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24 Nov 2017

Oil States could spell the end of inter partes reviews, but that isn’t the only threat they face

The US Supreme Court will next week hear oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services v Greene’s Energy Group, which concerns the constitutionality of inter partes reviews (IPRs) – the controversial USPTO invalidity proceedings introduced by the America Invents Act. Should the nine justices strike down IPRs it would send shockwaves through the American patent landscape, removing a process that has been condemned by many rights holders and celebrated by others. But, even if they Read more

Adam Houldsworth

24 Nov 2017

Judicial IP reforms head President Xi's priority list for China, according to top policy body

A powerful policy committee within the Chinese Communist Party held its first meeting of Xi Jinping’s second term as General Secretary this week. Xi, of course, is also president of the People's Republic. The report that emerged from the get-together names judicial IP reforms as one of just a handful of top national priorities, alongside pressing issues like water pollution and a shortage of doctors and teachers. Chaired by President Xi himself and stacked with Read more

Jacob Schindler

23 Nov 2017

ICT patent players want a higher bar for CII grants, report finds; but worries emerge about SME IP awareness

EU-funded CIFRA research project (Challenging the ICT Patent Framework for Responsible Innovation) has recently published the results of a broad consultation across the ICT value chain designed to assess different experts’ perceptions of the most pressing challenges in the ICT patent ecosystem, as well as to determine potential measures to alleviate them. Research team members Knut Blind, Eduardo Fullea and Toni López-Carrasco summarise its main findings, which identify a range of Read more

Joff Wild

23 Nov 2017

Very quietly, Qualcomm seems to have published its proposed 5G rate structure for mobile handsets

A document posted to Qualcomm’s website appears to outline its planned royalty scheme for 5G devices. While the San-Diego based chipmaker does not seem to have made a formal announcement or issued a press release, the one-page “Qualcomm 5G NR Royalty Terms Statement” looks like it was uploaded to the company’s website on 19th November. IAM has made the document available in full at this link. The statement lays out a framework that it says will give makers of Read more

Bing Zhao

22 Nov 2017

Time is running out for IAM Strategy 300 nominations

There is not much time left to make a nomination for the 2018 edition of IAM Strategy 300, so if you know a world-leading IP strategist who deserves recognition, then please nominate them here before the closing date of 29th November. Since 2009, the IAM Strategy 300 has served as a unique tool for those seeking to identify strategically-adept IP professionals with the proven ability to maximise the value of intellectual property. To ensure that the guide continues to provide comprehensive Read more

Adam Houldsworth

21 Nov 2017

Tough market realities confront RPX and other service providers that are eyeing China expansion

On a recent quarterly earnings call, RPX CEO Marty Roberts told analysts that the firm is looking to expand its presence in China in 2018. The exact dimensions of the aggregator’s planned investment aren’t known as of yet, but when you speak with senior IP executives inside Chinese companies one thing becomes clear very quickly: saying you want to be in China and actually being there are two very different things. If RPX really does want to take advantage of the opportunities the Read more

Bing Zhao

20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the right to sublicense a broad range of BlackBerry patents to a majority of global smartphone manufacturers”. BlackBerry will retain ownership of a portfolio “of approximately 40,000 patents and applications” and operate Read more

Joff Wild

20 Nov 2017

Shenzhen customs authorities go to bat for Huawei & ZTE by blocking export of 260,000 patent-infringing products

According to a report from Xinhua news agency, a special IP enforcement campaign is being undertaken by customs authorities at a national level in China. One particular initiative, in the high-tech hub of Shenzhen, is of particular interest given what kinds of goods are apparently being targeted and on whose behalf. A short item in English from last week notes that the special campaign, which China Daily calls Longteng but is more colourfully translated as “Soaring Dragon”, has Read more

Jacob Schindler

17 Nov 2017

“I have serious concerns about where the patent system is heading,” Senator Coons tells IAM event

Earlier this week we held our third annual Patent Law and Policy event in Washington DC. With the approach to patents in the new administration slowly taking shape, the Supreme Court continuing to have its say in key areas, the PTAB celebrating five years of activity and investors in the patent space grappling with the culture of uncertainty, there was a huge amount for panelists and delegates to discuss. One of our keynote speakers was Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Read more

Richard Lloyd

17 Nov 2017

Patent activity around batteries heats up as LG Chem and Japan’s Toray team up against Chinese competitor

Massive government subsidies have led to a huge amount of activity in China’s electric vehicle sector. But key foreign suppliers like LG Chem have faced obstacles in the country as official policies favour local firms. Now, the Korean company and its Japanese partner Toray have filed a US patent suit and an ITC complaint seeking to keep one of these Chinese firms out of the US market. But that is just one of the signs that patent activity in the battery field may be Read more

Jacob Schindler

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