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23 May 2016

Benchmarking survey published in new issue of IAM reveals some hope amid general IP market gloom

Issue 78 of IAM is now online and available to subscribers. The cover story this time round focuses on the IAM benchmarking survey, which has been a regular annual feature of the magazine for a few years now. Each February and March, we ask our readers who work in corporate IP departments, NPEs and law and attorney firms to give us 20 to 30 minutes of their time to answer a series of questions designed to drill down into their perceptions of various major IP market related issues. And each Read more

Joff Wild

23 May 2016

Taiwan may have to rely on private investment rather than public initiatives to secure its IP future

Taiwan’s Fu Hwa Securities Investment Trust is launching a new NT$20 billion ($613 million) fund to invest in ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technologies. While the new fund – which is scheduled to commence operations late next month – does not appear to be focused on patents, it is clear that companies and other investment opportunities with strong IP portfolios (or the potential to have one) will be among its main targets. As reported by the China Post, Read more

Jack Ellis

22 May 2016

With a month to go until the Brexit referendum, opinion polls are painting a confusing picture

In one month and one day, the UK electorate will be deciding the immediate, and perhaps the permanent, future of the proposed EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court regime. That’s because on 23rd June, the British will vote on whether they want the UK to remain a member of the European Union. As discussed previously on here, if they do vote to Remain, within a year we can expect to see both the patent and the UPC up and running. If they vote to Leave, on the other hand, it will be at Read more

Joff Wild

20 May 2016

The timing is perfect for IP3’s patent buyers; for sellers the picture is far less rosy

In many ways IP3, the new patent selling platform backed by the likes of Google, Apple, Ford, Microsoft and IBM that was announced on Wednesday, is a product of its time. It’s hard to imagine, say five years ago, Google and Apple jumping into bed together on anything patent-related – or for companies in very different industries pooling resources in the way they have for IP3. But today is different: with the smartphone wars almost at an end and everyone talking about Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 May 2016

Sony’s latest investment in AI start-up has IP chief Mitomo at the centre of overall business strategy

Sony announced this week that it has made a strategic investment in California-based artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Cogitai, with the Japanese company’s IP team playing an instrumental role in the deal. Founded by a team of computer scientists in September last year, Cogitai is “dedicated to building artificial intelligences .. that learn continually from interactive experience with the real world”, according to its website. As it reshuffles its business to make Read more

Jack Ellis

19 May 2016

Foxconn scores big with multi-layered transaction that will bring Nokia mobile devices back to life

Nokia-branded smartphones and tablet computers will stage a worldwide return after Foxconn and newly created entity HMD each struck licence and acquisition deals with existing brand owners Nokia and Microsoft, it emerged yesterday. Microsoft has agreed to sell its entry-level feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taiwanese manufacturing giant Hon Hai-Foxconn Group, and HMD Global, a Finnish private venture founded this year, for $350 million. A Microsoft press release Read more

Jack Ellis

18 May 2016

Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and 14 others team up with AST to launch new patent buying initiative

A group of major patent-owning companies - Google, Microsoft, IBM, Ford, Apple, Cisco and Facebook among them - have banded together to form the Industry Patent Purchase Program – or IP3 – providing patent owners with a streamlined way of selling their IP. The new initiative has been developed in conjunction with AST which will play the central role in administering the project. In effect it is the second iteration of Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion, which the search Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 May 2016

“We are bouncing off rock bottom and the market is in recovery mode,” say leading IP dealmakers

A couple of stories hit the news last week which might give some in the patent industry reason to hope that the market is beginning to turnaround. First up was the announcement that Erich Spangenberg was joining Marathon Patent Group as director of acquisitions, licensing and strategy. As Marathon announced the appointment, the IPNav founder made some pretty big comments about the patent market. He declared that there was now a historic opportunity in large part because of the turmoil Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 May 2016

Rumblings of conflict in China as ZTE accuses domestic smartphone rival of design patent infringement

Chinese wireless device maker Qiku launched its latest smartphone last week – and no sooner had it done so, than it found itself on the receiving end of an IP infringement complaint from industry behemoth ZTE. Whether the dispute is a portent of wider conflict in China’s deeply fragmented mobile market remains to be seen, however. Qiku – which also does business as 360 Mobile – is a joint venture involving Beijing-based internet and software company Qihoo Read more

Jack Ellis

16 May 2016

Technicolor CIPO explains why the company left the HEVC Advance patent pool

Arvin Patel became the chief IP officer at Technicolor in November last year. As CIPO, Patel is responsible for licensing Technicolor’s IP to companies across a variety of industries, with major programmes focusing on digital TV, mobile communications and the connected home (which covers products and services for pay TV operators and network services providers and video coding).  He is also responsible for Technicolor’s IP strategy and execution across all of its Read more

Joff Wild

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