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23 Jan 2018
DC insiders predicting Iancu confirmation vote before mid-February

Almost two months since his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington DC insiders are predicting (and, for many, hoping) that there will be a full Senate vote to confirm Andrei Iancu as the next head of the USPTO by the middle of next month. According to one source, Iancu is due to be voted on as part of a package of government nominees before legislators leave...

23 Jan 2018
WiLAN explains its IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to other licensees

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that means were thin on the ground. We reached out to Michael Vladescu, Chief Operating Officer of WiLAN, who has explained several key...

22 Jan 2018
Philips is pulled into Apple v Qualcomm dispute over confidentiality spat

The high-stakes FRAND licensing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm took another turn last week when the chipmaker filed a subpoena against Philips Electronics North America demanding that the Dutch company produce information on its licensing practices deemed relevant to the litigation that is currently gripping the patent world. According to the subpoena, which was filed in Massachusetts...

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IPBC Asia 2017 took place at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo from October 29 to 31. Over 530 delegates – a new record – were in attendance, contributing to what was a fascinating and insightful three days. Issues such as IP strategy in the age of convergence and the state of the global patent transactions market were central themes, with the perspective of senior IP leaders from the region forming the basis of discussions. By the end one thing had become abundantly clear: change is in the air and Asia is at the heart of the developing world of intellectual property
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