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23 Feb 2017

Lack of guidance means that the Supreme Court’s latest patent decision is all too familiar

Seven US Supreme Court justices issued their latest patent ruling yesterday in a case that may not have been awaited with the same level of expectancy as next month’s oral arguments in the venue selection case TC Heartland, but which nonetheless showed them sticking to form. As ever with this court it was a case of what wasn’t said as much as what was outlined in the decision. The case in question, Life Technologies Corp v Promega Corp, involved the supply of a single infringing Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Feb 2017

Foreign patent owners face big hurdles when seeking to get damage awards and licence fees out of China

IAM readers are probably aware that the Chinese government began taking major steps to stem the outflow of capital from the country last year as its foreign currency reserves fell near the $3 trillion mark and the yuan weakened significantly against the dollar. The measures may be working, as the amount of yuan leaving China has slowed significantly. But they’ve also had some unintended consequences on foreign litigants and licensors in the IP realm. The difficulties that have arisen Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Feb 2017

PTAB issues key decision over revolutionary CRISPR technology, but this tale is not over yet

The gene-editing tool CRISPR is in the process of transforming the life sciences industry. Perhaps not surprisingly with such a revolutionary technology still in its relative infancy, a dispute over patents between universities and research institutes that have been at the forefront of its development, erupted over just who owns some of the foundational IP. Last week in a closely watched decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of the Broad Institute, a non-profit Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Feb 2017

With one eye on the Asian market, Microsoft lends regional partners a helping hand in Philips suits

Microsoft recently filed a petition for inter partes review of a patent owned by Philips – one that is among several that the Dutch company is currently asserting in US district court against a number of Chinese, Taiwanese and US manufacturers.  As reported by Steve Brachmann over at the IP Watchdog blog yesterday, Microsoft filed a petition with the USPTO’s Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB) on 10th February seeking review of three claims of Philips’ US patent Read more

Jack Ellis

20 Feb 2017

Landmark multi-year patent battle in China ends with foreign biotech innovator coming out on top

In what it hailed as a “landmark” biotech patent validity case, Danish company Novozymes has won out in  a six year patent fight with major Chinese competitors following a judgment from the Supreme People’s Court. The result is important because Novozymes has said that some of the patentability requirements in its technology area are harder to meet in China compared with the US and Europe. Additionally, it is a case of a foreign company prevailing in a sector in which Read more

Jacob Schindler

20 Feb 2017

Avanci and PanOptis come under auspices of single holding group; new platforms planned

Avanci, the Internet of Things (IoT) licensing platform led by former Ericsson IP head Kasim Alfalahi, has formed a new company called the Marconi Group which will provide support services to Avanci and possible new licensing businesses. As part of a broader restructuring Avanci, Marconi and the NPE PanOptis have all been brought under the auspices of a new holding company called Inception Holdings. Marconi will handle all of the back office tasks such as finance, HR and legal for Avanci, Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Feb 2017

Intellectual Ventures’ deal involving Dominion Harbor is firm’s biggest ever disposal

Intellectual Ventures has sold a portfolio of around 4,000 former Kodak patents to Dominion Harbor in another sign that the IP giant is actively seeking to slim down its holdings. This is the fourth deal that IV has done with Dominion, including one in November last year which saw around 50 assets change hands. The firm also sold patents to Equitable IP, the monetisation business led by former ICAP Patent Brokerage CEO Dean Becker, as it has upped its rate of disposals. This blog reported Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Feb 2017

Singapore may be about to roll out the red carpet for NPEs – and start one or two of its own

A new Singapore government report recommends “bringing in” or creating patent monetisation entities, as well as other kinds of other intermediary, to boost the country’s IP commercialisation capabilities. Published earlier this week, the report comes from the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which was established in January 2016 to review Singapore’s longer term economic strategy. Among seven broad strategy recommendations made one to “strengthen Read more

Jack Ellis

16 Feb 2017

LES completes crucial step in its drive to introduce standards to the IP market

The US and Canadian branch of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) has been approved as an Accredited Standards Developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in what is a significant step in the its drive to introduce best practices into the IP market. ANSI accreditation comes after LES started to actively focus on introducing standards into a range of areas more than two and a half years ago. It has formed five working groups focused on looking at best practices in patent Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Feb 2017

Fortress and its industry-leading IP finance group come under Japanese management in latest Softbank deal

Japan’s SoftBank took another step towards its goal of becoming the world’s largest technology investor yesterday, surprising markets again with its latest deal: a $3 billion takeover of Fortress Investment Group. It is a transaction that comes with plenty of dimensions, but the one that will no doubt pique IAM readers’ interest is what it means for the asset manager’s IP finance group led by Eran Zur. Fortress’ endeavours in the IP space don’t look to have Read more

Jacob Schindler

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