A patent asset owner has various
for realizing value from their asset. This article, however,
focus on patent asset use in an assertion-based exploitation
This model has been successfully used by a large and growing
of companies and other parties.
The starting point for such a process is
the necessary resources to evaluate the contents of the
in order to determine which patents are the best candidates
having commercial value. Such review processes may be
using internal technical and legal resources, or through
RE companies such as Chipworks. Whatever channel is used,
must provide an honest assessment of the commercial value at
level of individual patents.
The general assertion-based patent
model involves the broad steps of homework, assertion,
and contract completion. The homework step requires
a number of company-specific items, such as competitive
assertion strategy, reverse engineering (RE) and proof
The assertion step involves use of the homework through
and dialogue with the other party. When done effectively, a
patent licensing negotiation and contract execution with the
party will follow.
Table 1 identifies the key process
and functional mapping taken by many companies. This is not
only approach possible, but it is one that has worked very
in many instances. con't...
Table 1 - Company-Specific Steps Needed for
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The semiconductor industry at present
be in the doldrums - drifting, waiting for the economic
fortune to pick up and indicate a direction. One of the
find a direction is competitive intelligence (CI) —the
process of monitoring the competitive environment.
The CI process can be broken into phases:
- Planning - identifying intelligence
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- Creating recommendations for action
- Dissemination of findings and
- Feedback into the next planning
A key goal of CI is to present
that allows decision makers to use the information for
advantage. Consequently the CI process must be able to
efficiently, distill it quickly, and present swiftly and
If the process becomes an end in itself, then it becomes a
of time and expense. con't
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