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Know your Intellectual Capital

Intellectual Capital is the core of any technology business. But how do you know which Intellectual Property Rights actually apply to your Intellectual Capital? What do you own? What can you own?

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Understand your Intellectual Property

What is the extent of your Intellectual Property Rights? How much is protected, and how far does that protection reach? How afraid should you be of your competitors Intellectual Property Rights?

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Use your Intellectual Capital

Do you use your Intellectual Capital in the right way? How do Intellectual Property Rights fit in your business model and revenue model? Do you get the most out of them, or could you increase your revenue?

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Protect your Intellectual Capital

What is the best way to protect your Intellectual Capital? Should you register and seek exclusivity? Or publishing and prevent others from obtaining exclusivity?

Protection or openness? How to handle Open Source?

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Plan for your Intellectual Capital

What is your IP policy? What is your Open Source policy? How does IP support your strategy, and what is your strategy around your Intellectual Capital?

 

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Intellectual Capital is the core of any technology business. We help these businesses and their investors to integrate Intellectual Property Rights better into their business model.

The Four Horsemen of the IP Apocalyps – Conclusion

The relationship between Intellectual Property and technology is a complex one. It is not clear how the causality runs – does Intellectual Property arise as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, operating as a mechanism that slows down innovation and reverses redistribution of wealth (effectively ensuring that capital investment earns a much higher return that it would in a free market, where copying is the norm)? Or is Intellectual Property, as is often claimed without much empirical evidence, a key contributor to superior innovation, through the enforcement of limited exclusive rights in the market? The impact of Information Technology is a game-changer for the Intellectual Property system. In this case, it is clear how the causality runs: technology is having Read more ...

The fourth horseman of the IP Apocalyps: Peer-to-Peer, the Crowd and social media

1. What is Peer-to-Peer? In its origin, the expression “peer-to-peer” refers to a computer network, where a distributed computer application architecture partitions tasks or workloads between peers. However, the concept has since moved to social and economic spheres, where it covers issues such as distributed networks, based on the equipotency of its participants – the Read more …

The third horseman of the IP Apocalyps: Open Source

1. What is Open Source? Open Source is a system to license software. There are many different definitions of Open Source. One of the better ones can be found on Wikipedia. In essence, Open Source software is software that is licensed under a very different license from proprietary software. When buying a license (right to Read more …

The second horseman of the IP Apocalyps: 3D Printing (& the demise of copyright and design rights)

1. What is 3D-Printing? A 3D-printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding very tiny layers of material on top of each other. It “prints” in three dimensions, using a process called “additive manufacturing”. The cheapest 3D-printers are now available for less than €500, and they can print objects such as coathangers, teacups, decorative Read more …

IP consultancy, innovation and the 4 horsemen of the IP apocalyps.

I’ve been in Intellectual Property (“IP”) consultancy for over seven years now; having started the field back in 2008 when it was still very much a novelty. Especially for the Information Technology industry, where a lot of software companies were ignoring IP, and its relevance on their business models. Things have  changed in the mean Read more …