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27 Mar 2015

China's lead in graphene patents will count for little if it does not result in products that come to market

Research released by the UK IP Office (UKIPO) this week reveals that Chiese entities own more graphene-related patents than those from any other country. However, the findings also underline the difficulties that Chinese IP owners seem to be experiencing in commercialising their innovations – meaning that they could miss out on reaping the full benefits of their runaway lead. Graphene – which was first isolated and produced in a measurable quantity in the labs of the Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Mar 2015

IBM has sold over 15,000 patents since 1991; Google is its biggest customer

There is no doubt that IBM has been a trailblazer in IP value creation – first as a pioneering patent and technology licensor beginning in the 1990s; and, more recently, as a significant source of patents for other companies looking to bolster their portfolios. Big Blue’s status as a leading deal driver has been laid bare in research by Maulin Shah, managing attorney of Enivision IP. He reviewed IBM’s patent assignment data from 1991 to get an insight into who has been Read more

Joff Wild

26 Mar 2015

New data confirms that US patents are being knocked out on 101 grounds in record numbers

Lex Machina’s second annual review of the patent litigation landscape in the US is out today and the IAM blog has had an exclusive preview of what is a very comprehensive piece of work. The main headline figure for last year – that the number of new patent cases fell by more than a thousand – has been known since January. In fact, the downward trend in litigation rates in 2014 first became apparent when Lex Machina reported a big drop year-on-year for September. Recent Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Mar 2015

Mazda aligns with Japan's anti-NPE camp but increases IP value with LOTNET membership

Japanese carmaker Mazda signed up to the License On Transfer Network (LOTNET) this week, demonstrating how the litigation risk reduction initiative is spreading its appeal to a diverse range of IP owners – and proving again that Japanese companies across the board are exploring new IP value creation opportunities. Under the LOTNET scheme, each member of the network agrees that when it transfers ownership of a patent to a third party, the other members automatically receive a licence Read more

Jack Ellis

25 Mar 2015

Uber taps up senior Google patent team member to become its head of IP

File under one we should have noticed before; but didn’t: Eric Schulman, up until recently director of patents at Google, has become the head of IP at Uber. Schulman had been with Google since 2005, holding various positions within the company’s IP function. These included director of licensing and managing patent counsel. He also played a central role in the establishment of the LOT Network and continues to sit on its advisory board.  Moving to Uber as overall head of IP Read more

Joff Wild

24 Mar 2015

InterDigital reveals that, like Qualcomm, it is reworking relationship with IEEE after introduction of new patent policy

In February the standards setting organization the IEEE announced a number of significant changes to its patent policy – the terms which govern the licensing of a range of standard essential patents, particularly in the Wi-Fi space. Those changes have proved controversial to say the least with Qualcomm disclosing soon after the IEEE’s announcement that it would not be making licensing commitments under the new policy. And now, in a letter to the IEEE, InterDigital has also Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Mar 2015

New hire suggests we could soon be hearing a lot more about IP from Cantor Fitzgerald

Shival Virmani, previously vice-president of licensing at Rockstar Consortium, has joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a managing director in its IP division. During his time at the Ottawa-based NPE, formed after the Nortel auction, Virmani was closely involved in a number of deals. His recruitment is a considerable feather in the cap of Andrew Ramer, who has led the IP operation at the bank since he joined in November 2013 and reports directly to chairman and CEO Howard Lutnick. Given Read more

Joff Wild

24 Mar 2015

Panasonic makes its case as Japan’s IP strategy leader with royalty-free and open source plans

Panasonic announced that it will grant royalty-free access to its patents, software and other technology assets relevant to the development of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) services at the Embedded Linux Conference in San Diego yesterday. This represents the latest in a string of strategic moves that has seen the Japanese company attempting to create added value from its vast – and costly – IP holdings. Under the proposed scheme, Panasonic will offer licences to its Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Mar 2015

Patents give Kodak a second chance – and what could be more American than that?

How will we come to view Kodak? The iconic US company emerged from bankruptcy in 2013 after it had missed the digital photography revolution and crumbled into technological irrelevance. On Sunday it was the subject of a New York Times article which looked at how the former film-making giant was trying to survive, in part by mining its extensive IP portfolio to develop new technologies. The importance of the company’s IP was clear from the start of the bankruptcy process when it Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Mar 2015

Chinese legislators miss the point on inventor remuneration

One of the outcomes from this month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing was the publication of a new draft of the country’s ‘Law for Promoting Science and Technology Achievements’ (LPSTA). While the law drew fire from some for failing to increase compensation for inventors, such critiques gloss over the greater obstacle to innovation in China: the still-ambiguous ownership status of some inventions. The LPSTA is one of the laws in China Read more

Jacob Schindler

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