IAM Issue 71

May/June 2015

Japan’s uneasy relationship with patent monetisation

Japanese companies are increasingly interested in maximising the potential of their patent portfolios; but a combination of economic factors, cultural barriers and knowledge gaps makes one of the most obvious paths to value – patent monetisation – a challenging prospect

Industry insight

Free patent searches: at what cost?

When using patent information services, you get what you pay for

Features

Patents and finance – lost in translation

Justifying patent expenses can be tough for in-house counsel. However, finding a common language is crucial to helping chief financial officers understand how patents help their investments

The NPE outlook

It has never been harder to be an NPE in the United States, so it’s no surprise that at the NPE 2015 conference in New York, opportunities further afield were a major subject of discussion

Rambus 3.0 – invention to products

Over 25 years Rambus has transitioned from a technology development company to a patent monetisation entity to a business focused on both licensing and product innovation. These changes have been driven from within, with the legal team playing a crucial role

Patent kings – the dominant players in the US patent landscape

There has been plenty of movement in the latest edition of IAM and MDB Capital Group’s annual listing of the world’s largest portfolios of active US patent assets. But it remains the case that a handful of companies still rule the roost

Quality counts

New review procedures introduced by the America Invents Act, recent USPTO initiatives and key rulings from the US Supreme Court have increased the focus on patent quality. This marks a significant change for companies and lawyers filing patents

Quality over quantity: the evolution of post-grant reviews

Instituted by the America Invents Act, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was formed in September 2012 to limit excessive litigation costs and improve patent quality in the United States. We take a look at its progress since then

The Korean IP environment

Analysis of recent filing, litigation and damages trends in South Korea highlights the country’s prospects as an increasingly important IP marketplace

The people’s court

Ballooning patent portfolios, new IP courts and intense tech-sector competition mean that activity in China’s litigation space is heating up. Could this become the next major forum for high-stakes patent battles?

The innovation cycle: an IP strategy for sustained business leadership

A great innovation is only the first step for success. The best companies understand that the key to sustainable advantage is to build a model for successive innovation so that they are continuously one step ahead of their competitors

Columns

Towards a working definition of patent quality

Interested in making good patents the rule rather than the exception? Let us start with a more reliable definition of ‘quality’

An integrated approach to managing IP risk

Management that employ a risk mitigation strategy for their intellectual property can maintain freedom to operate and profitability for their business

The French defence: clarifying the scope of experimental use exemptions

The Paris High Court has accepted an experimental use exemption for biosimilars and for marketing authorisations outside the European Union

Retreating from strong bio-industry innovation incentives could damage our health

The biotech sector is rarely mentioned in the US patent reform debate, but proposed legislation and recent court decisions present it with major challenges

Data Centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

Insights

A round-up of IP-related quotes, observations and opinions from the recent past …

It’s time for the EPO to embrace transparency and let the light shine in

An ongoing dispute between the senior management of the European Patent Office and a union representing examiners shows why transparency is vital at an agency whose role will only become more important