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26 Apr 2018

Analysis The Supreme Court may have taken one part of PTAB reform off the table for now

UPDATE 26/4/2018 14:30 - This blog has been upated to include the USPTO's initial guidance on how it will implement the SAS Institute decision and some statistics on the volume of partially instituted IPRs in the last few years.   The nine justices of the US Supreme Court certainly kept us waiting for their opinion in Oil States Energy Services v Greene’s Energy Group. As this blog reported last month, of the major patent cases decided by the court since Chief Justice Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Apr 2018

Analysis Shored by an explosive growth in filings, Huawei wields the strongest portfolio in China: exclusive data analysis

Huawei falls below the global average in terms of the quality of its patents, but it beats all of its domestic rivals when it comes to portfolio strength, new research commissioned by IAM reveals. A look at the data shows that the Chinese mobile company has gradually expanded its international focus with a flurry of filings from 2013 onwards. Working with leading IP data and analytics firms, we have analysed the Chinese mobile company’s patent position, taking a look at how its Read more

Timothy Au

26 Apr 2018

News The inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2018 have been announced

A pioneer in Asia, a renowned US judge and the head of IP at one of the world’s most innovative companies are this year’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame. Ella Cheong, Richard Linn and Kevin Rhodes were selected to join the pantheon by the IP Hall of Fame Academy in a vote that came at the end of a nomination process which began in January. Ella Cheong, now a senior partner at Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu in Hong Kong blazed a trail as a high-profile IP practitioner in Asia. Read more

Adam Houldsworth

26 Apr 2018

Analysis Israeli startup litigating with Apple inks camera tech licence with Oppo

Corephotonics, a developer of dual camera technologies based in Tel Aviv, last week announced a licensing agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Oppo. It appears to be the first publicly announced IP licence with a major smartphone OEM for the Israeli startup, which is currently litigating with Apple in the United States. In a press release, Oppo hardware director Dr King Bai stated that the deal will enable the company to deploy dual cameras incorporating technologies including Read more

Jacob Schindler

25 Apr 2018

News Patent hold-out is our number one challenge, says Ericsson CIPO in build-up to this year's IPBC Global

The clock is ticking down to IPBC Global 2018, which is being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 10th to 12th June. As ever, we have a stellar speaking faculty for the event. This not only features keynote speakers Anderi Iancu, Sue Siegel and Benoît Battistelli, but also an array of senior corporate IP business leaders. We have spent many months putting the speaker line-up together to ensure a wide range of value creation experiences and perspectives will be available to Read more

Joff Wild

24 Apr 2018

Analysis Over to you for PTAB reform, Director Iancu, after Supreme Court Oil States and SAS decisions

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the widely anticipated Oil States case earlier today ruling that inter partes review (IPR) is constitutional and does not violate the US Constitution’s Seventh Amendment. The nine justices split 7-2, with Justices Gorsuch writing a dissent in which he was joined by Chief Justice Roberts. In another IPR-focused case the Supreme Court also found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) must consider the patentability of all claims challenged Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Apr 2018

Analysis Harsh US government sanctions put huge pressure on ZTE’s IP function to contain damage

One week after the US Department of Commerce announced tough penalties against ZTE in a long-running sanctions violation case, not much clarity has emerged about how exactly the seven year denial of US technology exports will impact the company. The unfolding crisis was certainly a live discussion topic at last Friday’s IPBC conference in the telecommunications firm’s home city of Shenzhen. One thing that’s certain is that the company is in damage-control mode. It is all Read more

Jacob Schindler

23 Apr 2018

Analysis Iancu is promising change, but only action will revive 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

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