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Any attempts at 101 reform must deal with a Silicon Valley sized problem

Closed door meeting on Capitol Hill looks to set the agenda for patent legislation in next Congress

Any attempts at 101 reform must deal with a Silicon Valley sized problem
7 Dec 2018

Boston Scientific enhances its patent portfolio with BTG acquisition

An in-depth analysis shows that the American medical device manufacturer may not gain much in terms of quantity from its $4 billion purchase, but that the British healthcare company’s IP assets will boost its peripheral interventional offerings

7 Dec 2018

“No barriers, no fees”: China Mobile announces 5G royalty policy

World’s largest mobile operator pledges not to collect licence fees on 5G contributions which reports say have generated nearly 1,000 patent applications

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6 Dec 2018

Top Google dealmaker becomes latest senior player to exit tech giant

John LaBarre's move to a biotech start-up follows previous departures of Allen Lo and Jeremiah Chan to Facebook, and is further evidence of the narrowing IP strategy gap between high-tech and the life sciences   Read more

6 Dec 2018

China to blacklist "serious" patent infringers 

Days after announced trade truce, China’s government explains ‘social credit score’ consequences for IP infringers first floated three years ago. Penalties range from borrowing restrictions to air travel bans. Read more

4 Dec 2018

New lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint and Verizon suggest ETRI is doubling down on US monetisation strategy

After setback in Huawei suit, latest court cases show the state-funded Korean research institute is behind massive licensing programme Read more

3 Dec 2018

Facebook’s IP evolution extends beyond high-profile hires and deal making

New research highlights growth in social media giant’s portfolio and extent of its own patent filing strategy  Read more

30 Nov 2018

Local players make case for Brazil as monetisation hub although spectre of huge patent backlog looms large

Inaugural IPBC Latin America throws spotlight on untapped potential of region’s largest economy although Volkswagen’s long wait for grants underline challenges that rights owner face in country Read more

30 Nov 2018

Continuation patent assertion in the US may be tougher after CAFC decision

First application of the court’s SimpleAir standard led to a 45% slump in Invidior’s share price and could prove to be a boon for generics companies Read more

29 Nov 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political Read more

29 Nov 2018

With US trade secret litigation on the rise, a new suit from Intel follows an increasingly familiar storyline

Chipmaker accuses former employee of IP theft after they jump ship to rival Micron Read more

28 Nov 2018

Is McCurdy the man to rescue RPX?

Just months after a private equity takeover, RPX has appointed an industry veteran as its new CEO. But with a declining financial performance and questions remaining over the future of its discovery business, Dan McCurdy (left) will need all of his experience to turn around one of the patent market’s most iconic businesses. Read more

27 Nov 2018

Armed with Huawei patent NPE widens litigation campaign

New infringement suits filed by IP Edge affiliate against Acer, Mattel and HTC Read more

27 Nov 2018

More deals to come, says Oppo IP chief after Nokia pact

Adler Feng (pictured) speaks exclusively to IAM after inking revenue-bearing licence with Finnish firm. We look at the main takeaways from the agreement announced yesterday Read more

26 Nov 2018

Juul’s litigation offensive shows the growing importance of patents in nascent e-cigarette market

Company - whose IP function is headed by former Accenture and Rambus exec Wayne Sobon - has launched a spate of infringement suits in US district court and brought two actions at the ITC Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

22 Nov 2018

IP risk management goes mainstream and some see big bucks ahead

Insurance products relating to patents and other rights are not new, but they have never really taken off. Now, though, the industry's heavy hitters are moving in and things could be about to change. Read more

22 Nov 2018

Second medical use patents on life support in the UK after Supreme Court pregabalin decision

The landmark judgment makes it harder for pharmaceutical companies to use what has become an important source of protection – so opening the way for more generic competition Read more

22 Nov 2018

Chinese NPE claiming 3G patents takes aim at MediaTek and Coolpad

Shanghai Xuanpu appears to have risen from ashes of a state-backed semiconductor venture. Recent validity decisions mean its activities should be monitored by anyone implementing the TD-SCDMA standard in China   Read more

20 Nov 2018

CAFC ruling adds to growing case law on software patentability post-Alice

In overturning a lower court decision to invalidate, the court has provided some welcome relief to those holding rights in the field - but for applicants there remains a great deal of uncertainty Read more

20 Nov 2018

Why failure is IP’s most underrated asset

Negative know-how, an often-overlooked trade secret, can generate surprising value, especially where competition is most heated. Read more

20 Nov 2018

Re-conceptualising IP risk management

The scale and size of the risks associated with IP-facing companies is significant and rising. The ISO standard for risk management helps to re-conceptualises it. Read more

20 Nov 2018

Is the tide turning against pharmaceutical patentees in Australia?

A pair of recent decisions from the Federal Court of Australia suggest that it may be about to become more difficult for drug patent owners to prevail in requests for interlocutory injunctions. Read more

20 Nov 2018

DJI acquired US patents from Microsoft amid litigation fight with competitor

Assignment of 30 patents followed announcement of the Chinese firm's participation in the Azure IP Advantage programme. The two companies are also collaborating on AI and machine learning for drones. Read more

19 Nov 2018

Flurry of infringement lawsuits underline Fortress’s growing power

Eran Zur-led group targets a string of big tech companies - including Apple, Google and Microsoft - with patents picked up from NPE Uniloc Read more

19 Nov 2018

Numbers confirm Baidu as China’s top AI patent player

The search firm is carrying the country's banner both domestically and overseas. Report also shows which foreign companies file the most in rapidly-expanding tech area Read more

17 Nov 2018

Open source practices to support in-house innovation

How to ensure that the use of open source packages does not run contrary to corporate IP policies. Read more

16 Nov 2018

Apple, Comcast and Qualcomm lead stampede to the PTAB before key rule change

Shift to Phillips claim construction standard brings Board in line with district courts and could make it harder to invalidate patents in a venue that many rights owners have come to dread  Read more

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