The history of the development of intellectual property rights captured in podcast

BackStory is a podcast (and a radio program) that attempts to bring an historical perspective to events happening around us today. What is happening with intellectual property has not escaped the prying eyes of historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh. Patent Pending: A History of Intellectual Property lasts […] Read more »

Three ongoing European studies seeking to inform public policy on commercialization of innovation are wrestling with the IP valuation question

Within the Europe Commission, there is ongoing government debate about the role that IP plays and the different approaches used to place a value on that IP. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post Read more »

Do IP policies adopted by Congress benefit foreign corporations at the expense of U.S. consumers?

This is the question a paper released on www.inforjustice.org attempts to answer. Authors Jonathan Band and Jonathan Gerafi examined the ownership of firms in IP-intensive industries and discovered some key facts: Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post Read more »

Revenue recognition standard to change for licensees

We are early yet (the revenue recognition changes discussed below are designed for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2015), but valuators need to be aware that the FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in November released a revised proposal that would create a single […] Read more »

USPTO Director responds to criticism of software patents

Outgoing Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, responded to critics of software patents in a recent interview.  “To the commentators declaring the system is ‘broken’ I say, ‘give it a rest already, and give the AIA a chance to work.’ Give it a chance to even get started. But we’re […] Read more »

Three seemingly minor international developments affecting IP value may trend back to the U.S.

Small claims court opened up for IP disputes Emphasizing, still, that legal action is the last resort to the taken for intellectual property disputes, on October 1, 2012, England and Wales added a small claims track to the Patents County Court (PCC). In the release of HM Courts and Tribunal […] Read more »

Working paper from the Fed makes a case against the current patent system

Two researchers from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have published a paper calling for abolishing the patent system as we know it, calling it an impediment to innovation. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post Read more »

Congressional Research Service report criticized as reflecting an anti-NPE bias

On September 5th IP Blog looked at Congress’s first look into the world of NPEs, or patent trolls. The article cited a Congressional Research Service report, a backgrounder that may have fueled one piece of proposed legislation (with passage highly unlikely) and theoretically furthered the discussion about the ultimate effect […] Read more »

USPTO publishes proposed rules and examination guidelines for first-to-file provision of the AIA

The USPTO has published its highly-anticipated proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines for the First-Inventor-To-File provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The public comment period runs until October 5, 2012. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this […] Read more »

Seventh Circuit attempts to right the ship with respect to trademark licenses and bankruptcy

As reported in the Brian Cave Alert, despite a long history of bankruptcy stripping legal authority from existing trademark licenses, no matter how much businesses depended upon those licenses for their very existence, earlier this month the Seventh Circuit, in Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC., held that […] Read more »