5 ways an IP holding company could benefit your business

5 ways an IP holding company could benefit your business

At Metis Partners, we like to describe intellectual property holding companies (“IPCos”) to our clients as an “insurance policy”. It’s never too early to think about the strategic management of your IP and to “ring-fence” or separate these assets from the potential trading risks faced by your business. An IPCo is a form of special purpose vehicle whose function is purely to hold and manage a […]

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How do you solve a problem like a blockchain?

How do you solve a problem like a blockchain?

For intellectual property (IP) specialists, the discussion around new, emerging technology is always centred on the IP underpinning it, and, in many cases, how best to value such IP. Common issues surrounding the valuation of new technology include: (1) analysing its ownership; (2) identifying and classifying the IP associated with it; and (3) deciding on […]

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Negotiation

Negotiation

How do you negotiate in insolvency? We all know that negotiation is a vital skill, and effective negotiation is one of the most important aspects of an insolvency process, yet it can easily be overlooked as a key skill given the diversity of tasks that have to be mastered by the insolvency practitioner. In our […]

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Sale and Leaseback – a model for increasing trust in IP assets?

Placing a tangible financial value on a brand and then leveraging that value remains a frustratingly opaque process. However, the creation of secondary markets to sell IP assets has encouraged lenders to look more closely at this asset class.  Brands as secured assets While this article does not cover the legal points of taking security […]

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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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Software patents and how we fare in Europe and the UK

Ahead of the ScotSoft 2014 event in Edinburgh on Thursday 2nd October, we here at Metis Partners thought it would be fitting to examine some statistics around software patenting trends at home and abroad, and consider what other forms of protection are currently afforded to software-focused innovators and companies. In the first instance, we decided […]

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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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IP strategy for start-ups

I recently came across a 2012 blog posting on New Morning IP (find it here) which was tweeted for re-consumption by all of us who dream of IP when we sleep. The blog caught my attention because firstly, the author’s point on the value of patenting within a start-up really resonated with my own thoughts […]

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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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Are all your secrets exposed?

Patents, Trademarks, Copyright. These are the famous faces of intellectual property, terms which most people have engaged with at some point in their lives. But as important as these may be to a company’s competitive advantage, there is one particular unsung hero of intellectual property (“IP”) which may be equally, if not more, valuable: Trade […]

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Part 2: Exploitation of IP assets in China

This is a follow-up article to the blog posted two weeks ago which followed the week of the Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum (BIP Asia) and continues the analysis of China’s progress with intellectual property. Rome was not built in a day and the same is true of China’s progress with intellectual property. In […]

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