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Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court

Filings against Daimler and BMW follow court actions against Toyota and VW - and it could only be a matter of time before others start to get more assertive

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court
25 Mar 2019

Siemens patent filings climb, but quality over quantity is the name of the game  

The German industrial and manufacturing company recently topped the charts as the number one filer at the EPO. A look at its portfolio shows a focus on innovation and high-value assets

25 Mar 2019

Qualcomm wins JFTC reversal, but faces other questions on Asian competition front

After nine years of legal manoeuvring, the US chipmaker has won approval for its licensing practices in Japan. But in other parts of the region, antitrust doubts remain

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22 Mar 2019

What John Amster did next

Former RPX chief tight-lipped on new venture, but details start to emerge of IP legal services play Read more

22 Mar 2019

Samsung owns the world's biggest portfolio of US patents - by far

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 countdown today reaches the top 20 entities and reveals that the Korean conglomerate holds over 25,000 more active USPTO-granted assets than second-placed IBM Read more

22 Mar 2019

Patent hookup with Philips bolsters Mediatek’s voice tech strategy

The Taiwanese chipmaker made its first third party acquisition in five years, picking up a portfolio related to speech recognition and audio processing from the Dutch company Read more

21 Mar 2019

Lenovo IP head becomes the latest big name to leave a major corporate role

News of Ira Blumberg's departure from the Chinese company comes just days after IAM revealed that Ericsson was in the market for a new CIPO Read more

21 Mar 2019

The US's biggest patent portfolios - the countdown continues 

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 moves ever closer to the top - with today's reveal of the entities sitting in places 40 down to 21 Read more

20 Mar 2019

Patent abuse in China – could solutions be worse than the problem?

US-China rows over trade secrets have made headlines the world over and highlighted Big Tech’s frustration with aspects of the Chinese IP regime. It is unclear whether any suggested solutions will assuage concerns Read more

20 Mar 2019

The US's largest patent portfolios - part three

Our week-long reveal of the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 moves into the top half today as we name the companies that sit in positions 60 down to 41   Read more

19 Mar 2019

Exclusive: Ericsson IP chief Brismark exits company

As rollout of 5G gets underway Swedish telecoms giant is looking for a new, permanent head of its $1 billion licensing business Read more

19 Mar 2019

The countdown of the US's biggest patent portfolios continues

In the second part of the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 list of who owns the biggest collections of USPTO grants and applications we name the entities that occupy places 80 to 61 Read more

19 Mar 2019

China budges on much-maligned tech transfer regulations

With a stroke of a pen yesterday, the State Council did away with some of the country’s most onerous tech transfer rules. Now it’s up to IP owners to negotiate smart deals with their newfound leeway Read more

18 Mar 2019

Ericsson, Nokia, Philips and Qualcomm call on USPTO to support Delrahim over injunctive relief policy change

Late last year, DOJ antitrust chief announced plan to withdraw support for a 2013 joint statement his department made with the office urging courts to take a cautious approach to granting injunctive relief in cases involving the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms Read more

18 Mar 2019

We name the owners of the largest active patent portfolios in the US

The annual IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 lists the entities that own the largest portfolios of USPTO-granted rights. We begin the countdown to the top slot today by revealing those in positions 100 to 81  Read more

18 Mar 2019

Japan could join Korea in hosting English-language patent litigation

The government is quickly moving on to its next proposal for patent litigation reform, weeks after successfully pushing amendments on damages and evidence collection onto the legislative agenda Read more

15 Mar 2019

With PTAB petition 10,000 approaching, the US patent system has spawned a $1 billion industry

The signing of the America Invents Act changed the face of US patent practice in a way that very few who steered the legislation through Congress had anticipated Read more

15 Mar 2019

Proposed US legislation aimed at patent thickets unlikely to boost biologics competition

The Biologic Patent Transparency Act seeks to accelerate biosimilar entry, but leaves key litigation issues unaddressed and would confer only marginal benefits on imitators Read more

15 Mar 2019

Bangalore’s top tech firms offer qualified praise for patent office progress

Heading toward elections, the Indian government is touting its record on IP system reforms. Rights holders acknowledge progress but say they have concerns about patent quality Read more

14 Mar 2019

New research highlights impact of patent eligibility uncertainty on life sciences and tech investments

Academic calls for Congress to act on 101 “to restore investor confidence” with private equity and VC players clear that doubts over patentability make it less likely they will part with cash Read more

14 Mar 2019

Lyft has bulked its patent holdings through acquisitions, but still trails Uber

Prior to its IPO the ride-sharing company has shopped around the likes of AT&T, but analysis shows that its portfolio – while above average value – does not have the coverage of its rival Read more

14 Mar 2019

Foxconn CEO: Microsoft’s real target is Huawei

In a furious response to a lawsuit filed last week, Terry Gou accused the American company of bullying Taiwanese businesses to avoid damaging its relationships in mainland China, where its real licensing quarrels are Read more

12 Mar 2019

How a group of Silicon Valley IP executives are using analytics to save millions in portfolio management

Executives from Facebook and Google are among the members of an elite gathering that meets regularly to share best practices in patent prosecution and litigation strategy Read more

12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up Read more

11 Mar 2019

Operating companies ramp up their US patent deal-making, but NPEs see big drop

Microsoft and Facebook feature among leaders as transactions involving software assets in Q4 of 2018 hit highest level since 2010 Read more

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

8 Mar 2019

5G deal with Qualcomm and leading research institutes provides more evidence of France Brevets’s evolution

New agreement shows sovereign patent fund continues to up its focus on supporting SME sector Read more

8 Mar 2019

CJEU asked to resolve long-standing SPC marketing authorisation conundrum

Europe’s highest court has never ruled on whether certificates can be acquired on the basis of a third-party marketing approval – a practice that has given rise to disputes between biopharma innovators Read more

8 Mar 2019

IP Bridge approaches milestone transition to private backing

The public-private INCJ is getting ready to exit in the IP business run by Shigeharu Yoshii (pictured, centre). The patent fund operator’s second act will tell us much about Japan’s IP market Read more

7 Mar 2019

Iancu issues another warning about the dangers of over-reading 101 precedent

While momentum builds behind Congress taking the lead on patent eligibility reforms, the USPTO director says agency has not taken a position on legislative action Read more

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