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29 Jun 2017

Dominion Harbor teams up with top-rated local law firm to license Kodak portfolio in China

A few months entering the China market through a joint venture, Dominion Harbor Enterprises has confirmed that it plans to monetise its sizeable portfolio of former Kodak patents there. CEO David Pridham announced yesterday that the licensing company and its subsidiary Monument Peak Ventures would be working with Beijing East IP Law Firm to license the assets to local Chinese companies. IP Hall of Fame inductee Dr Lulin Gao, Beijing East’s founder and chairman, said the Read more

Jacob Schindler

27 Jun 2017

The biggest Supreme Court decision from the latest term had nothing to do with Texas

The most recent Supreme Court term effectively wraps up this week and as has become customary over the last decade, the justices heard their fair share of patent cases over the last nine months. In terms of generating headlines, nothing matched the design patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. The case was heard last October and the decision was handed down in December. In my time of attending patent cases at the court, I have never seen the press gallery as packed as it was for the Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Jun 2017

Alliance is the watchword for IoT development in China, but it may not make licensing easier for outsiders

China this month inaugurated a new alliance centred on the development of technologies in the mobile Internet of Things (IoT). Led by Huawei, ZTE and several of the country’s top telecommunications providers, it is said to have over 140 members, including a fair few research institutions. The focus is on a standard called NarrowBand-IoT that is being led by Chinese industry. Looking at the various IoT initiatives being pursued by domestic companies, it seems that locally-focused Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Jun 2017

In a tough patent market, another Taiwanese OEM goes to Texas to extract value from its patent portfolio

Qisda is a major publicly-listed contract manufacturer in Taiwan, appearing among the top 10 global original design manufacturers (ODMs). It has been relatively quiet on the patent front compared to some of its peers, but a recent spate of infringement cases targeting Chinese and Taiwan smartphone makers suggests that it may now be working with a third party to monetise its modest trove of assets. An entity called Deshodax LLC filed seven patent infringement complaints in the Eastern Read more

Jacob Schindler

23 Jun 2017

Even if IPRs are deemed unconstitutional, not much will change - except for pharma sector, which will hate it

Since the US Supreme Court granted cert in Oil States Energy Services, a case which challenges the constitutionality of the IPR process, the patent community has been debating whether this might mark the end of post-issuance reviews. If that were to happen, what might it mean for the patent market? According to this guest blog from Zachary Silbersher of Kroub Silbersher & Kolmykov the impact for most sectors might be more muted than anticipated, while for branded pharmaceutical companies Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Jun 2017

If you want to make a successful deal in China, leave your standard licence template at home

A lot of the activity going on in the China market is so-called soft licensing. Rather than showing up with claim charts in hand, Western technology executives are exploring ways that they can work together with Chinese partners. It’s certainly safer and may well be a smarter approach. One of the more active participants in this trend has been General Electric. At IPBC Global in Ottawa earlier this week, the company’s senior director for licensing and technology ventures Douglas Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Jun 2017

Pro-patent legislation introduced yesterday is unlikely to make it out of US Congress, but it's still smart politics

The STRONGER Patent Act - a bipartisan bill introduced into the US Senate yesterday by Democrats Chris Coons (Delaware), Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), and Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton – is almost certain not to make it onto the statute books; but it is important nonetheless. Proposing to “to strengthen the US patent system through implementing measures to make it easier and less costly for patent holders to enforce their patents”, the legislation Read more

Joff Wild

22 Jun 2017

The UPC will not get started in 2017 and don't bet too much on it happening in 2018 either

It’s been a big political week in the UK. On Monday, David Davis, the government minister overseeing the Brexit process, finally had his first formal meeting with Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the EU27, so beginning the discussions around the country’s departure from the European Union. Then, yesterday, Parliament was opened by the Queen following the inconclusive 8th June election which saw the ruling Conservative government unexpectedly lose its overall majority and, Read more

Joff Wild

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence challenges, US optimism, UPC doubts and much more: Day Two of IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market over the next year in asdvance of us all coming together once more next June for IPBC Global 2018 in San Francisco. North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC) get Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Jun 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights of what took place in the plenaries and breakouts, as well as all the gossip from the conference fringes, are IAM’s North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC). Read more

Jacob Schindler

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