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The FTC creates a potential new US headache for SEP owners

Recent agency announcement beefing up investigative powers and targeting alleged IP abuses signals another Biden administration move away from the Trump presidency’s views on patents and anti-trust

The FTC creates a potential new US headache for SEP owners
Bausch Health pays $300 million to settle pay-for-delay class action
17 Sep 2021

Bausch Health pays $300 million to settle pay-for-delay class action

The agreement demonstrates the huge sums at stake in reverse payment disputes

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study
17 Sep 2021

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study

Japanese research group highlights nine technologies that could prove important to the next-generation wireless standard

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16 Sep 2021

Apple didn’t want fair FRAND arbitration, Qualcomm VP says of epic litigation battle

Marc Snyder also claims that the iPhone giant helped the FTC craft “bizarre” antitrust claims that were eventually dismissed Read more

16 Sep 2021

CAFC decision highlights continued danger of inequitable conduct rulings

The Federal Circuit’s judgment in a recent pharma patent case is a stark reminder that IP professionals must remain vigilant Read more

16 Sep 2021

Fed Circuit ruling paves way for speedier patent case against OnePlus, and potentially other Chinese companies

Despite “concerns”, CAFC did not overturn Judge Alan Albright’s decision to let a patent plaintiff serve Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus outside the Hague Convention process Read more

15 Sep 2021

Uber and Cruise band together for launch of new auto IP group

The Auto Transportation Association will bring together executives in transportation companies to communicate and collaborate on patent-related issues Read more

15 Sep 2021

A decade on, PTAB debate still dominates discussion of the AIA’s legacy

The Long Read: The Congressional authors of the America Invents Act and the USPTO directors who implemented and reformed it weigh in on the 10-year anniversary of the game-changing legislation Read more

15 Sep 2021

How Intel has fared in patent validity disputes with Chinese state-run lab

Dispute has rumbled on for three-and-a-half years as Intel files multiple patent challenges and appeals against institute seeking injunction in Beijing Read more

14 Sep 2021

Open source is fundamental to crypto, so we must protect it, says Square counsel

In an exclusive interview, Max Sills explains why the firm has joined the OIN and provides an update on the Crypto Open Patent Alliance Read more

14 Sep 2021

$8 billion Sobi takeover shows orphan drug IP assets are in high demand

The acquisition of the rare disease specialist is latest development in the booming orphan drug deals market Read more

14 Sep 2021

New Humira decision changes venue selection playbook for US biosimilar patent disputes

A recent court ruling suggests that plaintiffs will enjoy more latitude on venue selection when suing biologics imitators Read more

14 Sep 2021

NTT Docomo seals global wireless SEP licence with Oppo

Japanese telecom provider inks a litigation-free deal with another major Chinese smartphone player Read more

13 Sep 2021

Either the courts fix 101 or Congress will have to, says Iancu

Eligibility is the biggest single issue now facing the US patent system, says the former USPTO head Read more

13 Sep 2021

IP spin-offs continue as Toshiba mulls reorganisation

Recent assignments to NPEs and operating companies show that company’s patent portfolio remains a key asset as the conglomerate considers its strategic options Read more

10 Sep 2021

Fifth Circuit FRAND ruling could attract SEP owners back to US courts

The appeal judges’ recent decision in favour of Ericsson over HTC endorsed the comparable licensing royalty valuation approach and confirmed such disputes were about breach of contract, not patent law Read more

10 Sep 2021

Inflated patent filings of low quality the outcome of China’s subsidies, new research finds

Despite the many flaws, though, ultimately the strategy may have built a level of IP awareness in the country that otherwise would not exist Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

9 Sep 2021

We have had 800 responses on possible PTAB procedure reforms, says acting USPTO director

“We normally do not get anywhere near that, so this is a very hot issue,” Drew Hirshfeld tells IAM in an exclusive interview Read more

9 Sep 2021

Biologics patent thicketing problem getting worse, says Fresenius’ IP chief

The growing IP estates of new drugs such as Keytruda give an idea of the mounting challenges for US biosimilars, claims Rachel Moodie Read more

9 Sep 2021

Oppo asserts wireless patents against Nokia in China and Germany

Reports indicate that the Chinese company’s response to worldwide Nokia campaign involves patents declared essential to the 5G standard Read more

8 Sep 2021

Operating companies acquired 70% of transacted US patents in Q2 2021

The latest AST data indicates a slight upswing in the number of deals done, although the overall number of assets changing hands was down Read more

8 Sep 2021

Assessing the reasonableness of 5G headline royalty rates

The Long Read: The licensing fees Nokia, Ericsson and InterDigital have set for the latest mobility standard materially exceed those they were able to achieve in their 4G programmes, write Ankura's Michael J Lasinski, Philip W Kline and Alejandra P Loaiza-Delgado Read more

8 Sep 2021

China brushes off EU request for more information on controversial SEP decisions

Response to a formal inquiry under the WTO’s TRIPS mechanism will frustrate those pushing for greater clarity on ASI decisions Read more

7 Sep 2021

English Court of Appeal brings sufficiency test into line with EPO case law

A recent UK judgment is good news for owners of patents claiming large numbers of compounds Read more

7 Sep 2021

Pfizer: light on patent filings and heavy on abandonments

An IP purge between 2011 and 2015 saw the lapse of many of the rights the pharma giant developed itself, as well as a number of those it had acquired Read more

7 Sep 2021

China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth

Asia charts its own course as post-Alice slide continues in the United States and filing levels remain low in Europe Read more

6 Sep 2021

Smartphone royalty stack continues multi-year decline, says analyst

Financial disclosures from four major publicly-listed patent owners suggest that their collective licensing revenues are on a downward trend Read more

4 Sep 2021

Litigation over state anti-troll law makes clear what a patent troll isn’t

Saturday Opinion: North Carolina’s Abusive Patent Assertions Act survived a constitutional challenge this week because it puts focus where it should be – on bad faith behaviour, not business structure Read more

3 Sep 2021

Why the delay in picking a new USPTO director really matters

Acting head Drew Hirshfeld says he’s focused on doing the best job possible, but some fear that without a permanent political appointee the agency could be hamstrung Read more

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