30 Aug 2016

A closer look at Korea’s latest IP trade results shows they aren’t quite as optimistic as initial reports suggest

IAM has followed the saga of South Korea’s negative IP rights receipts for some time now. While Korean media reports on the latest figures from the country’s central bank suggest that the deficit is gradually being chipped away, there are a couple of important caveats to keep in mind. Yonhap reports that Bank of Korea (BOK) data for the first quarter of 2016 reveals that the country spent $3.58 billion on using foreign-held IP assets between January and March, while it made $2.8 Read more

Jack Ellis

29 Aug 2016

Clinton’s focus on IP shows how important it has become, says IPO executive director

When he took over as executive director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association last year, Mark Lauroesch undoubtedly had to fill some of the biggest shoes in IP. His predecessor IP Hall of Fame inductee Herb Wamsley was in the job for 32 years and became one of the best-known IP figures in the US. But Lauroesch certainly had the track record for the job, with a long career in-house at Corning, including as the company’s general IP counsel, a stint in private practice before that Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Aug 2016

China’s first IP investment fund is now under Xiaomi management

China's first patent fund is now being run as part of the Xiaomi IP function, IAM can exclusively reveal. When last we reported on the Ruichuan IPR Funds its status was somewhat unclear. The fund's operator, an IP services firm called Zhigu, had apparently been merged with the smartphone company's in-house IP department, but there had been no official word on the move. As well as Xiaomi, the fund had also attracted backing from TCL, as well as the Zhongguancun Science and Read more

Jacob Schindler

03 Aug 2016

Brexit leads the way in the IAM blog reads rankings for the first seven months of the year

The IAM blog is taking its annual August break in order to recharge its batteries after what has been a pretty relentless first seven months of the year. To keep you entertained while we are away, following is a list of the 20 most read stories on the blog in 2016 so far, in descending order of popularity. The reads reflect the fact that these days the IP market extends way beyond the US, with events in both Europe and China of huge interest to our readership. Brexit, not surprisingly, has Read more

Joff Wild

02 Aug 2016

Blackberry enters second phase of its patent monetisation push with Texas suit against Avaya

Blackberry seems to be entering a new phase of its patent monetisation programme with the initiation of litigation against Avaya in the Northern District of Texas. In a suit, which was filed on 27th July, Blackberry alleges that the Santa Clara-based company has infringed eight of its US patents relating to various mobile communications technologies. They are numbers 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and 737296, which were originally filed as applications at the Read more

Joff Wild

01 Aug 2016

Volvo's IP revolution and an inside look at the growing European patent market lead the way in IAM 79

Issue 79 of IAM has now been published and is available to subscribers online. The cover story focuses on Volvo, one of Europe’s iconic auto brands and a company that filed its first patent application nearly 70 years ago. Back in 2014, though, the management decided that a complete re-engineering of its IP strategy was necessary in order to align it more effectively with overall business objectives. Jens Bordin, the CEO of Konsert Strategy & IP, was brought in to help drive (no Read more

Joff Wild

31 Jul 2016

Spectacular Technicolor licensing performance shows that the monetisation market is far from dead

At times, it might seem as if building a patent licensing business is a thankless task: the environment often looks so anti-patent that it becomes hard to see just where deals are going to come from. In those moments of doom and gloom, though, it is worth remembering that plenty of agreements are still being made and that there are a number of patent owners who are doing very well out of them. Take Technicolor, for example. Last Wednesday, the Paris-based media and entertainment technology Read more

Joff Wild

29 Jul 2016

A closer look at the busiest month of patent litigation on record

Last November saw a huge spike in new patent case filings as plaintiffs brought lawsuits before new, more detailed pleading standards came into effect on 1st December. That led to 847 cases being filed, far in excess of typical monthly numbers – something that helped to make 2015 the second busiest on record. According to Lex Machina, since then 570 of those 847 have been terminated, with 277 or about one-third still on the books. That might sound as if a lot have drawn to a close, Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Jul 2016

There’s less than meets the eye to university tech transfer in China, but the sector is ripe with opportunity

The latest slogan embraced by policymakers working on China’s IP development is that the nation needs to move from being a “big IP country” to being a “strong IP country”. That, of course, means less emphasis on just owning large quantities of patents and more emphasis on exploiting them. The government’s latest strategy document, released this month by the State Council, acknowledges that one of the biggest areas where this needs to happen is in the Read more

Jacob Schindler

28 Jul 2016

Visa leads the way in US mobile payments patents, but application numbers are down post-Alice

Visa owns the largest US patent portfolio covering inventions relating to mobile payments, according to research undertaken by CPA Global for IAM. With 3.2% of all patents in the space, the company is just ahead of second placed Qualcomm, which holds 3.1%. The top five is completed by MasterCard, SK Telecom and Google’s parent company Alphabet. Between them they own 13% of mobile payments patents; while the top 20 patentees, which also includes Microsoft and Amazon, own 28%. The analysis Read more

Richard Lloyd


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