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29 May 2017

New US Chapter of the International IP Commercialization Council calls for key fixes to the US patent system

There has been much debate in recent years about the ongoing state of patent rights in the US, with some arguing that their erosion poses a serious threat to the country’s economy. It was against that backdrop that the International IP Commercialization Council (IIPCC) recently held its first event in the US focused specifically on IP policy. The IIPCC bills itself as a platform for interested parties to increase their understanding of IP and its commercial potential. Although a Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 May 2017

ZTE litigation chief says NPE suits shifting to Germany and China; details how company plans to hit back

Appearing at a recent conference in Taiwan, ZTE’s top patent litigator Oliver Hu suggested that the shift of NPE litigation from the US to Germany and, eventually, China is now well underway. Hu also elaborated on ways for Chinese companies to use local courts to their advantage in global disputes. Hu, head of IP litigation for ZTE, was speaking at an event in Taiwan hosted by the Chinese National Federation of Industries about the changing litigation environment in Mainland China and Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 May 2017

Another case confirms US university IPR immunity, but doubts emerge over how long loophole can survive

In January a PTAB decision gave state universities in the US the kind of protection that other patent owners have only been able to dream about in recent years. In an inter partes review (IPR) brought by Covidien against a patent owned by the University of Florida, the PTAB ruled that as a state institution the university was protected from post-grant review by the 11th Amendment of the US Constitution, the part of the Constitution that covers states’ sovereign immunity. The Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 May 2017

Corporate reforms are shaking up their business models, so more Japanese banks look to IP space

Since the beginning of 2017, three of Japan’s four biggest investment banks have announced forays into the IP space with initiatives in patent analytics and IP trading platforms. It is the latest indication that investors in the country are increasingly scrutinising the IP holdings of their portfolio companies in search of growth opportunities. The new interest among investment bankers seems to be generating opportunities for IP service providers, but the take-up among corporate clients Read more

Jacob Schindler

25 May 2017

Now that Apple and Nokia have agreed a new licensing deal, Qualcomm looks increasingly isolated

The licensing agreement announced earlier this week between Nokia and Apple is the latest that the iPhone maker has put in place with a who’s who of the wireless world. The deal sees all litigation between the two companies settled with Nokia set to receive a royalty payout. The statement about the settlement didn’t go into the detail of how much is changing hands, referring instead to an up-front cash payment that Apple will pay to Nokia and follow-on sums after that. Things Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 May 2017

Huawei puts royalties on the balance sheet to the tune of $300 million

IP-minded readers of Huawei's 2016 annual report will have noticed a striking change in the company's accounting of its intangible assets. Alongside goodwill, trademarks, software and patents is a brand new category – royalties. The company states that in the last calendar year it had “additions” in the royalties column of more than 2 billion RMB, or just over $300 million. Aside from the new entry on the intangible assets list, the report makes no Read more

Jacob Schindler

24 May 2017

Day Three INTA Barcelona report - CPA planning for change, .sucks momentum, top in-house teams and more

The INTA 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to an end after five action-packed days in Barcelona. Here’s the final round-up of what has been going on from World Trademark Review reporters Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), and me, Joff Wild (JW).   Change management – In town to present CPA’s new IP Platform, CEO Simon Webster found time to comment on recent stories that the IP management and technology company is up for sale once more. This follows a previous change Read more

Joff Wild

23 May 2017

Despite yesterday’s historic decision in TC Heartland venue reform may not be off the legislative table

In the roster of recent Supreme Court patent decisions, TC Heartland looks set to join eBay, Mayo and Alice as cases that have the greatest impact on the US system. The unanimous 8-0 ruling (the newly appointed Judge Gorsuch did not take part in the case) significantly narrows the choice for many patent owners on where they can bring an infringement lawsuit. For almost 30 years, plaintiffs have had broad scope in choosing a venue and a growing number of them in recent years chose the Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 May 2017

Personnel behind new Korean NPE suggest a campaign to enforce Pantech patents in the US may be in the offing

Last October, a significant US patent portfolio owned by Korean smartphone maker Pantech was assigned to a new entity called GoldPeak Innovations. At the time, IAM wondered whether the portfolio would be passed along again, potentially to an NPE or other buyer. That’s still very much an open question. But some new details about the team behind GoldPeak suggest it may be planning a US monetisation campaign of its own. Following up on earlier IAM reporting perhaps, the Korea Herald Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 May 2017

Day Two at INTA Barcelona - Strikes, Brexit, fake news, more Brexit and a whole lot more

Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Reporters from our sister publication World Trademark Review Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), plus yours truly Joff Wild (JW), report on the action. Highlights from Day One are here. Chaos theory - Respect to delegates and speakers who made it into the Read more

Joff Wild

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