Twitter users are no doubt familiar with the familiar “#FF” followed by a number of names. ”#FF” stands for “Follow Friday.” On Fridays many Twitter users will suggest who others should follow by tweeting with the hashtag #FF. This can be a great way to find interesting feeds to follow that you might otherwise never have known about.
Last Friday I wrote about a handful of U.S. government Twitter accounts that relate to innovation and various intellectual property issues. Today I give you 10 great Twitter accounts to follow if you are interested in staying up on intellectual property around the world, with a heavy emphasis on Europe and Australia because those are the primary jurisdictions that speak English.
Of course, you can follow me on Twitter @ipwatchdog.
World Intellectual Property Organization — @WIPO on Twitter
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. The WIPO mission is to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.F
European Patent Office — @EPOorg on Twitter
The European Patent Office (EPO) offers inventors a uniform application procedure which enables applicants to seek patent protection in up to 40 European countries. The mission of the EPO is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention.
Florian Mueller — @FOSSpatents on Twitter
Florian Mueller is the founder of the FOSS Patents blog, and on his Twitter account he describes himself as “a competition-focused intellectual property activist with 25 years of industry expertise.”
The FOSS Patents blog covers software patent news and issues pertaining to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). He is up to the minute in his coverage of the latest patent litigations in this space, and provides copies to relevant filings. While he describes himself as anti-software patent, which philosophically puts him at odds with me at times, his articles are fair, balanced and well reasoned. He has been closely following the smart phone patent wars (and associated tablet wars and operating system wars). If you are not reading his blog you should, and you should be following him on Twitter.
Managing Intellectual Property — @ManagingIP on Twitter
Managing IP is one of the leading sources of IP news and analysis. It covers all aspects of IP law and practice and covers issues that arise all over the world. Managing IP is part of the Euromoney Legal Group, and has reporters stationed in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Intellectual Asset Management Magazine — @IAM_Magazine on Twitter
Based in London, IAM Magazine was launched in July 2003 to address the need for organizations to maximise the value of their IP and other intangible properties. IAM treats IP as a business asset and tool rather than simply as a legal right.
Mark Summerfield — @patentology on Twitter
Mark Summerfield is the editor and primary author of the Patentology blog. Mark is a registered Australian Patent Attorney with a PhD in the field of optical fibre communications technology. Mark has an active Twitter account and tweets all things IP with a focus on Australian, European and U.S. patent and innovation related issues.
Barry Eagar — @AustraliaPatent on Twitter
Barry is an Australian and New Zealand patent and trade mark attorney. His passion is writing and talking about IP, in particular on procurement and enforcement of registered IP. Barry blogs at Bazpat, which started off as the first Australian patent blog. Bazpat now also covers trademarks and other aspect of IP.
Jeremy Phillips – @IPKat on Twitter
Jeremy Phillips is a co-founder of the popular IPKat blog, which started in 2003. Jeremy is also the founder of Managing Intellectual Property, which he sold to Euromoney in 1991, as well as the founder of Patent World, Trademark Work and Copyright World.
Mikk Putk — @mikk_IPR on Twitter
Massimo Barbieri — @maxbpv9 on Twitter
Massimo Barbieri is a Chemist and patent searcher in the Technology Transfer Office of the largest technical university in Italy. He blogs at Brevetti. He is extremely active on Twitter, but all relevant tweets dealing with intellectual property issues around the world — from U.S. to Brazil to Korea, Japan and everywhere in between.