Flying high: Who’s leading innovation in drone technology

Repeated disruption at Gatwick, the UK’s second-largest airport, due to “deliberate” drone incursions caused travel chaos at the end of 2018. Hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded or delayed, and people were left wondering – how could something like this happen? As drone-related innovation shows no sign of slowing, inventors must consider how to […]

The KitKat trademark battle and its wider implications

Who would have thought that a four-part chocolate bar could lead to a ten-year trademark battle? Yet somehow the KitKat trademark struggle rumbles on. In 2002 Nestlé, makers of KitKat, applied for a trademark on the brand. At the same time the company tried to trademark KitKat’s shape, describing it as a “four trapezoidal bars […]

The importance of dashboards

It can be frustrating when you don’t have information at your fingertips. With IP departments under increasing scrutiny, the pressure to deliver value add is more extreme than ever. IP professionals often face the challenge of pulling and manipulating data from multiple sources manually which can be inefficient, suboptimal and tedious. Dashboards are the key.  […]

The US economy demonstrates the value of intellectual property

As 2017 begins, it is a good time to reflect on the impact that intellectual property has on the economy, particularly in light of a US Department of Commerce/USPTO’s report on the subject.   The latest indicators of the value of IP In 2012, the US Department of Commerce issued ‘Intellectual Property and the US […]

The fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on intellectual property

The Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change how devices communicate and interact.  What implications does this have for intellectual property professionals in a fully connected world?   The fourth Industrial Revolution One of the prominent topics at The World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos was what was dubbed as ‘the fourth Industrial Revolution’ – […]

WIPO’s annual IP indicators raise prospects of future economic prosperity

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its 2016 World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI). The report dissects filing activity and registrations for 2015 and offers interesting insight for IP professionals. First, IP applications grew again. This isn’t new news – they have been growing since 2009 and now represent at least three times the volume of […]

Intellectual property vs. trade secrets

If your business develops or acquires new information, there is more than one option to secure your IP rights.  Patent laws are the most common source of protection for inventors, but some IP owners choose to rely on trade secrets to prohibit misappropriation of their ideas. Why do some companies choose to patent their innovation while […]

The third age of patent search tools

Patent searching has evolved tremendously in recent years and it’s time to consider what the next decade of patent search looks like. Why do we search patents? Historically, the primary use-case was to find prior art for a potential patent application or for an existing patent. The patent world was effectively self-contained, with inventors and […]

Nine things to consider when selecting IP analysis software

We’ve worked with thousands of IP professionals spanning R&D, portfolio management, patent licensing, IP litigation, M&A and more. Many intellectual property professionals struggle to compare the many patent analysis platforms available in the marketplace because their features tend to sound the same. With this checklist, anyone considering a patent search, patent analytics, or intellectual property […]