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27 Apr 2015

LG steps up collaboration programme as Korean SMEs face daunting patent challenges at home and abroad

Back in February, this blog reported on LG Group’s plan to ‘open up’ a portion of its patent portfolio by making approximately 29,000 of its assets concentrated in the biotechnology, energy and cosmetics areas available to Korean SMEs. Now, according to a recent story in the Korea JoongAng Daily, the company is doubling down on its pledge, boosting the total number of available patents to 52,000. The announcement follows reports that Korea’s small businesses Read more

Jacob Schindler

26 Apr 2015

As ZTE nails its colours firmly to the pro-US patent reform mast, opponents of major change grow more confident

Although foreign entities file around half of all patent applications at the USPTO, up to now the debate about reforming patent litigation has largely been one conducted between US companies and interest groups. There are some exceptions – Germany’s SAP (pro) and Canada-based NPEs Conversant and WiLan (anti) spring to mind – but the general feeling among non-American organisations is that this is something they are best advised to stay out of; not least because taking one Read more

Joff Wild

24 Apr 2015

Despite increasing head winds Qualcomm’s high-quality patents continue to bring home the bacon

The transcript of Qualcomm’s recent investor call to discuss its latest quarterly results is a must-read for anyone in the licensing business. The giant chipmaker remains a pretty good bellwether for the market and has faced recent challenges over regulatory scrutiny of its operations in China and a demand from one investor to split the company in two. On top of all this, of course, the company is in something of a standoff with the IEEE over its new patent policy; and there is the not Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Apr 2015

The Microsoft patent portfolio: 40,000+ active patents; China biggest jurisdiction after US; 15% of total acquired

Microsoft celebrated its 40th birthday this month. In the four decades that have passed since its relatively humble beginnings as a start-up, the US company has grown to become one of the world’s largest patent holders. According to the US Patent Elite 100 list featured in the most recent issue of IAM, Microsoft owns the sixth largest portfolio of active US patent assets, including 28,130 grants and 9,035 applications. Addressing delegates at IPBC China 2015 in Beijing earlier this Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Apr 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice, who have been keen to change the prevailing competitive dynamic in the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs). This group includes something of a who’s who of big tech including Intel, Broadcom, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft and Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Apr 2015

Buying time, quality over quantity, the gathering litigation storm and more from IPBC China 2015

There were over 250 attendees at a packed-to-the-rafters IPBC China, which took place this week at the Shangri-La Hotel in Haidian, Beijing. Delegates, mostly local IP professionals working inside major Chinese businesses, participated in a series of plenary sessions addressing various key IP value creation issues and attended a gala dinner on the evening of 22nd April at which this year’s China IP Elite was named. Here are a few of the highlights of a memorable event, as brought to you Read more

Jack Ellis

21 Apr 2015

Major issues must be tackled if the Nokia/Alcatel deal is to be a patent success

The merger of the year so far, in IP terms at least, is undoubtedly Nokia’s proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which was announced last week. Envision IP recently cast its eye over the two patent portfolios and came up with some interesting findings. It put the intrinsic value of Alcatel’s portfolio at between $155 million and $696 million. That range shows, perhaps more than anything, just how hard it can be to put a precise value to patents, but it also suggests that if Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Apr 2015

Don't be surprised if big technology companies are next to feel the PTAB heat from investors

Given the important role that it now plays in so much US patent litigation, it is easy to forget that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not yet three years old. Established in September 2012 under a provision of the America Invents Act, the PTAB not only handles appeals relating to examiner rejections, but also deals with cases in which third parties have petitioned for a review of USPTO grants – most frequently via inter partes reviews and, from time to time, the transitional Read more

Joff Wild

20 Apr 2015

The case for IP can only be fully made if its institutions are transparent and subject to independent oversight

With intellectual property under more scrutiny than it has ever been before, problems at three of the world’s top IP agencies could not have occurred at a worse time. The major controversies besetting both the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have been covered extensively on this blog; the one involving the US Patent and Trademark Office, less so. Essentially, it seems as if the USPTO has been remarkably lax in monitoring the output of its patent Read more

Joff Wild

17 Apr 2015

Inventergy’s difficulties say much about the current problems afflicting the licensing market

Alarm bells were recently set ringing about the future of public IP company (PIPCO) Inventergy when the following paragraph appeared on page 14 of its annual report: Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon our ability to generate profitable operations in the future and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet our obligations and repay our liabilities arising from normal business operations when they come due. We plan to continue to provide for our capital Read more

Richard Lloyd

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