TRIPS Council Debates: Tobacco Packaging, Non-Violation Disputes, Innovation, Health Waiver, UNCTAD

This week’s meeting of the World Trade Organization body governing intellectual property issues addressed a long agenda, reflecting continued divergence on regular items, such as complaints that do not involve breach of a WTO agreement, a health waiver, and sustained discussions on plain packaging for tobacco products.

Waters Corporation Selects Lecorpio’s IP Management Solution to Unify Patent Process and Drive Better Business Decisions

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lecorpio, the leader in cloud-based Intellectual Property (IP) management and analytics, today announced that Waters Corporation has selected Lecorpio’s intellectual asset management solution to unify its IP program and provide analytics to drive better business decisions.

Waters, a $1.9B Massachusetts-based corporation, relies heavily on its IP assets to stay ahead of its competitors. The publicly traded company has been delivering scientific solutions worldwide to laboratory-dependent organizations for over 50 years. Like many companies, as the value of its IP grew, the company’s processes started to become cumbersome and fragmented and it became increasingly challenging to keep IP strategy in alignment with evolving business objectives.

With a current portfolio of over 1,200 patents and another 1,500 patents pending globally, it was crucial for Waters to have a centralized database to better understand the value of its IP assets.  Lecorpio offered a solution that would bring together resources scattered across the globe and unify the management of Waters’ entire IP portfolio, providing critical insight needed to make better business decisions.

In addition, Waters wanted to improve the efficiency of its idea-to-asset workflow. Based on the best practices of some of the most active patent filing organizations across the globe, Lecorpio is providing pre-built workflows that will help to streamline Waters’ existing processes. By delivering the right information, to the right person, at the right time, Waters will be able to optimize filing efficiency and see real-time analytics for each filing.

“After a thorough examination of numerous IP management solutions, Lecorpio was the clear winner because of its comprehensive patent management and out-of-the-box analytics,” said Jamie Rose, associate general counsel at Waters Corporation. “Lecorpio will give us the necessary tools to make faster and smarter business decisions. With Lecorpio, we can easily interpret key analytics and get a clear picture of our complex global IP portfolio. As a result,” Rose added, “we’ll be able to spend our resources more intelligently, eliminate inefficiencies, and ensure our patent filings are aligned with our overall business strategy, which will help our bottom line and keep us at the leading edge.”

Jay Madsen, Chief Executive Officer at Lecorpio added, “We are pleased to welcome Waters to Lecorpio’s expanding East Coast client base. As we grow, it is great to have a leader in the health and life sciences industry leverage Lecorpio as its exclusive patent management solution – demonstrating that our solution can benefit any company for which IP is a key strategic asset.”

About Lecorpio

Lecorpio, the leader in IP management and analytics solutions, helps innovative companies quickly turn ideas into assets. The enterprise-class suite of applications spans the entire IP supply chain, including invention disclosure management, patent and trademark management, e-billing, licensing management, and general matters management. The platform includes powerful workflow capabilities that easily configure to a company’s business process, and includes an IP dashboard with over 160 KPIs.

With over 500,000 users worldwide, Lecorpio is used by 13 of the top 100 most active US patent filers, including well-known innovators such as Analog Devices, NEC, NetApp, Praxair, and RF Micro Devices.

Learn more at www.lecorpio.com, or on Twitter @Lecorpio.

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Rockwell Automation Chooses Lecorpio to Maximize Value from IP Portfolio

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lecorpio, the leader in cloud-based Intellectual Property (IP) management and analytics, today announced that Rockwell Automation has entered into an agreement to use Lecorpio’s intellectual asset management solution to help speed innovation and make better business decisions.

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has annual revenues in excess of $6B and employs 22,000 people. Last year, Rockwell reviewed hundreds of disclosures and was granted 126 U.S. patents. Going forward, the company is looking to gain more business value from innovation by accelerating the growth of its patent portfolio and by expanding its patents in key international markets.

In order to differentiate in a competitive marketplace, Rockwell has made managing its IP assets a top strategic priority. To elevate the value of its IP, Rockwell selected Lecorpio to help accomplish the following critical objectives:

  1. Faster time to asset: In a first-to-file environment, it is critical to move from invention to filing quickly. Rockwell selected Lecorpio to eliminate time-consuming manual entry, and allow its 10 patent review committees to move from idea to asset quickly.
  2. Secure end-to-end view: With a small internal IP department, Rockwell depends heavily on its international outside counsel team. Lecorpio’s open solution will not only provide the Rockwell team with a comprehensive view of all IP data, but it will also allow Rockwell to securely share information between its vast network of outside counsel.
  3. Informed real-time decision making: In order to make better business decisions, Rockwell required a tool that provided a depth of rich analytics. Alongside its integrated analytics, Lecorpio’s configurable offering will allow Rockwell to create a personalized view of its data.
  4. Open platform: With many different point solutions in place, Rockwell needed an open solution.  Lecorpio’s open platform can work with many different vendors and will not require an overhaul of established processes.

“After reviewing numerous potential suppliers, we concluded that Lecorpio was the right choice for us,” said Alex Kuszewski, senior IP counsel at Rockwell Automation. “Their solution removed many manual processes and allowed us to deliver the right information to the right person in a timely manner.  By giving us insight into the entire IP process and accelerating the process from idea to asset, we expect to be able to maximize the value of our IP.”  Kuszewski added, “We pride ourselves on being among the world’s most ethical companies and we wanted to work with a partner whose core values closely mirrors our own. Lecorpio’s solution and team fit the bill on all counts.”

Jay Madsen, chief executive officer at Lecorpio added, “We’re delighted to welcome a company of Rockwell Automation’s industry stature to the Lecorpio family.  As with the recent MarketView report from Hyperion Research, announcing Rockwell Automation as a Lecorpio customer is yet another piece of market validation that both our solution and our business approach are hitting just the right chords.”

About Lecorpio
Lecorpio, the leader in IP management and analytics solutions, helps innovative companies quickly turn ideas into assets. The enterprise-class suite of applications spans the entire IP supply chain, including invention disclosure management, patent and trademark management, e-billing, licensing management and general matters management. The platform includes powerful workflow capabilities that easily configure to a company’s business process, and includes an IP dashboard with over 160 KPIs.

With over 500,000 users worldwide, Lecorpio is used by 13 of the top 100 most active US patent filers including well-known innovators like Analog Devices, NEC, NetApp, Praxair and RF Micro Devices.

Learn more at www.lecorpio.com, or on Twitter @Lecorpio.

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European Commission Holds Consultation On Patents And Standards

The European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is gathering stakeholder input on standardisation and intellectual property rights, in order to assess the current framework on patents and standard and look at how it should evolve. Standard-setting cuts across many organisations at the national, European and international levels. Views are being sought until January 2015.

UK Opens Access To 91 Million Orphan Works, UKIPO Says

The United Kingdom today launched a new licensing scheme aimed at opening access to more than 91 million creative works whose owners or copyright holders are not known or not found. The UKIPO (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) press release follows: “A new licensing scheme launched today could give wider access to at least […]

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