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28 Apr 2015

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of patents,” Google tells the market

Whatever you think of the possible motives, you can’t fault Google for trying. The search giant launched another initiative yesterday targeted at solving what it terms the “NPE problem”: the fact that 70% of the patents that are litigated by non-practising entities originate from operating companies. Google’s new solution, the Patent Purchase Promotion, is intended to offer sellers a quick and efficient way of offloading their rights to the tech company. Between May Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Apr 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case – and the perceived higher value attached to IP assets in other markets – is driving some of the brightest high tech prospects to build their businesses abroad rather than at home. Research and advocacy firm Strategic Partners Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Apr 2015

LG steps up collaboration programme as Korean SMEs face daunting patent challenges at home and abroad

Back in February, this blog reported on LG Group’s plan to ‘open up’ a portion of its patent portfolio by making approximately 29,000 of its assets concentrated in the biotechnology, energy and cosmetics areas available to Korean SMEs. Now, according to a recent story in the Korea JoongAng Daily, the company is doubling down on its pledge, boosting the total number of available patents to 52,000. The announcement follows reports that Korea’s small businesses Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Apr 2015

As ZTE nails its colours firmly to the pro-US patent reform mast, opponents of major change grow more confident

Although foreign entities file around half of all patent applications at the USPTO, up to now the debate about reforming patent litigation has largely been one conducted between US companies and interest groups. There are some exceptions – Germany’s SAP (pro) and Canada-based NPEs Conversant and WiLan (anti) spring to mind – but the general feeling among non-American organisations is that this is something they are best advised to stay out of; not least because taking one Read more

Joff Wild

24 Apr 2015

Despite increasing head winds Qualcomm’s high-quality patents continue to bring home the bacon

The transcript of Qualcomm’s recent investor call to discuss its latest quarterly results is a must-read for anyone in the licensing business. The giant chipmaker remains a pretty good bellwether for the market and has faced recent challenges over regulatory scrutiny of its operations in China and a demand from one investor to split the company in two. On top of all this, of course, the company is in something of a standoff with the IEEE over its new patent policy; and there is the not Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Apr 2015

The Microsoft patent portfolio: 40,000+ active patents; China biggest jurisdiction after US; 15% of total acquired

Microsoft celebrated its 40th birthday this month. In the four decades that have passed since its relatively humble beginnings as a start-up, the US company has grown to become one of the world’s largest patent holders. According to the US Patent Elite 100 list featured in the most recent issue of IAM, Microsoft owns the sixth largest portfolio of active US patent assets, including 28,130 grants and 9,035 applications. Addressing delegates at IPBC China 2015 in Beijing earlier this Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Apr 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice, who have been keen to change the prevailing competitive dynamic in the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs). This group includes something of a who’s who of big tech including Intel, Broadcom, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft and Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Apr 2015

Buying time, quality over quantity, the gathering litigation storm and more from IPBC China 2015

There were over 250 attendees at a packed-to-the-rafters IPBC China, which took place this week at the Shangri-La Hotel in Haidian, Beijing. Delegates, mostly local IP professionals working inside major Chinese businesses, participated in a series of plenary sessions addressing various key IP value creation issues and attended a gala dinner on the evening of 22nd April at which this year’s China IP Elite was named. Here are a few of the highlights of a memorable event, as brought to you Read more

Jack Ellis

21 Apr 2015

Major issues must be tackled if the Nokia/Alcatel deal is to be a patent success

The merger of the year so far, in IP terms at least, is undoubtedly Nokia’s proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which was announced last week. Envision IP recently cast its eye over the two patent portfolios and came up with some interesting findings. It put the intrinsic value of Alcatel’s portfolio at between $155 million and $696 million. That range shows, perhaps more than anything, just how hard it can be to put a precise value to patents, but it also suggests that if Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Apr 2015

Don't be surprised if big technology companies are next to feel the PTAB heat from investors

Given the important role that it now plays in so much US patent litigation, it is easy to forget that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not yet three years old. Established in September 2012 under a provision of the America Invents Act, the PTAB not only handles appeals relating to examiner rejections, but also deals with cases in which third parties have petitioned for a review of USPTO grants – most frequently via inter partes reviews and, from time to time, the transitional Read more

Joff Wild

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