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20 Oct 2017

Nokia disposes of huge US portfolio as company continues to streamline its patent arsenal

This story has been updated to include details of Dan McCurdy's role with Provenance Asset Group.  In what looks like one of the biggest patent deals of the year so far, Nokia has transferred a portfolio of almost 4,000 US grants to an entity called Provenance Asset Group Holdings LLC. The deal was recorded on the USPTO assignment database in mid-September. Although full details of the deal and the team behind Provenance are not yet clear, former AST head and RPX executive Dan Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Oct 2017

China needs a new government agency to stop huge university IP portfolios sitting dormant, says SIPO official

This week the Intellectual Property Department here in Hong Kong played host to the annual meeting focused on IP developments on the mainland and its two Special Administrative regions (Macao being the other). One of the main topics was university tech transfer issues, and it was in this area that SIPO officials most frankly acknowledged the need for significant reform. Based on their comments, there could be big changes ahead in the field. Patent filings by Chinese universities took a Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Oct 2017

Intellectual Discovery disposes of portfolio to US NPE as patent sell off continues

Korean sovereign patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) has continued its recent trend of selling assets to US licensing entities, with the disposal of a package of 15 US patents to a company called Compact Lens Technologies LLC. The transaction was recorded on the USPTO assignment database earlier this month. The buyer appears to be controlled by IP Valuation Partners, a Texas-based IP advisory business led by a group of former IPNav and Dominion Harbor executives. Jonathan Szarzynski, Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Oct 2017

IP Bridge announces new $50m fund in Malaysia as it continues ASEAN push

Japanese patent fund IP Bridge today announced plans to launch a $50 million “Intellectual property and innovation” fund with Malaysian partners. The new entity will invest in national and regional enterprises in Malaysia that are “IP rich or to-be-rich”, with a particular focus on technology areas including IoT. The fund’s goals echo those of another major investment vehicle founded in Singapore earlier this year, suggesting that we may yet see more money poured Read more

Jacob Schindler

17 Oct 2017

The pro-patent lobby in the US finally seems to be getting its act together and so the narrative is changing

There’s no doubt that in the PR wars that have been fought over the US patent system throughout the last decade, there has only been one winner. The powerful constituency in big tech that has lobbied for far-reaching changes, which some observers claim have severely undermined patent rights, has held the upper hand. That’s in large part because those pushing for reform in Congress, the courts and the business community have invested large sums in spreading a narrative around the Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Oct 2017

Patents and populism; Unwired Planet lessons for the US; why trial lawyers struggle at the PTAB ... an AIPPI report

The populist wave gaining traction in many parts of the world is undoubtedly filtering through to IP policies. The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year, for example, threw the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court projects into question, while Donald Trump’s election effectively killed off the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that would have had major IP implications in Asia. Speaking on Sunday at the AIPPI World Congress in Sydney, retired Federal Read more

Jacob Schindler

16 Oct 2017

Don't expect a Chinese iPhone injunction anytime soon in the Qualcomm v Apple fight

A series of Beijing lawsuits first reported by Bloomberg on Friday are just the latest salvos in the increasingly bitter global patent war between Qualcomm and Apple. Announcing the new suits to the press, Qualcomm declared explicitly that it will seek an injunction in China to stop the manufacture and sale of iPhones. The three cases have been filed to the Beijing IP Court. A Qualcomm spokesperson said the patents are related to power management and touch screen technologies, and made Read more

Jacob Schindler

13 Oct 2017

TiVo taps senior Big Blue exec to clearly demonstrate how serious it is about growing its monetisation business

TiVo has made a major hire with the appointment of IBM executive Marc Ehrlich as senior vice president of patent strategy. The move comes just months after the entertainment technology business recruited Arvin Patel as its chief IP officer and looks to be the first step in a clear effort to boost the company’s IP commercialisation efforts. Ehrlich spent almost 30 years at IBM first as an engineer before moving to the legal department in 1994 and taking a series of IP-focused roles. Read more

Richard Lloyd

13 Oct 2017

Australia’s listed companies neglect intellectual assets at their peril, claims new report

Next month, the IAM team will be returning to Melbourne for another edition of IPBC Australasia. The speaking faculty we have lined up includes a wide range of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), including Treasury Wine Estates, Cochlear, Starpharma and Dimerix. These businesses are all leaders in the field of IP value creation. But new research from Tim Heberden, IP economics director at Glasshouse Advisory, shows that many publicly traded companies in Australia Read more

Jacob Schindler

12 Oct 2017

Any sale of the NXP patents post-Qualcomm deal could be biggest since Nortel

According to a news report earlier this week Qualcomm has offered to agree to certain patent-related conditions in order to get the greenlight for its $38 billion takeover of NXP from European Union regulators. The giant US chipmaker is said to have told regulators that it will not acquire NXP’s standard essential patents (SEPs) and will not assert the Dutch company’s IP relating to near field communication (NFC) technology, except for defensive purposes. Given that Qualcomm is Read more

Richard Lloyd

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