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01 Sep 2015

“That’s the Silicon Valley in me” – why Unwired Planet’s new CEO took the risky decision to jump ship to an NPE

It has been three months since Boris Teksler took over as CEO and president of Unwired Planet. After a career that has included stints at HP, Apple and, most recently, Technicolor, his move to an NPE, particularly in the current challenging climate, took many people by surprise. On 25th August the firm announced preliminary results for the financial year ending 30th June 2015. A loss of close to $42 million showed the extent of the task that Teksler faces. Like many NPEs in the Read more

Richard Lloyd

31 Aug 2015

Another signal that India is becoming more receptive to software patents

Two subject areas have long dominated critiques of the Indian patent system by foreign (and especially US) companies and government bodies: pharmaceuticals and software.  But, the recent release of new guidelines for the examination of computer related inventions (CRIs) by the Indian Patent office (IPO) provides the latest sign that the country may be headed in a more software-friendly direction. That has the potential to affect not just filing activity in the country, but also Read more

Jacob Schindler

28 Aug 2015

Following hook-up with Uniloc, Marathon becomes the latest NPE to explore commercialisation + licensing

There was much discussion on Marathon Patent Group’s call last week with investors to mark the announcement of its second quarter results. Earlier in the month the company had announced that it was merging with fellow NPE Uniloc in a deal that will create a business with a portfolio of 662 patents and licensing revenues of $37.5 million for the last 12 months. That deal may come to be seen as one of the first moves in a period of consolidation among NPEs as they look to grow their Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Aug 2015

Microsoft and Nokia speak to IAM on Korean competition regulator’s approval of mobile deal

Both Microsoft and Nokia have responded to the blog we ran yesterday on the decision by Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to give the green light to Microsoft’s €5.4 billion-plus acquisition of the Finnish company's mobile devices and services unit, which completed in April last year, if certain conditions were met. According to Korean English-language newswire BusinessKorea, these conditions included some level of agreement from Microsoft that it would not seek Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Aug 2015

Big pharma scores first victory in IPR battle with Bass and Spangenberg, but the war is far from over

As anyone keeping score will know it’s currently big pharma 2 – Kyle Bass/Erich Spangenberg 0. The decision earlier this week by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) not to institute inter partes reviews of two patents owned by pharmaceutical company Acorda undoubtedly comes as a blow to the hedge fund investor and IP licensing expert, who have been behind the patent story of the year. But we are also still only in the opening chapters of this story. The pair have filed more Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Aug 2015

Microsoft’s Android licensing bonanza may be on downward trajectory after Korean Nokia deal approval

NOTE: After publication of the blog below we received comments from both Microsoft and Nokia clarifying certain issues. You can access these in a story we published on 28th August. Some parts of the blog below have also been amended to reflect the comments received from the two companies. Following 21 months of review, South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) this week gave its stamp of approval to Microsoft’s €5.4 billion-plus (over $7.2 billion) takeover of Read more

Jack Ellis

06 Aug 2015

Amazon cloud contract IP warning tops most read blogs of the year so far list as we take a summer break

After a very busy seven months, the IAM blog is now taking its annual summer break. We’ll be back reporting on 27th August. For those of you not enjoying a holiday this month, here are a few stats to chew on. According to Google Analytics we have had 77,107 unique users since 1st January, who between them have visited us 138,254 times. The top 10 countries for visitors are (in order): 1. The US; 2. The UK; 3. Canada; 4. Germany; 5. India; 6. Japan; 7. The Netherlands; 8. South Korea; 9. Read more

Joff Wild

04 Aug 2015

An SEP licensing system with no rules has no future, says IEEE Standards Board executive

In a wide-ranging interview, Konstantinos Karachalios, the managing director of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), has explained why he feels the changes made earlier this year to the IEEE-SA’s patent policy, were essential to the future stability of licensing worldwide. Speaking to the IAM blog Karachalios insisted: “This is about the dynamics of the entire system and a system with no rules has no future and the system where the rules are totally ambiguous has no Read more

Richard Lloyd

04 Aug 2015

“Thank you Tesla for opening up your patents”: the Chinese company that might test Elon Musk’s IP views

Last week, the automotive press was abuzz – and more than a little puzzled – over the debut of the Youxia X, a Chinese-built electric vehicle (EV) with what appears to be an eclectic set of influences. Most prominent is that of the Tesla Model S: the sedan has been described variously as a ‘clone’, ‘copycat’ and ‘rip-off’ of the US company's best-selling model. While closer scrutiny of the start-up suggests that it is not Read more

Jacob Schindler

03 Aug 2015

After being opposed for so long, Spain could be about to change its mind on joining the UPC

A new Spanish patent act will come into force on 1st April 2017, following its recent publication in the country’s Official Gazette. There is a detailed look at all the major provisions in the legislation over on the PatLit blog, but what looks to be the most significant change is that, for first time ever, a substantive examination will be required before the grant of a patent in Spain. Up until now, examination has been optional, meaning that only around 10% of applicants bothered with Read more

Joff Wild

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