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19 Jan 2018

RPX management eyes possible deal, Spangenberg among interested parties; Microsoft drops membership

The management of RPX is meeting with a number of interested parties in a process that might lead to an eventual sale of the business, IAM understands. It is believed that an investment consortium led by IP monetisation specialist Erich Spangenberg is among those eyeing the defensive aggregator. Others to have been linked with a possible deal include Vector Capital, the private equity fund that owns IPValue and arguably knows the space as well as any buyout shop. It’s not clear if former Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Jan 2018

The state of mobile SEP licensing after recent high-profile FRAND cases in London, California and Shenzhen

The TCL v Ericsson FRAND case and the Unwired Planet v Huawei case bookended 2017. Both have shed further clarity on issues surrounding SEP handset licensing.  Last week in Huawei v Samsung, a court in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen granted Huawei an injunction after finding that Samsung had infringed an ‘international’ SEP.  What effect will these cases have on the IP market? In order to find out, Lew Zaretzki of Hamilton IPV, and Conversant CEO Boris Teksler delved Read more

Joff Wild

19 Jan 2018

Google takes a big step in China and Tencent joins the patent licensing world in major cross-licence deal

Google and Tencent have announced a patent cross-licence deal that they say will pave the way for future technology collaboration. The pact is said to be “long term” and covering “a wide range of products and technologies”. Beyond that there are no details, including on whether the licence is royalty-bearing. Here are a few immediate reactions: Left field If you had asked patent professionals what the next major cross-licence in China would be, I’m Read more

Jacob Schindler

18 Jan 2018

Trump threatens IP fine for China, while SCOTUS could help patent owners get tough on overseas infringement

In an interview earlier this week President Trump announced that his administration is preparing to get tough on Chinese trade practices and accused the US’s geopolitical rival of forcing American companies to give up some of their IP as a cost of doing business in the country. “We have a very big intellectual property potential fine going, which is going to come out soon,” he said. He went onto tell the journalists from Reuters that: “We’re talking about big Read more

Richard Lloyd

18 Jan 2018

Senate committee approves Trump pick for Health Secretary who vowed to tackle ‘gaming’ of the patent system

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, was approved by the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, taking him one step closer to confirmation. Though a former president of Eli Lilly, Azar has stated that lowering drug prices is his foremost priority, saying that abuses of the patent system by pharmaceutical innovators need to be curbed and competition from generics and biosimilars increased. While he is unlikely to push for radical changes if he Read more

Adam Houldsworth

18 Jan 2018

Broadcom pitches royalty rate cuts to Chinese OEMs, but some remain sceptical of Qualcomm takeover

When Broadcom first went public with its audacious plan to buy-out Qualcomm, Microsoft and Google were reportedly among the first tech titans to object to the deal in private, citing concerns about a potential loss of innovation. More recently, a trio of Chinese smartphone companies have gone public with reservations about the prospect of a takeover. But IP executives in China say that while any deal could potentially increase IP risks, it is too early to say whether it would be a net Read more

Jacob Schindler

17 Jan 2018

Creating a world class innovation infrastructure – lessons from the best of the best

When companies invest to ensure their innovation is of the highest quality, the goods and services they provide ultimately become the better for it - with us all as the beneficiaries. The most successful innovators stand out from others by encouraging idea generation and the invention process. They instill a culture of innovation within their organisations and invest in R&D to keep the inventive process alive. They have established systems for vetting their innovation funnels and Read more

Joff Wild

16 Jan 2018

Message to the new USPTO Director: Time to flip the script at the PTAB

The PTAB recently received its 8000th petition — a landmark that few thought it would reach this quickly. No other part of the America Invents Act (AIA) has had anything like the same impact on the US patent system, winning praise in some quarters as a quick and (relatively) cheap way of challenging patent validity and condemnation in others for the shadow it has cast over IP rights. In this guest post Rob Aronoff of the International IP Commercialisation Council, explains why, for some Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Jan 2018

New deal structure suggests WiLAN has its eye on further semiconductor patent acquisitions

WiLAN, now part of the Quarterhill family of companies, kicked off 2018 with two patent deals with major Asian operating companies, TSMC and Panasonic. On January 8th, the NPE announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Cetus Technologies had acquired patents related to DRAM technology, as well as NAND flash memory, from Panasonic. The announcement was made four days after another deal with TSMC, which the company hailed as a “new type of transaction”. WiLAN’s press Read more

Bing Zhao

15 Jan 2018

Bank of America and IBM lead on blockchain patents, but start-ups and other specialists dominate the market

As the fluctuating bitcoin market has everyone talking, new research has thrown light on which companies are the leading filers of patents related to blockchain, the technology which underpins the world’s best known cryptocurrency, but whose application could extend to multiple different sectors. Among the leaders are the giant financial institutions Bank of America (which takes the top spot with 43 patents) and Fidelity (which boasts 14 grants), payments leader Mastercard (joint second Read more

Richard Lloyd

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