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The value of money

Money is losing its information-carrying value as a result of information technology’s capacity to create indirect competition through demonetisation of value and direct competition through the creation of crypto-currencies such as BitCoin.

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 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 …