News about patents
New products and ideas are born every day. Technology is developing very fast in all sectors. Look at the rapid developments in the market for mobile phone devices or at the advances in the field of healthcare, for example, or the enormous investments and developments in biotechnology and the new focus on sustainability in the motor industry. Not only are these interesting developments to follow, but also they are increasingly being accompanied by a discussion about the ownership of patents in general. These are all things that concern us and which we would like to share with you. For the latest news stories, see below.
Wubbo de Boer
It is with great sadness that we announce that Wubbo de Boer, until recently Chairman of Novagraaf’s Supervisory Board, has passed away. A well-respected figure in the IP industry, Wubbo was President of EUIPO from 2000 to 2010, and member of Novagraaf's Supervisory Board from 2011 until the beginning of this year.
Time for a spring clean of your IP portfolio?
Most of us approach the Easter break with resolutions to spring clean our homes, sort out our gardens or otherwise declutter our lives, and our working lives are not much different. Busy desks and inboxes, meetings and to-do lists; it's no wonder that we often leave the 'big' projects for quieter times.
Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets
IP isn’t always the first priority for a business preparing for an initial public offering (IPO); however, the sooner you start thinking about your IP assets, the better prepared you’ll be, says Alastair Rawlence.
IP transfers: potential pitfalls and problems to solve
The quality of IP record management will tend to come front of centre during the transfer of a portfolio. As part of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand looks at potential issue and problems to solve during portfolio take-overs.
IP licensing: are you making the most of your assets?
IP licensing can provide companies with additional (or core) revenue streams, enable them to raise brand awareness and enhance their reputation, and extend their brands or enter new markets. However, if IP ownership or validity is unclear, it can also pose significant financial and business risk. Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller explains how to develop an effective licensing strategy.
IP Event: Join us at IP Paris, 16 March
What is the role of the Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and how can IP heads add value to their companies? This is the crux of the subject matter under discussion at the forthcoming IP Paris event on Thursday 16 March.
Are your IP contracts in order?
Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others. We round..
Unitary Patent update: court system takes step forward
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) system took another step forward this month, after Italy deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC agreement on 10 February. A total of 12 countries have now ratified the agreement, namely: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and France (one of the three mandatory ratifying countries).
IP recordals: An administrative burden for in-house teams
The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business can be a time-consuming and costly exercise. However, there are steps that a company can take to facilitate the process and take the pressure off in-house teams, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.
Know your worth: Understanding brand value
A recognisable and trusted brand name is a powerful asset with clear benefits in terms of customer loyalty, goodwill, market share and reputation. Companies work hard to build the status of their brand and product names, yet it can be a challenge to accurately quantify a brand’s value, and the role played by intangible assets, such as trademarks, designs, goodwill and know-how.