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27 Feb 2017

Microsoft’s Azure IP Advantage programme puts Amazon’s AWS cloud offering under pressure like never before

Microsoft’s recent launch of its Azure IP Advantage programme for the company’s cloud customers has generated a great deal of coverage. On the IAM blog, we argued that it once again showed the company to be a world leader when it comes to creating value from its patent portfolio. Regular IAM blog contributor and former Microsoft chief patent counsel Bart Eppenauer – now managing partner of the Seattle office of Shook Hardy & Bacon – has put together a piece for us Read more

Joff Wild

27 Feb 2017

Former Intellectual Ventures development fund Xinova seeks $50 million in new investment

Xinova – formerly the Invention Development Fund (IDF) of Intellectual Ventures (IV) – is seeking up to $50 million in investment amid hopes that its “cultivated innovation” business model is getting closer to turning its first-ever profit. Following the template set by its predecessor, Xinova offers invention-on-demand services to corporates and start-ups in an array of industry sectors, including agriculture, biotech, food and beverages, IT and manufacturing. It Read more

Jack Ellis

26 Feb 2017

How to value a professional services firm in an M&A transaction

M&A activity has been at a high level in the accounting and law sectors for a number of years now; and the indications are that this trend is set to continue. For those who plan to sell, it is important to prepare the deal with a clear focus on the assets that are important to acquirers and which drive the value of the business. Here, Christof Binder, the co-founder of Trademark Comparables AG, a Swiss firm engaged in valuation support and comparable data, sets out what these are. Read more

Joff Wild

25 Feb 2017

The search for the 2017 IP Hall of Fame inductees continues

Many noteworthy individuals have been put forward for the honour of IP Hall of Fame 2017 induction since we opened the nomination process a couple of weeks ago.  However, if you have yet to submit the name of your IP hero, fear not - there’s still time!  Simply complete our confidential online form to put them in the running to be selected by the IP Hall of Fame Academy. You may nominate as many people as you wish and nominees can be living or deceased. However, Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

24 Feb 2017

It’s not often Google goes on the IP attack, so its suit against Uber is a very big deal

The lawsuit filed yesterday by the self-driving business of Google parent Alphabet against Uber and its subsidiaries Ottomotto and Otto Trucking, looks set to catapult trade secret protection and patent infringement back onto the front pages. With the numbers involved — last year Uber shelled out more than $600 million for the months-old Otto — the high profile of the technology in question, and the sheer level of alleged trade secret and IP appropriation espionage involved, Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Feb 2017

Acacia alumni NPE acquires Chinese patents amid growing enthusiasm about country’s licensing prospects

Texas-based NPE Longhorn IP announced this week that it has acquired a patent portfolio, including several China-only patent families, from a major Chinese telecoms company. Here is the firm’s statement on the deal: Longhorn IP announced [Monday] that its wholly-owned subsidiary Ox Mobile Technologies LLC has acquired a portfolio of patents from a major Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone manufacturer. The portfolio includes assets related to 4G/LTE with worldwide coverage, as Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Feb 2017

Lack of guidance means that the Supreme Court’s latest patent decision is all too familiar

Seven US Supreme Court justices issued their latest patent ruling yesterday in a case that may not have been awaited with the same level of expectancy as next month’s oral arguments in the venue selection case TC Heartland, but which nonetheless showed them sticking to form. As ever with this court it was a case of what wasn’t said as much as what was outlined in the decision. The case in question, Life Technologies Corp v Promega Corp, involved the supply of a single infringing Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Feb 2017

Foreign patent owners face big hurdles when seeking to get damage awards and licence fees out of China

IAM readers are probably aware that the Chinese government began taking major steps to stem the outflow of capital from the country last year as its foreign currency reserves fell near the $3 trillion mark and the yuan weakened significantly against the dollar. The measures may be working, as the amount of yuan leaving China has slowed significantly. But they’ve also had some unintended consequences on foreign litigants and licensors in the IP realm. The difficulties that have arisen Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Feb 2017

PTAB issues key decision over revolutionary CRISPR technology, but this tale is not over yet

The gene-editing tool CRISPR is in the process of transforming the life sciences industry. Perhaps not surprisingly with such a revolutionary technology still in its relative infancy, a dispute over patents between universities and research institutes that have been at the forefront of its development, erupted over just who owns some of the foundational IP. Last week in a closely watched decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of the Broad Institute, a non-profit Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Feb 2017

With one eye on the Asian market, Microsoft lends regional partners a helping hand in Philips suits

Microsoft recently filed a petition for inter partes review of a patent owned by Philips – one that is among several that the Dutch company is currently asserting in US district court against a number of Chinese, Taiwanese and US manufacturers.  As reported by Steve Brachmann over at the IP Watchdog blog yesterday, Microsoft filed a petition with the USPTO’s Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB) on 10th February seeking review of three claims of Philips’ US patent Read more

Jack Ellis

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