Saturday, April 3, 2021

Is Trade Secret a Good Strategy? A Trade Secret Assessment

The most widely identified Trade Secret is, of course, Coke Cola. (The original formula included caffeine and cocaine – thus the name – but that is a different discussion!) In 1903, cocaine was removed, leaving caffeine as the sole stimulant ingredient, and all medicinal claims were dropped. But the Coke-a-Cola trade secret lives on. Sections below: 

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Patent KING: IBM for 28 years

IBM is again the leader in patents issued. That's 28 years and running.  IBM had 9,130 patents issued in 2020, compared to the next highest, Samsung with 6,416.  There's about 15 electronic and manufacturing companies with 2,000 to 3,000 patents issued. Note that all the top 10 are electronics and/or chip makers.  Forbes has a nice article by Roberts about the top 20 patent recipients of 2020

Apple, the largest company by market cap ($2.1T), is 8th with 2,792 patents. Apple is starting to get serious about batteries and autos.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Stop Gaming GameStop, Robinhood. Hold em, or Fold em?

What’s up with the Stock Market(s)? Feb 8, 2021 the various stock market indexes all hit all time highs. Wow. First off, Trump was very business friendly – some would argue too business friendly (at the expense of the environment and labor. But the market has chugged happily upward based on the likelihood of a Biden win and the certainty of it after the election. Markets don’t like uncertainty, and Trump has been a wildcard on many things like trade and certain industries. But historically the markets have gone up after a presidential election no matter which party wins. Of course, there are sector winners (renewables) and losers (oil, coal and gas).