Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Crowd goes wild: Risks of overreliance on crowdsourcing

While the concept of a sharing economy may be a fairly new one, its roots date back to the centuries-old practice of crowdsourcing (i.e., outsourcing work, or aspects of work, traditionally performed by an employee or designated agent to separate … Continue reading →

The risk manager of the future

Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →

Content Protection and Digital Piracy – How Can You Protect Your Content?

Media Companies and Risk The internet has revolutionised the way the world is consuming content. Media companies have benefitted from increased access to worldwide audiences through multiple platforms; however, with online piracy rife throughout the world, these companies are having … Continue reading →

How to Kill a Troll — The Case for Formalized IP Risk Management

troll grilling

What do AT&T, Google, Carbonite and Level-Up all have in common? All have faced patent litigation costing anywhere from a couple hundred thousand to millions of dollars to defend. Technology companies of all sizes are falling prey to “patent trolls” … Continue reading →

What Risks Will Emerge in 2014?

Shark Fin Emerging

Each year, we ask our subject matter experts what risks they're keeping an eye on for the months ahead. Here are the ten emerging risks our bloggers are anticipating for 2014. Which do you think will actually emerge as a concrete threat this year? Continue reading →

SPOTLIGHT ON CYBER: Is Any Industry Safe?

World Cyber Risk

It may be time to add a new item to life’s certainties: Death, Taxes and Hackers. Our interconnected, online world continues to push the envelope of productivity and convenience, while at the same time decreasing privacy and security. Our special … Continue reading →

Spotlight on Cyber – Risk to Trade Secrets is Growing; Coverage Isn’t

World Cyber Risk

Economic espionage is a crime that affects both corporate and national interest in protecting intellectual property. However, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the inherent value of trade secrets within the context of risk transfer. Continue reading →

Who Owns that Gene? Angelina Jolie, BRCA1, and Intellectual Property


Angela Jolie's news this week highlights the issue of whether human genetic material should be patentable, an issue soon to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading →

How’s Them Apples–or What Apple v. Samsung Tells us About I.P. Risk

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al.

The verdict finally came in last week in Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung’s mobile phone design—and what a verdict it was. While $1 billion in damages is substantial—though certainly less than the $2.5 billion initial demand request—perhaps the most … Continue reading →