Writings On Intellectual Property...


Dr. Poltorak co-authored the following books on the basics of intellectual property and licensing with Paul J. Lerner:

Essentials of Intellectual Property

Just updated to include the latest changes in patent law and intellectual property best practices, the Second Edition of Essentials of Intellectual Property is the definitive primer on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Full of valuable tips, techniques, real-world examples and exhibits, this handy and concise book provides inventors, business executives and others involved in intellectual property with an understanding of the basics.

This indispensable business guide can be purchased from Amazon.com.

Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property

Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property is the second book co-authored by Alexander Poltorak and Paul Lerner.

This new title provides managers with a clear, concise overview of IP licensing. In practical, down-to-earth language it clearly explains licensing strategies; deal making; royalties and royalty rates; patent, trademark and copyright licenses; and basic contract law. Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property is available from Amazon.com. For more information, see the publisher's website.


"Assertive Licensing Boosts the Value of Dormant Patents," published in the May 2010 issue of The Licensing Journal. Click to view a PDF file of the article.

"Patent reform misses the mark," op-ed in the Washington Times, May 25, 2010.

"Patent Enforcement: What to do and what not to do," published online by IndustryWeek, April 14, 2010.

"Intellectual property protection extends beyond patents," published on Energy Digital's blog, April 9, 2010.

"Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Patents," published in University Business, October 2009.

“Who Needs Patents,” published in Patent Strategy & Management, March 2009.

"First-to-File vs. First-to-Invent", published in IP Today, April 2008. (PDF file)

"US Can't Afford to Mar Innovation", published in the Christian Science Monitor, January 28, 2008 - Proposed patent reforms mean less protection for the underdog.

"First-to-File vs. First-to-Invent," from Wealth of Ideas newsletter, October 2007 - explains an important proposed change to the US patent system and the potential damage it could do to individual inventors and small companies.

"The Supreme Court Take the Middle Ground in the eBay Case" (Patent Strategy & Management, v.6, No. 12, July 2006)

"'Patent Trolls' and Injunctive Relief" (Patent Strategy & Management, v.6, No. 12, May 2006)

"Industrywide Patent Enforcement Strategies" (Patent Strategy & Management, Oct. and Nov. 2005);

"What You Need to Know About Patents and Their Value" (Technology.Review.com, April, 2005)

"A 'Real World' Risk-Adjusted Patent Valuation Model" (Patent Strategy & Management, November 2004 and January 2005)

"Valuing Individual Patents Comprising a Portfolio" (Patent Strategy & Management, October 2003)

"Valuing Patents as Market Monopolies" (Patent Strategy & Management, September 2003)

"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Intellectual Property Law but Couldn't Afford to Ask" (American Venture magazine, August 2003)

"Are Patents Bad for the Economy?" (New York Business Focus, August 2002)

"Introducing Litigation Risk Analysis" (Managing Intellectual Property, May 2001)

"Patent Enforcement: To Sue or Not to Sue?" (Inventors' Digest, November/December 2000)

"Corporate Officers and Directors Can Be Liable for Mismanaging Intellectual Property" (Patent Strategy & Management, May and June 2000)

"Grain, Grain, Go Away" (Intellectual Property Worldwide, February, 2000)

Lectures and Speeches:

  • "Patent Valuation" at the 3rd Patent Strategies conference in New York, 2007
  • IP Finance and Valuation Conference in New York, 2007
  • "Fundamentals of Assertive Licensing" at the LES 2006 Annual Meeting in New York
  • Chaired a session and presented at the "Calculating & Proving Patent Damages" Conference in Philadelphia, 2006
  • The Patent Strategy — 2006 Conference in New York
  • "Life after Rembrandts — New Development in IP Strategy" seminar in August 2005 in Chicago
  • The AIPLA meeting in May 2005 in Philadelphia
  • The IPO Conference in March 2005 in Washington, DC
  • Maximizing Returns on Intellectual Property Conferences in New York, 2005
  • "Patent Valuation" at the LES 2004 Annual Meeting in Boston
  • "Patent Valuation" at the LES Silicon Valley Chapter in 2003
  • "Patent Valuation" at the LES Connecticut/Westchester Chapter in 2002