Intellectual Property

Do Investments in IP Rights Generate Growth? [infographic]

A company’s future growth potential is a function of the alignment of a company’s assets relative to future growth opportunities. Along with intangible assets such as knowledge, competencies, willingness and readiness, a company’s growth success is also reliant on tangible assets - culture, intellectual property, technologies and capital - all fundamental elements for sustainable business growth. Collectively, these assets are what makes a company who they are and what makes them unique.

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Apple vs. Samsung and How Innovation Suffers

By now you've probably heard that jury selection started today in San Jose, California in the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial that will impact both the smartphone and tablet market segments. It will also impact the relationship between the two companies since Apple is Samsung largest customer, supplying displays, FLASH storage, and chipsets to Apple, for both the iPhone and iPad platforms.

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Fund the Future, not the past

Two pieces of legislation proposed earlier this summer -- the America Innovates Act (bill proposed April, 2012) and the Startup 2.0 Act (revised in May, 22, 2012) share a common goal: to improve the flow of university research to society and thereby, increase industry innovation and create startups that create jobs. After that, their similarity ends. These two bills reflect the Great Debate: are university commercialization efforts just underfunded, or are they underperforming?

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Part II – Diversity in University Technology Transfer Strategy

Like socks labeled “one size fits all,” “one size fits all” university technology commercialization strategy is actually “one size fits no one.” There’s a yawning chasm between diverse, local realities, and what ultimately gets passed off as strategy in mainstream tech transfer policy discussions, scholarly articles, and training workshops. This article is Part II of an earlier article that explored five common challenges in bringing university research to market that hold true at many universities in the U.S.

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The Diversity of University Tech Transfer Strategy

At the risk of stating the obvious, all universities are similar, but each one is different. Just when you think you’ve got a key piece of university tech transfer strategy figured out -- like peeling the proverbial onion -- you unearth another layer you haven’t even considered. (Actually, in this case, onions are much too stolid and predictable – maybe raking leaves on a windy day would be a better analogy.)

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Patent Reform Bill – Short on Reform?

Somewhere in the middle of the vastly differing opinions about the recent patent reform bill — officially passed in September 2011 as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act — lies the reality of what the bill does and does not address, and what it will actually mean for U.S. businesses and the economy. While the bill represents the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952 and brings major changes to key aspects of the patenting process, it remains unclear what the actual short- and long-term impacts will be.

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