Filing patent applications between now and March 2013, while the first-to-invent rules are still in place, can provide some significant benefits. Companies should proactively manage their intellectual property strategy to make the most of this opportunity.
Not all patent portfolios lead to headline-generating settlements or nine-figure M&A valuations, but intellectual property can be a critical asset for companies of all sizes, and is almost always a major focus in acquisition and licensing discussions. Any good IP program needs to include specific strategies to deal with the recent patent law changes.
Buildings that produce more energy than they use may be a necessity in the future. A new design competition asked architects to design these net-zero buildings for a site in California, with impressive results.
The recipients of the American Institute of Architects’ 2011 Housing Awards include $100,000 houses in Philadelphia built to exacting LEED Platinum standards, a high-rise interpretation of New Orleans’s low-slung French Quarter, and a glassy lakeside redoubt in upstate New York by the architects of the Apple stores.