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New data points to possible shift in plaintiffs’ litigation tactics

While the number of new infringement suits has fallen dramatically in recent years the number of patents being asserted has dropped by a much smaller margin

New data points to possible shift in plaintiffs’ litigation tactics
22 Aug 2019

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

22 Aug 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing

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21 Aug 2019

New written description rule set out by Federal Circuit in precedential Contrave judgment

Appellate court’s decision to uphold patent on weight loss treatment seems to create more flexible requirements. Read more

21 Aug 2019

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons

Why the IBM approach to IP deal making that was so successful in the 1990s should still be front and centre for prospective licensor's today  Read more

20 Aug 2019

Apple leads the way at the PTAB; on one measure, though, Samsung stands out

Tech giants have flocked to file IPRs, but petitions should be seen in the context of district court litigation Read more

20 Aug 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today  Read more

20 Aug 2019

US extends Huawei temporary licence at last minute

The Chinese company and its many business and technology partners still face great uncertainty Read more

19 Aug 2019

Court rules against patent owner in “troll” defamation suit, pointing to problems over definition

Opinion from Supreme Court of New Hampshire means victory for financial bodies who were accused of “defamatory smear campaign” in attempt to destroy licensor  Read more

19 Aug 2019

For high-cost, high-value patents, fixed-fee procurement could be the answer

A subscription model to cover the application process may well be the best way to make increased expenditure on securing portfolio-enhancing rights more palatable Read more

19 Aug 2019

NPE asserts embattled Japanese billionaire’s gaming patent against Sony

The PlayStation maker is accused of infringing a US patent listing ‘pachinko king’ Kazuo Okada as inventor. Japan’s Universal Entertainment, which ousted Okada in 2017, could be poised to benefit Read more

17 Aug 2019

China’s focus on rare earth materials patents may spell trouble for the US

The country’s filings in this vital area have skyrocketed over the past decade, but analysis shows that they lack quality and international cover Read more

16 Aug 2019

Autonomous driving leader files infringement cases against Chinese operators

Inventor David Hall is the CEO of Velodyne LiDAR and has put IP at the heart of the business. Litigation will be a test for how strong that model is Read more

16 Aug 2019

AstraZeneca faces increasingly tough evergreening battle in India

A recent Delhi court decision is a reminder of the tight restrictions around species and follow-on patents in the country Read more

15 Aug 2019

IP service providers announce launch of consulting businesses in further sign that advisory space is evolving

DOAR and Techson spot opportunities in a highly fragmented market; with increasing complexity external advisers are only going to become more important   Read more

15 Aug 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations Read more

15 Aug 2019

Patent injunctions in India – a year of innovation

In the year following India’s first-ever final judgment in a SEP case, courts are increasingly experimenting with the injunction regime as a way to protect patentees’ rights Read more

14 Aug 2019

In the shadow of MPEG-2

Positioned as platforms for cooperative risk mitigation, patent pools have enjoyed mixed success - perhaps because there are so many of them Read more

13 Aug 2019

The law firms that act for Apple at the PTAB

No company has filed more IPRs than the iPhone giant and it instructs a select group of mostly big-name operators to represent it, with Sidley and Fish & Richardson leading the way Read more

13 Aug 2019

CAFC closes off another defence against inter partes review

IPR cancellations of pre-AIA rights are not unconstitutional takings under Fifth Amendment, Federal Circuit rules Read more

13 Aug 2019

China’s patent attorney profession set to grow as focus shifts to quality

The numbers sitting the annual qualification exam have been rising, but previous threshold requirements, such as foreign language proficiency and work experience, have been lowered Read more

12 Aug 2019

With money on hand Acacia claims it is “uniquely positioned” to take advantage of dislocated IP market

As its comeback continues, NPE allocates $20 million for new acquisitions this year - but with more than $160 million on its balance sheet it is well placed to re-build portfolio   Read more

12 Aug 2019

How TD Bank embraced patents to ensure it maximised the benefits of the fintech revolution

The Canadian institution is among the industry players to have transformed its approach to IP, but the banking sector still has a fight on its hands to keep up with the tech giants Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

9 Aug 2019

New survey – IP litigation is increasingly global and, after a few down years, spending is going through the roof again

Study from Morrison & Foerster finds average large company outlay on lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion Read more

9 Aug 2019

NASA’s portfolio is the definition of lean and mean

The iconic agency – which celebrated the 50th anniversary of putting the first man on the moon last month - is highly selective with the innovations it patents and constantly reviews holdings to eliminate deadweight Read more

9 Aug 2019

Chinese radio firm recently hit by ITC ruling is latest Trump target

Shenzhen-based Hytera, which makes two-way radios, joins Huawei on proposed list of banned government suppliers. It is already dealing with an ITC import ban won by rival Motorola Solutions Read more

8 Aug 2019

Pinterest picks up package of former Yahoo! assets

Deal with licensing entity Excalibur came shortly after social media company’s billion-dollar IPO Read more

8 Aug 2019

Key pharma and agrochemical patents under threat in Brazil after court ruling

Owners face having the terms of their so-called mailbox rights reduced after decision overturns rules designed to counter chronic applications backlog at the country’s IP office Read more

8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs Read more

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