From the monthly archives:

October 2009

IPReader links for 30 October

by Andrew Watson on 30 October 2009

New and noteworthy links from around the web:


A second week in the life of this IP strategist

by Andrew Watson on 26 October 2009

Let’s try the highlights of week 2.

I realised that week 1 was a little ambitious to repeat week on week. If nothing else it could get a little repetitive. As a variation, I thought I’d pick up on the highlights of week 2:

1. A blog post on the Apple and Nokia spat. We have done a fair amount of work in the Standards area in diligence and gained some super knowledge. Opinionated I know but this area is just so damn frustrating for business leaders and creates competitive disadvantages across markets and suppliers. At least it is yet another good business-based IP story, our role in which is to explain it to the lay reader.

2. A new idea. Not going to say much on this for the obvious reason but on Wednesday Stephen and I put ipVA through the same methodology as we put our clients through. With some startling results. And a new path, or at least a ladder to take us a few steps forward.

3. Rosie is born. We’ve been working on a process and method for IP assessment for around 12 months and it was conceived in around May 2008 and has hardened since. Jordan and I went to see a tax partner from a Big4 firm on Monday who described it as “compelling”. And, again, it did not let us down. Time and time and time again we seem to find a way to explain the unexplainable and to decipher intangibles to the non-IP audience. So, on Tuesday, Rosie was born as our product name for our methodology. She’ll grow up and flower over time but she’s very real.

4. Ownership, ownership, ownership. This drum needs to be banged over and over again. The number of times that people simply do not IP own what they think they IP own is amazing. Our small ownership issue of last week has taken the full week to unpick and at least now we have a plan to resolve it. How many times? I see this as akin to the owner of a home who when asked if he owns his house says “of course I do” but then realises that he doesn’t own his garage and only has a 3 year lease on the fourth bedroom. “Oh”, I just hadn’t realised”.

5. Creative ways of making it easy for clients to use us. I guess this is the benefit of our model, that we can speculate at little. This week has seen this hit a peak.

6. The perfect pitch. You know the day when it simply all comes together? Well for me this week it did. Aided by the lovely Rosie we simply in the words of Simon Cowell “nailed it” on one pitch this week. How pleasing is that.

A long week again and time for some downtime this weekend. Maria trounced me 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 last weekend in tennis so I’ve some recovery work on my pride to work on tomorrow.


Nokia and Apple

October 25, 2009

I noticed that Nokia has lost patience with Apple and decided to bring licensing discussions to a head by issuing proceedings. Poor Apple, like RIM, was late into the 2 and 3G Standards game and the incumbents (Nokia, Ericsson and Qualcomm for 3G) are so embedded in the setting of Standards (and by the way […]

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A week in the life of this IP strategist

October 19, 2009

I thought it would be interesting to start recording a typical week in my life as a lead consultant in ipVA. I’ll try to be true to keeping a weekly record but the ambition may be beyond me. Or if this becomes too mundane or repetitive I’ll stop it. But I do think what we […]

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Government data, innovation, and UK plc

October 9, 2009

The Open Rights Group blog brings up an interesting point about the Royal Mail, which is in the middle of a round of job cuts and facing strikes by postal workers. Royal Mail sits on a database of all UK postcodes, matched to geo data on where they are all located. This is hugely useful […]

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