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29 May 2016

The world's leading private practice patent lawyers and attorneys identified in this year's IAM Patent 1000

The fifth edition of the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals is now out and available as a fully searchable, free-to-access online resource. The publication identifies and profiles leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. It is unique in being a one-stop shop that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, as well Read more

Joff Wild

27 May 2016

We will be a very different company in three years’ time, says Spherix CEO after key RPX deal closes

More evidence of a rapidly evolving NPE market came this week in the shape of two announcements from Spherix. The public IP company (PIPCO) which has a slew of Nortel patents in its arsenal, courtesy of two deals with the former Rockstar business, announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with RPX that gives the defensive aggregator’s members a licence to the Spherix portfolio. In return, the NPE will receive $4.355 million in cash and will see the cancellation of the almost Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 May 2016

Intellectual Discovery may be the biggest of the sovereign patent funds, but its activities are the least known

South Korea’s Intellectual Discovery (ID), Japan’s IP Bridge and French outfit France Brevets are typically seen as comprising the first generation of ‘sovereign patent funds’ (SPFs). Loosely defined, these are entities with significant state funding that are dedicated to patent aggregation and exploitation in the pursuit of gaining competitive advantage for their respective countries’ economies. Other SPFs, or comparable vehicles, have been launched, but have Read more

Jack Ellis

26 May 2016

International cooperation is the key to safeguarding the US’s innovation economy, says USPTO Director Lee

The growing level of cooperation between the world’s five biggest patent offices, the IP5, points to a more globalised future for the procurement – if not the enforcement – of patents. Through initiatives such as Global Dossier, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office, China’s State IP Office and the Korean IP Office have undoubtedly begun the process of developing a harmonised system for patent owners across the world. Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 May 2016

Despite a year of conflict, the EPO is still rated as number one for quality and service by IAM readers

IAM readers have once again given a major vote of confidence to the European Patent Office, with respondents to our annual benchmarking survey putting the office top of the IP5 for patent quality and service. The result repeats the one the office achieved in last year's survey. Published in the latest issue of IAM, the benchmarking survey asked a series of questions relating to the performance of the world’s five largest patent offices: the EPO; the Japan Patent Office (JPO); the Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

26 May 2016

Huawei's Samsung litigation could end up revealing much about the Chinese company's licensing activities

Huawei’s filing of lawsuits against Samsung Electronics in China and the United States this week – accusing the Korean giant of infringing several of its standard-essential patents (SEPs) relating to 4G and LTE technologies – perhaps shows us that the ‘smartphone wars’ are not quite done just yet. But one of the most intriguing aspects of this latest battlefront is what it may tell us about the extent and sophistication of the Chinese company’s licensing Read more

Jack Ellis

24 May 2016

Litigation numbers are falling in East Texas, but it’s still predicted to be the second busiest year on record

One of the stories of the year so far has undoubtedly been the dramatic fall in US patent litigation filings in the first quarter. There were 947 from the beginning of January until the end of March, down from 1,554 the year before. It seems likely that the introduction of heightened pleading requirements last December had an impact, as plaintiffs rushed to file new suits last November before the new rules were introduced. The first full year since the Supreme Court’s Alice decision may Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 May 2016

Another twist in ‘hoverboard’ patent war as Chinese start-up files US lawsuit in shadow of ITC investigation

Chic – a personal transportation start-up based in the Chinese city of Hangzhou – has filed a US district court suit for design patent infringement against US rival Razor in an apparent reprisal for a US International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint by the latter company. Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology (to give it its full name) and Razor both sell self-balancing scooters, which have become widely known as ‘hoverboards’ (personally, I prefer to avoid this Read more

Jack Ellis

23 May 2016

Benchmarking survey published in new issue of IAM reveals some hope amid general IP market gloom

Issue 78 of IAM is now online and available to subscribers. The cover story this time round focuses on the IAM benchmarking survey, which has been a regular annual feature of the magazine for a few years now. Each February and March, we ask our readers who work in corporate IP departments, NPEs and law and attorney firms to give us 20 to 30 minutes of their time to answer a series of questions designed to drill down into their perceptions of various major IP market related issues. And each Read more

Joff Wild

23 May 2016

Taiwan may have to rely on private investment rather than public initiatives to secure its IP future

Taiwan’s Fu Hwa Securities Investment Trust is launching a new NT$20 billion ($613 million) fund to invest in ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technologies. While the new fund – which is scheduled to commence operations late next month – does not appear to be focused on patents, it is clear that companies and other investment opportunities with strong IP portfolios (or the potential to have one) will be among its main targets. As reported by the China Post, Read more

Jack Ellis

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