Patent Strategy: The Manager's Guide to Profiting from Patent Portfolios / Edition 1

Patent Strategy: The Manager's Guide to Profiting from Patent Portfolios / Edition 1

by Anthony L. Miele, Miele
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471390755

ISBN-13: 9780471390756

Pub. Date: 05/02/2001

Publisher: Wiley

Patents and patent strategies are playing a bigger role in information age technologies such as telecommunications, the Internet, and computers. The new services and products being offered require technologies from previously segregated markets. The distinctions between these markets are blurring, with many companies utilizing technologies now residing in a "common

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Overview

Patents and patent strategies are playing a bigger role in information age technologies such as telecommunications, the Internet, and computers. The new services and products being offered require technologies from previously segregated markets. The distinctions between these markets are blurring, with many companies utilizing technologies now residing in a "common market." As a result, competition between businesses is changing. A single patent owned by a business can be worth millions-or even tens of millions-of dollars and can be highly pertinent to key partner relationships the business may enter into. They can affect the bottom line, the balance sheet, the value of the company as a whole-and, most critically, if the key patents are owned by a competitor, a command of the market.

For example, businesses are using patents as a weapon to hinder competitors from encroaching on their developed technology and as a shield to deter others from forcing them out of their own market. Recently acquired companies like WebTV and Amati Communications each commanded substantial purchase prices due in large part to their substantial patent portfolios. However, a lack of attention to patents has caused companies problems. For example, in 1993, Eastman Kodak terminated one of its subsidiaries after Wang Laboratories, Inc., brought a patent infringement suit against the subsidiary.

This book illustrates the impact, both positive and negative, that patents can have on a technology-driven business's tactical and strategic efforts. Here you will find step-by-step guidance to the patent process, the laws, and basic strategies-from a business-goal perspective-so middle and upper-level managers can recognize the significance of patents in relation to the business and can incorporate proper patent management efforts into their business framework.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471390756
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/02/2001
Series:
Intellectual Property-General, Law, Accounting & Finance, Management, Licensing, Special Topics Series, #19
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Foreword.

Patents in Context—Incorporating Patents into Your Business.

An Overview of Patents.

Strategies for Managing Patent Liability.

Strategies for Leveraging Value From R&D: Implementing a Patent Program.

Licensing, Selling, and Buying Patents.

Partnering, Strategic Alliances, and Deals.

Budgetary Issues.

Patent Litigation.

A Look Inside Patent Prosecution (Obtaining a Patent).

More Prosecution Strategies.

Getting a Second Look by the Patent Office: Reexamination and Reissue.

Battle for the Same Rights: Interference Proceedings.

Patents Abroad.

The Risks of Patent Licensing and Enforcement.

Choosing a Patent Attorney.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Provides the Following Summary Description of the Provisions of the New Law.

Appendix A: Sample Patents.

Appendix B: Data on Patent Activity: Issuances, Technology, and Litigations.

Appendix C: Preserving Trade Secret Rights and Avoiding Liability for Violating Those of Others.

Appendix D: Select Sections of the Patent Laws.

Index.

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