thoughts & notes ON IP AND BUSINESS

31 May 2016

This is an extract from my new book, IP is Everything, which discusses how to use intangible assets in building your new business…

A.k.a the Psychology of Inventing and The Pathology of Brilliance

I thought it useful to consider the one thing that most business and inven...

30 Apr 2016

A groundbreaking report recently released by the Ocean Tomo group has quantified the effects of intangible assets on our current markets.  It showed that more than 80% of the market capitalization of S&P® 500 companies simply cannot be accounted for by tangible, bricks...

1 Apr 2016

A group of Australian scientists at the Australian National University have helped create a new, super-heavy element.  

The new element, Element 117, will be added to the periodic table following research published in the latest Physics Review Letters. This is the culmi...

25 Mar 2016

The history of IP is rich and varied.  More than 2500 years ago the Greek colony of Sybaris (in modern-day Italy) started handing out sole rights to “all who should discover any new refinement in luxury, the profits arising from which were secured to the inventor by pa...

1 Jan 2016

I recently attempted to climb three mountains on three continents in three months to raise awareness and money for obstetric fistula patients in Ethiopia.

This is what I learned on the mountains:

Lesson 1: The woman I was roped to got an anxiety attack just as we were ab...

8 Nov 2015

There are many groups advocating that patents should be banned, or that the rights of patent holders should be curtailed as they lead to an abuse of power, less competition, and make it impossible for start-ups to flourish.  However, every one of these points has eithe...

11 Oct 2015

Now that you know a bit more about the various types of IP rights, it’s worth placing this in the context of what a company looks like that has IP at its core, instead of being just a product- or service-driven company.

So, what does an IP-centric company look like?  Wh...

9 Sep 2015

And do I have any Intellectual Property?  (The answer is, yes, you most likely have some form of IP that you can make money from)...

Knowing a bit more about IP is key to understanding the rest of the concepts contained in this blog.  I frequently hear IP terms being ba...

29 Aug 2015

So if you’re an entrepreneur, start-up CEO, or someone who’s trying to escape the daily grind with your killer idea, then read this.  I assume that you’re sick of the 9 to 5, you’ve read Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week, and you’re planning your escape.

You’ve gone to...

11 Jun 2015

IP is nothing more than information – mere words or drawings on paper, but arranged in such a way that, ounce for ounce, they make the paper it’s written on worth more than just about any other commodity on earth.  It’s a remarkable thought and one that I will be retur...

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