Analysis

How IV’s new auto patent offensive differs from past forays into the space

Intellectual Ventures sued GM, Honda and Toyota just six days after fund COO Arvin Patel laid out his views on the sector in IAM

How IV’s new auto patent offensive differs from past forays into the space
Nippon Steel’s patent portfolio gives it the litigation edge
25 Oct 2021

Nippon Steel’s patent portfolio gives it the litigation edge

The company is currently engaged in a virtually unprecedented big-ticket dispute with Toyota in the Japanese courts

Oppo, Huawei were most prolific patent challengers in China last year
25 Oct 2021

Oppo, Huawei were most prolific patent challengers in China last year

Exclusive invalidation statistics from IncoPat show the busiest companies on the offensive and the defensive at the CNIPA

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23 Oct 2021

Talks over covid vaccine IP waiver appear increasingly futile

Saturday Opinion: The prospect of an international agreement on the proposed suspension of TRIPS now appears vanishingly small Read more

22 Oct 2021

Pharma speaks loud and clear on need for 101 changes, but consensus for reform remains elusive

US life sciences leadership is at stake, industry tells USPTO, but comments on eligibility study show deep divisions remain Read more

22 Oct 2021

Hub and spoke IP strategies are generating billions of dollars in biopharma

New Crinetics spin-off is more evidence of the growing influence of models designed to monetise non-core life sciences assets Read more

22 Oct 2021

What to know about Baosteel: the Chinese giant behind Japan’s biggest patent dispute

The state-owned firm has moved up the value chain despite its limited overseas patent holdings, but it is no stranger to high-stakes IP legal fights abroad Read more

21 Oct 2021

Leahy-Tillis patent transparency bill draws scepticism from Democrat senators

At a hearing on Tuesday, Chris Coons and Mazie Hirono stated that the penalty for non-recordal in the Pride in Patent Ownership Act needs more work Read more

21 Oct 2021

EU-wide SPCs would make unitary patent system more attractive, says Bayer IP chief

Joerg Thomaier believes unitary supplementary protection certificates should be introduced to coincide with the roll-out of the UPC Read more

21 Oct 2021

IBM delivers hundreds of patents to DoorDash in latest big startup transaction

More than 200 assets change hands in the aftermath of a similarly-sized sale to delivery service Instacart Read more

20 Oct 2021

Our 5G licensing rates will be ready before mass vehicle roll-out begins, says top Avanci executive

Senior VP Laurie Fitzgerald was speaking after Swedish truck and bus manufacturer the Volvo Group became the latest licensee of the platform’s 4G programme Read more

20 Oct 2021

Courts split on AI inventorship and patenting

The Long Read: Those hoping for clarity on whether AI programmes can be regarded as inventors for patent purposes will be disappointed by the different ways in which courts around the world have handled the issue so far. Helen Macpherson, Tanvi Shah and Avi Toltzis of Baker & McKenzie look at recent developments Read more

20 Oct 2021

Facing pressure at home, Chinese vaping giant goes on IP offensive

Shenzhen-based Smoore Technology has become a success story in the US market, and now asks the ITC to exclude dozens of North American companies for patent and design infringement Read more

19 Oct 2021

Stakeholders weigh in on controversial IEEE patent policy

After submissions from SEP owners and implementers, the standard association’s board of governors must now decide whether to make changes to the 2015 document Read more

19 Oct 2021

Investment in medical device IP is surging

Diagnostic innovation buyouts drive resurgence of med-tech deal-making Read more

19 Oct 2021

Ericsson turns in strong licensing quarter with Apple renewal looming

Continued impact of Samsung deal pushes Swedish company’s royalty take near $300 million – but executives warn upcoming re-negotiations could produce temporary disruption again Read more

18 Oct 2021

Starz Entertainment attacks VideoLabs’ patents after refusing to take licence

New DJ action is more evidence of platform’s push for royalties, but senior VP Ira Blumberg says it is pursuing a dual strategy Read more

18 Oct 2021

Japan ruling party to back secrecy legislation for sensitive patents

A change to the country’s patent system could be included in new prime minister Fumio Kishida's signature economic security agenda Read more

16 Oct 2021

What we’ve learned from an eventful fortnight in auto IP

Saturday Opinion: Litigation is heating up, big antitrust questions remain unanswered and there’s more to the rising conflict than just wireless SEPs Read more

15 Oct 2021

Moderna’s covid-19 patent pledge may be backfiring

Though a short-term PR success, the company’s commitment risks looking hollow after its decision not to license know-how to new WHO Africa tech-transfer hub Read more

15 Oct 2021

AbbVie suffers knock-back in Humira trade secrets dispute

Illinois district court dismisses case relating to alleged misappropriation outside the US Read more

15 Oct 2021

Nippon Steel seeks injunction against Toyota and $350 million in shock Tokyo patent lawsuits

Steelmaker files litigation against an important customer over parts sourced from Baosteel, a rival supplier from China Read more

14 Oct 2021

How a new business strategy at GlobalFoundries has affected its push for patents

The semiconductor company is taking a narrower approach to both R&D and IP procurement as it focuses on the foundry market Read more

14 Oct 2021

Judge a patent pool’s success on licensees and royalties, says MPEG LA

Firm disputes recent IAM analysis of HEVC licensing platforms which found that Access Advance has the most compelling offering Read more

14 Oct 2021

Chinese semiconductor upstart steps into IP spotlight in patent licence deal with Xperi

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co, based in Wuhan, is just five years old but has emerged as the country’s memory chip champion Read more

13 Oct 2021

Samsung set to overtake Google as most-sued US patent defendant in 2021

Korean giant faces more cases, but overall litigation levels are on course to remain relatively flat, according to new data from Unified Patents Read more

13 Oct 2021

Why the auto sector is heading for an IP reckoning

The Long Read: Patent figures show the industry has engaged in wholesale borrowing of technology in the connected car era, writes Arvin Patel. Now the bill has become due Read more

13 Oct 2021

Former Nortel and BlackBerry patents land with smartphone maker Honor

Transaction marks first outside patent acquisition since company was spun out from Huawei last year Read more

12 Oct 2021

Facebook partners with non-profit on Patent Pipeline Programme to boost women, minority hires

Law firms that hire individuals trained through the programme will get more legal work from the Silicon Valley giant in return Read more

12 Oct 2021

Fifth Circuit appears split over Continental FRAND antitrust suit aimed at Avanci members

“It’s hard to get a handle of what’s going on here,” says one member of the three judge panel hearing the Tier 1 company's attempt to revive a suit thrown out by a Texas district court in Septembr 2020 Read more

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