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The IP impact of IBM's Red Hat acquisition remains uncertain

Big Blue is betting that it can grow its presence in the cloud space with the help of the open source leader, but in patent terms the pair are hardly kindred spirits

The IP impact of IBM's Red Hat acquisition remains uncertain
16 Jul 2019

Gilead’s unique $5.1 billion licensing deal shows the range of IP monetisation options open to biotech sector

New boss explains that the Big Pharma company will seek out “diverse and creative” asset partnerships – rather than large acquisitions – to boost its pipeline

16 Jul 2019

Oppo got one last bite of Intel portfolio days after auction was announced

Intel signed off on sale of 58 US patent rights to Chinese company one week after it confirmed it would auction off its full smartphone portfolio, a process that has now been halted

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15 Jul 2019

Huawei escalates patent fight with US defence company in new district court suit

Latest case against L3 Harris Technologies shows that the Chinese tech giant is prepared to leverage its IP rights amidst increasingly tense geopolitical climate Read more

15 Jul 2019

Canadian antenna firm scores Delhi injunction win

Court borrows from past wireless cases to institute a deposit scheme for the first time in a non-SEP case. The defendant will need to shell out 10% of its past sales in India to avoid sales disruption in latest pro-plaintiff decision Read more

12 Jul 2019

Former Yahoo! patent portfolio starts to attract deals and potential new owners

Parent company Altaba has announced dissolution plan, but Excalibur IP looks set to continue monetising stockpile of grants Read more

12 Jul 2019

Inside Amazon’s big – but unusual – patent collection

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Seattle-based company finds itself under pressure in the cloud and perhaps in need of a portfolio review Read more

12 Jul 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo Read more

11 Jul 2019

New analysis shows impact that “blockbuster” decisions are having on patent litigation

RPX data highlights big drop in success of early 101 challenges in district court cases; if trend continues would point to shift in balance of power back to IP owners Read more

11 Jul 2019

CAFC says Congress or SCOTUS must address diagnostics patentability controversy

Decision denying en banc rehearing of much-watched Athena case means that hopes for 101 reform now hinge on legislators and the Supreme Court Read more

11 Jul 2019

China’s venture community knows patents don’t equal innovation

The CEO of a hot AI startup, a top China-focused VC and Lenovo’s CIO shared their views on patents, innovation and trade tensions at one of Asia’s largest tech events Read more

9 Jul 2019

Litigation fight between Spangenberg and Zur takes another turn with New York judge dismissal of Fortress suit

Dispute over valuable patent goes on after investment giant turns to Texas state court to hear case; grant has been asserted in district court against Amazon Read more

9 Jul 2019

LCD patent deal shows development of China’s internal patent market

Advisory firm led by ex-Tencent IP chief helps two Shenzhen-listed panel makers link up for a patent deal amidst growing litigation activity in the space Read more

8 Jul 2019

Intel, Alphabet and Qualcomm among big fallers as largest US IP owners cut back on patenting

Latest ranking from IPO of top 300 companies shows an overall decline in the market as the mantra of quality over quantity continues to take effect Read more

8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

6 Jul 2019

How American Express has fallen behind its rivals on the patent front

The payments giant has long been a leader in the financial services industry, but Mastercard and Visa are leagues ahead in terms of patenting activity - especially when it comes to blockchain and machine learning Read more

5 Jul 2019

As Sisvel files suit against Dell more light is thrown on Provenance’s ongoing evolution

Licensing platform might be contemplating own assertion campaign in a search for alternative ways to generate revenue from huge portfolio Read more

5 Jul 2019

Get ready for the first CRISPR patent pool

In an exclusive interview, MPEG LA’s Kristin Neuman says that a pool is on its way despite the UCal v Broad stand-off and talks about the future of licensing in biotech’s ‘golden age’ Read more

5 Jul 2019

Taiwan chip packaging firm gears up for IP skirmishes

Kingpak, a specialist automotive imaging, recently picked up former Round Rock assets in its first patent purchase. It’s also supplying the firepower for a new US litigation campaign Read more

4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

2 Jul 2019

Exclusive – A deep dive into what’s on offer in Intel's blockbuster patent auction

Chip giant talks up the value of what's for sale with details of extensive use, low encumbrances, broad geographic scope and relative youth of assets; final bids due in mid-August Read more

2 Jul 2019

AbbVie’s Allergan play designed to mitigate Humira patent cliff

The $63 billion purchase is designed to mitigate the effects of losing the exclusive rights to the world’s best selling drug Read more

2 Jul 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents Read more

1 Jul 2019

Slump at the PTAB continues with first half numbers showing big drop in new reviews

Data suggests PTO director Iancu’s IPR reforms are continuing to bite; while despite jump in Q2, district court litigation remains broadly flat for first six months of 2019 Read more

1 Jul 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future Read more

29 Jun 2019

Faraday Future’s patent portfolio may be small, but it packs a punch

The struggling electric vehicle start-up has invested significantly in building its assets, and while it trails behind competitors it has a number of holdings in valuable areas which may come in handy Read more

28 Jun 2019

AmEx turns to Sony for key IP hire

Payments giant brings in new chief IP counsel in another big name patent move Read more

28 Jun 2019

New battle in CRISPR patent war adds to the uncertainty surrounding the technology

New interference proceeding gives the University of California another shot at claiming exclusive rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing in human, animal and plant cells Read more

28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

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