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21 Nov 2017

Tough market realities confront RPX and other service providers that are eyeing China expansion

On a recent quarterly earnings call, RPX CEO Marty Roberts told analysts that the firm is looking to expand its presence in China in 2018. The exact dimensions of the aggregator’s planned investment aren’t known as of yet, but when you speak with senior IP executives inside Chinese companies one thing becomes clear very quickly: saying you want to be in China and actually being there are two very different things. If RPX really does want to take advantage of the opportunities the Read more

Bing Zhao

20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the right to sublicense a broad range of BlackBerry patents to a majority of global smartphone manufacturers”. BlackBerry will retain ownership of a portfolio “of approximately 40,000 patents and applications” and operate Read more

Joff Wild

20 Nov 2017

Shenzhen customs authorities go to bat for Huawei & ZTE by blocking export of 260,000 patent-infringing products

According to a report from Xinhua news agency, a special IP enforcement campaign is being undertaken by customs authorities at a national level in China. One particular initiative, in the high-tech hub of Shenzhen, is of particular interest given what kinds of goods are apparently being targeted and on whose behalf. A short item in English from last week notes that the special campaign, which China Daily calls Longteng but is more colourfully translated as “Soaring Dragon”, has Read more

Jacob Schindler

17 Nov 2017

“I have serious concerns about where the patent system is heading,” Senator Coons tells IAM event

Earlier this week we held our third annual Patent Law and Policy event in Washington DC. With the approach to patents in the new administration slowly taking shape, the Supreme Court continuing to have its say in key areas, the PTAB celebrating five years of activity and investors in the patent space grappling with the culture of uncertainty, there was a huge amount for panelists and delegates to discuss. One of our keynote speakers was Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Nov 2017

Patent activity around batteries heats up as LG Chem and Japan’s Toray team up against Chinese competitor

Massive government subsidies have led to a huge amount of activity in China’s electric vehicle sector. But key foreign suppliers like LG Chem have faced obstacles in the country as official policies favour local firms. Now, the Korean company and its Japanese partner Toray have filed a US patent suit and an ITC complaint seeking to keep one of these Chinese firms out of the US market. But that is just one of the signs that patent activity in the battery field may be Read more

Jacob Schindler

16 Nov 2017

US antitrust chief speech “marks a major pro-IP and pro-innovator shift in DOJ policy”

In a speech that signalled a new approach inside the US government with regards to the interplay between antitrust and IP, the Department of Justice’s antitrust head Makan Delrahim has called for greater scrutiny of hold-out in licensing negotiations and criticised the current inability of holders of standard essential patents (SEPs) to get injunctions. Delrahim, who was confirmed by the Senate in late September and is the first head of the DOJ’s competition watchdog to be a Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Nov 2017

AstraZeneca promises more partnerships after Q3 results vindicate CEO’s patent deals strategy

After revealing that patent-based deals had helped to shore up its revenues and boost core operating profits in the third quarter of 2017, AstraZeneca has said it will continue its controversial strategy of selling stakes in and offering licences to many of its innovative medicines. The apparent vindication of the Anglo-Swedish outfit’s approach may cause other pharmaceutical innovators facing steep patent cliffs to look more closely at the transactional opportunities available to Read more

Adam Houldsworth

16 Nov 2017

China’s 4G-LTE landscape looks very different from the global picture, and Huawei is the chief beneficiary

A new report on the global patent landscape for 4G-LTE technologies confirms that Qualcomm possesses a commanding position with its SEP portfolio, even as Asian challengers continue to increase their collective slice of the pie. But filings in jurisdictions like China and South Korea are growing faster than those in the US, and the dynamics there are markedly different. The analysis was prepared by iRunway, a provider of patent licensing and litigation support, and it encompasses 171,208 Read more

Jacob Schindler

14 Nov 2017

In what looks to be a first for the PTAB, Saudi Arabia's national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival

The world’s largest oil and gas company Saudi Aramco has filed an inter partes review (IPR) against a Korean petrochemical business in what is a highly unusual move by one of the energy majors. The Saudi national oil giant, which produces 12.5 million barrels per day, has brought the IPR against SK Innovation, which started life as the Korea Oil Company before morphing into a broad-based energy and chemicals business. The patent in question, number 9,023,979, relates to a method of Read more

Richard Lloyd

14 Nov 2017

Deals with Fujifilm and an NPE suggest recently-reorganised Maxell is focused on patent profit

Last month, the company previously known as Hitachi Maxell formally dropped ‘Hitachi’ from its name amid a corporate re-structuring. As the Osaka-based business promotes its more streamlined focuses, recent assignments suggest that patent transactions and litigations will continue to play a role in its corporate re-invention. Among the segments Maxell no longer operates in is magnetic tape cartridges. Once one of the most recognisable products under the Maxell brand, Read more

Jacob Schindler

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