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02 May 2016

There'll be big ticket disputes in the auto sector, but thermonuclear war is not going to break out

With the smartphone patent wars all but finished, a US Supreme Court case notwithstanding, the search for the next big patent choke point is well and truly on. Arguments have been made for possible large-scale conflicts in sectors such as medtech, fintech, wearables, the cloud and the internet of things, but perhaps the most persistently forecast arena for a major conflab is the auto industry. People look at increasing technological convergence, not to mention the rush to develop driverless Read more

Joff Wild

02 May 2016

Korea’s edge in fintech patents may translate to more opportunities in monetisation drive

A recent article by the CEO of a financial technology company claims that patent assertion in the field is on the rise, with PAEs behind much of the activity. Looking at the filing activity in the area, it is clearly a dynamic one, which is something that I think a lot of IP market observers realise. What they may not realise, however, is that banks and other companies from Korea have built up some of the most formidable patent portfolios in fintech. This could be an important future element Read more

Jacob Schindler

29 Apr 2016

Would the Bass and Spangenberg ‘invest and invalidate’ strategy work with Chinese patents?

Since teaming up with former IPNav CEO Erich Spangenberg to launch their first US inter partes review (IPR) in February last year – challenging a pharmaceutical dosage-related patent owned by Acorda Therapeutics – Kyle Bass has become one of the IP business world’s highest-profile players. Whether he should primarily be seen as antagonist, protagonist or the antihero somewhere in-between depends on your point of view. What is certain is that the validity actions being pursued Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Apr 2016

Ericsson reveals the identity of its new chief IP officer

Gustav Brismark has been appointed as Ericsson’s new chief intellectual property officer. He takes over from Kasim Alfalahi, whose departure to run a new IoT licensing platforn was revealed earlier this year, and will formally assume his new position on 1st July. The news was made public in a wider announcement about organisational and structural changes at the Swedish company. Brismark has been a long-time, high-profile member of the Ericsson IP team, having joined the Read more

Joff Wild

28 Apr 2016

Some say foreign IP litigation is on the rise in China, others say it's down; but the Chinese seem to want more

Is “foreign-related” IP litigation in China a significant and growing part of the docket; or is it a tiny and shrinking share of nationwide IP disputes? Could both be true? As Mark Cohen’s China IPR blog points out in its helpful analysis of the latest annual judicial IP white paper released by the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), it very much depends on what data you look at and how you interpret it. Even for veteran China-watchers, the call is not a straightforward one; Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Apr 2016

Three recent Federal Circuit decisions that will have an impact on US patent monetisation strategies

The US courts issue any number of decisions each year that have an impact on patent owners and their ability to generate value from the rights they hold. Currently, the Cuozzo case is grabbing everyone’s attention, but there are some recent Federal Circuit judgments that also merit consideration. Chicago-based Global IP Law Group has identified three such, all of which have been handed down this year. Here they are: Lexmark International Inc v Impression Products Inc (2016 WL 559042 Read more

Joff Wild

26 Apr 2016

New IP Bridge suit highlights how sovereign patent funds have entered a new phase in their development

Japanese sovereign patent fund (SPF) operator IP Bridge kicked off its third litigation campaign last week, this time filing suit against Californian semiconductor company OmniVision Technologies in the US district of Delaware. The lawsuit follows on from earlier cases filed against China’s TCL – also in the District of Delaware – and Broadcom, in the Eastern District of Texas. OmniVision – which specialises in developing image sensor chips – is alleged to Read more

Jack Ellis

25 Apr 2016

The Cuozzo case comes to town today and all eyes are on the US Supreme Court

Today the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in one of the most eagerly anticipated patent cases it has dealt with over the last few years. At stake in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee are two key issues: 1. Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that, in IPR proceedings, the Board may construe claims in an issued patent according to their broadest reasonable interpretation rather than their plain and ordinary meaning. 2. Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that, even Read more

Joff Wild

25 Apr 2016

As semiconductor patent filing slows in China, upstarts may turn to acquisitions

Last week, the EE Times published a piece of research headlined “China’s chip patent growth may be short lived”. Drawing on information collected by IFI Claims Patent Services, it looks at State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) filings by Chinese entities, and calls attention to the fact that with grants growing more quickly than applications, the domestic industry’s generation of intellectual property at home may be plateauing. The prospect of slowing chip patenting Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Apr 2016

Microsoft reports patent revenues decline and may have to look to Asia to plug the gap

A significant nugget of information was included in Microsoft’s third-quarter financial results, which were announced by the company today: Windows revenue decreased $292 million or 7%, mainly due to lower revenue from patent licensing and Windows OEM. Patent licensing revenue decreased 26%, due to a decline in licensed units and license revenue per unit. Microsoft does not release lined-out licensing numbers, but some have estimated that the company could be making as much as $6 Read more

Jack Ellis

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