If you scale up too fast without nailing your intellectual property, you could be in for a disaster down the line. PatSnap explains.
Intellectual property represents up to 70 per cent of a company’s value, and spend on the creation and protection of patents, trademarks and other intangible assets is rising fast. Yet the true worth of IP remains difficult to accurately measure.
Instead of shunning those that steal ideas, we need to chastise those that think it is a problem, says blogger Seth Godin. It is a view widely shared by British scientist Matt Ridley, who argues that the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, "ideas having sex with each other".
Matthew Jones unpackages the latest under the radar move by internet giant Google, and explains why it is of particular interest to early-stage businesses in need of IP.
Rubik's Brand has been of many firms suing the European Court for delays – complaining that pirate cubes were continuing to be sold. Chartered patent attorney Thomas Prock explains why the legal system isn't an impediment to protecting innovations and which is the best strategy to adopt in preparation.
Since his death, numerous people have compared Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison, the man who still has more patents than anyone else. But perhaps it's more apt to liken him to his hero Edwin Land, inventor of instant photography, founder of Polaroid and “champion of patents”. With the numerous changes in the modern day patent landscape, peering back through history may prove to be an interesting exercise.
In last weeks Radio 4's The Bottom Line, presenter Evan Davies interviewed three entrepreneurs – Mandy Haberman, Shaun Pulfrey and Darcey Crownshaw – about their inventions, highlighting the importance of protecting your design.
Are cities the best place to be an entrepreneur? There is a long-established argument – dating back to the Industrial Revolution – which says that collecting people and activity together leads to more effective industrial clusters, because of knowledge spillovers, stronger markets for skills and networks of buyers and sellers.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China have launched a new pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme.
The UK Government has identified ‘eight great technologies' which will propel the UK to future growth.
Patents are not only for large R&D firms – many SMEs can benefit from patent protection. Here is what you need to know to get started.
Intellectual property is often overlooked by SME’s due to lack of awareness or a concern about costs. However, left unprotected, an innovative product or process may be copied leaving the SME that originally developed it with no reward.