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03 Aug 2016

Brexit leads the way in the IAM blog reads rankings for the first seven months of the year

The IAM blog is taking its annual August break in order to recharge its batteries after what has been a pretty relentless first seven months of the year. To keep you entertained while we are away, following is a list of the 20 most read stories on the blog in 2016 so far, in descending order of popularity. The reads reflect the fact that these days the IP market extends way beyond the US, with events in both Europe and China of huge interest to our readership. Brexit, not surprisingly, has Read more

Joff Wild

02 Aug 2016

Blackberry enters second phase of its patent monetisation push with Texas suit against Avaya

Blackberry seems to be entering a new phase of its patent monetisation programme with the initiation of litigation against Avaya in the Northern District of Texas. In a suit, which was filed on 27th July, Blackberry alleges that the Santa Clara-based company has infringed eight of its US patents relating to various mobile communications technologies. They are numbers 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and 737296, which were originally filed as applications at the Read more

Joff Wild

01 Aug 2016

Volvo's IP revolution and an inside look at the growing European patent market lead the way in IAM 79

Issue 79 of IAM has now been published and is available to subscribers online. The cover story focuses on Volvo, one of Europe’s iconic auto brands and a company that filed its first patent application nearly 70 years ago. Back in 2014, though, the management decided that a complete re-engineering of its IP strategy was necessary in order to align it more effectively with overall business objectives. Jens Bordin, the CEO of Konsert Strategy & IP, was brought in to help drive (no Read more

Joff Wild

31 Jul 2016

Spectacular Technicolor licensing performance shows that the monetisation market is far from dead

At times, it might seem as if building a patent licensing business is a thankless task: the environment often looks so anti-patent that it becomes hard to see just where deals are going to come from. In those moments of doom and gloom, though, it is worth remembering that plenty of agreements are still being made and that there are a number of patent owners who are doing very well out of them. Take Technicolor, for example. Last Wednesday, the Paris-based media and entertainment technology Read more

Joff Wild

29 Jul 2016

A closer look at the busiest month of patent litigation on record

Last November saw a huge spike in new patent case filings as plaintiffs brought lawsuits before new, more detailed pleading standards came into effect on 1st December. That led to 847 cases being filed, far in excess of typical monthly numbers – something that helped to make 2015 the second busiest on record. According to Lex Machina, since then 570 of those 847 have been terminated, with 277 or about one-third still on the books. That might sound as if a lot have drawn to a close, Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Jul 2016

There’s less than meets the eye to university tech transfer in China, but the sector is ripe with opportunity

The latest slogan embraced by policymakers working on China’s IP development is that the nation needs to move from being a “big IP country” to being a “strong IP country”. That, of course, means less emphasis on just owning large quantities of patents and more emphasis on exploiting them. The government’s latest strategy document, released this month by the State Council, acknowledges that one of the biggest areas where this needs to happen is in the Read more

Jacob Schindler

28 Jul 2016

Visa leads the way in US mobile payments patents, but application numbers are down post-Alice

Visa owns the largest US patent portfolio covering inventions relating to mobile payments, according to research undertaken by CPA Global for IAM. With 3.2% of all patents in the space, the company is just ahead of second placed Qualcomm, which holds 3.1%. The top five is completed by MasterCard, SK Telecom and Google’s parent company Alphabet. Between them they own 13% of mobile payments patents; while the top 20 patentees, which also includes Microsoft and Amazon, own 28%. The analysis Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Jul 2016

In first public remarks, new JPO commissioner heralds patent transfer and licensing as future of Japanese industry

The new man in charge at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) this week addressed the world IP community for the first time, and his comments signaled that the use of patents to generate revenue will continue to be pushed from the highest levels of government in the country. Yoshinori Komiya was appointed to the post on June 17th, replacing the retiring Hitoshi Ito. The new commissioner’s remarks emphasised the need to adapt to new paradigms in the IP field, suggesting that the changes in how Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Jul 2016

After $4.8 billion core business sale to Verizon, Yahoo! CEO seeks to flush out patent buyers

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer held out the possibility of the company becoming one of the largest non-practising entities in the world on a conference call with analysts yesterday. Her comments came shortly after it was confirmed that Verizon was buying the fallen internet giant’s core business for $4.83 billion. While that deal will involve the bulk of Yahoo!’s traditional business, it does not involve the Excalibur patent portfolio, a stockpile of around 2,700 assets that the Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Jul 2016

Market conditions may force changes, but we’re ready for China opportunities, says Transpacific CEO

These are difficult times for patent owners, as well as the firms that service them. The pinch is being felt far beyond the United States which, with a string of recent Supreme Court decisions, legislative reforms and a general sway towards anti-patent sentiment in politics and the press, is seen as the primary source of the malady.   Like most whose business models rely on the buying, selling and licensing of patent assets, Singapore-based, Asia-Pacific-focused Transpacific IP Read more

Jack Ellis

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