Financial services IP is focus of July conference in NYC; IPCU readers receive a $200 discount

FinTech, blockchain, cybercrime – intellectual property for the financial services industry today requires a balance of emerging technologies and rights, including patents and trade secrets.  On July 24-25 in New York World Congress is holding the 16th annual “Protecting Innovations in the Financial Services Industry.” It will be convened at the Intercontinental Barclay, between Park […]

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‘Copyright is for losers,’ says street artist, Banksy; some trademarks not

Ubiquitous yet unknown, UK street artist, Banksy, not a fan of copyright protection, has resorted to the trademark law to stop unauthorized sale of his work in Italy.  Banksy’s company, Pest Control, sued an Italian company for “selling unauthorized merchandise in connection to an art exhibition. In a provisional ruling, a court in Milan has […]

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Intellectual property is at the core of World Press Freedom Day

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. It is more important than ever to celebrate press freedom, to understand what it means and to assure it exists and is respected. Press freedom is not something to be taken for granted — even in the most economically advanced democracies. It is easy today to confuse perspective […]

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Apple conspired to discredit Qualcomm’s inventions even though it believed they were “the best”

Nothing gives a Silicon Valley tech giant, once, known for quality and integrity, a bad name like greed and deception. In pursuit of even greater profit, Apple’s actions cost more than 1,000 people their jobs and almost brought down a $100 billion supplier.  A long-time licensee of Qualcomm’s high-quality modems, Apple came to dislike the […]

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Video: IP leaders provide their take on the importance of IP rights at Columbia Journalism School event

IP executives, experts and owners from leading businesses and organizations gathered at Columbia University’s School of Journalism late last year at the IP Awareness Summit (IPAS) to identify ways of improving IP literacy. There responses to why should IP taken seriously and taught in schools has been made into a video produced by London-based Ideas […]

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Trade Secrets: “What People Need to Know” — Sen. Coons, IP experts, scheduled to speak May 29

Trade secrets, or know-how, frequently in the news, are simultaneously among intellectual property’s most valuable and misunderstood rights. A luncheon briefing designed to put these essential rights into clearer perspective will be held at United States Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington on May 29 – “Understanding the Secret to Trade Secrets: What People Need […]

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“IP impacts everyone” – Two-minute video explains “why?”

What is intellectual property? Why should I care? These questions are frequently considered – if not asked – by a range of people of all ages, incomes and education levels. Products of the mind (inventions, creative works, etc.) and the rights that protect them can be complex. But the answer to “why IP?” is simpler […]

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INTA Annual Mtg set for mid-May; $300/€300 discounts for ‘Auto IP US’ and Europe, also in May

May is a busy month for IP events. The 141st International Trademark Association Meeting (INTA) will take place in Boston, and Auto IP conferences will be held in Munich and Detroit. More than 10,000 trademark practitioners, brand owners, and intellectual property professionals from 150 countries will be in Boston, Massachusetts May 18–22 for the  141st […]

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Inventor who said $17M is the real cost of obtaining his patent, wins $24.5M suit

How much does it cost to obtain and use a U.S. patent? The depends who you ask. The price to obtain an invention right can range from $6,000 for a very basic one with few claims to $50,000 of more for a more complex application that requires significant back and forth with the Patent Office. […]

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Taking PIPCOs private – rethinking public IP (patent licensing) companies

The shares of most publicly traded companies that rely primarily on patent licensing, litigation settlements or damages awards for revenue have fared poorly compared to key market indexes, like the S&P 500.  Whether or the not the market is valuing these companies’ shares and their complex assets fairly is less the issue than the viability […]

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$300 discount on IP Business Congress Boston for IPCU readers

The IP Business Congress Global, among intellectual property’s premier annual events, is providing a large segment of IP CloseUp readers a registration break for the upcoming event, June 16-18, at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. This year’s IPBC Global program features over 70 speakers, more than 650 attendees and twelve hours of networking time. Speakers […]

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China is source of 43% of world’s patent applications; 60% of trademark apps

China may not yet be on an equal footing with the leading industrialized nations in terms invention quality and brand recognition, but according to a recent study by the World Intellectual Property Organization, it is feverishly trying to show it is. In 2017 China filed more than twice the number of U.S. patent applications globally; […]

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