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3D-printing and Intellectual Property

Since my last blog post (two years ago) a lot has changed. The technology of 3D-printing has made great progress. And the world of Intellectual Property has started to react to the challenge posed by 3D-printing. Which, in turn, has caused a surprise reaction by the 3D-printing community.   1. What is 3D-printing? Although 3D-printing Read more …

Does Apple need Creative Commons to survive?

The launch of the mini iPad seems to make Apple a follower, instead of a leader. Apple’s use of Intellectual Property is probably a prime cause of the Apple slowdown. But a novel approach to IP – access to the Creative Commons – could help Apple to turn around and be innovative again.   Apple Read more …

Why criminalizing IP infringement does not work

Criminal law demands high standards of evidence and due process. IP infringement cases repeatedly fall short of those standards. Using criminal law to protect private monopolistic interests is counter effective.   Japan has recently issued a new draconian law  criminalizing “illegal” downloads. A single download can get you 2 years in jail, or fines up Read more …

Copyright in the digital age: the UK’s “Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study” analyzed.

In earlier blogs, I have analyzed why the current copyright system is not fit for the digital age. I have also provided some elements of a solution; one key element I see for any survival of the copyright system is to impose a system of registration, together with breaking down the power to withhold legal Read more …

When everything becomes software, how does that affect IP strategy?

Everything becomes software Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and currently co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz, wrote in August 2011 in the Wall Street Journal about how “Software is eating the world”. While Mr Andreessen was building on earlier observations, such as the author of this article, that software is the Read more …

Three insights into how Intellectual Property can benefit an innovative business.

All technology businesses innovate. It is what they do. They tackle a market opportunity by innovating. But innovation can happen at any level. It can be inventing a new technology, it can be process or method based, it can be through applying existing ideas in a novel way, or in many other ways. A key Read more …

Do IP rights actually promote innovation? A review of the recent US DoC report.

Are stronger IP rights good or bad for innovation? There is very little empirical evidence. A recent report by the DoC claims to provide this evidence. Unfortunately, even a first reading demonstrates that the report is worse than worthless, it is downright misleading.   Introduction What is the effect of IP rights on the economy Read more …

Should software businesses use IPRs to force their customers to stay with them?

Increasingly, software businesses are suing 3rd party providers on the basis of copyright. Whether those 3rd party providers are in breach depends a lot on context – there’s no easy answer. But is it a good idea to use IPRs to force vendor lock-in on your customers? Rimini Street is a fairly young business, it Read more …

Will Big Data kill Intellectual Property Rights?

With the explosion of data, IPRs are under threat. IPRs aim to create artificial scarcity, but the growth of data under IPR protection is vastly inferior to the growth of non-protected (“open”) data. Because of their characteristics, IPRs are not able to tackle the growth of Big Data, and will therefore probably drown in a Read more …