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27 Jun 2016

Qualcomm's licensing model will be “destroyed” if it can’t win key China case, says its ex-Asian patent director

Qualcomm on Friday announced that it has taken the momentous step of filing its first patent lawsuit in China. The US company has accused Guangdong-based Meizu of being “unwilling to negotiate in good faith” over a licence for technologies related to 3G and 4G wireless standards. The San Diego-based plaintiff told the Beijing IP Court that the terms offered to Meizu comply with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and the settlement it reached with the country’s National Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Jun 2016

Former IV fund signs key strategic deal with Japanese manufacturer Funai

Earlier this month, we learned that Intellectual Ventures (IV) is spinning out its Invention Development Fund (IDF) into a separate entity. The news was confirmed by Paul Levins, who has been head of IV’s Australia and New Zealand operations and is the Asia and Europe programme director for IDF, while speaking on a panel at IPBC Global 2016 in Barcelona. As I understand it, this process has been underway for a few months and is still ongoing - but this has not stopped IDF from doing Read more

Jack Ellis

24 Jun 2016

We’re in patent licensing, not patent selling, mode, says BlackBerry CEO

In terms of IP value creation Blackberry is one operating company worth keeping a close eye on. The Canadian tech giant has a huge portfolio of assets – around 38,000 – and has a brand with global cachet; but it is slowly withering in its legacy handset market and is transitioning away from manufacturing devices. As we have seen with others that have moved out of a highly competitive market – such as Ericsson and Nokia – transition tends to focus a company’s Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Jun 2016

The UK's Brexit vote will mean more complexity and higher costs for IP owners in Europe

Well, we have only gone and done it. By a margin of 17,410,742 votes to 16,141,241 the people of the United Kingdom have decided that they want their country to leave the European Union. As an added extra, they have also forced the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and precipitated sharp falls in the value of sterling and share prices in stock exchanges across the world. All on the back of a referendum promise that Cameron made in January 2013 when he was having a spot of bother Read more

Joff Wild

23 Jun 2016

Judge Newman alone again as she warns of devastating loss of public confidence in US patent system

It has been quite a week for the status quo at the USPTO. First the Supreme Court ruled in Cuozzo v Lee that the decision to institute an inter partes review was not appealable and that the PTO was correct to use the broadest reasonable interpretation standard when reviewing claims. Then, yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) declined to hear a case en banc around whether the same three judges that make the institution decision for an IPR should also make the ultimate Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Jun 2016

Apple’s latest patent problem in China underlines a big trade secrets risk to the company

There are plenty of interesting dimensions to the media frenzy caused late last week as a Chinese patent dispute between Apple and a company called Shenzhen Baili came to light, and it was revealed that sales of the iPhone 6 and 6S had briefly been banned in Beijing. On this blog, Richard Lloyd discussed its potential impact on the US patent debate, while over at World Trademark Review Jack Ellis analysed the strategic importance of design patents in China. But this latest annoyance Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Jun 2016

The markets say Remain will win the UK's Brexit vote; but don't be surprised if Leave comes out on top

This time tomorrow, voters in the UK will be going to the polls in what is undoubtedly the most important election they have ever taken part in (the Scots, perhaps, aside). At stake is the UK’s membership of the European Union. On the ballot paper we will see the following: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Remain a member of the European Union Leave the European Union Each of us will put a cross next to either the Read more

Joff Wild

21 Jun 2016

Digging deep into Cuozzo: avenues for appeal open; possible Congressional action; role of USPTO Director key

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Cuozzo v Lee was surely the most eagerly anticipated patent ruling from America’s highest court since it handed down its Alice judgment two years ago. Such has been the impact of inter partes reviews (IPRs) since they came into force in 2012 that any challenge to their standing was always bound to draw the close attention of the patent community. The opinion that the institution of an IPR is not appealable and that the USPTO has been correct Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Jun 2016

Following an increasingly familiar trend, China’s BOE has bought up hundreds of patents in recent months

Beijing-based display technology company BOE has purchased several hundred patents from various third parties over the past two years, recently published records reveal. Two assignments recorded with the US Patent and Trademark Office towards the end of April this year (here and here) show that BOE acquired a substantial number of US patent assets from General Electric on 22nd December 2015. Both consist of 131 assets each - though many of these, if not all, seem to be duplicated in both Read more

Jack Ellis

20 Jun 2016

Supreme Court Cuozzo ruling delivers hammer blow to patent owners and leaves the PTAB death squad intact

In what will widely be considered as a blow to patent owners, the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) this morning declined to overhaul two key tenets of the post-issuance review proceedings, leaving the broadest reasonable claim interpretation intact and ruling that review decisions were not appealable. The Court’s decision in Cuozzo v Lee had been much anticipated by US patent owners, many of whom have seen their patents challenged and claims invalidated in inter partes reviews (IPR) Read more

Richard Lloyd

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