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24 Feb 2018

Win a free delegate place at IPBC Global by taking part in the IAM benchmarking survey

Responses have been flowing in since the 2018 IAM benchmarking survey was launched two weeks ago. If you haven’t done so already, try to find 15 minutes to have your say on the critical issues and trends currently affecting the global IP market in areas such as transactions, patent quality, patent office performance, policy and litigation. Your participation will help to shine a light on the challenges facing the IP community – and how these have developed year-on-year. And to Read more

Adam Houldsworth

23 Feb 2018

InterDigital sees revenue boosted by LG deal and forecasts big benefits from new US tax law

InterDigital announced its 2017 financials yesterday and while they didn’t match last year’s blockbuster performance, the company still saw total income of a little over $530 million. Although that was down from $665.9 million in 2016, its licensing agreement with LG Electronics signed in December helped boost recurring revenues for the fourth quarter to $99.1 million (up from $93.6 million year-on-year). The drop in the top line left investors unimpressed as the share price Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Feb 2018

Drug pricing white paper allays pharma patent fears, but innovators should remain vigilant

A recent report from the US president’s executive office on reducing drug prices makes reassuring reading for innovators concerned about the future of pharmaceutical patents under the Trump administration. In contrast to comments previously made by the president and his new health secretary Alex Azar, the paper robustly defends innovators’ IP rights, while recommending regulatory and insurance reforms, as well as a clamp down on foreign “free-riding”, to lower medical Read more

Adam Houldsworth

23 Feb 2018

How Samsung and Huawei have fared in 42 Chinese patent cases against each other so far

The patent and FRAND dispute between Huawei and Samsung is taking place in both the United States and China. But the speed of the judicial machinery in the latter has made Huawei’s home turf more immediately relevant. That has the Korean company worried – as this blog reported earlier in the month, Samsung has asked a judge in California’s Northern District to prevent Huawei from enforcing an injunction it earned in January from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Feb 2018

RPX says it is evaluating “strategic alternatives” and forecasts sharp decline in business

Yesterday, defensive patent aggregator RPX announced its fourth quarter and full financial year 2017 results, and revealed what readers of this blog have known for several weeks: a “for sale” sign has been erected by the firm - or, as the company put it in a press release: “The Board of Directors is conducting a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to maximise shareholder value.” Last month, RPX began meeting with possible buyers, raising the Read more

Richard Lloyd

22 Feb 2018

An exclusive look at Uber’s patent position as purchases ramp up and Waymo dispute settles

At one point the world’s most valuable start-up, Uber has made a concerted drive – especially in the last two years – to expand its patent portfolio as it eyes a 2019 target for going public. Against this backdrop, as well as news of its recent settlement with Waymo, IAM provides an exclusive analysis of the ride-sharing company’s patent position, its brand and the most salient IP-related storylines in recent years. Patent portfolio breakdown Uber’s Read more

Timothy Au

22 Feb 2018

Hitachi chip unit embarks on first patent battle as buyout firm prepares to take the reins

A semiconductor manufacturing equipment unit is set to become the latest onetime Hitachi subsidiary to be spun as the Japanese company continues to re-engineer its business strategy. Hitachi Kokusai Electric was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange last week following buyout firm KKR's completion of a $2.2 billion takeover, a deal which includes thousands of patents. The strength of that portfolio will be tested for the first time in a US litigation battle Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Feb 2018

USPTO Director Iancu joins the stellar speaking faculty for IPBC Global 2018 this June

Andrei Iancu, who became USPTO Director earlier this month, is the latest big name speaker to confirm for IPBC Global 2018, being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 10th to 12th June. He joins what is shaping up to be the strongest and most prestigious IPBC Global speaking faculty we have assembled since the event began in 2008. During the course of his confirmation process Iancu gave little away about how he would approach the myriad major issues – many of them highly Read more

Joff Wild

20 Feb 2018

Despite the spin, new report shows NPEs are responsible for a fraction of European patent litigation

For several years executives from various US-based NPEs have been talking about the much more appealing litigation environment in various European countries as they have seen the climate become far tougher in their home market. Germany, in particular, is probably the jurisdiction US patent owners of every stripe talk about most because of the potential injunctions the courts of Europe's largest economy offer to victorious plaintiffs. In a post-eBay America, that's enough Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Feb 2018

Sharp and Hisense bury the patent hatchet as they move toward resolving acrimonious brand and commercial dispute

A conflict over use of the Sharp brand name in the US market for televisions has pitted the Foxconn-owned display maker against Chinese licencee Hisense in IP and commercial lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions since last June. Now, disclosures made by Sharp in the process of withdrawing a patent infringement lawsuit and an ITC investigation suggest that the two parties have agreed to a patent truce as they move towards a broad resolution. The dispute is over a 2015 agreement which gave Read more

Jacob Schindler

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