As someone who assists corporations and entrepreneurs in monetizing their patents, I am continuously on the lookout for potential technology buyers. To this end, I subscribe to a number of services that provide “wish-lists” of technology that others are seeking to acquire. The most notable of these are Innocentive.com and Yet2.com. Recently, I have seen [...]
Posts from ‘May, 2009’
Patent Attorneys Can Create Value-Added Services for Their Clients by Assisting with Open Innovation Efforts
Looking for Inside Info on the Automotive Bailout and Other Business Issues? It May Be Hiding in Plain Sight in US Patent Assignment Database
One of the under-utilized aspects of available US patent data is the business information effectively “hiding in plain sight” in the U.S. Patent Office Assignment database. While it used to take weeks or months for assignments to be recorded, in recent years, the USPTO has implemented a very efficient electronic filing functionality that results in [...]
Chief Circuit Judge Michel Agrees with Me: NPE’s (aka "Patent Trolls") are Not Necessarily "Illegitimate"
On his great 271 Blog, Peter Zura posted excerpts of the Chief Circuit Judge Michel’s keynote address at the FTC hearings on “The Evolving IP Marketplace” last December where Judge Michel addressed the state of patent law and patent reform. Anyone interested in patents, the USPTO and patent reform should take a look. I posted [...]
Want to Obtain Patents to Protect You from Competitors Knocking Off Your Innovative Products or Technology? It’s Easy-Don’t Be "Selfish"
Recently the CEO of a start-up asked me for the most important advice I could give before she filed a patent application directed toward protecting her company’s core technology. In response, I said “don’t be a selfish patent applicant.” Few patent applicants obtain such counsel from their advisers and it shows: the vast majority of [...]
Why Does Your Company Fail to Treat IP Asset a Corporate Asset? A New Article Proposes Organizational Behavior as the Problem
While we can argue about the exact amount, without question, intangible assets form the majority of corporate value today. Matters involving IP are therefore predominately business issues, as opposed to legal issues or technical issues. For example, IP in the form of patents or trademarks (or both) frequently serves as a basis of the premium [...]