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26 May 2015

IAM benchmarking respondents offer more evidence of patent litigation shift from the US to Europe

The United States is now facing serious competition as the venue of choice for the resolution of multinational patent disputes, according to the findings of this year’s IAM IP Benchmarking survey. Although the country is still widely regarded as the jurisdiction that offers the most thorough litigation scrutiny, when it comes to value for money and the level of confidence in the system Germany is beginning to push the American courts close. According to private practice respondents to Read more

Joff Wild

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close towards the end of this year, end of 2015, subject to closing conditions including a Unisplendour shareholder vote and – crucially –regulatory approvals. The deal will see Tsinghua Read more

Jack Ellis

25 May 2015

Patent reform could do terrible damage to our many successful programmes, says Columbia's tech transfer chief

Orin Herskowitz is head of technology transfer at Columbia University, one of the most respected and successful university licensing operations in the United States. His role not only means that he is plugged into the steady stream of new technology coming out of the New York institution, but also gives him a detailed insight into the burgeoning start-up community in the city and further beyond. IAM caught up with Herskowitz recently to get his views on the state of tech transfer, Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 May 2015

There is an intellectual dishonesty at the heart of the case for US patent reform that needs to be discussed

One notable aspect of the debate over whether there is a need for further legislative reform of the US patent system is that almost without fail those who call for new laws do so on the basis that only by making it harder for all patent owners to assert their rights will it be possible to tackle the scourge of patent trolls – entities, they say, that are doing untold harm to innovative American companies and, by extension, the US economy itself. You only have to read the words of Bob Read more

Joff Wild

22 May 2015

Lycos patent sale may be happening two years too late

The news this week that Lycos is looking to dispose of some of its patents afforded tech bloggers the opportunity to remind their readers that yes, one of the iconic internet search brands of the before-Google era still exits. For those in the patent community the reaction may have been equally mystified – something along the lines of, they still have anything worth selling? And, have they seen the market out there, particularly for software patents? Lycos has been here before – Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 May 2015

World’s largest asset manager enters the IP financing game with wearables loan

BlackRock – the world’s biggest investment firm with over $4.6 trillion of assets under management – is loaning wearable technology company Jawbone $300 million against its intellectual property and other intangible assets. According to a Bloomberg report - quoting regulatory filings in California and people involved in the deal - the loan from BlackRock is secured by Jawbone's “current and future licences, intellectual property, royalties, accounts receivable and Read more

Jack Ellis

21 May 2015

PWC’s annual litigation report shows just how stacked the US patent system is against the small inventor

If you’re a regular patent market observer there’s probably not too much to surprise you in PWC’s latest patent litigation report. Covering 2014, it shows that the overall number of cases in the year was down, but that was already apparent from studies previously put out by the likes of Lex Machina, RPX and Unified Patents. That said, there is a discrepancy in the numbers that have been reported, but that’s because PWC’s cover the 12 months to 30th September 2014 Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 May 2015

Don’t call it a tie-up, but Xiaomi is inching toward patent self-sufficiency with Leadcore link

The rollout of Xiaomi’s Redmi 2A last month may have marked the beginning of a new era for the company. The low-cost smartphone was the first to feature a chipset from Chinese fabless chipmaker Leadcore rather than usual vendors Qualcomm and Mediatek. The much-speculated upon partnership illustrates the convergence of interests between a central government keen to encourage home-grown technology and Chinese companies seeking greater IP protection. This blog first covered the linkup Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 May 2015

There is nothing wrong with privateering; patent owners are entitled to maximise the value of their assets

In the last couple of years there have been several attempts to stymie privateering – the model by which operating companies sell patents to an NPE which then seeks to monetise them, usually through an assertion campaign. The original owner may retain some financial interest in the ongoing programme, but typically doesn’t have any control over how they are asserted. Google, for one, has staked out its clear opposition to what it sees as a major source of patents for Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 May 2015

It's not all doom and gloom for pharmaceutical innovators in India

Merck has become the latest foreign pharmaceutical innovator to notch a patent win in an Indian court. Last Friday, the country’s Supreme Court enjoined Glenmark Generics from selling new low-cost versions of diabetes drugs Januvia and Janumet (though it can keep selling its existing inventory). The decision follows a flap over the release of the United States Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report , which prompted pushback with its criticism of pharmaceutical patent protection Read more

Jacob Schindler

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