Starting the IP value journey

Starting the IP value journey

Last time, I explained how intangible assets and IP have come to replace tangible items like buildings and machinery as the most valuable assets that many organisations now own. I also outlined some of the historical reasons why this has happened over the last thirty years or so. It is pretty clear – once you understand these reasons – that this trend is set to continue. This article continues with the theme of IP value, by starting to look at some of the basics you should be thinking about if you want to grow and ‘lock-in’ the value of these assets. But first, let’s look at one reason why you might want to do that.)…

I’ve received a nastygram – what do I do?

I’ve received a nastygram – what do I do?

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Regardless of whether you’ve actually been smart and protected your IP, or if you’ve not got around to it yet, occasionally that nasty letter can land through the letterbox and set in a fear of panic. Perhaps you may have infringed upon someone else’s design or patent? Or your brand name is too similar to one already registered and they want you to cease and desist? What about your logo too closely resembling one already in use? If you get one of those nasty letters here’s our top tips for the next immediate steps.)…

Reading the Future Through Patents

Reading the Future Through Patents

Expanding network of connected devices, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality technologies have transformed the way we perceive and interact with our environment. Tendencies in this respect can be seen in “smart” factories, transportation (autonomous vehicles), energy (smart grids), healthcare (health tracking applications), agriculture and many other fields. This transformation is now described as 4thIndustrial Revolution (4IR).)…

Cyber security and Intellectual Property

Cyber security and Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) as a crucial part of the business environment allows businesses to have a commercial advantage over competitors. If IP is stolen, it is important to detect the theft quickly and react accordingly.)…

Company Value & Intellectual Property

Company Value & Intellectual Property

So, today, while there are still a considerable number of organisations out there with large tangible asset values on their balance sheets, on average, the tangible-intangible ratio has ‘flipped’ and over eighty percent of an organisation’s value can now be attributed to intangible assets and intellectual property (IP). This is not surprising in an age when the old Standard Triumph factory is now the site of a business park and those small, dark engineering companies have long gone, replaced by sheltered housing complexes and community centres. We now live in an era when a couple of people, working from a spare bedroom with some fairly simple technology, can develop a piece of software that is worth many millions of pounds. And the percentage of company value attributable to IP, edges ever higher – but how can we work out the value of our IP?)…

Intellectual property disputes

Intellectual property disputes

As lawyers, we help client businesses to protect their intellectual property, advising in disputes involving infringement of trade marks, design rights, patents and copyright as well as passing off actions.)…