Friday, July 18, 2014

What entrepreneurs forget

The history of entrepreneurship is replete with tales of failure. Failure followed by dusting yourself off, getting up and trying again.

It may not be catastrophic failure. Sometimes it is trial and error ... testing what works and what doesn't ... changing the mix ... until the recipe for success reveals itself.

What are the implications for IP? Well, I mentioned in the previous post that few firms - large or small - have broad awareness of IP strategy.

Consider what this means for entrepreneurial firms who eventually make the grade.

Monday, June 23, 2014

IP Strategy and awareness in the UK

The UK Intellectual Property Office has invested a lot of effort into raising awareness among UK firms. The primary focus has been on micro, small and medium sized firms on the assumption that larger firms have a higher level of awareness.

A survey published in 2006 confirmed the assumption. IP awareness increased with the size of firm. The same research was repeated in 2010 and yielded similar results about awareness as well as marking an increase in the overall awareness in the intervening period.

This didn't surprise me. I have commented previously about the prevailing climate that promotes such awareness.

What really surprised me was the low level of firms with an IP strategy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Graphene - lessons for British innovation

Today's Financial Times has an article with the headline "Asia ahead in race to develop graphene". This is a technology that the British Chancellor of the Exchequer described as a "great British discovery". However, the UK has only filed 101 of the 11,372 patents and patent applications filed worldwide in the field of graphene - a mere 0.9% of the total. Asia has filed 7,318.

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.