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25 Apr 2017

Auto industry seeks to build pressure on Trump administration over the patent and anti-trust nexus

A group of tech companies and advocacy groups have joined forces with members of the auto industry to write to President Trump expressing their concern over what they claim are anti-competitive licensing practices by some owners of standard essential patents (SEPs). They have also urged the new administration to let the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) case against Qualcomm “run its course without prejudice or political interference”. The letter comes at a time when the Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Apr 2017

Conversant picks up patents from top Korean vendor

Conversant has acquired a patent portfolio from Korean chipmaker Dongbu HiTek, USPTO assignments records reveal. This represents the privately-held Canadian NPE’s second significant purchase from an Asia-Pacific based operating company in recent months – and may be a sign of things to come as the ‘public IP company’ (PIPCO) model founders. According to USPTO data, Conversant was assigned 29 US patent assets by Seoul-based semiconductor foundry Dongbu HiTek and its Read more

Jack Ellis

24 Apr 2017

We need to change the way we talk about IP; it's value, not law, that's key - says Singapore agency chief

As part of their conference package, delegates at tomorrow’s IPBC China event here in Beijing will be receiving the third issue of our Chinese-language magazine, which just hit my desk last week. Alongside translations of some of our most popular recent IAM features – such as the annual Market Makers list and a detailed analysis of the state of play in the US brokered patent market – there’s a significant amount of totally original content. One of these is an Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Apr 2017

As PTAB numbers spike Facebook has become one of the most active filers

There has been much to pick over from the litigation data for the first quarter of this year. There was the ongoing fall in the number of new cases which has dropped to levels not seen since 2011. There was also a notable spike in activity at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which according to analysis from Unified Patents made it the most active quarter ever with 561 reviews filed. One perhaps less noticed finding from Unified’s report was the appearance of Facebook among Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Apr 2017

DSS litigation campaign using Intellectual Discovery patents is a watershed moment for both companies

Document Security Systems (DSS) has filed lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas alleging infringement of LED-related patents acquired from Intellectual Discovery. The assertion campaign - and its eventual outcome - could represent a major test not just for the embattled publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) model, but also for sovereign patent funds (SPFs) and third-party IP litigation funding at a time when pure-play patent monetisation has become riskier than ever before. DSS – Read more

Jack Ellis

20 Apr 2017

Qualcomm reveals $150 million dispute with licensee as it provides more detail on Apple lawsuit

There was plenty to discuss yesterday on Qualcomm’s call with analysts concerning the company’s latest quarterly results. On the positive side the company is in the final stages of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and reported that it is seeing strong sales in China, a market where it has had some well-publicised problems. But throughout the call there was an Apple sized cloud hanging over the discussions as the company updated its position in its high-profile dispute with Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Apr 2017

China’s IP and business environments continue to move in opposite directions, say foreign firms

It is IP week in China, and that means we’ll be getting a lot of statistical insight into China’s relatively closed court system in the coming days as the Supreme People’s Court releases white papers summing up how many IP case were filed and by whom in 2016. The specialised IP court in Shanghai has already released some figures on its workload from the past year, showing that civil patent litigation cases increased by 20% compared to last year. The involvement of Read more

Jacob Schindler

18 Apr 2017

“We’re not sure that investing significant amounts of capital in patents really makes sense,” says WiLAN CEO

Yesterday’s news that WiLAN will purchase an Internet of Things (IoT) business as it looks to diversify away from patent licensing represented another nail in the coffin of the NPE sector as we know it. WiLAN is acquiring International Road Dynamics, an Industrial IoT business, for $47.7 million and following that deal will change its name to Quarterhill. WiLAN will then become the patent licensing subsidiary of the new business, responsible for monetising the more than 10,000 patent Read more

Richard Lloyd

18 Apr 2017

With patents so hard to enforce in Japan the continuing fall in applications at the JPO is no real surprise

Continuing a trend manifested over the past decade, the number of patent applications submitted to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) fell again in 2016, as businesses reappraise the role that Japanese assets play in their IP portfolios. However, the decrease was significantly smaller than in previous years – suggesting that filing rates may be levelling out, for now. According to the latest annual status report from the JPO, total of 318,381 applications were filed with the agency in Read more

Jack Ellis

18 Apr 2017

The 2017 inductees into the IP Hall of Fame are revealed

Following a nomination process that began back in January, today we officially announce the four individuals who have been selected by the IP Hall of Fame Academy as this year’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame. They are: Antonio Campinos:  Executive director of the EUIPO since 2010, Campinos has revolutionised the office, providing a more efficient and engaged service. A number of tools and systems have been implemented under Campinos’ leadership to make Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

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