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.
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?
Universities and their tech transfer offices have an impressive amount and depth of patents and other forms of intellectual property, a point that was really highlighted for us at the recent AUTM Annual Meeting. A topic that kept being raised, however, was how the strategic management of university patent portfolios fits overall into resource allocation and budgets. With the growing interest in launching spin-offs, start-ups, and generally more effectively monetization of IP assets, what role does strategic IP management play in the focus and responsibilities of tech transfer professionals?
The USPTO has launched a new IP assessment tool for small to medium sized enterprises - a particularly useful idea for start-ups and other growing businesses that may not even be sure yet whether they need IP protection.
After a flurry of last-minute edits and fine-tuning, the IPfolio website has gone live last night. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for all the time and effort they have put into this project. We are excited to launch IPfolio into the IP Management arena, combining the experience of an established player with the energy, creativity and boundless optimism of a startup. Aloha!