the patent scene and acknowledges that this trend is decidedly upward. The subtitle, "China and the Global Patent Landscape", reflects the now well-established fact that, whatever one may think of the quality of Chinese-originating patents and of the vagaries of Chinese business strategies for expanding patent portfolios into markets other than the vast domestic one, it is Chinese patent filing that has driven the astonishing growth in that IP sector. But what does this all mean?

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A few weeks ago Aistemos CEO Nigel Swycher penned some comments on the risk of failing to recognise the importance and value of rights in intangible assets, and in particular intellectual property rights ["Grasping intangibles: IP can slip through your fingers", here].  Nigel's thoughts on the topic soon became the subject of a webinar, which took place last month. You can access the recording in full via this blogpost.

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The ever-restless world of money seems set for further changes that lie outside the comprehension of most people. Most of these changes relate to the increased use, if not the greater respectability, of cryptocurrencies, of which the most prominent is Bitcoin [for more on Bitcoin click here; for our recent blogpost on patents based on the blockchain principle on which Bitcoin is based, click here]This blogpost offers some insights into the ownership and distribution of patents for cryptocurrencies.

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Readers of this weblog may know that Managing Intellectual Property journal (MIP) has launched its inaugural IP Strategy Forum, to be held in the historical and quite lovely surroundings of London's County Hall, on 26 April 2017.  This event is sponsored by Aistemos and we are pleased to announce that MIP has kindly agreed to register IP and R&D professionals within companies for free.

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recent study on avoidable oil spillages caused by fracking in the United States was the trigger for this blogpost, compiled with the assistance of Cipher, on the state of the fracking industry in terms of patent ownership and control.

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You can check out Aistemos's posts over the previous twelve months below:

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