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28 Aug 2015

Microsoft and Nokia speak to IAM on Korean competition regulator’s approval of mobile deal

Both Microsoft and Nokia have responded to the blog we ran yesterday on the decision by Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to give the green light to Microsoft’s €5.4 billion-plus acquisition of the Finnish company's mobile devices and services unit, which completed in April last year, if certain conditions were met. According to Korean English-language newswire BusinessKorea, these conditions included some level from agreement from Microsoft that it would not seek Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Aug 2015

Big pharma scores first victory in IPR battle with Bass and Spangenberg, but the war is far from over

As anyone keeping score will know it’s currently big pharma 2 – Kyle Bass/Erich Spangenberg 0. The decision earlier this week by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) not to institute inter partes reviews of two patents owned by pharmaceutical company Acorda undoubtedly comes as a blow to the hedge fund investor and IP licensing expert, who have been behind the patent story of the year. But we are also still only in the opening chapters of this story. The pair have filed more Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Aug 2015

Microsoft’s Android licensing bonanza may be on downward trajectory after Korean Nokia deal approval

NOTE: After publication of the blog below we received comments from both Microsoft and Nokia clarifying certain issues. You can access these in a story we published on 28th August.  Following 21 months of review, South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) this week gave its stamp of approval to Microsoft’s €5.4 billion-plus (over $7.2 billion) takeover of Nokia’s mobile devices and services unit, which completed in April last year. However, it has imposed a Read more

Jack Ellis

06 Aug 2015

Amazon cloud contract IP warning tops most read blogs of the year so far list as we take a summer break

After a very busy seven months, the IAM blog is now taking its annual summer break. We’ll be back reporting on 27th August. For those of you not enjoying a holiday this month, here are a few stats to chew on. According to Google Analytics we have had 77,107 unique users since 1st January, who between them have visited us 138,254 times. The top 10 countries for visitors are (in order): 1. The US; 2. The UK; 3. Canada; 4. Germany; 5. India; 6. Japan; 7. The Netherlands; 8. South Korea; 9. Read more

Joff Wild

04 Aug 2015

An SEP licensing system with no rules has no future, says IEEE Standards Board executive

In a wide-ranging interview, Konstantinos Karachalios, the managing director of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), has explained why he feels the changes made earlier this year to the IEEE-SA’s patent policy, were essential to the future stability of licensing worldwide. Speaking to the IAM blog Karachalios insisted: “This is about the dynamics of the entire system and a system with no rules has no future and the system where the rules are totally ambiguous has no Read more

Richard Lloyd

04 Aug 2015

“Thank you Tesla for opening up your patents”: the Chinese company that might test Elon Musk’s IP views

Last week, the automotive press was abuzz – and more than a little puzzled – over the debut of the Youxia X, a Chinese-built electric vehicle (EV) with what appears to be an eclectic set of influences. Most prominent is that of the Tesla Model S: the sedan has been described variously as a ‘clone’, ‘copycat’ and ‘rip-off’ of the US company's best-selling model. While closer scrutiny of the start-up suggests that it is not Read more

Jacob Schindler

03 Aug 2015

After being opposed for so long, Spain could be about to change its mind on joining the UPC

A new Spanish patent act will come into force on 1st April 2017, following its recent publication in the country’s Official Gazette. There is a detailed look at all the major provisions in the legislation over on the PatLit blog, but what looks to be the most significant change is that, for first time ever, a substantive examination will be required before the grant of a patent in Spain. Up until now, examination has been optional, meaning that only around 10% of applicants bothered with Read more

Joff Wild

02 Aug 2015

The US may not have a world class patent system, but its professionals are second to none

Reading a story in the Washington Post on Friday about the on-going controversy surrounding the USPTO’s teleworking scheme, I wondered again about a claim made recently by the agency’s director Michelle Lee that the US has a world class patent system. It was a line in a speech on 6th July in which she outlined why she supported further legislative reform:  “As I’ve said before, it’s important that these changes reduce the incentives for harmful litigation Read more

Joff Wild

31 Jul 2015

The companies that abandon most US and EPO patents – and shoulder much responsibility for raising quality

In the latest issue of IAM magazine – available for subscribers to view online from today – Matthew Beers and Maria Lazarova of Ocean Tomo take a deep-dive look at patent abandonments data from both the USPTO and EPO. The full article contains a wealth of interesting data but, for the purposes of this blog we’ll take a sneak peek at the findings relating to IP owners and which of them abandon the most patents at both agencies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, about Read more

Jack Ellis

31 Jul 2015

The auto industry's patent dance; Google execs on big data; US and EPO abandonment rates; and more in IAM 73

Issue 73 of IAM has been published online and is available for subscribers. Hard copies are in the post and should be hitting door mats and desk tops next week. In this issue’s cover story, we explain why the technology revolution in the auto industry has resulted in the sector’s wholehearted embrace of patents and explore how further advancements are likely to accelerate the process. Some believe that these trends are bound to lead to an uptick in litigation; others are not so Read more

Joff Wild

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