|Maybe not, but still |
Around the weblogs 2. Mark Anderson's ever-useful IP Draughts turns its attention to common pitfalls in IP licensing: they are (i) wrong type of transaction, (ii) mismatch of expectations, (iii) wrong mindset for negotiating deal and (iv) being locked into a long-term, loveless relationship. If you want to list any further pitfalls, do post them on Mark's blog. Aistemos asks whether the terms "disruptive innovation" and "disruptive technology" are a help or a hindrance to current innovation and investment analyses, and also takes a look at the distribution and ownership of aquaculture patents in today's herding catfish post. Latest European Patent Office-related blogposts: FOSS Patents, here; Techrights, here. The EPO Blog itself reports on a successful start for PCT Direct.
Nathan the Wise? He will be -- with your help. This Kat has been informed that Nathan Pennington, secretary of the Patent & Trade Mark Group, is preparing an MSc dissertation on the differences and similarities of approach to searching patent by professional searchers and patent attorneys. He is seeking volunteers to (i) complete a questionnaire to measure legal and technical background; (ii) do a quick pseudo search on PatBase, or another database if you prefer, so he can log the search approach. All data collected will be anonymous and no personal data will be collected as part of the exercise. If you'd like to volunteer, you can contact Nathan on +44 (0)20 7440 9510 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do help if you can!