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02 Dec 2016

Latest issue of IAM reveals exclusive new data on the state of play in the US brokered patent market

Issue 81 of IAM has been published and is available online for subscribers. Hard copies are in the post and should be with you shortly. Everyone operating in the US patent market knows just how tough it is and brokers probably realise it more than most. After all, they are the ones on the transactional frontline and their livelihoods depend on getting deals done. In issue 81’s cover story, we publish the results of the annual Richardson Oliver Law Group survey of the US brokered Read more

Joff Wild

02 Dec 2016

Chinese company scores injunction on four Samsung devices over “pattern unlock” patent

The long-running dispute over Apple’s infamous “slide to unlock” patent is one of the best known battles of the smartphone patent wars. But in China, a fight over another phone unlocking method – one that was introduced in part to avoid infringing Apple’s patented sliding method – may just be getting started. And Samsung Electronics has come out the loser in round one. Last Sunday, a Chinese-language news site based in coastal Fujian province reported Read more

Jacob Schindler

01 Dec 2016

Deal between TiVo and Netflix provides welcome licensing boost and confirms value of IV tie-up

The licensing deal announced earlier this week between set top box operator TiVo and Netflix covers more than just IP. The agreed terms mean that TiVo will continue integrating Netflix into its devices, something which includes unified search of content and the incorporation of a Netflix button on TiVo remote controls. Like many licensing transactions of late, then, the agreement is about improving product offerings and growing the number of users that have access to a company’s product, Read more

Richard Lloyd

01 Dec 2016

Korean university gets in on assertion act with EDTx suit targeting Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm

There has been plenty of discussion of late about US universities becoming increasingly aggressive in enforcing their patent rights against alleged industry infringers. Now, it looks like Asian universities are beginning to get in on the act too. Earlier this week, an entity affiliated with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) filed a lawsuit in the US Eastern District of Texas. The filing, naming KAIST IP US LLC as plaintiff, claims that US semiconductor companies Read more

Jack Ellis

29 Nov 2016

Recent deals show operating companies are still in the business of working with NPEs on monetisation projects

One of the things that sometimes gets lost in discussions around patent licensing, the worth of intangible assets and the role that NPEs continue to play in the market is that, as a series of recent announcement has shown, there remains a significant and perhaps growing group of operating companies that are very much engaged in the monetisation market. Last week this blog reported that Panasonic had transferred a small portfolio of 20 patents to Conversant. That’s not a new approach Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Nov 2016

China will write the rules of the road for IP in Asia, and they may be tougher than expected

Here in Asia, the main consequence of the US presidential election can be summed up in a single word: uncertainty. But one thing that looks pretty well settled is that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will be dead on arrival. Intellectual property was a key plank of the free trade deal covering 40% of the world economy, which was signed in February but has yet to be ratified by any prospective member state. While both major party candidates in the US presidential race Read more

Jacob Schindler

28 Nov 2016

UK's surprise decision to ratify UPC means Europe has taken a big step to centre of patent world - UPDATED

This blog has been amended to reflect the fact that the Court of Justice of the European Union will not be the final court of appeal in UPC cases, but instead will in certain circumstances be asked by the UPC to offer guidance on the interpretation of EU law (with thanks to Wouter Pors of Bird & Bird in Amsterdam). he UK has announced that it will ratify the agreement creating the Unified Patent Court which will introduce a unitary patent and a single patent litigation system to Read more

Joff Wild

28 Nov 2016

A top Chinese international filer joins the patent buyers’ club in deal with Intellectual Ventures-linked entity

A Chinese company that owns the fastest growing portfolio of US-issued patents and is among the world’s most prolific filers under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has made what would appear to be its first acquisitions of third-party patents. It may well be the case that you’ve never heard of China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), also sometimes referred to by its Chinese name Huaxing; but while the Shenzhen-based company is far from being a household name, it is a Read more

Jack Ellis

25 Nov 2016

The post-Brexit vote future of Europe's unitary patent system is set to become much clearer on Monday

The UK’s position on the Unified Patent Court system is set to be revealed on Monday, according to multiple reports currently circulating here. It is believed that Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the country’s IP minister, will provide the other EU member states with what has been described as “a definitive answer” on what the UK intends to do at a meeting of the EU’s Competitiveness Council, which is taking place in Brussels on 28th November. The UK is one of three EU Read more

Joff Wild

25 Nov 2016

Conversant reaps ethical licensing reward in bounce-back Panasonic acquisition

Conversant IP Management has acquired a patent portfolio from Panasonic, according to an assignment recorded with the USPTO earlier this week. The transfer represents a new foray into the Japanese patent marketplace for the Canadian NPE after its role in managing the Elpida portfolio ceased earlier this year. The assignment, recorded on Monday and executed earlier this month, saw Panasonic transfer 20 US patents covering a range of semiconductor-related technologies to Ottawa-based Read more

Jack Ellis

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