IAM Issue 78

July/August 2016

Hard times in the global patent market; but hope too, in places

Times are tough for IP dealmakers: pressure to monetise rights is increasing just as patent values are falling and deal volume is declining. There is uncertainty, too, around eligibility and SEPs. These findings and more are revealed in this year’s IAM IP market benchmarking survey

Features

Know thyself: how well do you understand your own IP strategy?

A groundbreaking benchmarking study by Columbia University examines the IP development programmes and patenting strategies of a number of leading research institutes and discusses the implications of the results

If it’s broke, fix it

The market has arguably never been tougher for NPEs. In order to survive, several are now changing their business models; but it is not yet clear whether they can do enough to pull through

The Asian perspective on IP’s global realignment

The IP market’s centre of gravity appears to be shifting inexorably from the United States to Europe. But what do Asia’s IP owners make of this trend? We sat down with them to find out

Hard times in the global patent market; but hope too, in places

Times are tough for IP dealmakers: pressure to monetise rights is increasing just as patent values are falling and deal volume is declining. There is uncertainty, too, around eligibility and SEPs. These findings and more are revealed in this year’s IAM IP market benchmarking survey

Accelerated prosecution for licensing programmes

Accelerated prosecution can result in impressive savings – for the right sets of patents. However, any cost effectiveness will depend on the technology and the value of the licensing programme being developed

Meet this year’s US Patent 1,000

Last issue, we revealed the companies that own the 100 largest portfolios of active US patents. Here, we expand the list to name each of the 383 entities that hold portfolios of over 1,000 assets, representing over 57% of all US patents currently in force

A strong foundation

The Siam Cement Group started building its IP function a decade ago amid a major R&D

IP incubation: the FuturePlay approach

Patents can greatly increase the value of a start-up and its prospects of success. Korean venture studio and start-up incubator FuturePlay has developed a model for lean start-ups that does not shortchange patent protection

IP climate change in Asia

Over recent years, many Asian countries have moved from developing status to become large-world economies. This has had a significant impact on the way that IP is viewed and used in the region

Reverse R&D decline and strengthen IP rights – a recipe to reinvigorate growth

Since the mid-1960s, government R&D funding has plummeted, while more recently IP rights have been eroded; the result has been a decline in total factor productivity growth. Fortunately, some green shoots promise to alter this trajectory

Two years after Octane – fee shifting in patent litigation

Patent owners and companies defending against accusations of patent infringement should take into account the heightened risk for fee-shifting awards in the wake of the Octane and Highmark decisions

Columns

Intangible investor: Au contraire?

With many financial investors increasingly bearish on patents, true contrarians with an eye for a bargain are in a good position to profit

IP insider: The patent follies of antitrust zealots

Consumers love new technology and innovative prowess in technology is a key source of economic strength. Yet patent systems – central drivers of that prowess – are under new waves of attack

IP strategist: IP risk management: a case study

Risk is the chance of something going wrong, causing damage or loss; but many companies ignore IP risks and react only once the risk has materialised. In most cases this is too late to mitigate cost effectively

IP lawyer: Maximising IP value in a 3D printed world

As manufacturing changes due to the proliferation of 3D printing, patent filing strategies must change with it

Management report

SEP and FRAND 2016: Are French courts patent-FRANDly?

Top legal experts in France provide insight on the latest developments on SEPS and FRAND in the country for 2016

SEP and FRAND 2016: Authority scrutiny of SEP and FRAND issues in China

Top legal experts in China provide insight on the latest developments on SEPS and FRAND in the country for 2016

SEP and FRAND focus

SEPs and how to license them under FRAND terms have become hot topics. While the interests of SEP owners have been preserved in some jurisdictions, others have seen a move towards protecting licensees. A select group of correspondents provide in-depth overviews of the current situation in some key jurisdictions

SEP and FRAND 2016: FRAND and SEPs in the United States

Top legal experts in United States provide insight on the latest developments on SEPS and FRAND in the country for 2016

SEP and FRAND 2016: Interpretation and application of Huawei by German courts

Top legal experts in Germany provide insight on the latest developments on SEPS and FRAND in the country for 2016

Insights

One year on and the IEEE’s controversial patent policy changes continue to divide technology companies

Latest inductees into IP Hall of Fame named

Established to recognise the achievements of men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to IP law and practice, the IP Hall of Fame has three new members

Seen and heard

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

Data Centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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