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15 Dec 2017

AST on track for record year as it capitalises on buyers’ market for patent dealmakers

In October we ran a story following a comment from AST’s CEO Russell Binns that the patent market was due to see 30,000 assets for sale in 2017. “It seems like everyone is trying to clear house at the same time,” he commented at that time. Well, as we approach the holiday period, it looks like AST has been taking advantage of what remains a buoyant buyers’ market. Speaking to IAM once more, Binns stated that this year is shaping up to be the defensive Read more

Richard Lloyd

15 Dec 2017

Compulsory licensing threat in Europe requires vigilance from pharma patent owners

The Netherlands’ new Health Minister has hit out at “absurd” drug prices, suggesting that the use of compulsory patent licensing might be one solution. This comes shortly after Germany’s highest court upheld a landmark decision forcing a life sciences innovator to license a key patent to a competitor. Raising the spectre of greater interference in IP rights, recent developments in Europe underscore the threats faced by life sciences rights owners, and further Read more

Adam Houldsworth

15 Dec 2017

Thousands of patent appeals still in limbo as India’s leaderless Intellectual Property Appellate Board remains mired in constitutional controversy

In the patent world, all eyes are on the US Supreme Court as it weighs the future of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But in India, a similar body is facing a constitutional challenge of its own, fuelled over a long-running dispute over who should get to appoint its officials. Practitioners say the Intellectual Property Appellate Board has effectively ceased to function for over a year now – that means the backlog of challenges to Indian Patent Office decisions is sitting Read more

Jacob Schindler

14 Dec 2017

Avanci announces pricing for auto sector – range from $3 to $15 per car

Avanci, the platform headed by former Ericsson CIPO Kasim Alfalahi focused on licensing wireless technology into different verticals in the Internet of Things (IoT), has published its royalty rates for car companies. Licensees will be expected to pay between $3 and $15 per car depending on the level of wireless technology in the vehicle. The news comes a little over a week since Avanci announced that German car giant BMW had signed up as its first licensee. For the most basic level of Read more

Richard Lloyd

14 Dec 2017

Korea FTC defends global scope of its Qualcomm penalties as US judge warns of an antitrust “race to the bottom”

Of the recent competition rulings against Qualcomm, Korea’s seem to have gone the furthest in imposing global remedies on the chipmaker’s licensing practices. At a recent forum on antitrust extraterritoriality, Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia criticised this approach, saying it sets a precedent that the most restrictive antitrust regime should apply globally. But in a written statement, the Korean Free Trade Commission (KFTC) has Read more

Jacob Schindler

12 Dec 2017

Private group makes $800 million offer for RPX

RPX has been the subject of a recent takeover offer from a private consortium which values the defensive aggregator at around $800 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the offer. IAM understands that the firm’s board has yet to respond, although with a bid of $16.25 per share, a significant increase on the current price of around $12.80, shareholders might be tempted to back a sale. When asked for a comment a spokesperson for RPX responded that they didn’t comment on Read more

Richard Lloyd

12 Dec 2017

US innovation rates could quadruple if women, low-earners and minorities effectively targeted, research finds

A new study claims that women, ethnic minorities, people from lower income backgrounds and from certain geographical regions are less likely to become inventors in the US. Increasing the rate of innovation among these groups could bear significant fruit, it states.   Released last week, the study – Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation – was conducted by the Equality of Opportunity Project, a group of researchers led by Stanford Read more

Timothy Au

12 Dec 2017

Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs

Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US and Taiwan. All complaints allege China to be the ultimate destination for stolen information related to various semiconductor technologies. The cases suggest that it is not just the US where we can expect to see an increase in this type of IP enforcement. Micron Technology was once an acquisition target for the Read more

Jacob Schindler

11 Dec 2017

Raising sovereign immunity stakes, Apple files an IPR against Native American owned company

The debate over the use of sovereign immunity to protect patents from post-issuance reviews at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has taken another turn. Late last week Apple filed an IPR against a patent held by MEC Resources, an entity owned by the Native American Three Affiliated Tribes, which had previously filed an infringement suit against the iPhone maker in a California district court. Sovereign immunity as an IPR defence has become one of the patent stories of Read more

Richard Lloyd

11 Dec 2017

Delrahim speech shows Trump administration DoJ will no longer favour IP users over owners, says Kappos

November was a big month in the SEP world. On the 29th, the European Commission issued its long-awaited Communication on SEP licensing, which – it seems to the relief of most – confirmed Europe’s status quo, which favours neither creators nor implementers. Meanwhile, at the start of the month over in the US, the new head of the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division made a substantial and ground-shifting speech in California, which seemingly realigned the balance Read more

Joff Wild

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