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12 Feb 2016

Four years of US patent litigation: an infographic

Over the last few years the steady rise in new patent litigation cases in the US has formed the principal backdrop to the debates around proposed patent reform. New joinder rules introduced by the America Invents Act have helped fuel the higher number of cases, but how have other events impacted the rate at which new lawsuits are filed? The biggest one-off driver of a big jump in monthly filings undoubtedly came in November last year when the introduction of higher pleading standards on Read more

Richard Lloyd

12 Feb 2016

Chinese defendants seek to regain initiative in US court fights with increased IPR filings

Beijing-based medical device manufacturer BMC Medical this week touted a recent inter partes review (IPR) decision knocking out a patent that competitor ResMed has used to sue the Chinese company in the US. The two companies make masks and humidifiers designed to treat sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory problems, and have been fighting over patents since at least 2013 in Germany, the US and China. BMC is not alone – data shows that China’s IP heavyweights are stepping Read more

Jacob Schindler

11 Feb 2016

Any debate on post issuance reviews should consider the impact of “dark IPRs”

Since post-issuance proceedings were overhauled at the USPTO in 2012, following the passing of the America Invents Act, there has been much analysis and – in some quarters – outcry over the effect that they have had on patent rights in the US. The initial high level of institutions and subsequent claim invalidation rates in inter partes reviews have, of course, become the subject of much debate. Those rates have dropped off since the early talk of “patent death Read more

Richard Lloyd

11 Feb 2016

Korea will need more than litigation risk reduction to put its IP rights balance firmly in the black

The License On Transfer (LOT) Network announced last week that it has welcomed Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors as its first new members in 2016. As well as being the second and third automotive OEM companies to sign up to the alliance since Ford and Mazda joined in February and March respectively last year, Hyundai and Kia are also LOT’s first Korean members. The LOT Network was launched in early 2014 when Canon, Google and SAP joined forces to create a membership-based Read more

Jack Ellis

09 Feb 2016

Internet of things is big change that licensing must accommodate, says Alfalahi as he prepares for new job

After the smartphone revolution the next step change in global connectivity is undoubtedly going to be the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Machine to machine connections which bring everything from simple household appliances to cars and industrial machinery online, will markedly increase the number of connected devices worldwide. Gatrner, for instance, predicts that by 2020 there will be more than 20 billion connected “things” in use up from around five billion Read more

Richard Lloyd

08 Feb 2016

Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe - UPDATED

Last week I was at the European Patent Office in The Hague to make a presentation at the annual two-day, DG1 management meeting. This is a get-together of all directors and managers in the office’s operations directorate-general, the one that is responsible for dealing with examinations and oppositions. For the first time, this year a group of outside speakers was invited to attend. Some gave their views on the performance of the office and how it can be improved; while others, such Read more

Joff Wild

07 Feb 2016

The EU patent and UPC will be global game-changers. Find out why in San Francisco on 18th February

Just a handful of delegate places are still available for IAM’s unique one day event focusing on the ways in which the EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) will affect the IP strategies of US companies that operate in Europe, and how they should prepare for the new regime. Taking place on 18th February at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Inside Europe’s New Patent Market boasts a world-class speaking faculty, with senior representatives from the likes of the Read more

Joff Wild

05 Feb 2016

VirnetX award may be just the start of a very tough year for Apple in the courts

It was déjà vu all over again in an East Texas courtroom on Wednesday as a jury once more found that Apple had infringed four VirnetX patents and ordered the tech giant to pay $625.6 million. That represented $250 million more than Apple had been ordered to cough up in the original case in 2012 (although that award would also have been bolstered by a running royalty). In 2014 that decision was sent back to district court by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on a Read more

Richard Lloyd

05 Feb 2016

More questions than answers as BYD drops Shenzhen suits against Apple

Court records from the Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen show that BYD has dropped two patent infringement lawsuits that it filed against client Apple back in May 2015. But since the two cases were closed in late December, the legal back-and-forth has continued in a California federal court, as Apple argues that its supplier breached an IP non-assert clause in their contract and should be compelled to participate in arbitration. IAM first highlighted this dispute back in November, when Read more

Jacob Schindler

04 Feb 2016

Data shows the “strong and persistent positive effects” patents have on start-ups, say report authors

Last week we reported on a new a piece of research titled “The bright side of patents” which revealed the considerable benefits that start-ups can derive from US patent grants. Some of the results were remarkable, including significant advantages in raising VC funding, fuelling employment growth and turbocharging sales. The paper looked at 45,819 first-time patent applications by start-ups from 2001 that received a preliminary decision by 2009 and a final decision by the end of Read more

Richard Lloyd

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