A frustrated journalist at ABA Journal was not able to get an interview with David Kappos, Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office. He wrote a faux business method patent application on how to get an interview.
The story has a happy ending. He has made an appointment with the USPTO chief to do the interview in the next few weeks.
In a previous posting on managing intellectual property in China, I said I would outline some practical steps involved. An integrated approach is required to the multiple elements that make up the "secrets to success".
The patent world was tossed into confusion at the Bilski decision. In its aftermath, there was a lot of debating about the implications. What became clear from those discussions is that nobody was satisfied with the outcome and wanted more clarity.
Yesterday the case went to the Supreme Court. It seems to be a high-energy event. The judges have obviously prepared themselves and immediately fired probing questions at both sides of the case.
ICANN have concluded their meeting and have agreed to introduce non-roman characters in top level domain names. This agreement allows names to be created using Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic and Arabic characters.
It is a huge step in bringing the internet closer to people where English-language dominance would have been a barrier.
In a previous posting, I talked about a standalone intellectual property commercialization unit. This post gives examples of the typical skills and activities involved in a patent licensing company. It can equally apply to other forms of IP, such as copyright and trade marks.
Chris Horn is continuously working to promote innovation as a strong component of future economic development. This is not just theoretical discourse. When he speaks he carries the authority of one has proven himself to be phenomenally successful at bringing innovation to the commercial world.
In the past 2 years, there has been a strong movement among corporate IP professionals to promote the office of Chief Intellectual Property Officer (or CIPO). I understand the reasons for this. I also support the move to shine the spotlight on intellectual property management and to give it a central role in firms.
However, I know it is going against the tide of my colleagues in the industry to suggest an alternative structure to centralization of the management of IP.
Raymond Hegarty brings a depth of experience at the Director/CEO level in managing high-growth international businesses.
He has managed 5 FDI start-ups in Ireland. He is an international authority on commercializing intellectual property and is the first Irish person to be recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine among the world's “Top 300 IP Strategists.” He has managed billions of dollars of transactions in America, Asia and Europe.