The Hidden Treasure of IP After Insolvency 

The Hidden Treasure of IP After Insolvency 

The power of the brand – it’s likely the company’s biggest treasure The latest demise of fashion retail giants BHS and Austin Reed appears to be just another in a long line of recent retail-based insolvencies. While fingers have been pointed in numerous different directions when trying to determine the source of these failures, the […]

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Is your database your most valuable asset?

We’ve all heard the buzz around “Big Data,” large swathes of personal consumer information which can be used to maximise business intelligence while personalising and optimising consumer needs. But despite its entrance into the collective commercial consciousness, companies often fail to acknowledge the significant amount of data which exist within their own business models. For […]

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We are bound by the secrets we share

In our second blog on trade secrets, we highlighted the importance of maintaining and enforcing an internal trade secret policy in order to prevent IP leakage via employee carelessness. But equally as important is the necessity for an external trade secret policy, particularly when embarking on partnerships and joint ventures (“JV”) – or even attending […]

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Disclosing the truth about non-disclosure agreements

According to everyone’s favourite web-based encyclopaedia, Venture Capital (“VC”) is defined as financial capital provided to early-stage, high-potential, high-risk, start-up companies on the back of a novel technology or business model – so is it really any wonder so much emphasis is placed on maintaining the confidentiality of information related to an entrepreneur’s innovation, novel […]

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Insolvency and the hidden brand benefit

Though this has been a year of soaring corporate profits for some, the number of companies which have entered insolvency proceedings was up 6% from this time last year. These businesses ran the gamut from celebrity-endorsed clothing brand Gio-Goi, to once-dominant movie rental provider Blockbuster, to music retail giant HMV. Headlines blamed the recession, or […]

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Metis summer summary…So far

We here at Metis Partners have been busy throughout the summer season, but no one more so than Director Stephen Robertson, who’s been racking up the air miles attending and presenting at a number of IP-related conferences over the past couple of months. IP Business Congress Stephen’s first trip of the summer took him to […]

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IP insurance

In November 2012, the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Scotland held the aptly-titled event “IP Insurance – too complicated and too expensive – why bother?” which, unsurprisingly, covered the oft-overlooked topic of insurance for intangible assets. But in a market which is increasingly reliant upon intangible assets to boost value and add a competitive advantage, why […]

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IP led financing

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for a staggering 99.9% of all enterprises within the UK, providing for 59.1% of private sector jobs and employing upwards of 13.7 million people. But despite their obvious importance to both economic growth and stability, many SMEs are hindered by their inability to raise capital as a result of […]

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IP budgets

Patent wars are, surprisingly, nothing new; a TIME Magazine article from 1929 covered the eruption of a patent war for radio patents against twenty independent radio makers. Nearly a century on, large companies’ penchant for engaging in patent wars is the same as ever, but the sheer scale and antagonism with which they pursue and […]

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What’s all the fuss about trade secrets?

Motorola, Société Générale, Dyson, St. Jude Medical, Goldman Sachs. Each of these companies operates in quite different business sectors, but they’ve all recently made headlines for the same reason: trade secrets. Or, more specifically, for the theft of valuable company trade secrets, be it by way of former employees defecting to rival firms, paid moles […]

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