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29 May 2015

Asian companies flock to the PTAB, but China for once lags behind

An interesting piece of research has been carried out by Japanese IP service company NGB looking at the leading filers from Asia of inter partes reviews (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Using data from Lex Machina and Unified Patents, NGB analysed the most frequent filers by company and by country. As we have covered before a number of companies from Asia - such as Samsung, LG and Toyota - have featured among the top 10 filers, but NGB adds a few extra levels of granularity in its Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 May 2015

For $37 billion, a semiconductor patent powerhouse is born - with its nerve centre in south-east Asia

After several days of rumours, it was confirmed yesterday that Singapore-incorporated electronics components manufacturer Avago Technologies has made an offer to acquire US semiconductor company Broadcom for $37 billion in what the Wall Street Journal is describing as "tech history's biggest deal". As well as continuing a trend of significant consolidation in the chipmaking industry, the proposed merger also underlines the increasingly Read more

Jack Ellis

28 May 2015

SCOTUS Commil decision is one part boost to patent rights one part feeding the “troll” narrative

There’s no doubt that for most readers of this blog the real interest in Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion from earlier this week in the case of Commil v Cisco came in his concluding remarks. The 6-2 Supreme Court decision (Justice Scalia wrote a dissent which Chief Justice Roberts joined, Justice Breyer took no part in the case) found largely in favour of Commil and ruled that a good-faith belief in a patent’s invalidity is no defence against induced infringement. That Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 May 2015

Ford is the latest automaker to ‘open’ its patents; but, as always, be sure to check the small print

Ford is ‘opening’ a portfolio of its patents relating to electric vehicle (EV) technology to “competitive automakers to accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles,” according to a press release from the US company today. This makes Ford the latest of several major automotive industry players that have pledged to make their intellectual property covering next-generation vehicles available to competitors – though the precise meaning of Read more

Jack Ellis

26 May 2015

IAM benchmarking respondents offer more evidence of patent litigation shift from the US to Europe

The United States is now facing serious competition as the venue of choice for the resolution of multinational patent disputes, according to the findings of this year’s IAM IP Benchmarking survey. Although the country is still widely regarded as the jurisdiction that offers the most thorough litigation scrutiny, when it comes to value for money and the level of confidence in the system Germany is beginning to push the American courts close. According to private practice respondents to Read more

Joff Wild

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close towards the end of this year, subject to closing conditions including a shareholder vote and – crucially – regulatory approvals. The deal will see Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary Read more

Jack Ellis

25 May 2015

Patent reform could do terrible damage to our many successful programmes, says Columbia's tech transfer chief

Orin Herskowitz is head of technology transfer at Columbia University, one of the most respected and successful university licensing operations in the United States. His role not only means that he is plugged into the steady stream of new technology coming out of the New York institution, but also gives him a detailed insight into the burgeoning start-up community in the city and further beyond. IAM caught up with Herskowitz recently to get his views on the state of tech transfer, Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 May 2015

There is an intellectual dishonesty at the heart of the case for US patent reform that needs to be discussed

One notable aspect of the debate over whether there is a need for further legislative reform of the US patent system is that almost without fail those who call for new laws do so on the basis that only by making it harder for all patent owners to assert their rights will it be possible to tackle the scourge of patent trolls – entities, they say, that are doing untold harm to innovative American companies and, by extension, the US economy itself. You only have to read the words of Bob Read more

Joff Wild

22 May 2015

Lycos patent sale may be happening two years too late

The news this week that Lycos is looking to dispose of some of its patents afforded tech bloggers the opportunity to remind their readers that yes, one of the iconic internet search brands of the before-Google era still exits. For those in the patent community the reaction may have been equally mystified – something along the lines of, they still have anything worth selling? And, have they seen the market out there, particularly for software patents? Lycos has been here before – Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 May 2015

World’s largest asset manager enters the IP financing game with wearables loan

BlackRock – the world’s biggest investment firm with over $4.6 trillion of assets under management – is loaning wearable technology company Jawbone $300 million against its intellectual property and other intangible assets. According to a Bloomberg report - quoting regulatory filings in California and people involved in the deal - the loan from BlackRock is secured by Jawbone's “current and future licences, intellectual property, royalties, accounts receivable and Read more

Jack Ellis

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