Analysis

Data shows that Honda’s AI-fuelled patent cuts are having an impact

The company spends the most per patent family among Japanese automakers, but its tech tools promise to push down spending, saving cash and time in the process

Data shows that Honda’s AI-fuelled patent cuts are having an impact
Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute
4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes

Patent deals market dips again as NPEs tighten their grip on the buyside
3 Dec 2020

Patent deals market dips again as NPEs tighten their grip on the buyside

New data from AST points to a very active Q3 for IP Edge, which closed significant transactions with Technicolor, Xerox and IP Bridge

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3 Dec 2020

New patent politics put US public-private partnerships under threat, says BIO’s IP chief

In an exclusive interview, Hans Sauer talks of concerns over a shift in federal strategy and argues that government research funding should not be seen as a commercial investment Read more

3 Dec 2020

Top EPO opposition firms by technical areas of specialisation revealed

Detailed analysis of representatives shows that while some tend to specialise in certain technologies, others act across a wider range of IPC sections Read more

3 Dec 2020

Xi lays out national IP strategy in speech to top party leadership

IP practitioners will hope impact trickles down to case level as party boss tells Politburo to speed reforms in damages and other areas Read more

2 Dec 2020

Multi-million dollar Comcast deal hasn’t changed plans to spin off IP business says Xperi licensing chief

In exclusive interview with IAM Samir Armaly reveals that a split remains on track and why a rapidly changing TV market doesn’t mean diminishing returns for the business Read more

2 Dec 2020

Philips turns up the heat on Chinese phone brands in India

New cases against Vivo and Xiaomi added, with company seeking injunctions from Delhi High Court Read more

1 Dec 2020

Conversant seals patent licensing deal with Tesla to end litigation in the US and Germany

Agreement between the pair hands NPE another boost after it signed major transaction with RPX Read more

1 Dec 2020

A unitary EU SPC system may be on the cards, but it will be tough to achieve

Although life sciences companies would favour such a change, there are significant obstacles standing in the way of it happening Read more

1 Dec 2020

Chinese device makers reflect on a landmark year in FRAND

Leaders from TCL, ZTE and Midea discuss a global litigation landscape that has been changed completely over the past year at IPBC Shenzhen Read more

30 Nov 2020

PARC goes on patent offensive against Facebook, Snap and Twitter

Very rare assertion campaign by the Xerox subsidiary sees three suits filed in US district court against social media giants Read more

30 Nov 2020

Report: Shanghai court dismisses Fractus cases against Oppo

Rulings suggest Chinese company’s wide-ranging invalidation campaign is paying off, a red flag for smaller licensors Read more

27 Nov 2020

US patent stakeholders have their say on the key issues facing the Biden presidency

Special IAM panel representing very different parts of the American ecosystem discuss subjects as diverse as Iancu's legacy, the politics of covid IP, SEPs and technology standards, and the potential for legislation during the next Congress Read more

27 Nov 2020

ZTE pushes patents to gain competitive edge

Innovation is a top priority for the Chinese company, but it faces significant risk from asserters in the US and Europe Read more

27 Nov 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe Read more

27 Nov 2020

Honda seeking to sell AI solution for culling patent portfolios

Company says automated process helped it to identify 7,000 rights for abandonment Read more

26 Nov 2020

Rare ED Texas pharma lawsuit may be a sign of things to come for biosimilars litigation

Preliminary injunction denials in the District of Delaware could influence future venue selection in BPCIA suits Read more

26 Nov 2020

More hold-out on the cards after Dusseldorf court calls in CJEU on SEP licensing

Judges referral of a series of questions on supply chain licensing, FRAND and willing licensee issues have potential to delay dealmaking, not only in Germany but across the EU Read more

26 Nov 2020

Restructure puts auto connectivity at the centre of Huawei’s strategy

Company signals shift in focus after selling off entry-level smartphone brand Honor Read more

25 Nov 2020

European champions: the private practice patent teams that dominate EPO oppositions

While Hoffmann Eitle sits at the top of the table, overall UK firms are beginning to supplant those from Germany Read more

25 Nov 2020

Auction of Gionee’s smartphone patents a reality check for China

IP assets of bankrupt firm, once a big local handset seller, changed hands at fire-sale prices Read more

24 Nov 2020

Measuring diversity in invention and patenting is easier said than done

As companies ramp up their efforts to diversify their invention workforce, gathering key data poses a challenge that members of the Gathering felt they had to overcome Read more

24 Nov 2020

US legislators move to close another “evergreening loophole” for orphan drugs

Recent reforms have made it harder to obtain regulatory exclusivity for follow-on versions of rare disease treatments Read more

24 Nov 2020

Criminal trade secrets law in China targets foreigners with extra penalties

Likely a response to recent US prosecutions of Chinese nationals, the measures mean foreign companies in China should tread with caution Read more

23 Nov 2020

How one man kick-started Samsung’s rise as a global patent superpower

The late Lee Kun-hee demonstrates just how important senior leadership is in determining a company’s innovation and IP leadership Read more

23 Nov 2020

Sony picks up hundreds of chip patents from Intel

Japanese company, which buys patents infrequently, has also linked up with IBM in recent semiconductor-related deal Read more

21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda Read more

20 Nov 2020

In  Blackberry patent sale, Canada sees loss of prestige not value creation opportunity

Possible deal comes during a period of concern in the country over loss of tech crown jewels, engineering talent and the bleeding of IP assets Read more

20 Nov 2020

European Commission set to deliver SEP bombshell

Draft communication suggests intervention in the auto sector to find “effective licensing solutions” and holds out prospect of regulatory reform Read more

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