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Just in case you didn’t get the message - Apple issues SEP FRAND statement

With Intel deal set to close, and as courts around the world continue to weigh in on standards debate, iPhone maker stakes out its position

Just in case you didn’t get the message - Apple issues SEP FRAND statement
21 Nov 2019

US Presidential hopefuls set their sights on pharma patents

With several leading Democratic candidates threatening to circumvent pharma IP, next year’s election could prove pivotal for right owners

20 Nov 2019

IP industry veterans make a pitch to clear patent risk in the changing world of video

Senior players with backgrounds at IV, Kudelski and Lenovo, among others, have $10 million in hand to begin to build the VideoLabs arsenal

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20 Nov 2019

South Korean NPE returns in deal with Samsung

Smartphone giant's LTE play makes it the latest operating company to pony up for former Pantech patents Read more

19 Nov 2019

IBM, Microsoft, the Linux Foundation and OIN join forces to counter open source threat

Quartet announce that they are set to be founder members of Unified Patents’ new zone to tackle potential of NPE action against heart of software community Read more

19 Nov 2019

Shorter EPO opposition process requires new approaches from life sciences patentees

Strategies employed not only by rights owners but also by those opposing their grants will need to be recalibrated to reflect the new realities Read more

19 Nov 2019

Second listing sees Alibaba on firmer IP footing

The e-commerce giant prices its Hong Kong offering this week. Five years after its NYSE debut, it has a more formidable patent portfolio and new IP-based alliances Read more

18 Nov 2019

A seismic cert – what to watch out for following the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Google v Oracle

Another Federal Circuit reversal, the search for a middle ground, one-time IP rivals united and more as SCOTUS gets ready for a copyright blockbuster Read more

18 Nov 2019

TCL unit wins injunction in domestic panel fight

Shenzhen ruling comes just seven months after China Star Optoelectronics went after a Chongqing-based rival for infringement Read more

15 Nov 2019

Google’s acquisition of Fitbit proves that data is king  

Should it be approved, the tie-up will strengthen the tech giant’s position in a high-growth industry and will also give it the tools to penetrate the healthcare market Read more

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

14 Nov 2019

Legal landscape more rational now but will shift back, says Facebook IP supremo

Get your deals done now before the market begins to rebalance in favour of patent owners, Allen Lo advises licensees while speaking on panel at the annual IP Dealmakers conference Read more

14 Nov 2019

Skyhawk deal with Celgene confirms growing importance of platform technologies in life sciences IP value creation

Increased focus on gene and cell-related therapies as well as falling R&D returns, promise to heighten biopharma interest in tapping into the potential of SkySTAR and other platforms Read more

14 Nov 2019

BOE picks up touchscreen portfolio from US chipmaker

Deal with Chinese display giant is latest in a string of disposals since Atmel was acquired by Microchip Technology Read more

13 Nov 2019

LOT passes a major milestone in members with Visa, Disney and Caterpillar signing up

CEO: the PAE problem is only going to increase as patent strength revives under Iancu; get ready for more expansion and the era of “LOT-plus”, with SEPs a focus Read more

13 Nov 2019

EPO agreement to boost Chinese companies' Europe push

Foreign companies with R&D in China may also benefit from deal opening up PCT search options Read more

12 Nov 2019

After declaring itself litigation free, Immersion makes substantial cuts to its patent portfolio and puts more emphasis on technology licensing

In a play that is becoming familiar in the IP market, CEO Ramzi Haidamus is overseeing a major scaling back of the haptics leader's assets while looking to move beyond pure monetisation Read more

12 Nov 2019

US government patent suit against Gilead could be a sign of things to come

After months of Truvada controversy, Department of Justice files multi-billion dollar case against Gilead, claiming the company has declined to take a licence to its HIV PrEP rights since in 2016 Read more

12 Nov 2019

Korean NPE launches offensive after streaming pool's collapse

State research lab ETRI and patent fund Intellectual Discovery are two of the entities in line to profit from the assertion effort Read more

11 Nov 2019

InterDigital reveals new licensing deal with Google secured through mystery platform

The agreement was struck after approach from unnamed broker and has been hailed by senior leadership at the company, but the identity of the organiser remains unknown Read more

11 Nov 2019

It is time for the German courts to be courageous on FRAND

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long  Read more

8 Nov 2019

Blackberry portfolio licensor inks RPX agreement and insists there’s still plenty more deals to do

Defensive aggregator closes transaction with Fundamental Innovation Systems International giving members coverage on USB charging patents; Apple also settles infringement case Read more

8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region Read more

7 Nov 2019

The USPTO's consultation on patent issues relating to AI seeks answers on key questions

Artificial intelligence has the potential to change the entire nature of the invention process and, therefore, the criteria under which patents are awarded Read more

7 Nov 2019

Multi-billion dollar IP dispute exposes dangers of life sciences collaborations

Seattle Genetics is demanding rights to Daiichi Sankyo’s potential blockbuster cancer treatment, which it says is an improvement on the proprietary technology included in their previous partnership Read more

7 Nov 2019

New suit suggests LG China licensing push

Korean company is the latest infrequent plaintiff to sue a Chinese TV maker, underlining challenges for licensors in the space Read more

6 Nov 2019

We’re keeping a very close eye on Arthrex, says Iancu at IAM event in Washington DC

Major Federal Circuit decision on PTAB judges leaves stakeholder community looking for answers and, possibly, to a statutory solution  Read more

6 Nov 2019

Chinese patents surviving validity challenges in greater numbers

Invention patents had a coin flip chance of full invalidation by CNIPA over the past decade, but the past three years show a higher survival rate Read more

5 Nov 2019

Nokia builds on a different approach to drive more value from its patents

New partnership with Innventure aims to commercialise untapped satellite technology and continues to point the way for new IP value creation options for owners of large, wide-ranging portfolios  Read more

5 Nov 2019

Top tips for patenting personalised medicine 

As medical treatments become increasingly bespoke, we reveal some best practices to help inventors secure the highest quality patents possible. Read more

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