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28 Apr 2017

InterTrust CEO sees Patent Shield hook-up with Google as means to get edge in its VC operation

There have been several attempts in recent years to use patents to help start-ups protect themselves from possible infringement lawsuits. In 2015, for example, Google launched its Patent Starter Program which offered two patent families to 50 early stage companies as well as free membership of the License on Transfer Network. In the same year, Dominion Harbor launched an IP bank to acquire patents and seed them into start-ups, while in 2014 the NPE Spherix announced a programme designed to Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Apr 2017

Foreign companies stand to benefit from Singapore's new $1 billion IP-focused fund

The Singaporean government has reinforced its strong IP credentials with the establishment of a S$1 billion (US$718 million) public-private investment fund that will target “high-growth companies with strong IP and proven business models”. According to a press release, the Makara Innovation Fund (MIF) is “Southeast Asia’s first private equity investment fund that sources IP-driven companies internationally and capitalises on cross-border regional Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Apr 2017

Big tech pins hopes on Lee, but private practice candidates enter frame for USPTO Director job

Since the start of the year there has been much discussion over who might be named the next director of the USPTO, with Obama appointee Michelle Lee holding the fort while candidates are vetted and interviewed. Among those under consideration are ex-Johnson & Johnson IP head Phil Johnson, former chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Rader and a handful of private practice lawyers. What has not been clear is just who tech’s choice might be, but Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Apr 2017

China's emergence as a key patent litigation hub poses challenges for its companies

China is already arguably one of the three most important countries when it comes to patent enforcement and most signs point toward continued growth in litigation. For multinationals who have long struggled to protect their IP rights here, the developments of the past couple of years have been overwhelmingly positive. But for local Chinese companies, the risk/reward question is slightly more complex. Tuesday’s IPBC China was held in Beijing, so naturally there was plenty of discussion Read more

Jacob Schindler

25 Apr 2017

Auto industry seeks to build pressure on Trump administration over the patent and anti-trust nexus

A group of tech companies and advocacy groups have joined forces with members of the auto industry to write to President Trump expressing their concern over what they claim are anti-competitive licensing practices by some owners of standard essential patents (SEPs). They have also urged the new administration to let the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) case against Qualcomm “run its course without prejudice or political interference”. The letter comes at a time when the Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Apr 2017

Conversant picks up patents from top Korean vendor

Conversant has acquired a patent portfolio from Korean chipmaker Dongbu HiTek, USPTO assignments records reveal. This represents the privately-held Canadian NPE’s second significant purchase from an Asia-Pacific based operating company in recent months – and may be a sign of things to come as the ‘public IP company’ (PIPCO) model founders. According to USPTO data, Conversant was assigned 29 US patent assets by Seoul-based semiconductor foundry Dongbu HiTek and its Read more

Jack Ellis

24 Apr 2017

We need to change the way we talk about IP; it's value, not law, that's key - says Singapore agency chief

As part of their conference package, delegates at tomorrow’s IPBC China event here in Beijing will be receiving the third issue of our Chinese-language magazine, which just hit my desk last week. Alongside translations of some of our most popular recent IAM features – such as the annual Market Makers list and a detailed analysis of the state of play in the US brokered patent market – there’s a significant amount of totally original content. One of these is an Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Apr 2017

As PTAB numbers spike Facebook has become one of the most active filers

There has been much to pick over from the litigation data for the first quarter of this year. There was the ongoing fall in the number of new cases which has dropped to levels not seen since 2011. There was also a notable spike in activity at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which according to analysis from Unified Patents made it the most active quarter ever with 561 reviews filed. One perhaps less noticed finding from Unified’s report was the appearance of Facebook among Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Apr 2017

DSS litigation campaign using Intellectual Discovery patents is a watershed moment for both companies

Document Security Systems (DSS) has filed lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas alleging infringement of LED-related patents acquired from Intellectual Discovery. The assertion campaign - and its eventual outcome - could represent a major test not just for the embattled publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) model, but also for sovereign patent funds (SPFs) and third-party IP litigation funding at a time when pure-play patent monetisation has become riskier than ever before. DSS – Read more

Jack Ellis

20 Apr 2017

Qualcomm reveals $150 million dispute with licensee as it provides more detail on Apple lawsuit

There was plenty to discuss yesterday on Qualcomm’s call with analysts concerning the company’s latest quarterly results. On the positive side the company is in the final stages of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and reported that it is seeing strong sales in China, a market where it has had some well-publicised problems. But throughout the call there was an Apple sized cloud hanging over the discussions as the company updated its position in its high-profile dispute with Read more

Richard Lloyd

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