Tag Archives: intellectual property rights

TEDx presentation

Have a look at my presentation at TEDx Leuven on whether the IP system is fit for purpose.

TEDx Leuven presentation on IP

Is there Intellectual Property in Money?

Usually, the question is asked the other way around: “is there money in Intellectual Property?” But as technology is creating new kinds of currencies and new ways to pay, the question of Intellectual Property Rights in money becomes relevant. 1. New money Amazon has recently started issuing its own currency, called Amazon Coins. Amazon creates Read more …

3D printing and Intellectual Property – why are they a misfit?

In my previous post I explained how 3D printing affects the world of Intellectual Property (IP), and how this creates all kinds of problems for IP rights. In this blog I will expand a little bit on why that is the case, and whether something can be done about it. 1. Personalized manufacturing Remember the Read more …

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 …

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 …