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June 2012

Celebrity Inventions and Patents - Who Knew?

Things have been happily hectic lately at IPfolio, as we work on some exciting new partnerships and wrapped up a successful week-long conference at TechConnect World in Santa Clara. Taking a quick breather we wanted to share some lighter intellectual property reading with this fun list that Wired Magazine has put together. 19 Patents Invented by Ingenious Celebrities summarizes exactly what it promises, a list of inventions that have been successfully patented by celebrities.

June 2012

IP Strategy and Considerations for Start-ups: Q&A with IP Checkups

Amidst all the recent attention-grabbing headlines of Silicon Valley IPOs, there is some discussion as to whether we are experiencing an ‘IP Bubble’. It’s becoming as important as ever for SMEs and start-ups to have a clear IP strategy in place, one that is aligned with their organization’s unique business strategy and needs. For small start-ups the prospect of where to even start with an IP strategy can be a daunting task. It may seem easiest to leave this to law firms and other 3rd parties, but that is not always feasible right at the start, due to budgetary and other constraints. We’ve teamed up with Lily Li from IPCheckups, a Berkeley-based boutique patent strategy and analytics firm, to get some advice and provide some guidelines on things for start-ups to consider when they plan their IP strategy.

June 2012

IP Strategy and Considerations for Start-ups: Q&A with IP Checkups

Amidst all the recent attention-grabbing headlines of Silicon Valley IPOs, there is some discussion as to whether we are experiencing an ‘IP Bubble’. It’s becoming as important as ever for SMEs and start-ups to have a clear IP strategy in place, one that is aligned with their organization’s unique business strategy and needs. For small start-ups the prospect of where to even start with an IP strategy can be a daunting task. It may seem easiest to leave this to law firms and other 3rd parties, but that is not always feasible right at the start, due to budgetary and other constraints. We’ve teamed up with Lily Li from IPCheckups, a Berkeley-based boutique patent strategy and analytics firm, to get some advice and provide some guidelines on things for start-ups to consider when they plan their IP strategy.

June 2012

UK Intellectual Property Office Launches Initiative to Help SMEs

There has been a positive trend in recent months of different countries' patent offices launching new initiatives aimed at helping and supporting SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) in developing and managing their patent strategies.

May 2012

The Importance of Creating Greater IP Visibility in Your Organization

The Google-Motorola acquisition, Nortel auction and most recently the Yahoo-Facebook patent squabble have all grabbed mainstream media coverage and sparked debate on the possibility of an 'IP Bubble'. Comparisons are starting to crop up to the dot.com bubble of the late 90's, raising speculation whether patent portfolios and companies whose stock relies heavily on intangible assets are really worth all the hype. Evaluating a patent portfolio's market value is an extremely difficult task, one that doesn't involve a simple algorithm or software process but rather a lot of research, human analysis and a thorough knowledge of the IP portfolio in question.

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