Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On the move


I must apologize for the gap in postings. From the end of March, I have started working for Intellectual Ventures - the World's foremost invention capital company - as Vice President of Global Licensing in Europe.

It will be very busy as we build the team over the next few months to grow our business.

I would like to thank everybody who has stopped by this blog, especially those who have contacted me to give comments and feedback.

For more information about Intellectual Ventures in Europe, click here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Newsworthy week in European IP

What a week for IP in Europe!

Big news 1: Rejection of EEUPC

First the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the proposal to form a new European and European Union Patent Court (EEUPC). It seems to be a polarizing decision.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Martin Murphy, managing director of Hewlett Packard in Ireland had an important opinion piece in the Irish Times newspaper today. It prompted me to comment with the following rant.

I agree with almost all of this opinion piece apart from the opening premise. There is a broadly-held view that emigration is a bad thing for Ireland.

In some ways it is true. Splitting up families and tearing people away from their roots is always a huge personal sacrifice. When people are forced to emigrate because of lack of options at home, it is tragic. Similarly, it is a huge waste of national funds and effort to educate our young if the result is that other economies will benefit unilaterally from Irish investment.

However this misses out on some important questions.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Economic policy - IP commercialization as a stand-alone discipline

Below is my opinion piece from Innovation Magazine published by the Irish Times, reproduced with permission:

We need to develop a specialised competency in commercialisation to build this route to the market

HOLLYWOOD has perpetuated the myth that any inventor with a patent is on the road to great riches.

In the UK, James Dyson is a poster-boy for inventors. Many see him as the man who struck it rich with a vacuum cleaner that he started manufacturing in 1993. The romantic image is one of overnight success.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Innovation Dublin 2010

Last week, as part of the Innovation Dublin 2010 festival, I was invited to give a lecture to the MBA class at Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

I spoke on the topic of IP commercialization with the title "Invention or Innovation?"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Now THAT's smart

If I had a hat, I would raise it to the principal of St. Aidan's primary school in Wexford, Ireland.

His contribution to developing young minds is not to just accept the laptop and projector for each class, as offered by the Government. He said he needs to get an iPod into the hands of each pupil. He went about raising the funding and had educational software loaded in each unit.

The verdict of the students is that it is "cooler than laptops and a deadly way to learn." (If you know Irish colloquialisms, you will know that "deadly" is high praise.)

The article in the Irish Independent is here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

No doubt: China is a World Power in Patents

I saw it reported in the Economix blog of the New York Times that China is about to take the global lead in patent application filings.

There is nothing surprising about this.