Oak Tree Press joins international publisher, Corporate Group

Oak Tree Press, Ireland’s leading business book publisher, with an unrivalled reputation for quality titles across business, management, HR, law, marketing and enterprise, joins the international publishing group, Corporate Group, active in Belgium and Switzerland.

Cork Publishing Ltd (Cork – Ireland), the parent company of Oak Tree Press, has been acquired by JMB Verlag (Bulle – Switzerland) and is now part of the Corporate Group, an international publishing entity operating in three countries (Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland) and five languages (English, French, German, Dutch and Italian). The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.

Pictured above following the acquisition are Brian & Rita O’Kane (OAK TREE PRESS), Axel Neefs and Pierre Delroisse (CORPORATE GROUP).

Corporate Group’s catalogue extends to more than 500 titles, most of them annually updated for all professionals in specific entrepreneurial domains such as business, law, tax, contracts and other company subjects. The group also offers accountancy and investment management software solutions.

Corporate Group’s team of 20 people work with solid distribution partners in their local markets, in addition to direct sales of 50,000+ books, guides and software annually through professional websites across Europe.

Brian O’Kane, founder of Oak Tree Press, said: 

“Oak Tree Press’s reputation in the Irish market and abroad has been built over the past 30 years through the dedication of our authors, publishing team and suppliers, as well as through the support of our customers – individual, organisational and trade. Corporate Group is an excellent fit for Oak Tree Press and offers new opportunities for our titles and authors. I am excited for the future development of the business and look forward to working as part of a wider international team.”

Axel Neefs and Pierre Delroisse, Belgian founders of the Corporate Group, said:

“We are delighted to add this Irish gem to our publishing crown. We are convinced that the many titles developed by Brian and Rita over the last 30 years and the licensing contracts initiated across the world (USA, Korea, India, Australia, Greece and the UK) represent an open door to diversity and development of both catalogues.”

Intellectual Property


John P Mc Manus

For many knowledge-intensive or technology-based start-up companies, the professional management of intellectual property (IP) is critically important. In fact, IP may be the main asset by which the value of a young company is determined and on which decisions to invest in the company are based – and so IP needs to be considered very early in the planning process. Intellectual Property: From Creation to Commercialisation provides a detailed grounding for innovators and researchers. The book starts with the source of innovation – that is, at the point where resourcefulness and creativity combine to develop new opportunities through problem-solving – and examines the critical steps that need to be carefully managed in the process surrounding the creation of IP and managing its development from concept through to exploitation. This involves the steps of identifying, capturing and assessing the value of IP. Useful recommendations for managing the transfer of IP from a research environment to the knowledge economy are provided and case studies illustrate pitfalls to watch out for. Readers can expect to gain a broad understanding of IP and the innovation process. Specifically, they will learn: the benefits of implementing procedures to ensure that IP can be protected, managed and exploited effectively; how to assess the most appropriate routes to market, such as licensing or sale of their IP, or establishing a spin-out company to deliver a service or product offering and how to present a viable business case to potential funders and investors.