IAM Magazine issue 87

January/February 2018

Beijing stakes its claim as a litigation capital

The introduction of specialised IP courts has ushered in a new era in Chinese patent litigation. Recent statistics from the Beijing IP Court lift the veil on an enticing jurisdiction for patent owners
Jacob Schindler

Features

The 2017 brokered patent market – the fightback begins Premium content

Whisper it softly but the signs first glimpsed in 2016 are becoming stronger – the brokered patent market in the United States may just be in the first stages of a recovery
Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver and Michael Costa

Illuminating the dark side of patent data

Patent data can be a powerful tool and rights holders today have more access to it than ever before. However, used incorrectly, it can lead them to adopt strategies that are less than sound
YP Jou, Hua Chen, Steven Reiss and Leon Hsu

Patent quality through the long lens Premium content

The US law firms featuring in the annual Ocean Tomo/IAM rankings, which identify who prosecutes the highest quality patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office, have had to rethink many of their approaches in the wake of recent changes to the US patent landscape
Molly Keelan, Kristi Stathis and Saadia Saifuddin

For US lawyers, the patent party is most definitely over

Patent litigation in the United States has been transformed over the last decade, but as new data shows the average cost of a case falling precipitously, patent lawyers are facing up to a very different reality
Richard Lloyd

Tokyo treat for IP pros

IPBC Asia 2017 took place at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo from October 29 to 31. Over 530 delegates – a new record – were in attendance, contributing to what was a fascinating and insightful three days. Issues such as IP strategy in the age of convergence and the state of the global patent transactions market were central themes, with the perspective of senior IP leaders from the region forming the basis of discussions. By the end one thing had become abundantly clear: change is in the air and Asia is at the heart of the developing world of intellectual property
Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd and Jacob Schindler

Honouring Asia’s elite IP businesses

The rising number of companies in IAM’s Asia IP Elite group is testament to Asia’s growing interest in IP value creation. All were honoured at a special dinner during IPBC Asia in Tokyo, with a select few receiving awards for their achievements over the past year
Jacob Schindler and Bing Zhao

The finance of IP litigation

As contingency arrangements in US patent cases become rarer, litigation financing options are attracting more interest. With so many choices available, those exploring opportunities have much to understand
Fatih Ozluturk

Tech transfer in China: common mistakes and how to avoid them

The road to success is seldom straightforward when it comes to China technology deals. Having a thorough understanding of China’s innovation policies, technology import regulations and antitrust laws is crucial when it comes to avoiding missteps
Jiwen Chen

The future of technology transfer

Universities and other non-profit research institutions play a vital role in the US innovation economy, and are key to institutions realising value from their discoveries. But as both technology and the IP landscape grow increasingly complex, they face steep challenges
Pamela Cox

Insights

Going global is the new mantra in the patent transactions market

A record-breaking deal between Nokia and Provenance Asset Group shows just how important multinational patent portfolios now are to the patent buy-side

Seen and heard

A round-up of IP-related quotes, observations and opinions from the recent past …

Columns

Intangible investor: Short-changing intangibles – a risky business

Renowned economist and entrepreneur David Teece speaks out about the high cost of short-term thinking around IP rights
Bruce Berman

IP strategist: Managing IP risk proactively

IP risk management is not just about avoiding lawsuits – it is about preserving your company’s market share in critical technology segments
Brian Hinman

IP lawyer: Heavy burden lifted from patent owners’ shoulders – for now

The Federal Circuit’s ruling in Aqua Products serves as a short-term win for patent owners in inter partes review proceedings, but numerous long-term questions remain unanswered
Nathan Mammen

Data centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past Premium content

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

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