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06 May 2016

The IEEE’s new patent policy one year on – the battle that’s part of a bigger licensing war

In some ways not much has changed since the IEEE Standard Association’s (IEEE SA) new patent policy came into effect in March last year. There remains a group of tech companies led by Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia who refuse to license their standard essential patents (SEPs) under the new rules while, on the other side, the IEEE and another, larger band of tech companies including Cisco and Intel, insist that the changes were vital in bringing clearer guidelines to licensing on fair, Read more

Richard Lloyd

06 May 2016

There is still a fight on to become Asia's IP hub, but it may be an idea whose time has come and gone

This morning I spoke with a US-based corporate patent strategist passing through Asia about the efforts of various countries, cities and city-states in the region to establish themselves as ‘IP hubs’, creating a more concrete market for the transacting of patents (and other IP assets) with a geographical basis. It was, a couple of years ago, a pretty frequent topic of discussion on this blog, as Hong Kong and Singapore in particular pressed their claims. But as Shanghai becomes the Read more

Jacob Schindler

05 May 2016

Chinese companies still have some way to go to catch up with Asia’s leaders at the PTAB

Last year we ran a story on Asian companies filing post issuance reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) following a report by NGB. NGB has now updated its analysis and the main trends remain broadly similar. Companies from Japan and Korea are still the runaway leaders when it comes to filing reviews, using them – like their US counterparts - as a crucial tool in defending infringement suits. What’s more interesting, however, is the way that some Chinese companies are Read more

Richard Lloyd

05 May 2016

Memo to China’s electric vehicle startups: hope is not an IP strategy

Sticking with the automotive theme following IAM’s first-ever Detroit event last Tuesday, this blog recently linked to a presentation made by 3LP Advisors last month entitled Automotive Technology and IP Outlook. One of the four major trends it identifies affecting the industry from an IP perspective is the emergence of Chinese automakers, but the authors caution that “they will struggle to enter Western markets if they don’t acquire IP rights in the necessary Read more

Jacob Schindler

03 May 2016

Trade secrets come to the fore in the US and Europe with new legislation set to hit the statute books

Following the unusually swift and bipartisan passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act through Congress, the US is only a presidential signature away from a wide variety of civil trade secrets cases being litigated in federal courts for the first time. This comes just as the European Parliament has voted in favour of the European Union’s first-ever trade secrets directive, which sets minimum standards of protection across all member states of the EU. Recent IP Hall of Fame inductee Read more

Joff Wild

03 May 2016

Slating “extremely slow” Apple and aiming to “surpass” Tesla, LeEco CEO has no shortage of confidence – but IP is another matter

Jia Yueting, CEO of Chinese tech company LeEco, has criticised Apple in an interview with US news network CNBC, claiming that the US company’s innovation strategy is “outdated” and seemingly suggesting that its largely proprietary approach to technology and intellectual property are in part to blame. “One of the most important reasons [for Apple’s slowing sales] is that Apple's innovation has become extremely slow,” Jia told CNBC. “We believe Read more

Jack Ellis

02 May 2016

There'll be big ticket disputes in the auto sector, but thermonuclear war is not going to break out

With the smartphone patent wars all but finished, a US Supreme Court case notwithstanding, the search for the next big patent choke point is well and truly on. Arguments have been made for possible large-scale conflicts in sectors such as medtech, fintech, wearables, the cloud and the internet of things, but perhaps the most persistently forecast arena for a major conflab is the auto industry. People look at increasing technological convergence, not to mention the rush to develop driverless Read more

Joff Wild

02 May 2016

Korea’s edge in fintech patents may translate to more opportunities in monetisation drive

A recent article by the CEO of a financial technology company claims that patent assertion in the field is on the rise, with PAEs behind much of the activity. Looking at the filing activity in the area, it is clearly a dynamic one, which is something that I think a lot of IP market observers realise. What they may not realise, however, is that banks and other companies from Korea have built up some of the most formidable patent portfolios in fintech. This could be an important future element Read more

Jacob Schindler

29 Apr 2016

Would the Bass and Spangenberg ‘invest and invalidate’ strategy work with Chinese patents?

Since teaming up with former IPNav CEO Erich Spangenberg to launch their first US inter partes review (IPR) in February last year – challenging a pharmaceutical dosage-related patent owned by Acorda Therapeutics – Kyle Bass has become one of the IP business world’s highest-profile players. Whether he should primarily be seen as antagonist, protagonist or the antihero somewhere in-between depends on your point of view. What is certain is that the validity actions being pursued Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Apr 2016

Ericsson reveals the identity of its new chief IP officer

Gustav Brismark has been appointed as Ericsson’s new chief intellectual property officer. He takes over from Kasim Alfalahi, whose departure to run a new IoT licensing platforn was revealed earlier this year, and will formally assume his new position on 1st July. The news was made public in a wider announcement about organisational and structural changes at the Swedish company. Brismark has been a long-time, high-profile member of the Ericsson IP team, having joined the Read more

Joff Wild

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