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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

25 Jul 2016

As Korean, French and Japanese sovereign patent funds gain traction, other countries warm towards the model

Recently published research has shed new light on the strategies employed by the world’s three leading sovereign patent funds (SPFs) – while discussion about the creation of similar entities in other countries appears to be picking up. In ‘Mobilizing national innovation assets: Understanding the role of sovereign patent funds’, Warren Clarke of Canada’s Digital Entrepreneurship & Economic Performance (DEEP) Centre, and James Hinton, of Bereskin & Parr Read more

Jack Ellis

22 Jul 2016

GAO report on USPTO quality highlights the big challenges the agency continues to face

The recent report on USPTO patent quality by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) would not have made for easy reading at the agency. That said, its leadership presumably knew what was coming long before they saw a draft of the report prior to its general release. The office knows it has a problem with quality – raising the standard of grants wouldn’t have become such a banner issue of Director Michelle Lee’s time in charge if it didn’t. At last year’s AIPLA Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 Jul 2016

Samsung hits back at Huawei as dying embers of the 'smartphone wars' are stoked in China

Samsung Electronics today announced that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in several courts throughout China, Reuters reports. The litigation represents a stepping-up of hostilities between the two companies, after Huawei sued Samsung in US and Chinese courts over patent complaints back in May. According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the cases has been filed in the Beijing IP Court. In this particular action, Samsung is asking for damages of Rmb161 million Read more

Jack Ellis

21 Jul 2016

New US case filings by operating companies hold steady in 2016, while those by NPEs drop dramatically

Earlier this month we reported on the sharp drop in US patent litigation in the first six months of this year. The number of new cases hit levels not seen since the America Invents Act was signed into law in 2011. This radically overhauled the joinder rules so that defendants in cases were no longer routinely grouped together. But there was another side to the story – the big drop in new cases was largely accounted for by activity in the first three months of the year when Read more

Richard Lloyd

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