Blog

25 Jun 2018

Analysis No settlement for Xiaomi and Ericsson in India, but the Chinese firm can sell MediaTek-powered devices there

Some recent statements by MediaTek CFO David Ku stirred rumours that Xiaomi and Ericsson had settled their patent dispute in India, but the Swedish telecom has confirmed to IAM that there is no truth to this. It means Xiaomi will head into its Hong Kong IPO with its most prominent patent dispute still underway, and Ericsson will continue to wait for a hoped-for licensing win in China. Ku was misinterpreted widely when he purportedly told Indian media: “The lawsuit filed against Xiaomi Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Jun 2018

Analysis YP Jou and Spangenberg unite in new strategic alliance aiming to shake-up IP services

Two leaders in the IP monetisation world, YP Jou, the man responsible for monetising large parts of the Hon Hai-Foxconn patent portfolio, and Erich Spangenberg, best known as the founder of IPNav, have announced a strategic alliance between two of their companies in a move which reflects the current dynamic nature of the IP services market and the extent to which it is being transformed by new technology. The pair have agreed a deal between InQuartik, an analytics outfit founded by Jou, Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 Jun 2018

News Qualcomm, France Brevets and IP Europe join forces to create a new funding initiative for European SMEs

A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was announced at the IP Europe Annual SME Summit, taking place in Brussels. It will be run by IP Europe and French sovereign fund France Brevets, with additional funding being provided by Qualcomm. PFE has two objectives: to help SMEs bridge the period Read more

Joff Wild

22 Jun 2018

Analysis Foxconn doubles down on investment in California’s Vizio as it straddles US-China tech spat

Taiwanese LCD panel maker Innolux has announced a strategic investment along with its parent company Foxconn in US television maker Vizio. With a total investment of 2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($66 million), Innolux and Foxconn will hold shares of 4.14% and 3.1% respectively. Another Foxconn subsidiary, Q-Run, already owns 8% of Vizio. Competition is heating up in display industry with the rise of Chinese players like BOE and TCL affiliate CSOT. Taiwanese display makers were once dominant Read more

Bing Zhao

21 Jun 2018

Analysis NPE takes aim at Twitter in notable test for former Yahoo! patents

Twitter found itself on the wrong end of an infringement lawsuit late last month when an entity called Digi Portal accused the social media company of infringing on one of its patents.  According to a recent RPX newsletter, Digi Portal is an apparent affiliate of the NPE IP Edge, which, as the most prolific plaintiff in the US over the last two years, has plenty of experience litigating against some of the largest and highest profile companies around.  What’s most interesting Read more

Richard Lloyd

21 Jun 2018

Analysis Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for digging this up and sharing on LinkedIn). Here are the figures, converted to present US dollars (the original data can be found on page 447 of this document): Expense 2015 2016 2017 Royalty fees Read more

Jacob Schindler

20 Jun 2018

News IPBC Latin America to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 29th November

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the IPBC family, with the launch of IPBC Latin America, which will be held for the first time on 29th November in Rio de Janeiro. The event - taking place immediately after the annual ASIPI meeting, which is also being held in the city - joins IPBCs Global, Asia, Europe, South East Asia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Shenzhen and Australasia on our roster of events whose focus is on the strategic use of IP to create Read more

Joff Wild

19 Jun 2018

Analysis With a visit to the PTAB the epic Apple v Qualcomm conflict takes a new twist

The sprawling dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, in which the two Califoirnia-based companies are slugging it out in a protracted, multinational dispute, took a new turn yesterday when the iPhone giant filed inter partes reviews (IPRs) against two of the chipmaker’s patents that have been asserted against it in district court. It could well the first time Qualcomm has been forced to defend its patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.   The patents in Read more

Richard Lloyd

19 Jun 2018

Analysis Longhorn IP unit acquires former Sharp semiconductor patents from Foxconn

Longhorn IP, the Texas-based NPE, has launched its fifth portfolio, a collection of semiconductor patents originally owned by Sharp. The licensing company, run by Khaled Fekih-Romdhane and Chris Dubuc, is calling its new vehicle Katana Silicon Technologies LLC – a name hinting at the Japanese source of the patents, which USPTO assignment records reveal is Sharp. Like the other components of Foxconn’s sprawling IP holdings, monetisation of the Sharp portfolio is handled by MiiCs Read more

Jacob Schindler

18 Jun 2018

Analysis Lawsuits involving Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Volvo underline growing auto sector patent focus

A couple of recent infringement suits involving long-established car manufacturers have shown once again that patent assertion remains a looming threat in an auto industry that is undergoing some very significant changes.  Late last week Jaguar Land Rover brought a case against Bentley Motors accusing the luxury carmaker of infringing one of its patents relating to its “terrain response” technologies. The patent-in-suit, RE46,828 entitled “vehicle control” is a Read more

Richard Lloyd

Close

Register for more free content

  • Read more IAM blogs and articles
  • Receive the editor's weekly review by email
Register now  
Issue 90