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20 Apr 2015

Don't be surprised if big technology companies are next to feel the PTAB heat from investors

Given the important role that it now plays in so much US patent litigation, it is easy to forget that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not yet three years old. Established in September 2012 under a provision of the America Invents Act, the PTAB not only handles appeals relating to examiner rejections, but also deals with cases in which third parties have petitioned for a review of USPTO grants – most frequently via inter partes reviews and, from time to time, the transitional Read more

Joff Wild

20 Apr 2015

The case for IP can only be fully made if its institutions are transparent and subject to independent oversight

With intellectual property under more scrutiny than it has ever been before, problems at three of the world’s top IP agencies could not have occurred at a worse time. The major controversies besetting both the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have been covered extensively on this blog; the one involving the US Patent and Trademark Office, less so. Essentially, it seems as if the USPTO has been remarkably lax in monitoring the output of its patent Read more

Joff Wild

17 Apr 2015

Inventergy’s difficulties say much about the current problems afflicting the licensing market

Alarm bells were recently set ringing about the future of public IP company (PIPCO) Inventergy when the following paragraph appeared on page 14 of its annual report: Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon our ability to generate profitable operations in the future and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet our obligations and repay our liabilities arising from normal business operations when they come due. We plan to continue to provide for our capital Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Apr 2015

An independent investigation of WIPO DG allegations halted last November; unclear when (or if) it will resume

An independent investigation into the allegations of serious misconduct made by former WIPO deputy director James Pooley against the UN agency’s Director General Francis Gurry was initiated last October, but stopped the following month, IAM can reveal. According to sources inside the WIPO secretariat and member state delegations, an external entity (thought to be KPMG) was appointed to look at the claims Pooley made in the Report of Misconduct (via The Register) he filed against Gurry in Read more

Joff Wild

17 Apr 2015

Europe and Asia controlled LED lighting landscape looks like fertile ground for patent licensing and litigation

Earlier this week, IAM reported on Philips' sale of the majority of its LED lighting unit Lumileds to a Chinese-led investment consortium. The deal - which is expected to complete during the third quarter of this year, subject to conditions and regulatory approval - will create one of the most formidable players in LED lighting. The technologies concerned have a range of potential applications across diverse industries; and, as such, many of the patents protecting them will likely Read more

Jack Ellis

16 Apr 2015

A match made in heaven – IPNav founder and high-tech unite to save current PTAB claim standard?

If there is one area of patent reform where most US legislators seem able to agree, it’s that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) use of the broadest reasonable claim interpretation standard in interpreting patent claims should be abandoned. The Innovation Act contains a provision to shift PTAB re-exam proceedings to the standard used at district court level, as does the STRONG Patents Act, the bill which has been introduced in the Senate. Given the consensus that is Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Apr 2015

With limited spare cash Xiaomi must play smart to grow its patent horde

Beijing-based robotics and transportation startup Ninebot has bought US competitor Segway – the manufacturer of the somewhat iconic, somewhat notorious, two-wheeled scooters known by the same name. Ninebot concurrently announced that a funding round had secured it $80 million from investors, including part-owner Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital, West Summit Capital and Shunwei Foundation (the latter being an investment vehicle affiliated with Xiaomi founder, chairman and CEO Lei Jun). Segway Inc Read more

Jack Ellis

14 Apr 2015

CIPO role could be up for grabs in Nokia/Alcatel hook-up

Nokia has not been far from the business pages in recent days with news first breaking that it was considering a sale of its maps business and then, this week, that it is in merger talks with Alcatel-Lucent. As both companies have undergone significant restructurings in the last few years, they have placed IP closer to the centre of their businesses and it seems inevitable that growing licensing revenues would be a focus if the deal goes ahead. Any combination of the two companies would Read more

Richard Lloyd

14 Apr 2015

Technicolor’s IP head poached by NPE; finance chief chosen as successor

Boris Teksler – current senior executive vice president and president of the Technology Business Group at Technicolor – has been appointed chief executive officer at Nevada-based NPE Unwired Planet. He will take up his new position on 1st June. Teksler joined Technicolor to head up its research and development, IP protection and IP monetisation activities just shy of two years ago, after having served as head of patent licensing and strategy at Apple. Prior to that, he was at Read more

Jack Ellis

13 Apr 2015

Philips LED deal shows that Chinese investors, as well as corporates, see the strategic power of IP assets

IAM readers keeping tabs on the LED industry will likely be aware of the recently announced deal which will see Philips sell the majority of its Lumileds lighting components unit to Chinese-led investment consortium GO Scale Capital for $3.3 billion. Philips will hand over an 80.1% stake in Lumileds – which was originally formed as a joint venture between the Dutch company and Agilent Technologies in 1999, before being wholly acquired by the former six years later – while Read more

Jack Ellis

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