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26 Jul 2017

Early bird discount expires this Friday for IAM's annual patent licensing event in San Francisco

The early bird booking deadline will expire on Friday for the third Patent Licensing: the Business of Responsible Deal-making conference IAM is hosting on 20th September at the Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco. We are just finalising a top class speaking faculty for a programme that will focus on key issues in what remains a very challenging transactions market for patent owners. Delegates at the event will have the opportunity to take part in thought-provoking Read more

Joff Wild

25 Jul 2017

Big name Hilco hire shows semiconductor patent action hotting up thanks to 5G and the IoT

Hilco IP Merchant Banking, the advisory and investment platform formed last year by former Ocean Tomo executive Michael Friedman and ex-Rockstar head John Veschi, has made a key hire from Broadcom as it looks to expand its monetisation expertise into the semiconductor space. The hire is the latest indication that the chip industry is becoming increasingly active in terms of IP value creation. Sailesh Merchant is joining Hilco’s IP group as chief technology officer for semiconductors Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Jul 2017

Firms like us may be active in China, says NPE CEO litigating there, but "trolls" are not likely to thrive

One of several active NPE suits in China we’re following involves Apple and an entity named GPNE, who took their US dispute all the way to the Federal Circuit in an eventual win for the iPhone maker. Now, in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, Hawaii-based GPNE is asking a court to award it $130 million in damages – an unprecedented sum by Chinese standards. A few weeks ago, GPNE CEO Edwin Wong recounted some experiences of how the Chinese trial had gone so far. He confirmed Read more

Jacob Schindler

24 Jul 2017

Interim royalties may soon be a regular feature of Chinese patent litigation, and implementers will set the price

The legal environment around SEP and FRAND issues is developing very rapidly in China, and a new set of guidelines released by the Beijing Higher People's Court adds yet more new ideas to the mix. In some areas, the document borrows from overseas principles like those set forth in the ECJ's Huawei v ZTE decision, while in others it appears to show more deference to implementers - a strong constituency in China, of course. The guidelines provide official insight into how Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Jul 2017

Leading corporate IPR filers like Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and LG have very different outcomes

Five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) came into force one of the defining elements of the US patent market has been the degree to which major operating companies have used inter partes reviews (IPRs) to challenge patents that are being asserted against them. The zeal with which the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google have turned to the PTAB has meant that IPR proceedings have been far more popular than anyone predicted. But how do the leading filers compare in terms of Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Jul 2017

The Japan Patent Office outlines goals for coming year as first woman commissioner takes over

This month Naoko Munakata was announced as the new commissioner of the Japan Patent Office, replacing the retiring Yoshinori Komiya. While their short terms of tenure mean most JPO commissioners have a limited policy impact, the organisation’s recently published goals for the next fiscal year suggest that reforms will continue apace over the coming months, and will increasingly touch areas including IP finance. Until taking the reins at the JPO on July 5th, Munakata was executive Read more

Jacob Schindler

20 Jul 2017

First CRISPR patent pool signs up key patent owner, but significant challenges remain

The end of June was the deadline to submit patents for inclusion in a potential new pool, organised by MPEG LA, that will focus on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. MPEG LA is the administrator behind the wildly successful MPEG-2 video compression pool that launched 20 years ago. Among those to submit their IP for possible inclusion in the pool was the Broad Institute, the research organisation that has been one of the CRISPR/Cas9 pioneers. Broad co-owns 22 relevant US and European Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Jul 2017

“Infringers will pay a heavy price,” says China's President Xi in call for further IP reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping made rare public comments about the country’s IP reform efforts on Monday. Addressing the National Financial Work Conference, Xi called for strengthened intellectual property rights protection and more stringent punishment for infringement. The National Financial Work Conference, which convenes every five years, sets the tone and high-level policies for China’s financial regulations and reforms. It also offers policy guidance for the upcoming 19th Read more

Bing Zhao

18 Jul 2017

FTC head criticises application of US antitrust laws against owners of standards essential patents

While patent owners in the US in recent years have become accustomed to change in the legal environment courtesy of the Supreme Court and Congress, some have also had to contend with the much broader application of competition laws by local antitrust authorities. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken a lead role in actively policing the licensing activities of standard essential patent (SEP) holders, starting with Rambus in the mid-2000s and most recently with its investigation into Read more

Richard Lloyd

18 Jul 2017

Coverage, cloud and calls to the C-suite: Xiaomi IP strategy head on what drove deal with Nokia

Two weeks ago, Nokia and Xiaomi announced a patent cross-licence and transfer deal. To sum up, Xiaomi continued its effort to buy third-party patents, Nokia has gotten an important validation for its portfolio in China’s crucial implementer ecosystem, and the two sides will collaborate on a range of business projects. I caught up with Paul Lin, who led the negotiations for Xiaomi, and he shared some additional detail on how and why the deal happened, and what it means for both sides on a Read more

Jacob Schindler

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