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Starting with a search – Open vs Closed Innovation in the Post-COVID era

Starting with a search – Open vs Closed Innovation in the Post-COVID era (Part 2)

Traditionally, companies have used a closed patent strategy designed to protect and prolong the lifecycle of existing technologies from competitors. Patents remain a popular way of safeguarding original work, with almost 188,600 applications received by the EPO in 2021 – a 4.5% increase, showing a significant recovery from the small decline recorded in 2020 due to the pandemic.


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Starting with a search – commercialising your IP in the post-COVID era

Starting with a search – commercialising your IP in the post-COVID era (Part 1)

Intellectual Property (IP) is commonly seen as one of the most important economic assets of any corporate entity or research organisation. It is a form of property, which, like land can be sold, rented, or mortgaged. Therefore, it has the potential to generate revenue for a business – even indirectly – and like land, its value depends on its quality. The four main types of IP are patents, trademarks, designs, and copyright. This article focuses on patents, and their commercialisation since these are of the most economic value to innovative companies.


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Patenting innovations in the

Facebook’s rebranding to ‘Meta’ last year brought renewed attention to the metaverse, driving innovation in both hardware and software technology spaces. The introduction of Meta may be relatively recent but the development and patenting of metaverse technologies has been ongoing for decades. Although some companies already have vast patent portfolios, due to the size of the metaverse space, there are still plenty of opportunities for innovation and patenting. So, what is the metaverse and what innovations are eligible for patent protection? More…

Harnessing the value in patent

With the increasing need for fully global citation analysis for international organisations, the volume and complexity of patent citations makes it a difficult area to efficiently navigate. However, with the right tools it is also an exceptionally valuable one. PatBase and Analytics V3 support innovators and legal professionals across all industries gain competitive and business intelligence by performing accurate patent citations analysis. More…

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The possible impact of AI on life
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The possible impact of AI on life sciences in IP strategies

A stream of recent licensing deals between big pharma companies and AI-driven drug development innovators reflects an evolution that has been picking up pace in recent years. Pharmaceutical companies are integrating, more and more, artificial intelligence and other data-based technologies into their business models. This trend suggests pharma innovators are leaning increasingly heavily on AI technology owners. The increase in cash flow into the healthcare AI sector could lead to several IP strategy implications for life sciences organisations, pointed out in IAM Media’s article. More…

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The UK’s new Innovation Strategy and the importance of patents

In July this year, the UK Government laid out its new Innovation Strategy. In the Innovation Strategy: Leading the future by creating builds on the Plan for Growth, the Government opens up a conversation with businesses on how to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035. Although there are some important initiatives that will have a positive impact on R&D, there are also some issues that need to be addressed. Most importantly, the lack of education around the necessity to protect intellectual property via patents.


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Building an internal IP
Knowledge Network
An easier way to collaborate


Most companies that we speak to are still relying on static spreadsheets to manage their patent data and apply internal insights. This might be done by exporting a result set from whichever patent database the company uses, adding their own notes against publication numbers and then filing away this document. Once you start sharing this Excel file around, it can get messy fast. There’s a lot of room for error and no way to track who has added what. With limited searching capabilities in Excel, once the data has been exported it can be hard to manage and capture intelligence. More…

PatBase tips & tricks

Moira Sivills, Project Manager & Customer Success Executive, shares her top tips for PatBase users!

Searching classifications

It is faster and easier to search for relevant patent classifications using the Classification Finder tool, now supporting truncation and proximity operators. In the Search tab of the floating tool bar, select Classification Finder. Enter keywords to identify relevant classes to search in so you can find records of interest. Introducing truncation increases classification recall and using proximity can refine your classification search to relevant classes. These codes can be individually selected using the corresponding checkboxes and can be combined with any search query in your Search History.