Archive for the Patent Category

Intangible assets – the new economic indicator

Posted in 1P, Australian IP Case Law, Design, Future, IP Protection, Patent with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by 1place

Intellectual property has evolved from a collection of legal rights to now being a major asset that performs independently, when compared to other assets.  Has this evolution changed the way in which IP performs relative to economic change?

Last week the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) released statistics for each country’s registered IP trends against GDP and other indicators.  Registered IP includes patent, trade mark and design registrations.

These statistics show that the rate of growth of registered IP in the major economies have had a marked decrease: that is, the growth in the number of patents, trade marks and design rights filed has fallen from 2008 onwards.  WIPO’s mapping of registered IP filings against GDP, shows registered IP filings to be much more volatile and extreme when compared to change in GDP. Continue reading


IP conundrums

Posted in 1P, Article, Commercialisation, Copyright, Design, IP Protection, Out of your mind, Patent with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by 1place

I confess to being inspired by Harry Pearce and his book Conundrums – a beautiful collection of typographic puzzles.

Being a typophile, I thought I’d try my hand at a few of my own.

So, here begins a series of  typographical conundrums with an IP (intellectual property) bent, fashioned after Harry Pearce and constrained to the same rules as his: one box, two colours, one typeface.

One a week, so watch this space.

IP Conundrum #1


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Posted in Patent, Photo on September 12, 2011 by 1place

Snowman patent - a possible final product of the invention

Eureka! Lumpy asymmetrical snowpeople are now a thing of the

Today reports on a quirky US patent for the construction
or building of a Snow Man or Snow Woman.

The invention relates to an apparatus for facilitating the

Children and their parents concerned by infringement claims are welcome to contact us for freedom to operate searches.

Warning – two potential infringers at work in New Zealand?

Patent infringement in action?

Full details and an entertaining history of snow people can
be read here: Snowbusiness

What patents have in common with viruses

Posted in 1P, Article, Future, Out of your mind, Patent, Psychology, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by 1place

Contagion of ideas: the meme

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” as a unit or measure of cultural transmission – the process in which ideas, behaviour, style or other aspects of culture spread, “transmit” or self-propagate much in the way that genes propagate in the gene pool.

Malcom Gladwell likens a meme to “an idea that behaves like a virus that moves through a population, taking hold in each person it infects”:

So, what do patents have to do with memes?

The all-important filing date provides a clue to the answer. This is because patents are ultimately a product of their times. They reflect current cultural beliefs, values and trends – albeit with an eye to the future.  FULL POST

An inventor’s biological clock

Posted in 1P, Article, Future, Out of your mind, Patent, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by 1place

The average inventor[1] is more likely to be:

  1. Older – there is a higher incidence of inventors aged in their 40s to 50s who file patents; and
  2. Self determining – an inventor is less likely to be associated with a large firm or a university.

Inventors do not have disproportionally more genius genes, but are highly motivated and therefore are driven to make a difference. Studies of identical twins separated at birth indicates that creative thinking is:

  1. less genetically based (estimated to be a one third contribution);
  2. more learning based (estimated to be a two-thirds contribution) leading to creating confidence in the capacity to create.[2]

What does the above profile represent? FULL POST

The future is near

Posted in 1P, Out of your mind, Patent, Science, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by 1place

Focus the time period to visualise the uptake of your technology

Successful inventors place their invention into the future by boot-strapping to, and improving on, known technologies. Inventors keep in mind the futurist’s rule of thumb that new technology’s:

  • speed of uptake is overestimated; and
  • impact is underestimated.

So let’s go on a journey. FULL POST

The patent factory

Posted in 1P, Out of your mind, Patent with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by 1place

The art of out of your mind & into a patent

The top patent filers in the major patent offices around the world often include at least one “patent factory”.

A patent factory is a company that generates patents but rarely builds products.  The idea behind a patent factory is that the patented invention can be licensed out to generate an income.
This is very similar to a venture capitalist who invests in start-ups, for which at least one in every ten start-ups will give a very positive return.  However, a patent factory does not invest in the people or infrastructure, just in patentable ideas.

Why generate patents? FULL POST