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26 Sep 2017

Microsoft expands Azure IP Advantage to China, where it may be an even more unique offering

Last week, Microsoft announced that the suite of IP protections it offers cloud customers will become available in China for the first time beginning on 1st October. In a blog post, corporate vice president and chief IP counsel Erich Andersen confirmed that users of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform in the country will soon enjoy the same IP benefits as clients in the rest of the world. The programme could have particular appeal for Chinese users,who are operating in an environemnt in which Read more

Jacob Schindler

25 Sep 2017

IBM patent chief – why everyone should support increased IP understanding

Earlier this year a group of senior IP figures, led by Bruce Berman, launched the Center for IP Understanding (CIPU), a non-profit organisation focused on increasing awareness of the impact of IP on society. Later this year CIPU, together with Chicago-Kent College of Law, will hold the first IP Awareness Summit which will address the role of IP understanding in innovation, ideas and value creation.    In this guest post IBM’s chief patent counsel and CIPU board member Manny Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Sep 2017

Latest Ocean Tomo platform seeks to woo Chinese bidders sceptical of auction format

On Friday, Ocean Tomo announced the first public patent auction under its latest platform, dubbed Ocean Tomo Bid-Ask Market (OTBA). More than 1,000 rights owned by HP Inc will go under the hammer between now and 20th October; they're grouped into 45 separate lots across a range of mostly computing-related technology areas. The unique selling point of OTBA is evidently that it is less seller-driven than traditional auction formats, allowing potential buyers to efficiently post anonymous Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Sep 2017

Nathan Myhrvold now the only IV founder with day-to-day, hands-on role at firm following Gorder exit

Intellectual Ventures founder Greg Gorder has left the firm, becoming the latest of the quartet of its founders to step away from the business, following Peter Detkin and Ed Jung. According to his bio, which remains on the IV website, Gorder left earlier this month and will now “focus on his family’s philanthropic activities”. Detkin stood down as vice chairman in January 2015, although he has continued to devote part of his time to IV-related work. Earlier this year he Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 Sep 2017

Korea's new antitrust boss says he'll target patent abuse in the IoT realm

Over the past few years, South Korea’s antitrust regulator has been one of the toughest on issues of intellectual property. Now, the leader of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) says the body is about to start an inquest focused on how patents affect competition in the Internet of Things (IoT) or 5G space. KFTC chairman Kim Sang-jo mentioned the role of patents in IoT during an appearance Monday at which he outlined five priorities for competition policy. 5G communications, Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Sep 2017

Red Hat expands its pioneering patent promise to the open source community

Open source software business Red Hat this morning announced a big expansion of its patent promise - the 2002 commitment the company made not assert to its patents against free and open source software. The promise now extends to all of Red Hat’s patents and so offers further defensive cover to the open source community.   The new version, Red Hat states, covers more than 99% of open source software, compared to 35% previously. The new promise also specifically covers Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Sep 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual arrangement looks to be somewhere in between, with a smartphone R&D team moving over to the US company in exchange for a cash infusion. Notably, it does not look like Google will be acquiring any HTC IP outright, but a licence Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Sep 2017

Microsoft v Motorola judge criticises recent UK Unwired Planet SEP licensing decision

US district court judge James Robart has taken aim at the decision handed down by Justice Colin Birss in the high profile London High Court SEP/FRAND case of Unwired Planet v Huawei, decided earlier this year. Speaking at the annual IPO meeting in San Francisco yesterday, Robart – who handed down the famous Microsoft v Motorola decision in 2013 and sits in the Western District of Washington - said that Birss was wrong to offer specific royalty rates for the technology in question, rather Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Sep 2017

The US's BigTech elite will find it tough to set the patent agenda in Europe

Google is set to appeal the European Commission’s decision to impose a €2.4 billion fine after a finding that the company had abused its dominant position by manipulating search results to favour its own comparison shopping site. In a press release announcing the decision in June, European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated: “What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. Read more

Joff Wild

19 Sep 2017

Chinese LED maker dips back into patent market with Sony portfolio pickup

Sanan Optoelectronics failed to take over Osram after having its bold $8.2 billion bid rebuffed late last year. But the Chinese LED maker has turned to the patent market to shore up its IP position, most recently buying a pair of portfolios from Sony. As increased scrutiny from regulators in both Europe and the United States threatens to scuttle Chinese firms’ more audacious M&A endeavours, there is still significant scope for them to acquire IP in smaller-scale deals. USPTO Read more

Jacob Schindler

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