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23 Feb 2018

How Samsung and Huawei have fared in 42 Chinese patent cases against each other so far

The patent and FRAND dispute between Huawei and Samsung is taking place in both the United States and China. But the speed of the judicial machinery in the latter has made Huawei’s home turf more immediately relevant. That has the Korean company worried – as this blog reported earlier in the month, Samsung has asked a judge in California’s Northern District to prevent Huawei from enforcing an injunction it earned in January from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Feb 2018

RPX says it is evaluating “strategic alternatives” and forecasts sharp decline in business

Yesterday, defensive patent aggregator RPX announced its fourth quarter and full financial year 2017 results, and revealed what readers of this blog have known for several weeks: a “for sale” sign has been erected by the firm - or, as the company put it in a press release: “The Board of Directors is conducting a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to maximise shareholder value.” Last month, RPX began meeting with possible buyers, raising the Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 Feb 2018

An exclusive look at Uber’s patent position as purchases ramp up and Waymo dispute settles

At one point the world’s most valuable start-up, Uber has made a concerted drive – especially in the last two years – to expand its patent portfolio as it eyes a 2019 target for going public. Against this backdrop, as well as news of its recent settlement with Waymo, IAM provides an exclusive analysis of the ride-sharing company’s patent position, its brand and the most salient IP-related storylines in recent years. Patent portfolio breakdown Uber’s Read more

Timothy Au

22 Feb 2018

Hitachi chip unit embarks on first patent battle as buyout firm prepares to take the reins

A semiconductor manufacturing equipment unit is set to become the latest onetime Hitachi subsidiary to be spun as the Japanese company continues to re-engineer its business strategy. Hitachi Kokusai Electric was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange last week following buyout firm KKR's completion of a $2.2 billion takeover, a deal which includes thousands of patents. The strength of that portfolio will be tested for the first time in a US litigation battle Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Feb 2018

USPTO Director Iancu joins the stellar speaking faculty for IPBC Global 2018 this June

Andrei Iancu, who became USPTO Director earlier this month, is the latest big name speaker to confirm for IPBC Global 2018, being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 10th to 12th June. He joins what is shaping up to be the strongest and most prestigious IPBC Global speaking faculty we have assembled since the event began in 2008. During the course of his confirmation process Iancu gave little away about how he would approach the myriad major issues – many of them highly Read more

Joff Wild

20 Feb 2018

Despite the spin, new report shows NPEs are responsible for a fraction of European patent litigation

For several years executives from various US-based NPEs have been talking about the much more appealing litigation environment in various European countries as they have seen the climate become far tougher in their home market. Germany, in particular, is probably the jurisdiction US patent owners of every stripe talk about most because of the potential injunctions the courts of Europe's largest economy offer to victorious plaintiffs. In a post-eBay America, that's enough Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Feb 2018

Sharp and Hisense bury the patent hatchet as they move toward resolving acrimonious brand and commercial dispute

A conflict over use of the Sharp brand name in the US market for televisions has pitted the Foxconn-owned display maker against Chinese licencee Hisense in IP and commercial lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions since last June. Now, disclosures made by Sharp in the process of withdrawing a patent infringement lawsuit and an ITC investigation suggest that the two parties have agreed to a patent truce as they move towards a broad resolution. The dispute is over a 2015 agreement which gave Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Feb 2018

Our quest to find the 2018 IP Hall of Fame Inductees continues

Many outstanding IP figures have been put forward for IP Hall of Fame induction in 2018 since IAM launched its annual nomination process three weeks ago, but there is still time to make a submission before the closing date of 8th March. Please tell us about the individuals you believe have made an extraordinary contribution to the IP industry by completing this short form. Nominees can be living or deceased, and may have made their contribution to intellectual property as a lawyer, Read more

Adam Houldsworth

19 Feb 2018

Patent owners in the US get a big boost after the Federal Circuit hands down a key 101 decision

In the almost four years since the Supreme Court added to its jurisprudence around patentability in Alice Corp v CLS Bank, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has been steadily filling in the blanks on what exactly constitutes patent eligible subject matter - particularly when it comes to computer-implemented inventions. The court has tinkered less with the actual process of determining whether an invention is patentable, but in a couple of recent decisions — Stephen Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Feb 2018

JPO details plan to review SEP essentiality, but there may be little scope for implementers to use it defensively

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) last week unveiled a new service that will see it weigh in on the standing of Japanese patents declared standards essential. When it was first announced last November, this system was perceived as offering a defensive tool to implementers. But the draft guidelines for the scheme, helpfully translated in part here by Satoshi Watanabe of Watanabe Research and Consulting, have foreclosed that possibility. The essentiality checks fall under an existing programme Read more

Jacob Schindler

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