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08 Dec 2016

As another Asian university launches US patent assertion campaign, questions will be asked about the role of NPEs

Barely a week after KAIST sued several major tech companies in what appeared to be the first ever patent infringement action initiated by an Asian university in the United States, another Korean educational institution has launched its own assertion campaign in the Northern Districty of California. An affiliate of South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University filed the suits earlier this week, targeting German optical imaging company Carl Zeiss and Michigan-based LMI Technologies, which Read more

Jack Ellis

06 Dec 2016

Injunctions, trolls, booming markets, award winners and much more on IPBC Asia 2016 Day Two

The second day of IPBC Asia 2016 in Shanghai has just come to an end and the event is over – with delegates enjoying a final networking opportunity in the closing drinks reception. Once again, the IAM editorial team – Editor Joff Wild (JW), Asia-Pacific Editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and North America Editor Richard Lloyd (RL) - has been monitoring events. These are some of the highlights … Injunction insights – The preliminary injunction is a powerful weapon in Read more

Joff Wild

05 Dec 2016

Inside Microsoft's big deal with Xiaomi and much more from Day One of IPBC Asia 2016

The first full day of IPBC Asia 2016 in Shanghai has just come to an end. A crowd of over 400 have enjoyed a challenging programme of both plenary and breakout sessions, as well as many networking opportunities. The IAM editorial team – Editor Joff Wild (JW), Asia-Pacific Editor Jacob Schindler (JS) and North America Editor Richard Lloyd (RL) - has been monitoring events. These are some of the highlights …  Getting personal - In the opening plenary of the day, featuring Read more

Joff Wild

04 Dec 2016

IP market pioneer McCurdy leaves RPX to become name partner at Quatela Lynch

Dan McCurdy, senior vice-president at RPX with responsibility for data and technology solutions, is to leave the defensive patent aggregator to become a partner with strategic IP consultancy Quatela Lynch. He will join on 1st January 2017, when its name will also change to Quatela Lynch McCurdy. The move comes just weeks after Laura Quatela, who founded the firm with former Kodak chief IP officer Tim Lynch in 2014, was named as the new chief legal officer of Lenovo, sitting on the executive Read more

Joff Wild

04 Dec 2016

USPTO won’t risk ire of Congressional Republicans over increase in fees

The USPTO has indicated that any proposed fee increases, which were announced in October, will not come into effect until after President-elect Trump’s inauguration, erasing the threat of a potential showdown between the agency and Republican leaders in Congress. Shortly after Trump’s election victory GOP Congressional leaders including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Judiciary Committee head Bob Goodlatte wrote to the heads of government agencies warning them against Read more

Richard Lloyd

02 Dec 2016

Latest issue of IAM reveals exclusive new data on the state of play in the US brokered patent market

Issue 81 of IAM has been published and is available online for subscribers. Hard copies are in the post and should be with you shortly. Everyone operating in the US patent market knows just how tough it is and brokers probably realise it more than most. After all, they are the ones on the transactional frontline and their livelihoods depend on getting deals done. In issue 81’s cover story, we publish the results of the annual Richardson Oliver Law Group survey of the US brokered Read more

Joff Wild

02 Dec 2016

Chinese company scores injunction on four Samsung devices over “pattern unlock” patent

The long-running dispute over Apple’s infamous “slide to unlock” patent is one of the best known battles of the smartphone patent wars. But in China, a fight over another phone unlocking method – one that was introduced in part to avoid infringing Apple’s patented sliding method – may just be getting started. And Samsung Electronics has come out the loser in round one. Last Sunday, a Chinese-language news site based in coastal Fujian province reported Read more

Jacob Schindler

01 Dec 2016

Deal between TiVo and Netflix provides welcome licensing boost and confirms value of IV tie-up

The licensing deal announced earlier this week between set top box operator TiVo and Netflix covers more than just IP. The agreed terms mean that TiVo will continue integrating Netflix into its devices, something which includes unified search of content and the incorporation of a Netflix button on TiVo remote controls. Like many licensing transactions of late, then, the agreement is about improving product offerings and growing the number of users that have access to a company’s product, Read more

Richard Lloyd

01 Dec 2016

Korean university gets in on assertion act with EDTx suit targeting Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm

There has been plenty of discussion of late about US universities becoming increasingly aggressive in enforcing their patent rights against alleged industry infringers. Now, it looks like Asian universities are beginning to get in on the act too. Earlier this week, an entity affiliated with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) filed a lawsuit in the US Eastern District of Texas. The filing, naming KAIST IP US LLC as plaintiff, claims that US semiconductor companies Read more

Jack Ellis

29 Nov 2016

Recent deals show operating companies are still in the business of working with NPEs on monetisation projects

One of the things that sometimes gets lost in discussions around patent licensing, the worth of intangible assets and the role that NPEs continue to play in the market is that, as a series of recent announcement has shown, there remains a significant and perhaps growing group of operating companies that are very much engaged in the monetisation market. Last week this blog reported that Panasonic had transferred a small portfolio of 20 patents to Conversant. That’s not a new approach Read more

Richard Lloyd

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