Policy Management

Policy Management

Senior management may have a vision and strategy for the organization, however without clearly communicating it to the personnel responsible for execution, it may never be successfully implemented. One of the key components needed to support a company’s strategy is to have a strong governance platform to set the ‘tone at the top’. A crucial […]

Comprehensive Intellectual Property Audit

Conducting a Comprehensive Intellectual Property Audit

In our previous posts, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty audit, profit participation audit, and contract audit), examined their uses and benefits, and looked at the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Now it’s time to discuss the elements of an expert Intellectual Property audit. First, you’ll want to […]

Intellectual Property Audit

The Risks of Not Performing an Intellectual Property Audit

In our last post, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty, profit participation, and contract) and examined their uses and benefits. Now we turn to the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Essentially, audits uncover any inefficient or outdated business processes so they can be adjusted to boost revenue associated […]

Intellectual Property

Are You Leaving Intellectual Property Dollars on the Table?

Manufacturers work hard to track every piece of finished product; service companies are meticulous about knowing their human capital. But many companies with tight inventories in other areas fail to carefully manage their intellectual property—and that can be a costly error. There are two potential problems with a leaky intellectual property (“IP”) program. First, you […]

Breach Management Best Practices

Breach Management: Best Practices and Policies

Written by Veronika Fritz, Partner, Vonya Global Cybercrime puts any business at risk—more so now than ever before, as the recent Target and Sony attacks emphasize. Cybercriminals are constantly working to find devious ways to destroy brands, disrupt operations, and steal information. Breach management policies are the key to addressing these growing cyber crime risks. […]

International Business Risk

The Risks of Conducting Business Internationally

Conducting business internationally carries many risks that domestic business does not. International business involves exposure to local economic conditions, fraud, and bribery. Business can be interrupted by political problems such as insurrections, problematic diplomatic relations, hostility from locals, and volatile foreign governments. Unstable currency exchange rates and exchange restrictions can also complicate international dealings. Finally, […]

Management Review Control MRC

Exhaustive Management Review Control (“MRC”) Testing

Written by Veronika Fritz, Partner, Vonya Global Audit Overkill, CorpGov Necessity, or Value Add? As we have discussed in previous articles, the PCAOB has come down hard on the public accounting firms for the adequacy of internal control testing when conducting the annual financial statement audit at their clients. The result in the current financial […]

Policy and Procedure Update

Policies and Procedures: First to be ignored, last to be updated

Businesses around the world have traveled a long, winding, and often times bumpy path over the last decade. The global economic collapse and the ensuing recovery have made it necessary for companies to morph into new structures. The result has become organizations that are lean, dynamic, and more adaptable. However, a significant problem is beginning […]

Licensing Revenue

Licensing Revenue, How to get it all

Written by Veronika Fritz, Partner, Vonya Global Sales of licensed products has grown for the second consecutive year according to the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) 2013 Licensing Industry Survey. LIMA President Charles Riotto stated: “Our 2013 Licensing Industry Survey shows there is a lot to be optimistic about for retailers and companies of […]

Licensing Revenue

Licensing Revenue, Are You Getting It All?

Written by Veronika Fritz, Partner, Vonya Global Sales of licensed products has grown for the second consecutive year according to the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) 2013 Licensing Industry Survey. LIMA President Charles Riotto stated: “Our 2013 Licensing Industry Survey shows there is a lot to be optimistic about for retailers and companies of […]