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31 Mar 2015

Asian companies lead the way in royalty-free patent licence strategies

Seoul-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Korean port city of Changwon that will see it share its patents and knowhow relating to liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine technology with local businesses. DSME – one of the world’s largest shipbuilding concerns, with its main shipyard in Korea located in Okpo, just a few miles from Changwon – will issue licences and hold information Read more

Jack Ellis

30 Mar 2015

No ifs, no buts - it is time to shine a bright and permanent light on the full workings of the EPO

When senior managers of the European Patent Office (EPO) decided to issue a public statement denying that it had breached the human rights of staff, it was the clearest indication yet that there has been a complete breakdown in the relationship between them and at least some of their employees. Dated 18th March and running under the headline “No, the EPO is not violating fundamental human rights”, the statement began by summarising an explosive situation: “A Read more

Joff Wild

30 Mar 2015

Patent royalties may be about to come under the microscope in India, but regulators should step carefully

An Indian mobile industry association last week submitted a report to the country’s government calling on regulators to rein in patent royalties being demanded of domestic handset makers by foreign companies, according to a story in the Economic Times. The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) says that aggressive licensing demands by the likes of Ericsson threaten efforts to boost homegrown handset manufacturing under the Modi administration’s ‘Make in Read more

Jacob Schindler

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 a director in Allen Lo's patent team at Google, has become the head of IP at Uber. Schulman had been with Google since 2005, holding various IP-related positions. These included director of licensing, managing patent counsel and, most recently, director of patents. He also played a central role in the establishment of the LOT Network and continues to sit on its advisory board.  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

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