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May 2012

IPfolio Exhibiting at TechConnect World!

The headline pretty much says it all....we're thrilled to be attending and exhibiting for the first time at TechConnect World, one of the premiere global innovation and technology transfer events! The 4-day conference and expo runs from June 18th to 21st at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Attendees will range from tech transfer offices, corporate & academic innovators and early stage companies to corporate, government and investment developers.  To quote the even website, this will be "the largest multidisciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators & technology business developers and funders in the world.".

May 2012

New Global Network for University, Tech Transfer and IP Professionals Launched


A new organization that's right up our alley has officially launched this month - the University Industry Innovation Network. Aimed at intellectual property (IP), technology transfer, licensing and other business professionals, it's objective is to provide "a professional resource and networking platform aiming to contribute to the improvement of relationships between academia and business organizations".

May 2012

Global Innovation Summit - A Unique Opportunity!

Last week at the annual Silicon Valley LES conference, we learned about a very unique and interesting opportunity coming up this summer - a  three day conference called the Global Innovation Summit. It's purpose is to focus on discussing and coming up with solutions to the following challenge: How to create innovation ecosystems worldwide, such as the thriving example of Silicon Valley?

April 2012

Twitter and the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Last week, Twitter took a bold step in announcing the implementation of their IPA (Innovator's Patent Agreement), a policy that has many in the IP management industry shaking their heads, and others applauding. In a statement posted on their blog, Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering explained that moving forward, they will only assert their IP rights for defensive purposes; any offensive use will be strictly limited to direct permission from the inventors on the patent. This seems to be in part a response of support to the developer community's frustration and anger at the manner in which technology is being leveraged in Yahoo's infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Messinger explains that "we sometimes worry that they [patents] may be used to impede the innovation of others", and that under this agreement, the control over the technology flows with the patents and therefore, their inventors.

April 2012

Twitter and the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Last week, Twitter took a bold step in announcing the implementation of their IPA (Innovator's Patent Agreement), a policy that has many in the IP management industry shaking their heads, and others applauding. In a statement posted on their blog, Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering explained that moving forward, they will only assert their IP rights for defensive purposes; any offensive use will be strictly limited to direct permission from the inventors on the patent. This seems to be in part a response of support to the developer community's frustration and anger at the manner in which technology is being leveraged in Yahoo's infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Messinger explains that "we sometimes worry that they [patents] may be used to impede the innovation of others", and that under this agreement, the control over the technology flows with the patents and therefore, their inventors.

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