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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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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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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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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Think Fruity You Little Monkey!

Metis Partners has been successfully partnering with insolvency practitioners in order to maximise the return for creditors in insolvency situations for a number of years. You may have seen we recently completed the sale of the Kshocolat and Hot Choc brands to Bon Bon Buddies Ltd. http://www.kshocolat.co.uk/. Metis Partners are currently involved in the sale […]

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Who Owns the Brand?

Metis Partners is always looking for ways to help its clients get the most out of their intangible assets, whether we are acting for clients wishing to commercially exploit their intangibles through licensing or acting on behalf of the insolvency practitioners seeking to maximise the return for creditors through the sale of a company’s intangibles. […]

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The Emerging Role of the CIPO

In a recent Webinar sponsored by IAM Magazine, “The Emerging Role of the CIPO (Chief Intellectual Property Officer)”, thought leaders in IP, Ron Laurie, of Inflexion Point Strategy and Rob Sterne, of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox concluded: An increasing number of companies are managing IP as a strategic business asset and CIPOs will be the […]

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To Innovate or Not To Innovate, That Is the Dilemma

In an article on FT.com by Brian Groom, Business and Employment Editor, previewing a forthcoming report by the EEF manufacturers organisation, it suggests that companies with an inclination to innovate their way out of the recession are being constrained by a lack of appreciation of innovation by finance providers. The article suggests “a poor understanding […]

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