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With patent deal renewals looming, Ericsson CEO Ekholm insists it will accept revenue gaps to get “fair value” in new agreements

Swedish company reports Q3 royalty income dip, but insists that it is still on course to top $1 billion for the year

With patent deal renewals looming, Ericsson CEO Ekholm insists it will accept revenue gaps to get “fair value” in new agreements
Companies from South Korea and Japan spearhead battery technologies patent rush
23 Oct 2020

Companies from South Korea and Japan spearhead battery technologies patent rush

LG Chem and Toyota own two of the world’s largest portfolios in the field and as countries prioritise green energy this advantage may well translate into big money

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger
23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios

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22 Oct 2020

IBM’s recently announced split is big news for the company, less so on the IP front

Much remains to be decided in terms of the NewCo but the legacy business will remain a patent behemoth Read more

22 Oct 2020

Hybrid deals in China show how patent strategy creates business value for Toyota

Japanese automaker will sell systems to two Chinese car-makers, more than a year after seeking to spur interest in the technology with a royalty-free licence initiative Read more

21 Oct 2020

Apple staves off threat of a UK injunction in SEP fight with NPEs by agreeing to consent order

“This is all about at what point the implementer should be on the hook,” says lawyer for Optis and Unwired Planet Read more

21 Oct 2020

Remembering a blissful summer for SEP owners

As the weather turns wet and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, licensors can look back on a memorable streak of major wins in the period from July through to September Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

20 Oct 2020

Qualcomm’s Rogers  - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it should be the rule when it comes to standards bodies

In part two of our exclusive in-depth interview, Qualcomm Technology Licensing's president addresses the rise of the anti anti-suit injunction, ETSI’s success and how to license the IoT Read more

20 Oct 2020

Proposal to waive TRIPS is the latest sign of deepening global IP rifts over covid-19

WHO-backed proposal seeks to suspend key multilateral protections for patents and trade secrets Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

19 Oct 2020

Qualcomm licensing chief says the patent pendulum is moving just in time for 5G

The holder of one of the biggest jobs in corporate IP, Alex Rogers, talks to IAM about an improving climate for SEP holders and what he’s learned from the company’s recent courtroom battles Read more

19 Oct 2020

Cut renewals, not new filings, JPO chief tells cash-strapped companies

New commissioner acknowledges tough budget choices are affecting top customers Read more

17 Oct 2020

Shenzhen will double down on patents in its second act

Xi Jinping made innovation the focus of a speech marking the Special Economic Zone's 40th anniversary. But a more inward focus could spell change for IP strategies Read more

16 Oct 2020

The missing ingredient if the smartphone patent wars are to be repeated with 5G

The new era of connectivity across multiple industries is fuelling predictions of a resurgence in IP fights, but there’s one key difference between then and now Read more

16 Oct 2020

Ocado patent fight puts delivery and warehouse systems IP under the spotlight

UK company accused of infringement by Norwegian rival in a field that is likely to become more important to e-commerce heavyweights such as Amazon Read more

16 Oct 2020

China’s patent profession is growing fast, but filings show signs of levelling

New entrants may help ease the high ratio of applications to attorneys, but there are concerns about lowered standards Read more

15 Oct 2020

SCOTUS nominee’s response on 101 will only add to calls for Congress to act

Barrett admits she can’t name a subject matter case but calls for clarity as she addresses rare patent question Read more

15 Oct 2020

Despite the praise, there may be less to Moderna’s covid patent pledge than meets the eye

The leading vaccine innovator has won plaudits for its commitment not to enforce its coronavirus-related IP rights against other mRNA inventors Read more

15 Oct 2020

How TSMC keeps on top of the transactions market

Chief IP Counsel Billie Chen explains how the fab giant taps into the patent market through both an alliance with WiLAN and its own initiatives Read more

14 Oct 2020

New Nokia report pegs 5G benefit to global economy at $8 trillion highlighting possible step change for licensors

Study points to range of “asset-intensive industries” which are playing digital catch-up and underline 5G’s huge potential Read more

14 Oct 2020

CAFC decision prevents skinny label use, warns dissenting judge

Expect further appeals after majority ruling finds in favour of GSK and makes it easier to prove infringement despite carve outs Read more

14 Oct 2020

Huawei scoops up indoor location-tracking patents from British start-up

Edinburgh University spin-out Sensewhere had received investment from government fund Scottish Enterprise and Tencent, but the Chinese networking giant now owns all of its US patents. The transaction comes after Huawei lost access to Google Maps and other Android services Read more

13 Oct 2020

As PTAB reform fight escalates, Supreme Court says it will hear Arthrex case

SCOTUS grants cert in suit focusing on the appointment of board judges; move comes days after more than 50 companies, including Google, Ford and Microsoft, called on Congress to analyse increased use of discretionary denials Read more

13 Oct 2020

Why IP experts remain absent from the business top table

All too often, those responsible for building, managing and protecting corporate portfolios are still excluded from the overall decision-making process Read more

13 Oct 2020

Indian court to welcome more SEP cases with new rules for patent disputes

Delhi High Court moves to standardise the structure of patent lawsuits and enshrine licensor-friendly measures such as confidentiality clubs Read more

12 Oct 2020

External ownership of law firms could herald an IP revolution but clients will need to be convinced

With Arizona and Utah relaxing rules, investors, service providers and lawyers themselves wonder if more states will follow suit - and see plenty of opportunities if they do Read more

12 Oct 2020

Another big deal validates Velodyne’s patent-driven approach to China market

Autonomous driving pioneer now has its two biggest Chinese peers under licence, generating extra value in a market where it struggles to compete on cost Read more

10 Oct 2020

Sometimes FRAND does mean license-to-all

Law professor Jorge Contreras contends that the policies of many standards organisations can be interpreted as imposing a broad licensing requirement on SEP owners Read more

9 Oct 2020

Indian court hands InterDigital anti anti-suit injunction in Xiaomi fight

Ruling declares that earlier Chinese decision had “effectively rendered it impossible for the plaintiff to continue to prosecute these proceedings” Read more

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