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25 May 2017

As Apple and Nokia agree new licensing deal Qualcomm looks increasingly isolated

The licensing agreement announced earlier this week between Nokia and Apple is the latest that the iPhone maker has put in place with a who’s who of the wireless world. The deal sees all litigation between the two companies settled with Nokia set to receive a royalty payout. The statement about the settlement didn’t go into the detail of how much is changing hands, referring instead to an up-front cash payment that Apple will pay to Nokia and follow-on sums after that. Things Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 May 2017

Huawei puts royalties on the balance sheet to the tune of $300 million

IP-minded readers of Huawei's 2016 annual report will have noticed a striking change in the company's accounting of its intangible assets. Alongside goodwill, trademarks, software and patents is a brand new category – royalties. The company states that in the last calendar year it had “additions” in the royalties column of more than 2 billion RMB, or just over $300 million. Aside from the new entry on the intangible assets list, the report makes no Read more

Jacob Schindler

24 May 2017

Day Three INTA Barcelona report - CPA planning for change, .sucks momentum, top in-house teams and more

The INTA 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to an end after five action-packed days in Barcelona. Here’s the final round-up of what has been going on from World Trademark Review reporters Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), and me, Joff Wild (JW).   Change management – In town to present CPA’s new IP Platform, CEO Simon Webster found time to comment on recent stories that the IP management and technology company is up for sale once more. This follows a previous change Read more

Joff Wild

23 May 2017

Despite yesterday’s historic decision in TC Heartland venue reform may not be off the legislative table

In the roster of recent Supreme Court patent decisions, TC Heartland looks set to join eBay, Mayo and Alice as cases that have the greatest impact on the US system. The unanimous 8-0 ruling (the newly appointed Judge Gorsuch did not take part in the case) significantly narrows the choice for many patent owners on where they can bring an infringement lawsuit. For almost 30 years, plaintiffs have had broad scope in choosing a venue and a growing number of them in recent years chose the Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 May 2017

Personnel behind new Korean NPE suggest a campaign to enforce Pantech patents in the US may be in the offing

Last October, a significant US patent portfolio owned by Korean smartphone maker Pantech was assigned to a new entity called GoldPeak Innovations. At the time, IAM wondered whether the portfolio would be passed along again, potentially to an NPE or other buyer. That’s still very much an open question. But some new details about the team behind GoldPeak suggest it may be planning a US monetisation campaign of its own. Following up on earlier IAM reporting perhaps, the Korea Herald Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 May 2017

Day Two at INTA Barcelona - Strikes, Brexit, fake news, more Brexit and a whole lot more

Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Reporters from our sister publication World Trademark Review Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), plus yours truly Joff Wild (JW), report on the action. Highlights from Day One are here. Chaos theory - Respect to delegates and speakers who made it into the Read more

Joff Wild

22 May 2017

Indian government may target IP royalty outflows to retaliate for Trump visa limits

A government task force is studying royalty outflows from Indian companies to foreign partners and parent companies, in an initiative some say could lead to the re-imposition of caps on such payments for technology and intellectual property. The country’s top IP body, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, is revisiting the issue as Indian tech companies worry about changes announced by President Trump to the H1-B visa programme. Whether or not the two issues are linked, new Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 May 2017

Day One report from INTA 2017 in Barcelona: publishing war, keynote controversy, Brexit blues and much more

The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Over 10,000 are in town for this year’s event IAM’s sister publication World Trademark Review has a crack team of reporters on the ground - Trevor Little (TL), Joff Wild (JW) and Tim Lince (TJL). Here are their highlights and observations from the first full day of the conference. Daily drama; INTA critical of unofficial publication – The Read more

Joff Wild

19 May 2017

Silicon Valley isn’t anti-patent insist big software players; but some remain to be convinced

The inaugural IP Software Summit, which was hosted by IAM in San Francisco yesterday, explored the at times complex interactions involving the world’s largest software companies and the IP system. With the relationship between open source and proprietary software platforms one of the themes of the day, members of both communities were well represented in a number of sessions that focused on how two very different approaches to software development can co-exist. But Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 May 2017

Despite positive data on settlement outcomes for plaintiffs, patent owners in Japan still have it tough

Patent owners have dismal odds of getting a favourable verdict when they take an infringement lawsuit all the way to a district court judgment in Japan. However, for the first time this year, the country’s Supreme Court has also published data on the results of court-mediated settlements. Some practitioners say the numbers show that life is not as hard for plaintiffs as you might assume. Perhaps – but the country’s still not going to become a disputes hub anytime soon. The Read more

Jacob Schindler

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