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20 Jan 2017

FTC sets its sights on Qualcomm, but as Trump takes over making anything stick will be another matter

After an investigation lasting more than two years, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Qualcomm on Tuesday over what it alleges are the chipmaker’s anti-competitive practices in the supply of its baseband processors and the licensing of its patent portfolio. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California, is the latest example of Qualcomm’s licensing practices being placed under the microscope by regulators around the world. The Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Jan 2017

Samsung taps Kudelski’s licensing prowess to push wider adoption of content security technology

Samsung Electronics and Kudelski Group are teaming up to license content security technology that they have developed together, marking what may be a first step in a radical new direction for the Korean company in terms of monetising its IP assets. Kudelski unit NAGRA announced earlier this month that it would be establishing a new corporate body with Samsung to license their co-developed TVkey solution to home entertainment industry stakeholders. TVkey allows consumers to sign up for paid Read more

Jack Ellis

19 Jan 2017

Michelle Lee set to remain as Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office under the Trump administration

Well-placed sources have told IAM that the USPTO could announce as early as today that Michelle Lee will continue as the agency's director under the Trump administration when the new President takes office following his inauguration tomorrow. If confirmed, the reappointment would not be subject to approval from the Senate. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that Lee might be angling to keep her job after she declined to rule out the possibility of remaining in Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Jan 2017

State-led innovation success story for China is also a warning on trade secrets protection

Last week Chinese media trumpeted an apparent victory for government-led innovation, as a steel firm revealed that it has mastered the process of manufacturing ballpoint pen tips. Largely celebrated in China, the announcement has generated debate over the country’s model of using state-funded entities to encourage technology development in technological fields deemed strategically important. But it is also sheds light on why trade secrets is a crucial element of IP strategy in China. Read more

Jacob Schindler

17 Jan 2017

Two big moves announced last week reflect a licensing market on the move

Last week this blog broke the news about two big moves in the patent licensing market. First up we reported that Peter Detkin had become a senior adviser at Sherpa Technology Group the IP consultancy set up by Kevin Rivette and formerly known as 3LP Advisors. We followed that with a story about former Microsoft licensing supremo Nick Psyhogeos striking out on his own with an IP and commercial negotiations consulting practice. As one of the key figures in putting together the software Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Jan 2017

Huawei’s SEP licensing drive turns into clash of the telecom titans as Ericsson steps in with Nokia

After launching a series of standard-essential patent (SEP) suits against T-Mobile USA in the Eastern District of Texas last year, Huawei now finds itself under attack on multiple fronts from the US company’s suppliers. Nokia’s Solutions & Networks unit (NSN) has followed up its two July countersuits by filing several requests for inter partes review of Huawei’s patents; while Ericsson has recently entered the fray on the side of T-Mobile. Last week, NSN and T-Mobile Read more

Jack Ellis

16 Jan 2017

Patents and know-how power new GE move into China battery market

For US technology companies doing business in China, joint venture arrangements are perennially near the top of the list of IP concerns. The common perception is that increased pressure on foreign partners to transfer technology to local partners is a major lever used by Chinese authorities during periods of greater protectionism. With the short-term future of the Sino-American trade relationship uncertain to say the least, JV tech transfer is an issue that’s sure to stay relevant in the Read more

Jacob Schindler

15 Jan 2017

Licensing income a stand-out success in what was generally a poor 2016 for Technicolor

Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose has probably not had the best of weekends. On Thursday, the Paris-based entertainment technology company issued a warning that EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) for financial year 2016 is likely to come in at €565 million – significantly less than the €600 million to €635 million that had been anticipated at the end of the third quarter. The shortfall has been caused almost entirely by lower sales than Read more

Joff Wild

13 Jan 2017

The biggest US patent litigation targets see a big drop off in cases in 2016

The headline numbers for the 2016 litigation year in the US were out last week and showed a big drop in the total number of new patent infringement cases. According to Unified Patents there were 4,382 new cases, a drop of almost 25% on the 2015 figure. That is the lowest level since 2011 when the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force and new joinder rules had a significant inflationary effect on litigation volume. RPX also released some stats and included a numbers of interesting data Read more

Richard Lloyd

13 Jan 2017

Asian brokers made a patent market breakthrough in 2016, signalling future growth potential

The most recent issue of IAM features our annual appraisal of the past year’s brokered patent market, put together by Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver and Michael Costa of ROL Group. Subscribers can read the full article here. The bottom line, according to the authors, is that while the marketplace for patent assets hit a low ebb in 2016 – with overall market value estimated at $165 million, around a third less than the previous year – it remains “robust and Read more

Jack Ellis

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