From some recent analysis of our data for the IAM/ktMINE Patent 1000, we noticed that banks are holding more patents these days. We decided to dive deeper into these holdings and to ask the following questions: What are the trends? Where did they come from? What might they do with them? Who might benefit or
Since the onset of COVID-19, organizations are reassessing their intercompany agreements to include Force Majeure clauses. If you are unfamiliar with Force Majeure, read our previous blog for more information. Force Majeure is an “Act of God” clause that allows involved parties to renegotiate or terminate an agreement if an unforeseen or unpredictable event occurs.
This is the second installment in our personal protective equipment innovation series. In part one, we discussed the evolution of face masks and gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods of Increasing Hand Sanitization Health protection products have been around long before COVID-19, and among them all, hand sanitizer is likely the most prevalent because
Consumer activity is a known indicator for the state of an economy, therefore the sectors of the market where consumers prioritize their income can add color to an economic narrative. Today, the effect of people shifting focus to health and livelihood indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen already. As a result, one
To say the last few weeks have been an adjustment for the ktMINE team (both professionally and personally) would be an understatement. One minute it was business as usual, and what seemed like the next we all moved remote, scattered across the greater Chicago area. The best thing about being a part of such an
As COVID-19 continues to shift everyday life and the global economy, accounting professionals are looking for information to help guide their clients through these trying times. These organizations will lean on their in-house experience and should pay close attention to the lessons learned during the 2008 market crisis. Force Majeure is a clause included within
COVID-19 has led millions of Americans as well as countless others around the world to suddenly need to work from home. Individuals, companies, and even schools have turned to online conferencing tools in order to conduct business as “usual” and not to mention as a way of engaging with family and friends. Zoom Communications, a
Today, 4/20, is an unofficial holiday started by Grateful Dead fans in the 90s. Its roots go back to a group of marijuana smokers in the 70s, who would meet at 4:20 pm to partake. The stay-at-home orders in place to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus are changing traditional 4/20 celebrations, and experts are
In light of the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a lot of information is circulating around the novel illness. In particular, there is confusion on whether patent ownership of a disease-causing agent is allowed. As explained in the following article, patents associated with a virus are often regarding a treatment, not the virus itself.
Around the world, people are experiencing social distancing, stay in place orders, and even total lockdowns. Coronavirus has swept around the globe enforcing a new normal. Going to the grocery store is something that many of us are still allowed to do, however, grabbing a cart that could be infected or ensuring you are 6ft