5G in China; the new global IP market; all about GDPR and much more in IAM 91 - out today

Issue 91 of IAM has now been published and is available for subscribers to see online.

Among the most keenly awaited technology events of the decade is the roll-out of 5G around the world. With the vastly increased speeds and reduced latency that the new generation of wireless network offers, the potential for change in a diverse range of industries is enormous. Leading the revolution will be China – where some of the globe’s first 5G networks will be introduced, and where a number of entities have been investing heavily in R&D and patent portfolio construction.

Our cover story this time around is an exclusive roundtable featuring the views of some of China’s most senior IP operators in the mobile communications sector. They discuss the strategies that they are putting in place for 5G, as well as how the new technology is likely to affect licensing.

The move to 5G is just one reason why the global IP marketplace has undergone such significant changes in recent years. We take a look at where things stand for six different types of actor in the market and ask key players to identify what has happened and why, as well as what is likely to follow. IP dealmakers will not want to miss what they have to say.

Our focus on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is also particularly timely. Everyone has, or should have, heard of the GDPR – but how many realise the direct effect that it will have on the way in which intellectual property is managed? You will certainly know more after reading the primer that our Asia editor, Jacob Schindler, has put together on the subject.

Elsewhere in this issue, we reflect on our biggest-ever IPBC Global. Over 650 delegates gathered for the event in San Francisco in early June to hear many compelling presentations, including keynotes from new USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, outgoing EPO President Benoît Battistelli and GE Chief Innovation Officer Sue Siegel.

On top of this, there are features on what patent mapping reveals about new strategies at Fujifilm, how East Asia can survive trade confrontation with the United States, and the best ways to build an international SEP litigation strategy. Look out as well for a detailed critique of TCL v Ericsson and where it fits in with other recent SEP/FRAND suits decided by EU and Chinese courts.

Of course, there are all your regular favourites too; so you will have plenty to read if you are heading off on holiday this August. We will see you next when the summer is over (sigh).

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