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On IAM this week, we revealed that Facebook had returned to Google to hire its new chief patent counsel – this after previously going to the search giant to pick up Allen Lo to be the company’s head of IP.  Elsewhere, we reported on Microsoft’s decision to write down a major investment it had made in Intellectual Ventures’ third patent fund, and explained why recent actions by the US government aimed at Chinese companies may persuade long-time rivals Huawei and ZTE to call an end to patent disputes they are currently fighting with each other.

All stories published this week here.

Google loses another patent heavy hitter to Facebook

Microsoft in $136.5 million write down of investment in Intellectual Ventures' third patent fund

Patent truce reported between ZTE and Huawei as more US sanctions loom over Chinese tech

The UPC now looks like a racing certainty, but don't bet on UK being part of the unitary patent regime

RPX’s new owners will face tough task of improving financials and keeping members on board

Broadcom hits Toyota with US patent suit, signalling auto licensing ambitions

Xiaomi’s IPO filing sheds light on state of patent portfolio and cost of IP acquisitions

The SAS decision looks like making life tougher for both patent owners and petitioners

Israel's innovation story is extraordinary, but just assuming it will continue would be a big mistake

India’s Supreme Court will hear Monsanto’s challenge to a recent ruling imperiling agri-tech patentability

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