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12 Dec 2017

Private group makes $800 million offer for RPX

RPX has been the subject of a recent takeover offer from a private consortium which values the defensive aggregator at around $800 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the offer. IAM understands that the firm’s board has yet to respond, although with a bid of $16.25 per share, a significant increase on the current price of around $12.80, shareholders might be tempted to back a sale. When asked for a comment a spokesperson for RPX responded that they didn’t comment on Read more

Richard Lloyd

12 Dec 2017

US innovation rates could quadruple if women, low-earners and minorities effectively targeted, research finds

A new study claims that women, ethnic minorities, people from lower income backgrounds and from certain geographical regions are less likely to become inventors in the US. Increasing the rate of innovation among these groups could bear significant fruit, it states.   Released last week, the study – Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation – was conducted by the Equality of Opportunity Project, a group of researchers led by Stanford Read more

Timothy Au

12 Dec 2017

Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs

Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US and Taiwan. All complaints allege China to be the ultimate destination for stolen information related to various semiconductor technologies. The cases suggest that it is not just the US where we can expect to see an increase in this type of IP enforcement. Micron Technology was once an acquisition target for the Read more

Jacob Schindler

11 Dec 2017

Raising sovereign immunity stakes, Apple files an IPR against Native American owned company

The debate over the use of sovereign immunity to protect patents from post-issuance reviews at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has taken another turn. Late last week Apple filed an IPR against a patent held by MEC Resources, an entity owned by the Native American Three Affiliated Tribes, which had previously filed an infringement suit against the iPhone maker in a California district court. Sovereign immunity as an IPR defence has become one of the patent stories of Read more

Richard Lloyd

11 Dec 2017

Delrahim speech shows Trump administration DoJ will no longer favour IP users over owners, says Kappos

November was a big month in the SEP world. On the 29th, the European Commission issued its long-awaited Communication on SEP licensing, which – it seems to the relief of most – confirmed Europe’s status quo, which favours neither creators nor implementers. Meanwhile, at the start of the month over in the US, the new head of the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division made a substantial and ground-shifting speech in California, which seemingly realigned the balance Read more

Joff Wild

11 Dec 2017

Surprise China injunction sends US company’s stock falling in semiconductor showdown

In a patent dispute that seems tailor-made for the Trump era, a US semiconductor company says a Chinese competitor has relied on IP infringement and government subsidies to significantly undercut its business. But although New York-based Veeco won a key preliminary injunction battle in front of a US district judge last month, a court in China hit the US company with an injunction of its own four days ago, causing one analyst to surmise that its patent enforcement campaign has badly Read more

Jacob Schindler

08 Dec 2017

After merger approach fails Sprint turns to infringement suit against cable giant Charter

Sprint, the US’s fourth largest mobile company, has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Charter alleging that the cable TV giant infringes on 11 patents relating to voice over packet (VoP) technology. The case was filed in Delaware district court earlier this month and marks the latest attempt by Sprint, which is owned by Japanese tech giant Softbank, to monetise its patent portfolio. As well as the suit against Charter, Sprint also filed a case using the same patents Read more

Richard Lloyd

08 Dec 2017

Novartis’ former IP chief urges innovative pharma to emulate high-tech patent strategies

The former global head of pharma intellectual property at Novartis has told IAM that life sciences companies should consider a more tech-like approach to IP management, involving licensing out development patents to competitors, rather than seeking to maintain market exclusivity on all incremental innovations. As well as making increasing commercial sense, such a strategy, he suggested, could help the pharmaceuticals industry to avoid negative perceptions and forestall a political backlash Read more

Adam Houldsworth

08 Dec 2017

Taiwan IP Court hands record $50 million victory to a crucial smartphone supplier in trade secret case

A closely watched trade secret case in Taiwan yielded a verdict yesterday, with lens manufacturer Largan Precision prevailing over a competitor it accused of stealing information about manufacturing processes. After four years of litigation, Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Court awarded the key Apple supplier around $50 million (NT$1.52 billion) in damages, an award which practitioners say is likely the largest-ever award stemming from trade secret misappropriation in Read more

Jacob Schindler

07 Dec 2017

Former RPX dealmaker steps in to reboot monetisation of legacy Yahoo! patent portfolio

Excalibur IP, the entity which owns a large portfolio of former Yahoo! patents, has appointed Paul Reidy as its new president, as its parent company Altaba looks to refocus efforts on monetising the stockpile of almost 4000 assets. Reidy spent six years at RPX before leaving the defensive aggregator in early 2016 and setting up his own consulting business. Before RPX he worked for a couple of years at Intellectual Ventures and prior to that had stints at Freescale Semiconductor and Read more

Richard Lloyd

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