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Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB

Lawsuit filings and inter partes review petitions both fell in 2018, but operating companies’ share of the action was on the rise 

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB
18 Jan 2019

The clock is ticking as US government shutdown threatens to cause major pharma patent disruption

Services at the FDA could “grind to a halt” in a matter weeks if the budget deadlock between President Trump and Democrats continues. Major disruption at the USPTO and in the courts may also be on the cards.

18 Jan 2019

US prosecutors may resurrect trade secrets charges against Huawei

The Department of Justice is considering charging Huawei with stealing trade secrets related to a phone testing robot developed by T-Mobile . But in a 2014 civil trial on the same issues, the US carrier’s punches failed to land

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17 Jan 2019

As the FTC rests its case against Qualcomm it’s advantage Apple at the PTAB

Series of IPRs instituted against chipmaker’s patents including against patent that was subject of controversial ITC ruling Read more

17 Jan 2019

University domination of the biologics patent landscape points way to heightened deal-making in the coming years

New report shows research institutions dominate the field, with UCAL, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the NIH, Harvard and Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology & Research leading the way between 2015 and 2018 Read more

17 Jan 2019

Chinese Airpod assembler picks up patents from Panasonic

GoerTek’s billionaire founder modeled his business on Panasonic from day one. Now “China’s Bluetooth king” is buying patents from the Japanese company Read more

15 Jan 2019

Latest lawsuits underline importance of TiVo’s patent battle with Comcast

The TV guide technology business has accused the cable giant of infringing eight of its rights as talk again turns to a possible sell-off of the products business in order to focus entirely on licensing Read more

15 Jan 2019

Coolpad CEO removed after lamenting lax IP enforcement in China

The executive who charted a new course for the company based in part on patent monetisation sounded disillusioned with China’s IP system days before his ouster Read more

14 Jan 2019

Pool operator questions "fatally flawed" Unified Patents study on HEVC royalty rates

Research was released as a new industry forum met in Silicon Valley to discuss the potential of a different approach to licensing the next video codec standard Read more

14 Jan 2019

The ultimate success of the Bristol-Myers’ Celgene purchase could hinge on one upcoming trial

Biggest life sciences M&A deal for nearly two decades may turn out to be a damp squib if Dr Reddy’s wins a suit relating to follow-on patents that cover flagship cancer treatment Revlimid   Read more

14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

11 Jan 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low Read more

11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Iancu-inspired subject matter guidance meets with industry approval, but may make Congressional action less likely

After heavy trailing by the USPTO Director, agency proposes new details on issue of abstract ideas just as the Supreme Court turns its attention to “blockbuster” 101 Fed Circuit case Read more

10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

8 Jan 2019

Immersion hands CEO job to former Nokia and Dolby patent monetisation head

The appointment of Ramzi Haidamus comes just days after the touchscreen technology company announced a partnership and licensing deal with Google Read more

8 Jan 2019

Monsanto prevails in closely-watched Indian Supreme Court case

Reports say the top court upheld the patentability of novel genetically lab-engineered chemical entities like the company's blockbuster Bt cotton variety Read more

7 Jan 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way Read more

7 Jan 2019

Canon sues TCL over TVs equipped with Roku operating system

Rare assertion against a major technology company comes after Canon IP boss Kenichi Nagasawa told IAM he sees US enforcement becoming more challenging and wilful infringement on the rise Read more

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

21 Dec 2018

Senator Hatch’s proposal to limit biopharma IPRs has come at the wrong time

Lame duck session attempt at reform looks likely to fail given recent changes at the PTAB and growing public concern over drugs pricing in the US Read more

20 Dec 2018

MIT and Harvard lead the world’s research institutions in patent quality, but look out for the rise of China  

The research centres which produce the most world-leading assets are currently found in the US and Europe, but analysis shows that Chinese universities are beginning to catch up (Picture: MIT) Read more

20 Dec 2018

War of words over Apple’s compliance with Chinese court order

iPhone maker says it believes it is in full compliance with injunctions issued ten days ago in Fuzhou. But the US company is coming in for sharp criticism in the Chinese press Read more

18 Dec 2018

US patent litigation looks set to drop again in 2018

Volume of new cases forecast to fall to under 4,000 for the first time since 2011 - and to well below levels for trademark and copyright suits Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

17 Dec 2018

Give USPTO examiners more time and save $900 million a year, new research claims

Doubling the hours allotted for the examination of each patent application would reduce the burden currently placed on rights owners in courts and at the PTAB, say professors in challenge to seminal Mark Lemley work Read more

17 Dec 2018

China’s patent linkage plan in serious doubt

Proposals to introduce a US-style Orange Book system seem to have been shelved, showing pharma innovators’ limited influence in the country Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

15 Dec 2018

Mobile and electronics a focus for non-domestic patent applicants in India, exclusive data analysis reveals

Despite a decrease in their overall filings in 2017, foreign companies have increased their Indian foothold following a surge of grants over the last year Read more

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