Intellectual property


Financier Worldwide Magazine

January 2018 Issue

Intellectual property (IP) is among the most important assets a company possesses. These inventions, designs and symbols, names and images are used to establish a business and drive commercial activities. Given the importance of IP to a company (in some cases accounting for 70 percent of its value), protecting and enforcing it is a major consideration. There are various ways and means of doing this, including recourse to the protection provided by patents, copyright and trademarks. That said, companies should be vigilant at all times and adopt robust strategies in relation to their IP – strategies that will help protect their assets, generate value and grow their business.

FORUM: Royalty management and enforcement

FW moderates a discussion on royalty management and enforcement between Laëtitia Bénard at Allen & Overy LLP, Sonja London at Nokia Technologies, and Brian W. Gray at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

American patent law continues to move in a defendant-friendly manner that may stifle innovation

Alston & Bird LLP Patent law in the US has always strived, but failed, to find the right balance between promoting innovation versus cultivating competition. Many practitioners, for example, believe that the 1990s and 2000s were largely pro-patent in the US...

Misuse of patent law to address misuse of patents

Ladas & Parry LLP There has long been a perceived tension between patent rights and antitrust or competition law, although when applied properly, the two should work in harmony. As noted in a footnote to the 1983 Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision...

Innovation capture – identifying and protecting IP

Maucher Jenkins Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset, and for high-tech companies, much of that value lies in registrable rights, such as patents and designs. Yet the right to register those rights can easily be lost if the rights owner fails to identify and protect its....

Optimising returns from patent portfolios through a strategic architecture based on fundamental principles

Robins Kaplan LLP Developments in US patent law over the last 10 years have increased the difficulty of patent enforcement. Accordingly, voluntary patent licensing has decreased in many market segments and ‘efficient infringement’ has increased. These changes...

Can you still get a registered trade mark for a 3D item?

Kempner & Partners LLP What if your business could protect its name or even its products indefinitely? A patent would protect you for 20 years, a registered design for 25 years and copyright for 70 years from the date of death of the author, but these are all trumped by a...

Patent enforcement in Italy

Martini Manna Avvocati Under Article 66 of the Italian Intellectual Property (IP) Code, the patent holder is granted the following exclusive rights: where the subject matter of the patent is a product, the right to forbid any third party to manufacture, use, market, sell or import...

Artificial intelligence and intellectual property considerations

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP Artificial intelligence (AI) is pushing innovation in new ways and accelerating with technological advancements in computing power, data and algorithms. As technology advances, so too does the ability to use AI tools in previously unachievable ways...

IPR strategy for industry 4.0: what can we learn from 3D printing?

time.lex The impact of additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing on the efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness of the manufacturing industry is potentially vast. It pushes the boundaries of part design, makes it easier to produce different...

Managing intellectual property portfolios

Allen & Overy LLP The success of a company’s business strategy and the management of its intellectual property rights (IPR) portfolio (trade marks, patents, copyright, design rights, know-how, etc.) are closely interlinked. On the one hand, the potential of a...

How to conduct periodic audits and IP assessments

CN-KnowHow Managing intellectual property (IP) assets is a systematic exercise that should include an IP audit and assessment. An IP audit is a dynamic process which involves enterprises assessing the overall status of their IP, resulting in an audit report which allows...


Allen & Overy LLP

Alston & Bird LLP


Kempner & Partners LLP

Ladas & Parry LLP

Martini Manna Avvocati

Maucher Jenkins

Nokia Technologies

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Robins Kaplan LLP


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