IP in the Auto Industry
IAM Free trial button

Blog

08 Feb 2016

Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe - UPDATED

Last week I was at the European Patent Office in The Hague to make a presentation at the annual two-day, DG1 management meeting. This is a get-together of all directors and managers in the office’s operations directorate-general, the one that is responsible for dealing with examinations and oppositions. For the first time, this year a group of outside speakers was invited to attend. Some gave their views on the performance of the office and how it can be improved; while others, such Read more

Joff Wild

07 Feb 2016

The EU patent and UPC will be global game-changers. Find out why in San Francisco on 18th February

Just a handful of delegate places are still available for IAM’s unique one day event focusing on the ways in which the EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) will affect the IP strategies of US companies that operate in Europe, and how they should prepare for the new regime. Taking place on 18th February at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Inside Europe’s New Patent Market boasts a world-class speaking faculty, with senior representatives from the likes of the Read more

Joff Wild

05 Feb 2016

VirnetX award may be just the start of a very tough year for Apple in the courts

It was déjà vu all over again in an East Texas courtroom on Wednesday as a jury once more found that Apple had infringed four VirnetX patents and ordered the tech giant to pay $625.6 million. That represented $250 million more than Apple had been ordered to cough up in the original case in 2012 (although that award would also have been bolstered by a running royalty). In 2014 that decision was sent back to district court by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on a Read more

Richard Lloyd

05 Feb 2016

More questions than answers as BYD drops Shenzhen suits against Apple

Court records from the Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen show that BYD has dropped two patent infringement lawsuits that it filed against client Apple back in May 2015. But since the two cases were closed in late December, the legal back-and-forth has continued in a California federal court, as Apple argues that its supplier breached an IP non-assert clause in their contract and should be compelled to participate in arbitration. IAM first highlighted this dispute back in November, when Read more

Jacob Schindler

04 Feb 2016

Data shows the “strong and persistent positive effects” patents have on start-ups, say report authors

Last week we reported on a new a piece of research titled “The bright side of patents” which revealed the considerable benefits that start-ups can derive from US patent grants. Some of the results were remarkable, including significant advantages in raising VC funding, fuelling employment growth and turbocharging sales. The paper looked at 45,819 first-time patent applications by start-ups from 2001 that received a preliminary decision by 2009 and a final decision by the end of Read more

Richard Lloyd

04 Feb 2016

Ericsson’s Alfalahi to leave CIPO role and head up new IoT licensing initiative

Ericsson announced yesterday that it is to launch an independently operated platform for licensing patents relating to Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The Swedish company’s CIPO Kasim Alfalahi will leave his current role to run the new entity. In a press release, Ericsson stated that it will make its patents for relevant technologies available for licensing through the platform – which will be run by an independent company – to “device manufacturers, spanning Read more

Jack Ellis

02 Feb 2016

Nokia Technologies builds its patent royalty income, but Ericsson’s shadow continues to loom

It’s fair to say that the market was not hugely impressed by the terms of the licensing agreement announced yesterday between Nokia and Samsung. After sorting out the nuts and bolts of the deal in 2013, the two sides let the International Court of Arbitration determine exactly what Samsung should pay for a licence. Following the ICA’s ruling, Nokia revealed that it expects Nokia Technologies to report net sales of around €400 million for the fourth quarter of last year and Read more

Richard Lloyd

02 Feb 2016

Intellectual Ventures and Rovi join forces and tread a new path with reverse ‘privateering’ deal

Digital entertainment company Rovi and Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced yesterday that they are combining their respective patent portfolios relevant to over-the-top content (OTT) technology and will offer them for licensing as a single package. OTT content technology relates to the distribution of video, audio and other media over the internet to end users. According to a press release, the combined portfolio “addresses all aspects of the OTT value chain, including Read more

Jack Ellis

01 Feb 2016

The latest issue of IAM features a full redesign and a cover story on the end of the American IP empire

American leadership of the global IP marketplace is coming to an end. As globalisation continues apace and the world’s citizens become ever more affluent, US dominance was always going to fade; but in the latest issue of IAM – which has been published online today - we argue that a series of decisions taken by the country’s policy makers and courts, along with major developments in both Europe and Asia, have hastened the process. Overall, it is probably a good thing that a Read more

Joff Wild

01 Feb 2016

While Japan Inc remains sceptical about working with intermediaries, new realities are softening attitudes

Issue 76 of IAM – which will be available online shortly for our subscribers – features highlights from a roundtable discussion I had with several senior IP executives at some of Japan’s major companies. We covered such a wide range of topics that it would have been unwieldy to include them all in the published feature, so - regretably - certain subjects were left out. One of these was the perenially thorny subject of the Japanese corporate world’s relationship with Read more

Jack Ellis

Close

Register for more free content

  • Read more IAM blogs and articles
  • Receive the editor's weekly review by email
Register now  
Issue 76