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05 May 2015

Europe a step closer to becoming the centre of global patent market after court rejects Spanish UPC challenge

Spain has failed in its challenges to the legality of the EU patent and the Unified Patent Court. In a judgment issued today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that both are consistent with EU law and, as a result, can proceed to implementation. Given there is no higher court to which the Spanish can appeal it would seem that they have reached the end of a road that began for them back in 2011 – although they had signalled their objections to the plans long Read more

Joff Wild

04 May 2015

Unwired Planet’s $1 million man could be the key to unlocking its potential

Last week Unwired Planet held its first quarterly investor call since it announced that Boris Teksler would be taking over as CEO. Not surprisingly Teksler’s hire, which will surely prove to be one of the most significant in the patent world in 2015, was the first topic that chairman Philip Vachon focused on. On the call with investors, the Unwired chairman referred to Teksler’s “unique skillset of perspectives” which “will accelerate our discussions with Read more

Richard Lloyd

04 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it can extract more value from its intellectual property. At the start of this year, CSIRO – a member of IAM’s 2014 Asia IP Elite – appointed Larry Marshall as its new chief executive after carrying out a Read more

Jack Ellis

01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL found that close to 50 sales took place between the start of January and the end of March, but cautioned that delays at the USPTO may mean that the actual number is higher. The top buyers of assets during the first three months of the year were Read more

Joff Wild

30 Apr 2015

New Senate bill pushes patent reform a step closer to consensus, but there is a long way to go

The latest attempts to introduce new legislative patent reform in the US took its most significant step yesterday when the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act was introduced in the Senate. With the backing of Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Grassley, Ranking Member Senator Leahy and Senators Hatch, Cornyn, Lee, Schumer and Klobuchar, the new bill enjoys senior bipartisan support and is, in many ways, an evolution of the bill that would have appeared last May in the Read more

Richard Lloyd

30 Apr 2015

Despite quality and pendency initiatives, the JPO may continue to see a fall in the applications it receives

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently published its annual report for 2014. It reveals which companies and universities dominated in terms of JPO-issued patents last year - while also posing some difficult questions for the agency's pendency and quality goals. Japanese entities were responsible for the vast majority of applications submitted to the JPO last year, filing a total of 265,959. Foreign applicants made 60,030 filings, with those from the United States leading the way by a Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Apr 2015

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of patents,” Google tells the market

Whatever you think of the possible motives, you can’t fault Google for trying. The search giant launched another initiative yesterday targeted at solving what it terms the “NPE problem”: the fact that 70% of the patents that are litigated by non-practising entities originate from operating companies. Google’s new solution, the Patent Purchase Promotion, is intended to offer sellers a quick and efficient way of offloading their rights to the tech company. Between May Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Apr 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case – and the perceived higher value attached to IP assets in other markets – is driving some of the brightest high tech prospects to build their businesses abroad rather than at home. Research and advocacy firm Strategic Partners Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Apr 2015

LG steps up collaboration programme as Korean SMEs face daunting patent challenges at home and abroad

Back in February, this blog reported on LG Group’s plan to ‘open up’ a portion of its patent portfolio by making approximately 29,000 of its assets concentrated in the biotechnology, energy and cosmetics areas available to Korean SMEs. Now, according to a recent story in the Korea JoongAng Daily, the company is doubling down on its pledge, boosting the total number of available patents to 52,000. The announcement follows reports that Korea’s small businesses Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Apr 2015

As ZTE nails its colours firmly to the pro-US patent reform mast, opponents of major change grow more confident

Although foreign entities file around half of all patent applications at the USPTO, up to now the debate about reforming patent litigation has largely been one conducted between US companies and interest groups. There are some exceptions – Germany’s SAP (pro) and Canada-based NPEs Conversant and WiLan (anti) spring to mind – but the general feeling among non-American organisations is that this is something they are best advised to stay out of; not least because taking one Read more

Joff Wild

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