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November 2012

New White Paper: Managing IP Beyond Excel

Creating and maintaining a high-value IP portfolio is expensive and time-consuming. Most companies have outsourced IP prosecution work to law firms, with the in-house IP team focusing mainly on managing the portfolio. In a surprising number of organizations, an Excel spreadsheet is still the tool of choice to accomplish this task. We would not put in doubt that Excel is a flexible and useful piece of software, but it has a few fundamental limitations that make it largely inadequate as an IP management tool.

July 2012

This week in San Francisco: ICAP Patent Brokerage 2012

This week brings yet another reason we're proud to be based in the Bay Area: proximity to great events such as this week's ICAP Patent Brokerage & Patent Litigation Symposium, and the ICAP Ocean Tomo Auction, taking in place at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on July 26th.

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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