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Posts by Tyron Stading




Innography Introduces PatentGuard

I've talked a lot in recent posts about the changing IP landscape, and the measures being taken by companies to address those changes.  One of the main challenges I've seen is the often time-consuming and tedious task of evaluating a patent portfolio, particularly to identify chain of title issues. Maintaining a clean chain of title is crucial, because without it, you lose the right to take action on that patent leaving it...

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Categories: application trends, litigation strategy, patent portfolio analysis, technology forecasts


State of the IP Union

Innography recently celebrated its fourth birthday, and I used the opportunity to reflect on just how far our company has come. When I started Innography, the majority of patents and intellectual property concerns were confined to the legal department. Now just four years later, the patent landscape has morphed into a complex terrain forcing corporations to create business teams with executive oversight to focus solely on intellectual property; proof that the value of IP is...

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Categories: industry outlooks


Tech Sourcing: A Practice You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Technology sourcing is a practice critical to your business and ignoring it can cost you more than you might imagine. First, it is critical to understand the fact that the accumulation of technologies is necessary to the growth of your business.  Not only does this help build new revenue streams, but it can also help protect your current market position.  In the former case, technology sourcing can enable you get to market faster....

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Categories: industry outlooks


Streamline Your Licensing Process

Licensing professionals understand just how challenging the licensing process can be.  Because it can be so challenging I put together nine questions that are important to answer at each phase of the process before moving forward to the next step. Can the idea in question make money? The overwhelming majority of patents never come to market.  Most experts put the number at about two to three percent. At the idea stage it can...

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Categories: industry outlooks


Competitive Intelligence: Getting Ahead of the Development Curve

Today companies are being forced to cope with rising litigation risk because the business environment is simply more litigious. This increased litigiousness has produced a more rigorous due diligence requirement that involves a greater focus on the way intelligence is gathered and the processes associated with it. Part of this rigorous protocol is to monitor the IP landscape generally and competitive targets specifically (companies, products and technologies), before a decision is made to pursue one...

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Categories: competitive intelligence, industry outlooks


What Makes Your Patent Valuable

The two February articles covered the concept of IP valuation – the benefits of understanding the value of your IP and the different models in use today for quantifying that value. There’s a missing piece to the equation though: exactly which attributes make your IP valuable? First, it is important to understand that specific attributes of your IP don’t necessarily make it valuable, but you can look for indicators that are consistently...

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The Rise of False Marking Litigation

There is a new litigation trend brewing on the horizon: false marking. Much like the increase in litigation in early 2000 from patent trolls, this is now a new source that’s driving increases in litigation. Because of a recent court decision, it is extremely profitable to sue companies who have falsely marked products as patented. The following chart shows the massive increase in cases in the first three months of 2010 already. False Marks Litigation...

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Categories: industry outlooks, patent litigation data


Mapping Patents to Products - Why Should You Care?

When I talk with customers, they frequently have questions about mapping patents to products. It turns out that creating a patent to product association is extremely valuable when you think about it. The business world runs on products. Profits and losses, revenue forecasts, and product offerings are all the lifeblood of a company and they’re all driven by products. It should come as no surprise, then, that you would want to protect your...

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Categories: application trends, industry outlooks, patent mapping