Simon Webster

CEO Simon Webster reflects on the recent CPA Global Ignite! event, and how embracing the change associated with Digital Transformation is key for the decade ahead.

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Get ready to IGNITE!

By Simon Webster • November 8, 2019

CPA Global IGNITE! 2019 is now just around the corner and it is set to be special one. Discover the Must Do’s at the conference and Monaco.

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CPA Global has produced a report about the relationship between corporates and IP law firms and how they can work together more effectively. The report also covers law firms’ requirements when working with external IP firms. The findings are based on responses from more than 1,000 patent and trademark professionals, 603 of whom are in-house counsel and 434 of whom are based in law firms. The respondents span 80 countries.

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Aon and the Ponemon Institutes’ 2019 Intangible Assets reports found 81% of organisations identify IP in their top 10 risks, though only 16 per cent of such IP assets are covered by insurance. Simon Webster discusses shifting perspectives of IP assets and calls for more to be done to integrate into board room strategy.

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In light of the EPO Annual Patents Report findings, Simon Webster looks at the increased importance of managing IP rights strategically, as the pace of innovation grows globally.

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As Apple unveils its new TV streaming platform, Apple TV+, CEO Simon Webster blog about the power of connected platform technology and how CPA Global is taking this technology to the next level for the IP industry.

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The Financial Times (FT) has announced plans to list Europe’s top patent law firms, ranking 150 to 300 firms across broad industry sectors.

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A report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) said that in 2015, only nine per cent of European SMEs registered IP Rights (IPRs) of any kind. This prompts me to ask: are SMEs reluctant to protect their IP?

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“Consensus kills innovation” – a striking title from an article I came across on Forbes. It is easy to feel confident in an environment where everyone agrees with your ideas, but does the dynamic of an overly positive group actually stifle innovation?

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