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19 Jun 2018

Analysis Longhorn IP unit acquires former Sharp semiconductor patents from Foxconn

Longhorn IP, the Texas-based NPE, has launched its fifth portfolio, a collection of semiconductor patents originally owned by Sharp. The licensing company, run by Khaled Fekih-Romdhane and Chris Dubuc, is calling its new vehicle Katana Silicon Technologies LLC – a name hinting at the Japanese source of the patents, which USPTO assignment records reveal is Sharp. Like the other components of Foxconn’s sprawling IP holdings, monetisation of the Sharp portfolio is handled by MiiCs Read more

Jacob Schindler

18 Jun 2018

Analysis Lawsuits involving Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Volvo underline growing auto sector patent focus

A couple of recent infringement suits involving long-established car manufacturers have shown once again that patent assertion remains a looming threat in an auto industry that is undergoing some very significant changes.  Late last week Jaguar Land Rover brought a case against Bentley Motors accusing the luxury carmaker of infringing one of its patents relating to its “terrain response” technologies. The patent-in-suit, RE46,828 entitled “vehicle control” is a Read more

Richard Lloyd

18 Jun 2018

Analysis $400m verdict against Samsung a milestone for Korean university, but just the beginning of the battle

Last Friday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas ordered Samsung Electronics to pay $400 million to the IP licensing arm of South Korea’s top technology university. KAIST IP US LLC, an affiliate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, saw its patent survive multiple IPRs and a dispute over its proper ownership en route to a courtroom victory over South Korea’s most prominent technology company. While US litigation watchers will be wary of a reversal on Read more

Jacob Schindler

15 Jun 2018

Analysis IBM, Microsoft and Samsung lead the way in cybersecurity patents - but China is catching up fast

New research has revealed that IBM owns the largest portfolio of cybersecurity patents, with a little over 2,500 families. Big Blue is closely followed by Microsoft and Samsung; while Canon, Intel and Google also feature prominently among the largest players in the space, the full list of which contains many of the world’s leading patent owners.  But perhaps the biggest story from the new analysis is the growth of Chinese companies in the cybersecurity sector. Companies Read more

Richard Lloyd

15 Jun 2018

Analysis Delaware will not turn into the new Eastern District of Texas because it has no incentive to, study claims

Research into the increase in patent suits in the District of Delaware following TC Heartland has found that the venue shift is likely to result in less litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs), while also revealing that firms incorporated in Delaware have been impacted by the changes resulting from the Supreme Court’s landmark decision most positively. The TC Heartland ruling reinterpreted venue selection rules in the US and drastically reduced the choices a patent owner Read more

Timothy Au

15 Jun 2018

Analysis South Africa commits to substantive search and examination for pharma patents, amidst fears system could grind to a halt

Pharmaceutical patent owners may have been concerned to read some of the key features of South Africa’s new IP policy. Recently adopted by the country’s cabinet, it seeks to clamp down on perceived “evergreening” by life sciences companies – raising the prospect of changes to patentability criteria – and suggests an increased role for compulsory licensing. However, the policy contains no concrete provisions to curtail or prohibit patents on incremental Read more

Adam Houldsworth

15 Jun 2018

Analysis With FRAND high on India’s agenda, Anand links with competition firm in market-first JV

As first reported on Indian legal site Bar & Bench, leading IP firm Anand & Anand has launched a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a competition law boutique Gaggar & Associates to address hybrid cases. I recently had a chance to catch up with the former firm’s managing partner Pravin Anand, and he explained that the FRAND focus in India is only going to grow stronger. High end patent work in India, including on the litigation side, is dominated by boutique IP firms. But Read more

Jacob Schindler

14 Jun 2018

Analysis Congress given chance to reduce threat for brand-name pharma from Hatch-Waxman and IPR challenges

US Senator Orrin Hatch has introduced a legislative amendment which would prevent generic drug companies from challenging brand-name drug patents using both the Hatch-Waxman and an inter partes review (IPR) routes. Instead, they would be forced to choose which of the two procedures that are currently available to them to use.  IPR has proved to be particularly unpopular with the brand-name drug industry. It has complained that pharma patent owners face the twin threat of a Hatch-Waxman Read more

Richard Lloyd

14 Jun 2018

News Celebrating US patent number 10,000,000

Predictions that US 10,000,000 will be issued on 19th June 2018 were proved correct last Monday when the United States Patent and Trademark Office released a short video announcing the much anticipated event. The agency’s Director, Andrei Iancu, also named the day during his keynote address on Monday at IPBC Global in San Francisco. In this month’s piece from Clarivate Analytics, Bob Stembridge – the company’s marketing communications manager – looks at previous Read more

Timothy Au

13 Jun 2018

News Iancu calls for 101 shake-up in keynote at IPBC Global and all the other stories on IAM over the last week

This week on IAM we reported direct from IPBC Global 2018 in San Francisco. Speaking in the opening plenary of the event, new USPTO director Andrei Iancu made clear that the patent eligibility regime in the US had become dysfunctional and that further PTAB reforms are on the cards. There were other keynotes, too, from GE's chief innovation officer Sue Siegel and EPO president Benoit Battistelli. Elsewhere, we looked at a big move into blockchain by a group that includes former high-profile Read more

Joff Wild

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