IAM Issue 80

November/December 2016

Time to save standards

Both sides of the standards wars are threatening to destroy our future. It is time to step back from the brink and take action to ensure a standards system fit for the 21st century

Arvin Patel

Features

The uncertain state of patent law 10 years into the Roberts court

The US Supreme Court has had a major impact on US patent law during the last decade. From injunctive relief to fee shifting and patent-eligible subject matter, its opinions have reshaped the entire market

Innovation diversity and impact-based IP strategy

Recent developments in the United States – as well as new innovation approaches – call for a complete rethink of the way in which businesses see patents

How to make the most of tech transfer opportunities in Japan

Technology transfer from Japanese universities and research institutions has been minimal, compared to that in the United States. However, a new initiative looks set to change this

The growth and benefits of specialised jurisdictions for IP cases

A growing number of countries have specialised IP courts, but their powers are varied and they are organised in different ways

Time to save standards

Both sides of the standards wars are threatening to destroy our future. It is time to step back from the brink and take action to ensure a standards system fit for the 21st century

Meet the world’s elite IP deal makers

This year’s list of IAM Market Makers reflects the increasing dominance of operating companies in IP deal making and the growing internationalisation of the market

New priorities and strategies for sovereign patent funds

Sovereign patent funds have become key players in the global IP market. However, a shifting economic, legal and political landscape raises questions for the future of this state-backed aggregation model

Putting China’s patent rise into context

The growth of China’s innovation economy, with the resulting surge in patent filings, has been a signal event in the IP world. Is the country blazing an unprecedented trail or following in the well-trodden paths of previous East Asian boom economies?

Assessing the quality of European patents

Europe’s major patent offices are often lauded for the quality of the patents that they issue, but is the praise justified?

Columns

IP lawyer: Common-sense patent law – fact or legal fiction?

The latest in a string of decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding patent rights raises questions about the role of common sense in obviousness analysis

IP strategist: IP due diligence for fundraising

Classic IP due diligence considers the validity, ownership and encumbrances of rights, and sometimes freedom to operate. But venture capitalists are increasingly requesting a deeper dive into patent assets and strategies

Intangible investor: Turning up the volume on hearables

Tech companies with the right combination of products, patents and brand loyalty are hoping to cash in on high demand for intelligent hearing devices

Management report

Patents in Asia 2016: Malaysia

Top legal experts in Malaysia answer a series of essential questions to provide key information about patent prosecution and litigation in the country for 2016

Patents in Asia 2016: South Korea

Top legal experts in South Korea answer a series of essential questions to provide key information about patent prosecution and litigation in the country for 2016

Patents in Asia 2016: China

Top legal experts in China answer a series of essential questions to provide key information about patent prosecution and litigation in the country for 2016

Patents in Asia 2016: Japan

Top legal experts in Japan answer a series of essential questions to provide key information about patent prosecution and litigation in the country for 2016

Patents in Asia 2016

Few trends on the IP scene have been as clear in recent years as the growing prominence of Asia in the patent market. This guide collects key information about patent prosecution and litigation in four Asian markets in 2016 to form a practical and insightful reference resource for chief IP officers

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

McRO gives hope to US patent owners, but Section 101 uncertainty remains

After two years of uncertainty and no little gloom, a recent Federal Circuit decision may just herald the long-awaited swing-back in the pendulum that software patent owners in the United States have been waiting for. Some, though, still believe that Congress must bite the bullet and take a look at Section 101

Seen and heard

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