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20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence challenges, US optimism, UPC doubts and much more: Day Two of IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market over the next year in asdvance of us all coming together once more next June for IPBC Global 2018 in San Francisco. North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC) get Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Jun 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights of what took place in the plenaries and breakouts, as well as all the gossip from the conference fringes, are IAM’s North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC). Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Jun 2017

IPBC Global 2017 gets down to business today in Ottawa, here are some highlights from previous years

The plenary and breakout sessions for this year’s IPBC Global get underway in Ottawa in less than two hours’ time. The 500+ delegates attending the event are going to have access to a speaking faculty composed of many of the most innovative thinkers in the IP business space, including senior operating company decision-makers, NPE executives, policy makers, top third-party strategists and private practitioners. They’ll be looking at issues as diverse as convergence, the patent Read more

Joff Wild

18 Jun 2017

As it celebrates its 10th birthday, much has changed at IPBC Global; some things, though, have stayed the same

At 5.30 pm EST on Sunday, IPBC Global – the annual conference that brings together the world’s IP value creation elite – gets underway in Ottawa with an opening reception at the Fairmont Hotel just across the road from the main event venue – the Shaw conference centre. The Canadian capital is looking in fine shape as it gears up for the big celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary, which takes place on 1st July, Canada Day. This year is also a special Read more

Joff Wild

17 Jun 2017

Intel issues IP warning to rivals as semiconductor sector continues to heat up

Late last week Intel marked the 40th birthday of its first x86 microprocessor with a blog post from the company’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, and Richard A. Uhlig, director of systems and software research. The pair explained the significance of the x86’s birth; it paved the way for modern PCs and, as they wrote, “literally changed the world”. It was certainly a landmark worth noting. But what stands out from the pair’s post and got parts of the tech Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Jun 2017

Leanne in as global patent licensing chief at Technicolor after Patel takes CIPO job at TiVo

Yesterday was a busy day for both TiVo and Technicolor. First off, it was announced that Arvin Patel – the chief IP officer at Technicolor – is to leave the Paris-based company to become chief IP officer at Tivo; then later in the day IAM learned from sources inside Technicolor that Deirdre Leanne had been appointed the head of its global patent licensing operation with immediate effect – essentially taking over much of Patel's role. Leanne, who joined Read more

Joff Wild

16 Jun 2017

Qualcomm JV in China sparks criticism as domestic players jockey for chip technology

Many joint ventures in China are announced to great fanfare, but few provoke open criticism. Foreign companies enter into these agreements because they want to grow their business in the country with the help of a local partner – they are calibrated to avoid controversy and get on with business. So it was somewhat unusual when Qualcomm’s most recently announced partnership elicited a pointed response from a major figure in the country’s chip industry. The San Diego Read more

Jacob Schindler

15 Jun 2017

As PTAB nears its fifth birthday the “death squads” have more than just NPEs in their sights

In September, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) officially celebrates its fifth birthday. Depending on your point of view, this is either a cause for much celebration or consternation. Whichever side of the argument you fall on, though, there’s no doubt that the PTAB has had a significant impact on US litigation strategies, patent values and the sleep patterns of many patent owners. With the PTAB’s forthcoming anniversary in mind, the data analytics team at Lex Machina Read more

Richard Lloyd

15 Jun 2017

E Ink and Huawei latest Asian companies to go shopping for AT&T patents

Assignment records indicate that the last six months have seen AT&T continue to record a steady stream of patent assignments to other operating companies. Huawei and E Ink are the latest members of the IAM Asia IP Elite to acquire assets from the telecoms giant, with E Ink appearing to be a first-time customer. Huawei appears to have purchased patents from AT&T for the first time back in February, when it picked up six US patents related to OFDM systems. It followed up that Read more

Jacob Schindler

13 Jun 2017

The Oil States IPR case could be one of those rare instances where SCOTUS sides with the CAFC

As the patent community in the US continues to come to terms with the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland, the next term at the country’s highest court is already shaping up to be at least as consequential for IP stakeholders. Yesterday, SCOTUS granted cert in Oil States Energy Services v Greene’s Energy Group - a case that focuses on the constitutionality of inter partes reviews (IPRs). The issue identified by the nine justices is this: Read more

Richard Lloyd

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