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Written by Joe Hadzima

What Happens If You Don’t Move IP Considerations to Front of M&A Process?

When your corporate strategy doesn’t involve moving your IP considerations to the front of the M&A process, you will, at some point, face particular consequences.

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Written by Joe Khurana

Microsoft Uses Patent Portfolio to Provide Business Advantage

Microsoft today announced that it would provide indemnification to users of its Azure cloud services who get sued for patent infringement. Fear of intellectual property litigation has the ability to curtail innovation, in this case due to companies’ concern about adopting Microsoft’s Azure service.

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Written by Joe Khurana

Leveraging IP Analysis to Inform Your Make or Buy Decisions

High-profile intellectual property purchases have been in the news a lot lately. First, there’s Google, which has turned its focus to buying up patents left and right in an effort to protect their innovations. There’s also Facebook, which recently plunked down a large chunk of change for messaging app WhatsApp. We also mentioned Unilever’s massive purchase of Dollar Shave Club in a previous blog.

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Written by Joe Khurana

How to Beat Competitors in the Race to Innovation

All too often, companies face disruptive innovation from their competitors. And all too often, they combat the problem by simply copying the new technology. Whether they roll out a similar product or service, or they throw money behind developing their own version, these companies will spend the majority of their existence simply chasing others.

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Written by Joe Khurana

3 Advantages of Using IP Intelligence to Drive Corporate Strategy

Whether you take a proactive approach or not, intellectual property is a big part of your corporate strategy. Your choice to take a proactive approach can help you drive revenue and growth—or you can spend your time following your competitors and fighting off litigation. In other words, you can create a sustainable competitive advantage, or you can find contentment being second best (at the very best) while giving up your market share.

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Written by Joe Khurana

Retailers Must Develop IP Intelligence Strategy for Greater Innovation

Retail companies and restaurants have been under fire from non-practicing entities, or NPEs, in recent years—more so than even the largest tech companies. Though the number of NPEs in existence is relatively small, the number of patents they own and can enforce through litigation is large enough to disrupt business for even the most established online and brick-and-mortar retailers. 

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Written by Joe Khurana

5 Steps to Identify and Analyze IP and Patent Acquisition Targets

 

Some of the biggest news in the past few years regarding IP and patents hasn’t come from innovation but rather from acquisition of innovation. One of the most-discussed was Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp, a free messaging app for mobile devices, that closed for $19 billion.

The big question on everyone’s lips was this: Why would Facebook, which has its own robust messaging system and also costs nothing to users, want to purchase a less popular product with fewer bells and whistles? Even now, reports state that Facebook has lost money on the deal, but they’re still pleased as punch with their purchase.

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Written by Joe Khurana

How to Beat Competitors to the Market Through IP Intelligence

When you want examples for how long it can take to lose your market share before you notice you’re in trouble, examine the American car manufacturing landscape. And, if you want examples of how permanent—or semi-permanent, at the very least—that loss of market share can be, again, there is no better example than Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler.

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Written by Joe Khurana

How Can I Use IP to Mitigate Corporate Risk?

When most people think about mitigating corporate risk with IP and patents, long, drawn-out court battles often come to mind. All too often, companies begin considering how patent information can help them avoid risk when they’ve already encountered that risk. Let’s get in front of the problem.

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Written by Joe Khurana

How Recognizing Disruptive Innovations Could Save Your Business

Remember some of the biggest companies of the last thirty years? We bet you had a Nintendo game system, complete with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt games. You probably went to Blockbuster on Friday nights. You probably had a Blackberry phone and marveled at the ability to simply check your email by phone. All these things were so amazing that they couldn’t possibly be improved upon, right? 

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