The ability for leaders and managers to learn quickly is certainly a critical advantage. Especially in industries where new technologies and/or rapidly changing customer expectations can disrupt the status quo overnight.
India has not adopted the import-innovate-export paradigm of ASEAN countries, yet the gains in absorption capacity of Indian firms seem impressive. As India has not followed the trajectory of ASEAN neighbors, it is interesting to examine the future scenarios of technology partnering.
In order to register a trademark under Swiss law, the mark must, among other things, be capable of graphic representation. With regard to smell marks, applicants must graphically represent the product's scent. The Federal Administrative Court recently decided that a cooking recipe is not capable of sufficiently describing a smell mark. Therefore, in contrast to colour and acoustic marks, smell marks are still not registrable in Switzerland.
A look back at 2011 nano-topics, pointing the way in 2012.
It's been a year, hasn't it? Not always as good as we'd hoped, but never as dark as we feared. My take? We've learned. And with that knowledge, we're moving on. That's why this month I'm making some prognostications about 2012 by revisiting our hottest topics in 2011.
IBM's predictions for technology breakthroughs in the next five years include creating your own energy, biometrics eliminating the need for security passwords, mind reading to translate thought into action, turning junk mail into personalized priority...
Major technology companies have launched wars against one another over the improper use of patents, and a recent ruling has intensified a long-standing showdown between Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ) over the latter's Android mobile software .
Jim turned from staring through his microscope, rubbing his eyes, and looked out the window. It was dark and the snow was really coming down. The lamppost had turned that funny yellow color as more and more snow was falling in the car park and building those little domes of snow on top of everything . It was the Friday before Christmas, the last day in the office for three days.
"Receipts in their current form just suck," says Michael Altman, cofounder of OneReceipt. Looking over at my desktop inbox of purchases to be filed, a dizzying mix of holiday gifts and business purchases, I can't say I disagree.
How innovative is today's India? The Global Innovation Index 2011 ranks India at 69 among 125 nations. These indices have to be taken with a pinch of salt, though. Indices using a per capita basis create a problem for India. Anything that is divided by a billion comes to almost zero! Let us look at other signals. Is India changing the vocabulary of innovation? The answer is yes.
The pros and cons of patenting in the biosimilars scheme recently enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have been discussed, here and elsewhere (see "Will Patents Become Irrelevant in a Biosimilars Future?").
When I ask creative teams to tell me about how they push ideas to fruition, one of the things they swear by is fighting.[twistage 91f06d19df4f1]You have multiple people in the room with a strong vision for what should happen.
It is very hard to distinguish your products and services, if you only focus on the features and/or the price. Even if you have a differentiator it will not last very long, as your competitors will catch up very soon. One way to differentiate yourself in a sustainable way is to have a compelling story about your company, your self and your product/service.
The ultimate transportation toy for all seasons, the Street And Snow Scooter converts from a standard razor style scooter to a ski machine. A quick screw of a wrench and you take off the included regular skate style wheels and attach the patented HDPE skis to the bottom and hit the slopes.
I recently had occasion to revisit one of those issues in patent law that has always left this Kat perplexed. That issue is the recordal of a patent licence on various national registries. Consider, for example, section 87 of the Israel Patent Law, which provides that a patent licence, whether exclusive or non-exclusive, "is effective only as between the parties, unless it was registered under this Law."
Every sport has a specific team size. Basketball allows five players on the court at one time. Baseball allows nine on the diamond. American football and international football both allow eleven on a side. It's a mystery how these numbers were arrived at, but they've become codified in the sports we play.
Take a look at the “Home” and “About” web pages of the world’s most innovative companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Gore. There is a word you will seldom, if ever, see on their web pages: “innovation”. That is because these companies do not strive to be innovative.
In troubled times in most Western societies, there are rumors that innovation will save the economy.
Innovation to face this challenge has to find a consistent and sustainable method to produce streams of new ideas, able to solve the problems created by innovation in which were not taken into account the undesirable consequences of its application.
William W. Cochran and Christopher R. Benson & Michael C. Elmer have put together a superb paper on the history of patent damages.
The paper discusses how the statutory language of awarding damages has changed over time and the evolution of injunction relief. Below I will quote the historical statutes from the paper. But before I do that I want to point out three problems with the presently available relief for patent infringement.
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