New Ericsson CIPO exclusive; Toyota’s big patent move; the global IP market seen from China’s high-tech hub; PTAB petitions tumble; Fujifilm portfolio analysis; and much more

It has been another bumper week for global IP market stories on IAM, with a focus on developments in multiple industries across the world. Here’s what we covered …

MONDAY 1st April

Regulations in China’s high-tech hub Shenzhen - once known primarily as a den of piracy - will allow fast-track administrative injunctions and impose stiff penalties on repeat infringers. Read more here

As the pace of technological change shows no sign of slowing, enterprises need to take radical action to ensure that their IP strategies stay ahead of the curve. Read more here

Amazon, United Technologies and Huawei were among the big climbers in this year’s listing of the 100 largest US portfolio owners. Read more here

TUESDAY 2nd April

In her first interview since becoming Ericsson's new chief IP officer, Christina Petersson talks about listening to the market, the challenges of 5G, her management style and diversity in IP deal-making. Read more here

An inside look at Huawei’s patent buying strategy, TCL’s safeguards against over-investment, Baidu’s IP shift and much more from IPBC Shenzhen. Read more here

The number of petitions filed at the PTAB slumped in the first quarter as petitioners and patent owners came to terms with 12 months of change at the board. Read more here


The new issue of IAM – featuring the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 and lots more besides – is now available online for subscribers. Read more here

With so many issues emerging across the entire supply chain, the auto sector’s IP leaders will be sharing their thoughts and insights at IAM events in Detroit and Munich next month. Read more here

THURSDAY 4th April

Toyota is opening up patents related to hybrid electric vehicle technology that it has previously licensed to Nissan, Ford, Subaru and Mazda, in a move that expands on its previous fuel cell pledge. Read more here

Daimler's Nokia complaint may throw light on the extent to which the principles laid out in the EU SEP licensing communication are being applied in practice. Read more here

FRIDAY 5th April

Shenzhen-based Transsion is the dominant player in Africa’s mobile market, but a light patent portfolio might complicate ambitious expansion plans and a forthcoming IPO. Read more here

Over recent years, Fujifilm has expanded into the medical and pharmaceutical sectors; but while its patent holdings have increased in quality, there is still a way to go. Read more here

No free passes on the former Yahoo! patents insists Excalibur head as he contemplates future of $250m portfolio after parent company announces dissolution. Read more here

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that life sciences inventions arrived at by well-established or routine tests can be patented, but the decision will also reassure generics. Read more here

SATURDAY 6th April

A round-up of all March's big life sciences patent news from the courts, the deals market, the regulators and the policy-makers. Read more here

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