Follow Friday – The International IP Edition

By Gene Quinn
August 24, 2012

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

Mikk Putk is located in Estonia, where he is a patent attorney, patent searcher, partner at Sarap & Partners Patent Agency. He is also a Featured Researcher for Article One Partners.


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.

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and founder of Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and an attorney with Widerman Malek. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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