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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

12 Oct 2017

There'll be no easy bedding-in for António Campinos at the EPO; he'll have to hit the ground running

The news that António Campinos has been chosen to succeed Benoît Battistelli as president of the European Patent Office should not have come as a huge surprise to IAM’s readers. We predicted it might happen back in July. But the speed of the appointment is perhaps a little unexpected. It’s only just over three months since the job prospectus was posted on the EPO website; so perhaps the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation really did have the Read more

Joff Wild

12 Oct 2017

Qualcomm hit with $773m fine as Taiwan's antitrust watchdog becomes latest to weigh in on FRAND licensing

Qualcomm was hit with yet another record-breaking fine by an Asian antitrust body yesterday, as the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) announced its finding that the US chipmaker has abused its monopoly power. The regulator levied a penalty of 23.4 billion New Taiwan Dollars, which totals around $773 million. In addition to the fine, the statement released by the TFTC (here, in Chinese) indicated that Qualcomm will be ordered to cease the following licensing practices: Including Read more

Jacob Schindler

11 Oct 2017

The global rate of innovation is slowing - find out why and what it means for IP strategies

On 24th October IAM is hosting a free webinar – presented by Clarivate Analytics – that looks in-depth at an issue which could potentially have a profound effect on the IP marketplace: a lowering of the global rate of innovation. Analysis of the number of inventions patented between 2015 and 2016 using the Derwent World Patents Index and Derwent Innovation shows the rate of growth in volume of patented inventions decreased from 14% to 8%. It is even happening in China: while the Read more

Joff Wild

10 Oct 2017

Erich Spangenberg is back buying in the US, PTO records show

IPNav founder and renowned patent monetiser Erich Spangenberg is back buying US assets. According to an 18th September notice on the USPTO patent assignment database an entity called Page Innovations LLC acquired a single patent from inventor Justin Page relating to identity theft protection. In the assignment cover sheet Spangenberg is listed as the manager of Page Innovations. The details of the assignment were first reported in an RPX weekly email. What isn’t clear yet are Read more

Richard Lloyd

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