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23 Apr 2018

Analysis Iancu is promising change, but only action will change the US’s struggling monetisation market

Since Andrei Iancu took over as USPTO Director in February it has been hard to fault his engagement with the user community. As well as sitting down with IAM just a few weeks into his tenure (he is the cover star of our latest issue), he has been a regular on the conference circuit, outlining his vision for the agency and the US patent system in general, reassuring patent owners that he wants to strengthen the predictability of their rights and championing the power of patented inventions as a Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Apr 2018

Analysis Taiwanese start-up widens assertion drive in the wake of 2017 Apple settlement

At last week’s IPBC Taiwan conference, managing IP costs emerged as a key theme of conversation – with some suggesting that financial pressure could lead to more monetisation activity. One firm that has recently opted to go down the monetisation path is a small company called CyWee, which began life within the government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). CyWee is evidently an operating company with business across wireless streaming, motion processing and Read more

Jacob Schindler

20 Apr 2018

Analysis Cantor Fitzgerald IP managing director departs and could be set to strike out on his own

Andy Ramer, who was one of the driving forces behind the Ocean Tomo patent auctions in the 2000s, has left Cantor Fitzgerald after a little over four years at the investment giant, where he was managing director of the IP group. Ramer is not moving to another position, though IAM understands he is keen to remain in the IP sector. Given the strong entrepreneurial streak he has demonstrated over a number of years, it would not be a surprise if he started his own business. Ramer joined Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Apr 2018

Analysis Why prosecuting Indian pharma patents could be even more difficult than it appears

A study released this month sheds new light on the Indian Patent Office’s (IPO’s) application of Section 3(d) of the country’s Patents Act – a controversial section intended to circumscribe the issue of ‘secondary’ rights for pharmaceuticals products. It finds not only that Section 3(d) objections by the patent office have increased markedly over time, but that the provision has been widely invoked against ‘primary’ patent applications to protect Read more

Adam Houldsworth

20 Apr 2018

News Chinese companies expanding overseas face plenty of IP risk, but it need not overwhelm them

Here at IAM’s first IPBC Shenzhen event, Chinese companies with global ambitions were given a road map for how to develop their IP strategies as rapidly as their commercial ones. One overarching message local firms heard from both global tech giants and Chinese success stories was while IP problems are bound to arise, they might not be as overwhelming as they seem. For many relatively young firms here in the greater Shenzhen area – China’s Silicon Valley – the IP Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Apr 2018

Analysis Senators push PTO Director Iancu for more 101 guidance and PTAB reform

During his first oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu came under growing pressure to issue guidance on how recent changes in jurisprudence on patent eligible subject matter should be applied. Senator Kamala Harris, a recent appointee to the committee, quizzed Iancu on the uncertainty around section 101, particularly as it relates to artificial intelligence. This is an area of growing interest to the tech giants of her home state of Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Apr 2018

News Women have worse outcomes in virtually all respects when it comes to securing US patent rights, study finds

Not only do women inventors submit far fewer US patent applications than men, but they also have much greater difficulty in obtaining and maintaining rights, a new study has revealed. The first-of-its-kind research found that female applicants are more likely to have their applications rejected and less likely to appeal these rejections. Women also had fewer claims allowed on average, while their granted patents received fewer citations and were less likely to be maintained. Published Read more

Timothy Au

19 Apr 2018

News Cost remains top priority and concern for most patent owners in Taiwan

Managing limited budget resources remains concern number one for most corporate patent owners in Taiwan – with just a handful of exceptions proving the rule. That was the biggest takeaway on Tuesday as over 200 senior executives from the private and public sectors came together at IPBC Taiwan in Taipei. Acer provides one typical example. Founded 40 year ago, the company is now transitioning beyond the hardware business, and moving into gaming and AI related products. Senior director Read more

Bing Zhao

18 Apr 2018

News IPBC programme and speaker line-up finalised; remaining delegate places limited

The full programme and speaking faculty for IPBC Global 2018, being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 10th to 12th of June, have now been finalised. More than 70 IP thought leaders from business, policy, finance and the legal sector are confirmed as speakers at the conference, which is acknowledged as the world’s foremost event about the business of intellectual property. Highlights for 2018 include … A wide range of topical, interactive, Read more

Joff Wild

17 Apr 2018

Analysis Supreme Court predicted to rule in favour of patent owners over damages abroad in case that could have major ramifications

For many observers of US patent law the current Supreme Court term essentially boils down to one case. But as we wait for the ruling in Oil States on the constitutionality of inter partes review, the justices had another case to hear yesterday on the extraterritoriality of damages law.  In Western Geco v Ion Geophysical Corp, the patent owner Western Geco, sued Ion in district court over components that Ion manufactured in the US but then shipped abroad for assembly. The resulting Read more

Richard Lloyd

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