The Scotsman: Liquidated juice firm up for sale

The Scotsman: Liquidated juice firm up for sale

By Dominic Jeff Get Juiced, the up-market soft drinks company that went bust last month, has been put on the market by its liquidators. The Stirling-based firm has ceased trading and laid off all its employees but the liquidator is now targeting a quick sale and hopes the company can be re-started under new ownership. […]

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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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Boston IPBC

Director of Metis Partners Stephen Robertson flew to Boston,USA to attend the IP Business Congress, one of the largest annual events held for global IP leaders. However even in his down time, he just couldn’t resist a good photo opportunity – here he is in Fenway Park, getting caught on camera behind a crowd ball […]

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The Telegraph: Horrockses Up For Sale

The Telegraph: Horrockses Up For Sale

By Katherine Rushton Horrockses, the British fashion label whose off-the-peg dresses blazed a trail in the 1940s and 1950s, has been put up for sale, spurring hopes of a revival. House of Fraser is understood to have expressed an interest in acquiring the brand, whose look has had something of a renaissance thanks to the […]

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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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Insolvency News: Philidas Sale of IP Assets

Insolvency News: Philidas Sale of IP Assets

Intellectual asset specialist Metis Partners has been chosen to assist in the marketing and sale of the intellectual property owned by Philidas Limited, a market leading brand within the fastener manufacturing sector. For decades, the Philidas steel all-metal self-locking industrial nut has been a highly-renowned staple component of engineering products manufactured by global businesses including […]

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Credit Man: Sale of ICFR Assets

Credit Man: Sale of ICFR Assets

Metis Partners, the Scotland and California-based intellectual property specialist, has been called upon to market the intellectual assets of the International Centre for Financial Regulation (ICFR), which went into administration late last year. It will seek out an appropriate purchaser for the IP assets of the regulatory think-tank after administrators Zolfo Cooper said that it […]

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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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Insolvency News: Allders IP Sale

Metis Partners has been appointed to sell the intellectual property assets of Allders (Croydon) Limited. Allders was formerly a nationwide chain with a multitude of stores, growing from just one store – in Croydon – which opened in 1862. When the Allders chain of stores slipped into administration in January 2005, Jaeger chairman Harold Tillman […]

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The Herald: Sale of Elonics IP

Metis Partners is selling off intellectual property assets from technology business Elonics at an auction in the United States. A range of patents and trademarks – which have a list price of $150,000 (£97,000) – are up for grabs in what is thought to be the first time a Scottish company has participated in the […]

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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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BBC: Sangs in Administration

BBC: Sangs in Administration

The soft drink manufacturer Sangs has gone into administration. It made and distributed fizzy drinks, juices and water, including the MacB flavoured water brand. Sangs also operated a wholesale delivery business from its headquarters in Aberdeenshire and a distribution centre in South Lanarkshire. The administrators, Zolfo Cooper, said they would explore all possible options, including the sale […]

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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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Part 1: An introduction to IP in China

In the week of the Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum (BIP Asia) 2011 there is surely no better time to explore the development of Intellectual Property in China. There is a Chinese proverb that, translated literally, means “If you have money you can make the devil push your grindstone”. In other words: money makes […]

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Innovation is?

The cover story of the May edition of “CNBC Business” took a critical perspective on innovation and its relevance to business. The article, contributed to by a number of high profile commentators including Chris Barez-Brown, Kjell Nordstrom and Vijay Govindarajan claims innovation is at the top of business agendas right now because everything else has […]

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What in the world goes on over there

I wanted to take this opportunity share the growth of Metis Partners with you. As we expand our business internationally, Europe is a frontier we have already begun to develop but the really big opportunity is Na Na Na Na Na Na America!!! Therefore I am delighted to tell you we have established a partnership […]

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Upon the shoulders of giants

The time comes in every organisation where the leader needs to step down and pass the reins to another. In Apple Inc. this event could not have had greater focus with the world’s business press headlining on the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO. What the event has highlighted is the importance of a company […]

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The Herald: Peckhams brand up for Sale

The Herald: Peckhams brand up for Sale

The iconic Peckham’s brand was in danger of disappearing from Scotland’s most desirable suburbs last night as all their speciality delicatessen shops were put up for sale, 31 staff were made redundant and a further 140 jobs were put at risk. Glasgow-based Peckham and Rye, the oldest part of the upmarket family-owned food and drink […]

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Is brand restoration insurance a good investment?

An interesting article was posted by FT.com last week where it discussed the advantages and disadvantages of brand restoration insurance offered by AON. The full article can be found here. We will have read recently of a number of companies who may have benefitted from such insurance: BP and Toyota for example and the insurance […]

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Electrical giant dixons calls on Metis Partners to market two of its best-known brands

Glasgow-based intellectual property (IP) asset specialist Metis Partners has been appointed by Dixons Retail plc (Dixons) to market and sell the IP assets, of two of the multinational electrical giant’s best-known and longest-established brands, Saisho and Miranda. The sale is a coup for Metis Partners, and enhances its reputation as the destination of choice for […]

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Retail Gazette: Land of Leather has assets sold off

Retail Gazette: Land of Leather has assets sold off

Defunct sofa retailer,Land of Leather, is to have its intangible assets sold off by intellectual asset specialists Metis Partners. Metis will be selling off the sofa retailer’s vast array of trade marks and domain names it currently owns. Stephen Robertson of Metis Partners said: “The Land of Leather brand has a very high level of […]

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Credit Man: Famous high street brands, including Lewis’s, and Owen Owen to be sold by Metis Partners as part of Vergo Retail disposal

Credit Man: Famous high street brands, including Lewis’s, and Owen Owen to be sold by Metis Partners as part of Vergo Retail disposal

Glasgow-based intellectual asset specialists Metis Partners has been appointed by joint administrators, MCR, to sell off the brand assets of Vergo Retail Limited which folded in May 2010. Vergo Retail was the owner of a number of department stores and operated from large town-centres, as well as smaller out-of-town retail units under such well-recognised brand […]

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The Scotsman: Breastlight maker sold to pharmacist

The Scotsman: Breastlight maker sold to pharmacist

PWB Health, the Scottish company behind an innovative self-testing kit for breast lumps, has been sold to a West Yorkshire pharmacist for a six-figure cash sum. Zulfikar Akram, who also owns nutritional supplement company Ultralife Healthcare, will retain five employees to operate PWB from its Dumbarton headquarters. PWB is behind the Breastlight, a handheld torch which emits […]

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Some Say….

There are rumblings around the racetrack. Some say its protection of identity. Others, that it is the right of licence payers. We only knew he was called the Stig! No longer. The BBC had taken legal action to block publication by HarperCollins of the book which would unmask the faceless mystery driver and well established […]

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Coffee to Go?

In an interesting article in a recent Financial Times, two opposite perspectives on licensing were demonstrated. The article related to Oracle’s patent and copyright infringement claim against Google for the inclusion of elements of the Java software (now owned by Oracle after its purchase of Sun Microsystems earlier this year) within the Google Android smartphone […]

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