Sep 26, 2011
As discussed in the Main Street Catalyst series, unemployment is currently a hot topic in economic and political debate. Politicians continue to clamor for means to create jobs, while governmental agencies and media outlets report lackluster job growth figures.
Unemployment rates of major economic powers include:
Country - Jul./∆ Jun.-Jul. (%)
Japan – 4.4/0.1
Germany – 6.6/0.0
United Kingdom – 7.9*
United States – 9.1/-0.1
France – 9.5/0.1
(US Bureau of Labor Statistics, All figures are adjusted to U.S. concepts and factor seasonality,*May 2011)
Nevertheless, these figures are rosy compared to ... Read More
Aug 7, 2011
My summer travels have taken me from the shallows of Lake Manyara to the shores Lake Mendota. Both these lakes, interestingly, host interactions between members of their surrounding communities; animals at the former and the public of Madison, Wisconsin at the later. Nowhere does the community of Madison seemingly interact more than at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) facility, a 10 minute walk from Lake Mendota. WID is a public-private partnership, focused on, inter alia, fostering “new approaches to biological and ... Read More
Jul 19, 2011
The lens through which to view IP in developing, African countries is seemingly cloudy and speckled with shades of gray. In these locations, IP may appear at the forefront or as a non-consideration in economic transactions. For example, while traveling in Moshi, Tanzania I noted bootleg DVDs and designer watches were available at a local, open-air market. Around the corner from the market, multinational corporations with core brands, such as The Coca Cola Company and Barclays PLC, were selling goods and services.This juxtaposition makes business decisions involving ... Read More
Jun 7, 2011
I recently published an article in Issue 47 of IAM magazine titled "The Value of IP as a Commodity". The article is a comprehensive description of IPXI and the ULR contract model for non-exclusive licensing. In addition, the article highlights the ongoing debate between IP professionals and IP market participants regarding the inefficiencies in IP valuation and technology transfer and how best to resolve these problems. The natural progression in IP monetization methods has led to the commoditization of IP assets, such ... Read More
May 19, 2011
The 1990s was the decade of information technology (IT) - a decade where information was important, but the use, disposition, and security of information became paramount. The 2000s was the decade of intellectual property (IP) - a decade where an idea was royal, but exclusive rights to an idea became king. Continuing the natural progression, we currently reside in the decade of intangible assets (IA) - a decade where innovation is the door to success, but ... Read More
Apr 25, 2011
It has been some time since I have posted, but I thought that this matter is of high interest and importance to the technology transfer community and its profound impact on global development and humanitarian concerns.
Today the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) and the Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) Announced the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair, a first-ever event bringing together a renowned collection of technology leaders, humanitarian organizations, and IP licensing & tech transfer professionals.
Invent for Humanity ... Read More
Jan 28, 2011
I recently published a new article in Intellectual Property Magazine titled "The Value of Efficiency and Transparency in IP Licensing: Let the Market Decide". The piece discusses the need for a more efficient licensing model with market enhancing solutions providing accessibility and elminating transaction costs associated with the traditional bilateral licensing model. Read the article HERE.
Aug 11, 2010
You may want to be apprised of the opportunities provided by IP insurance. You may also want to simply be aware that the other side might have IP insurance.
I have published an article in this month's issue of The Federal Lawyer touching on these opportunities and the impact they may have on the IP litigation landscape. One interesting effect is on the market for IP transactions, specifically, the influence IP insurance may have on the decision to enter into a license.
Read the ... Read More
Jul 18, 2010
Please forgive my temporary hiatus from IP Prospective updates, for the last two weeks have been hectic. In the last two weeks, I have made the decision to leave the private practice of intellectual property law and join Gerard Pannekoek's team at IPXI in the pursuit of standards, efficiency and transparency in the IP marketplace. I have followed the development of IPXI closely for over two years now, as I have posted about IPXI more than once on this medium.
As an outsider, I have watched the growth of the idea into ... Read More
Jul 7, 2010
I have followed the developing story of John Desmarais and his reported purchase of 4,000 patents from Micron as covered by Joff Wild and the IAM Blog, among other bloggers. A very nice recap of the story, the questions that have been raised, and the meaning of it all can be found HERE under an IAM Blog post titled "Why Micron Matters". The better title, however, might have been "Why IP Matters", for this story truly brings to light (if all reported facts are accurate) ... Read More