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November 2017

Famous Patent Wars: 1950-2000


With the twentieth century marching on and technology becoming ever more ubiquitous for consumers and businesses, it’s not surprising that well-funded and lengthy litigation battles arose. In the third installment of our Famous Patent War series (Part One: 1850-1900 and Part Two: 1900-1950), we look at three notable disputes related to the invention or evolution of industrial lasers, instant photography and disposable diapers.

October 2017

Patenting Algorithms: IP Case Law and Claiming Strategies

We're delighted to welcome Vincent Spinella-Mamo to the IPfolio editorial desk today. Vince earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics from Georgetown University, followed by a J.D from George Washington University. He’s currently managing IP for one of Silicon Valley’s most intriguing stealth startups. 

After his well-received presentation this summer at one of our IPforward dinners, we invited him to adapt it for our blog audience. We’re excited to share with you Vince’s tips on patenting algorithms and some of his most successful claiming strategies.

September 2017

Alternative IP Strategies

Don't relinquish your IP rights if you don't have to. It’s has been been almost a sacred cow in IP and a freedom to operate (FTO) necessity.

Companies have long used defensive and offensive strategies to create and protect new markets, enter existing ones and monetize IP investments, typically resolving disputes through direct negotiations and bilateral agreements.

September 2017

What is IP Strategy? In-house Experts Speak

Every IP-aware organization - certainly every company we’ve ever spoken with about IPfolio - prioritizes IP strategy. It’s a popular topic at conferences and events (and often discussed in this blog: Creating an IP Strategy and Acquiring Support from Your Executive Team is an example). Have you attended any notable IP conferences in the past five years that didn’t include at least one session entitled something like “How to Align Your Business and IP Strategies?”

What’s interesting, however, is that if we polled our customers or asked attendees of our own IPforward conference to answer “What is IP Strategy?” the answers would likely vary. We’d have a variety of definitions.

September 2017

Selecting an IP Management System: Why Zynga Chose IPfolio

“Implementing IPfolio made me a hero at Zynga.”

- Teddy Joe, Senior Patent Counsel and Mayor of PatentVille, Zynga Inc. 

It’s always fascinating to speak with IPfolio customers and discuss their process of selecting an IP management system. Zynga Senior Patent Counsel Teddy Joe is in the house today to describe how Zynga ultimately chose IPfolio and the experience using the system.

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