IP and Business

Top 10 IP Mistakes: No. 9 Dismissing IP

Top 10 IP Mistakes: No. 9 Dismissing IP

Unlike the blissfully unaware businesses of No. 10, the dismissive intellectual property (IP) owner understands that he has IP but misunderstands its economic value, protective capacity, or his own ability to enforce it.  A perfect example is a biotech company located in Ohio that believed it was impossible to protect their technology with patents.  We will call them NoBio.  In their defense,...

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Top 10 IP Mistakes: #10 Failing to Recognize IP

Top 10 IP Mistakes: #10 Failing to Recognize IP

Every business has intellectual property (IP) whether they know it or not, and I am not referring only to patents.  At a minimum every company has a business name and probably one or more product names as well.  Practically everyone has a web site these days, so they have domain names and content as well.  Many companies offer software as a service (SaaS) on a subscription basis over the...

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IP5 Statistics Report 2011

Today, a coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – announced the release of the IP5 Statistics Report 2011 Edition, which has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging inventive activity, technology flow, and comparing procedures. The IP5 is comprised of the U.S. Department...

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Using IP Audits to Mitigate Risk

Every business, including yours, has intellectual property (IP) whether it is simply your business name, customer lists, or an extensive patent portfolio. However, some owners of small and medium size businesses take a hands-off approach to their intellectual property until it is too late. For instance, one common mistake is to wait until being in the midst of obtaining venture capital or...

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