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01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL found that close to 50 sales took place between the start of January and the end of March, but cautioned that delays at the USPTO may mean that the actual number is higher. The top buyers of assets during the first three months of the year were Read more

Joff Wild

30 Apr 2015

New Senate bill pushes patent reform a step closer to consensus, but there is a long way to go

The latest attempts to introduce new legislative patent reform in the US took its most significant step yesterday when the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act was introduced in the Senate. With the backing of Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Grassley, Ranking Member Senator Leahy and Senators Hatch, Cornyn, Lee, Schumer and Klobuchar, the new bill enjoys senior bipartisan support and is, in many ways, an evolution of the bill that would have appeared last May in the Read more

Richard Lloyd

30 Apr 2015

Despite quality and pendency initiatives, the JPO may continue to see a fall in the applications it receives

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently published its annual report for 2014. It reveals which companies and universities dominated in terms of JPO-issued patents last year - while also posing some difficult questions for the agency's pendency and quality goals. Japanese entities were responsible for the vast majority of applications submitted to the JPO last year, filing a total of 265,959. Foreign applicants made 60,030 filings, with those from the United States leading the way by a Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Apr 2015

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of patents,” Google tells the market

Whatever you think of the possible motives, you can’t fault Google for trying. The search giant launched another initiative yesterday targeted at solving what it terms the “NPE problem”: the fact that 70% of the patents that are litigated by non-practising entities originate from operating companies. Google’s new solution, the Patent Purchase Promotion, is intended to offer sellers a quick and efficient way of offloading their rights to the tech company. Between May Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Apr 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case – and the perceived higher value attached to IP assets in other markets – is driving some of the brightest high tech prospects to build their businesses abroad rather than at home. Research and advocacy firm Strategic Partners Read more

Jack Ellis

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

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