Samsung acquires 500+ Nokia assets; Huawei HEVC exclusive; Big Ericsson deals up for renewal; IP’s glass ceiling fractures; Why Houlihan patent team left; plus much more

Everything we covered on IAM over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the global IP market to set yourself up for the start of another busy week

MONDAY 13th July

Samsung Electronics has acquired a portfolio of hundreds of patent assets from licensing partner and network gear competitor Nokia. Read more here

The European Patent Office is seeing a boom in 3D printing patent applications and it is filers from the US, not China, that are leading the way. Read more here

TUESDAY 14th July

Sharp and Huawei reach an SEP licence agreement covering automotive components, partially ending the Japanese company’s German patent assertions against Huawei customer Daimler. Read more here

Longstanding negative perceptions of university IP commercialisation are now out of date, according to Dr Andrew Tingey, director of the commercialisation office at Imperial College, London. Read more here

New data shows why patent owners love the Western District of Texas: quicker to hold claim construction hearings, less likely to transfer cases, reluctant to scupper cases in early motions. Read more here


Guinness world record holder’s Japanese R&D and licensing lab has become the latest patent owner to target Chinese display firm BOE with US litigation. Read more here

In Sisvel v Haier, Germany’s highest court brought greater clarity to a number of issues surrounding the licensing of SEPs – and rights holders have reason to be satisfied. Read more here

With evidence building of a more settled licensing landscape in video, Qualcomm has hailed the release of a new standard covering the technology. Read more here

THURSDAY 16th July

In an exclusive interview, the head of Huawei’s Media and Common Technologies Patent Department talks about the company's decision to join the HEVC Advance patent pool. Read more here

Following a recent CJEU decision, life sciences innovators in Europe are no longer entitled to patent term extension rights for new indications of drugs previously approved for other uses. Read more here

We are going to hear a good deal more about FRAND, says IP Hall of Fame inductee and UK Supreme Court justice Lord David Kitchin. Read more here

More details have emerged about the reasons why Houlihan Lokey’s IP group split with the bank earlier this year. Read more here

FRIDAY 17th July

Silicon Valley’s finest are showering money on Jio Platforms, but the Indian telco may need a crash course in IP strategy. Read more here

Revealed – the US law firms that refer most patent prosecution work abroad and the entities they send it to. Read more here

The glass ceiling in IP is beginning to fracture, says the first woman to be director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Read more here

“We are very committed to maximising the value of our patent portfolio,” says Ericsson CEO, as company prepares for key licensing deal renewals. Read more here

SATURDAY 18th July

Patent licensing may not be a viable strategic option for Huawei, at least in the US; and that means China’s 5G champion may need to embrace more out-of-the-box IP value creation strategies. Read more here

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