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18 Jul 2018

News Delrahim confirmed as keynote speaker at IAM's annual patent licensing event in September

Makan Delrahim, the assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, has been comfirmed as the keynote speaker at Patent Licensing 2018, IAM's annual event focusing on the key issues affecting licensees and licensors, and their dealmaking strategies, in the US and beyond.  Since he was confirmed last September, Delrahim, who is a registered patent attorney, has taken a particularly close interest in the application of antitrust laws to the Read more

Joff Wild

17 Jul 2018

Analysis IBM’s infringement suit against Groupon shows it’s still a licensing heavyweight

In recent years IBM has been in the patent headlines more often for its iron grip on the top spot of the annual US patent grant numbers and its habit of selling assets, quite often to start-ups in need of a pre-IPO IP boost.  What is sometimes lost is Big Blue’s trailblazing licensing programme which did so much to kick-start corporate monetisation strategy through the 1990s, bringing in almost $2 billion in annual revenues at its height.    But the tech giant’s Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Jul 2018

Analysis After almost a decade of litigation, Philips wins India’s first-ever SEP infringement decision

After a number of very significant interim judgments in telecom licensing cases, the Delhi High Court has for the first time issued a SEP infringement verdict following a full trial. Philips was the beneficiary of the decision, in a case centered on the DVD Video and DVD ROM standards. But practitioners say the ruling leaves unaddressed questions on what constitutes FRAND conduct and abuse of dominant position in India. The lawsuit arose all the way back in 2009, when Philips sued two local Read more

Jacob Schindler

16 Jul 2018

Analysis Ericsson appeal brief sets stage for next chapter in epic SEP FRAND dispute with TCL

Ericsson has put together the CAFC brief for its appeal against the Central District of California federal court’s decision in its litigation with Chinese handset manufacturer TCL. This sets the scene for the next round of one of the most consequential disputes over standard essential patents (SEPs) that the mobile sector has seen in the US for many years.  The document was filed more than six months after Judge James Selna largely sided with TCL over its claims that the Swedish Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Jul 2018

Analysis Expect closer supervision of US biologics settlements in wake of Humira ‘reverse payment’ concerns

Two US senators have called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine patent settlements involving biologic and biosimilar producers, echoing calls from patient advocacy groups. Raising particular concerns about AbbVie’s recent high-profile Humira agreements, the legislators have cast doubt on the legitimacy of settlements that have otherwise been interpreted as a triumph of the Illinois entity’s patent strategy. But whether or not the FTC decides to inspect the Humira Read more

Adam Houldsworth

16 Jul 2018

Analysis A complex patent trail shows how NPE litigation might be developing in China

Over the past couple of years, several major NPEs have announced big Chinese portfolio acquisitions. But a new litigation in Beijing shows that this is not the only way foreign assertion entities are affecting the market here - some patents formerly owned by now-defunct NPEs are re-emerging in Chinese lawsuits. Xiaomi’s strong smartphone sales and its IPO in Hong Kong have put a bull’s-eye on its back. It is facing down lawsuits from Ericsson in India and Coolpad Read more

Jacob Schindler

15 Jul 2018

News A game-changing patent case in China may be about to begin - or not

If nothing has changed, some time this week should see the launch of a suit by a US NPE that, the man who runs it has told the world, is going to change the face of Chinese patent litigation forever. In an interview published by IAM on 6th July, iPEL CEO Brian Yates said that his firm was preparing to fight a case against an unnamed consumer goods company in China that will lead to the country’s “first damages award above $100 million”. For anyone who has followed Read more

Joff Wild

13 Jul 2018

Analysis BT assertion against Fortinet shows how cyber security is becoming big patent business

BT has launched a lawsuit in US district court accusing a Silicon Valley based cyber security company of infringing five of its patents. According to the complaint, which was filed earlier this week in Delaware, BT contacted Fortinet in late 2014 and claimed that it infringed on two of the patents-in-suit. Despite writing to the company on three separate occasions through 2015 and again in early 2016, Fortinet did not respond to any communication until February 2016 via its outside Read more

Richard Lloyd

13 Jul 2018

Analysis Qualcomm reigns in global WLAN patents but Marvell rules in the US and Nokia leads by SEP count

A new study of the wireless LAN (WLAN) global patent landscape reveals that while Qualcomm is the dominant player in the space overall, it is beaten by Marvell in the United States by active portfolio size and conspicuously absent from the list of the top holders of standard essential patents (SEPs). The study also finds that while the United States dominates this market by filings, numbers in Europe have been shooting up fast. Released on Wednesday by iRunway, the report takes a Read more

Timothy Au

13 Jul 2018

Analysis After courtroom win against ZTE, Maxell licensing chief discusses US, Europe enforcement drive

Earlier this month, Maxell won a $43.3 million damages award against ZTE in the Eastern District of Texas. It was the first jury decision for the Japanese electronics company, formerly a unit of Hitachi, since it began a US patent enforcement campaign back in 2016, with Huawei and ZTE as its initial targets. The company still has pending US patent suits against companies including Huawei, Asus and BlackBerry. IAM had an exclusive sit-down interview in Tokyo with Tatsuya Yamamoto, Read more

Bing Zhao

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