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27 May 2018

News The smartphone wars were a triumph for Samsung, a defeat for Apple, but everybody won

It was deja-vu all over again last week, when Apple and Samsung met in court to hear a jury’s decision to award the former $539 million in damages because of the latter’s infringement of three design patents and two utility patents. On the face of it, this looked like a big win for the Cupertino-based company in a dispute that began in 2011 following Steve Jobs’ declaration of thermonuclear war against the Android platform and those manufacturers who used it. But, of course, Read more

Joff Wild

25 May 2018

Analysis Sonos settlement with Denon underlines the strength of its patents in burgeoning speaker market

Sonos, the connected speaker company, announced last week that it had reached a settlement with Denon, so drawing a line under almost four years of litigation. Although the terms of the agreement remained confidential, it’s fair to say that the run of things in court has largely gone Sonos’s way since it sued D&M Holdings (an investment company that owned Denon) in US district court for alleged infringement of at least four of its patents.    Late last year Sonos Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 May 2018

News Our auto royalty rates won't change no matter how many patent owners join us, Avanci confirms

There will be no changes to the $3 to $15 per car royalty fees licensees are asked to pay to access the patents that form the Avanci auto patent platform, the firm has told IAM.  “As we add new patent owners to the Avanci platform, the price the licensees pay for a licence will not increase,” Luke McLeroy, vice president of business development, said. “In fact, after publishing our rates in December of 2017, Avanci added four patent owners to the platform and Read more

Joff Wild

25 May 2018

Analysis Sony transfers patent portfolio to corporate vehicle affiliated with Marconi Group

Recent USPTO records show that Sony has transferred a portfolio of over one hundred US patents to an entity called Wi-Fi One LLC, an affiliate of the Marconi Group. The Japanese company already participates in the Avanci and Velos patent pools, and this latest transfer underlines Marconi’s diverse offering. Sony assigned 135 US patent rights to Plano-based Wi-Fi One LLC on 26th January, but the transaction was not recorded until last month. Wi-Fi One appears to be a part of the Read more

Jacob Schindler

24 May 2018

Analysis China races past US in AI and blockchain patent filings, but figures don’t tell the whole story

More patents related to artificial intelligence and blockchain technology were filed in China than in any other country in 2017, it has been revealed. With much of this growth being linked to a booming start-up scene, it looks like the playing field for these technologies is slowly but surely shifting east. China’s start-up scene has rapidly caught up the US’s, according to a recently released Global Start-up Ecosystem report by Oakland-based firm Startup Genome. A comparison Read more

Timothy Au

24 May 2018

Analysis New USPTO fee setting powers could be approved by September, predicts Senator Coons

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu was back on Capitol Hill earlier this week for an appearance before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. With the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute, the proposed change to the claim construction standard in post-issuance proceedings and ongoing concern around uncertainty in the law on what constitutes patent eligible subject matter, there was certainly plenty for the members of Congress to grill him on.  It was Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 May 2018

Analysis Korean university tries to undo its mistake after passing on a patent worth millions

An affiliate of a top South Korean tech university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), is currently locked in a US patent litigation battle with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries and Samsung. A recent flap over the ownership of the underlying right reveals the missed opportunities that led to KAIST monetising the right, and underlines why universities in the country are changing their approach to patenting. KAIST IP US LLC, a university monetisation vehicle, filed the Read more

Jacob Schindler

23 May 2018

News Oncology drives major pharma deals while immuno-oncology patent activity soars

Cancer immunotherapy is an exciting, relatively new therapy that treats cancer by unleashing the power of the immune system. It has been hailed as one of the most promising advances in the treatment of cancer in recent times. Immuno-oncology research is growing at a rapid pace and for the last three years this has begun to translate into a patenting frenzy as players seek to stake their claim in this wide commercial landscape. In this month’s piece from Clarivate Analytics, Bob Read more

Timothy Au

22 May 2018

Analysis AI, blockchain and IoT patents all on the shopping list for latest IP3 buying programme

Details of the latest iteration of IP3, the patent buying programme hosted by AST designed to give IP owners a quick and efficient way of selling their assets, were announced this morning. This year’s version is open to non-AST members and is focused on some of the hottest tech areas.  On the shopping list are patents in eight different categories including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, automotive, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT). Sellers with assets in those Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 May 2018

News Chinese company which raised $1.3 billion in IP-backed financing has Virginia factory site foreclosed

It would appear that the recipient of the largest ever IP-backed loan has come full circle to cautionary tale. Tranlin Paper, based in China’s Shandong Province, borrowed well over a billion dollars from the China Development bank in 2014 on the strength of its IP portfolio. It planned to invest part of the sum in a US-based paper mill which promised to provide 2,000 jobs. On the US side at least, the deal appears to have gone pear-shaped. And in China as well, serious questions Read more

Jacob Schindler

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