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23 Jun 2017

Even if IPRs are deemed unconstitutional, not much will change - except for pharma sector, which will hate it

Since the US Supreme Court granted cert in Oil States Energy Services, a case which challenges the constitutionality of the IPR process, the patent community has been debating whether this might mark the end of post-issuance reviews. If that were to happen, what might it mean for the patent market? According to this guest blog from Zachary Silbersher of Kroub Silbersher & Kolmykov the impact for most sectors might be more muted than anticipated, while for branded pharmaceutical companies Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Jun 2017

If you want to make a successful deal in China, leave your standard licence template at home

A lot of the activity going on in the China market is so-called soft licensing. Rather than showing up with claim charts in hand, Western technology executives are exploring ways that they can work together with Chinese partners. It’s certainly safer and may well be a smarter approach. One of the more active participants in this trend has been General Electric. At IPBC Global in Ottawa earlier this week, the company’s senior director for licensing and technology ventures Douglas Read more

Jacob Schindler

22 Jun 2017

Pro-patent legislation introduced yesterday is unlikely to make it out of US Congress, but it's still smart politics

The STRONGER Patent Act - a bipartisan bill introduced into the US Senate yesterday by Democrats Chris Coons (Delaware), Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), and Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton – is almost certain not to make it onto the statute books; but it is important nonetheless. Proposing to “to strengthen the US patent system through implementing measures to make it easier and less costly for patent holders to enforce their patents”, the legislation Read more

Joff Wild

22 Jun 2017

The UPC will not get started in 2017 and don't bet too much on it happening in 2018 either

It’s been a big political week in the UK. On Monday, David Davis, the government minister overseeing the Brexit process, finally had his first formal meeting with Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the EU27, so beginning the discussions around the country’s departure from the European Union. Then, yesterday, Parliament was opened by the Queen following the inconclusive 8th June election which saw the ruling Conservative government unexpectedly lose its overall majority and, Read more

Joff Wild

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence challenges, US optimism, UPC doubts and much more: Day Two of IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market over the next year in asdvance of us all coming together once more next June for IPBC Global 2018 in San Francisco. North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC) get Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Jun 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights of what took place in the plenaries and breakouts, as well as all the gossip from the conference fringes, are IAM’s North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), Asia editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and senior reporter Sara-Jayne Clover (SJC). Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Jun 2017

IPBC Global 2017 gets down to business today in Ottawa, here are some highlights from previous years

The plenary and breakout sessions for this year’s IPBC Global get underway in Ottawa in less than two hours’ time. The 500+ delegates attending the event are going to have access to a speaking faculty composed of many of the most innovative thinkers in the IP business space, including senior operating company decision-makers, NPE executives, policy makers, top third-party strategists and private practitioners. They’ll be looking at issues as diverse as convergence, the patent Read more

Joff Wild

18 Jun 2017

As it celebrates its 10th birthday, much has changed at IPBC Global; some things, though, have stayed the same

At 5.30 pm EST on Sunday, IPBC Global – the annual conference that brings together the world’s IP value creation elite – gets underway in Ottawa with an opening reception at the Fairmont Hotel just across the road from the main event venue – the Shaw conference centre. The Canadian capital is looking in fine shape as it gears up for the big celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary, which takes place on 1st July, Canada Day. This year is also a special Read more

Joff Wild

17 Jun 2017

Intel issues IP warning to rivals as semiconductor sector continues to heat up

Late last week Intel marked the 40th birthday of its first x86 microprocessor with a blog post from the company’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, and Richard A. Uhlig, director of systems and software research. The pair explained the significance of the x86’s birth; it paved the way for modern PCs and, as they wrote, “literally changed the world”. It was certainly a landmark worth noting. But what stands out from the pair’s post and got parts of the tech Read more

Richard Lloyd

16 Jun 2017

Leanne in as global patent licensing chief at Technicolor after Patel takes CIPO job at TiVo

Yesterday was a busy day for both TiVo and Technicolor. First off, it was announced that Arvin Patel – the chief IP officer at Technicolor – is to leave the Paris-based company to become chief IP officer at Tivo; then later in the day IAM learned from sources inside Technicolor that Deirdre Leanne had been appointed the head of its global patent licensing operation with immediate effect – essentially taking over much of Patel's role. Leanne, who joined Read more

Joff Wild

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