Alyssa Harvey Dawson, vice president, global intellectual property and licensing, Harman International
“No matter what you do, if you manufacture hard goods or are a maker of complex systems, you are creating IP throughout your business value chain,” says Alyssa Harvey Dawson, vice president, global intellectual property and licensing, Harman International.
In this day and age, more and more companies have come to the realization that patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and other pieces of intellectual property are essential assets. And it’s not just the research and development or legal spheres that must be focused on IP, it’s the entirety of a company. “Every part of an organization needs to have IP as part of its considerations,” Dawson explains. “If you are not doing that, you are missing out on valuable differentiators for your company along the way.”
“When I was following new proposed patent reform, I was concerned,” she says. “It didn’t seem that we’d had enough time to see if the AIA was actually taking effect and dealing with some of the issues that were identified and resulted in the act in the first place. I was concerned about unintended consequences of this new reform, and I wanted to make sure that many different voices were part of the equation, that Congress was not being swayed by a few very loud voices that have a lot of power because of market share.”
Dawson hopes that the reform stalled because information from a variety of sources helped legislators think about unintended, possibly negative consequences that would have affected valuable intellectual property.