Progress report: first anniversary of IP Draughts

IP Draughts is one year old, give or take a few days.  Our first posting was on 10 March 2011.  This is our 173rd posting.  The blog has attracted 148 comments, the vast majority of which have been thoughtful and informative.  WordPress’s spam filter is remarkably effective at trapping the daily flow of internet rubbish, while not diverting genuine comments (unlike IP Draughts’ Outlook Junk Mail filter).

There have been approximately 34,000 hits on the site, and for 3 out of the last 4 weeks the weekly number of hits has exceeded 1,000.

Our most popular three posts of all time, after the home page and an article on consumer law (which seems to attract a large, non-core audience) are:

  1. Assignment and change of control: vital boilerplate clauses in IP agreements
  2. 10 words and phrases you should never use in IP contracts
  3. Top 10 howlers when preparing contracts for signature

We now have 205 WordPress subscribers, 65 subscribers via Google Reader and 22 via Twitter.

In other words, we are making steady progress.  In the coming year, we would like to encourage more comments from readers.  As people who are interested in IP contracts, we all have much more in common than separates us, and IP Draughts hopes that this blog will provide a forum in which you feel able to contribute views and debate points in a way that might not be possible in the middle of negotiations where a “party line” must be followed.

We would also like to encourage guest contributions by way of articles on the blog.  If there is a burning topic on which you would like to write an article, or get us to write an article, please contact IP Draughts.

Generally, articles should be light in tone, relevant to the subject of IP contracts, not more than 1,000 words, and avoid footnotes (but links to relevant information, including case reports, are encouraged).


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3 responses to “Progress report: first anniversary of IP Draughts

  1. Thanks IP Draughts for shedding a much needed light on the less sexy side of IP (the non-litigious commercial drafting side). Always a good read and usually very informative. Look forward to more great posts.

  2. Congratulations on your first year, I find many of the blogs information, some entertaining and just the odd few not particularly relevant to me (I’m not a lawyer) – the latter are just fine, they will be relevant to someone else.

    I cannot write about IP contracts, but I did have an interesting day yesterday which may be relevant. I spend my days doing strategic advisory and corporate finance work for early stage technology based companies. Yesterday (for a change) I delivered my first course as a CASS tutor to 30 SME clients of UKTI on “Developing & Exploiting IP”. The questions were the most interesting part, and served as a reminder that having been involved in IP commercialisation for many years, it is easy to take for granted some simple things which seem intimidating to others – such as registering a trade mark.

    Anyway, well done, keep it up!


  3. theContractsGuy

    Congratulations on a great year of blogging! I’m glad to be one of the 65 Google Reader subscribers and look forward to another year of excellent content.

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