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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

30 Jul 2015

Spangenberg on latest big pharma filing: “This tells me I’m on to something important”

Yesterday the pharmaceutical company Celgene filed a motion for sanctions against Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg and their Coalition for Affordable Drugs, accusing them of abusing the inter partes review (IPR) process. In what has quickly become the patent story of the year Bass and Spangenberg have filed a series of IPRs against what they see as weak pharmaceutical patents that should never have been issued. Earlier this month we published an interview with Bass in which he stressed that Read more

Richard Lloyd

30 Jul 2015

Brazil joins India as a jurisdiction in which patent-light Chinese smartphone makers may fear to tread

It increasingly looks like we are on the cusp of entering a second round of smartphone patent wars, driven by the expansion of China’s fast-moving, lower-end mobile device manufacturers outside of their home markets. Earlier this month, Brazil’s competition regulator – the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica (CADE) – handed down a decision that underlines just how important South America’s largest and most populous country could prove to be if this new Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Jul 2015

New court filings throw light on ZTE’s “PR battle” with Vringo

The multi-year, worldwide and ongoing litigation battle between ZTE and non-practising entity (NPE) Vringo took an interesting twist last week when a series of internal ZTE documents were filed with a New York court. The documents, which largely consist of communications between ZTE staff, detail how the Chinese telecom company has set out to wage a “PR battle” against Vringo as the pair faced off over a series of patent infringement cases. They also throw light on ZTE’s Read more

Richard Lloyd

28 Jul 2015

Chinese VC firm to target European high tech companies with new $5 billion takeover fund

Chinese investment firm GSR Capital yesterday announced the launch of a $5 billion M&A fund, which it said would be used for large-scale buyouts of western technology companies in sectors including life sciences, wireless communications and clean energy. Chairman Sonny Wu told Bloomberg that the firm will mainly target European businesses, in what could be another sign that the future home of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is set to become the prime destination for Chinese Read more

Jacob Schindler

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