Major German FRAND decision; BlackBerry patent sale latest; Avanci and Daimler agree licensing deal; most read stories of 2021; reviews of the year; plus much more

Everything we covered on the IAM platform over the Christmas and New Year period

MONDAY 20 December

IAM’s China editor, Bing Zhao, picks out five key developments from this year in a country that has set its sights on becoming a pivotal player in the global patent market. Read more here

Top in-house executives reveal legal, policy and commercial developments of 2021 that will leave their mark on patent strategies in auto, semiconductors, life sciences, telecoms, software and AI. Read more here

The BlackBerry patent sale has been mooted for over a year now. With the company’s Q3 financials set for release tomorrow, we could find out whether it is finally going to happen. Read more here

TUESDAY 21 December

Important developments in Japan, India and South Korea are among those selected by IAM editor Jacob Schindler in his overview of 2021’s biggest Asia-Pacific IP stories outside China. Read more here

Surprise US backing for a covid IP waiver and major changes in Brazil and China were among the top stories IAM life sciences editor Adam Houldsworth covered in 2021. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 22 December

Frustrated BlackBerry CEO John Chen said yesterday that the long-expected sale of a large chunk of the company’s patents is getting closer but has still to get over the line. Read more here

Avanci has concluded a licensing agreement with Daimler that covers all patents available via the platform up to and including 4G, a spokesperson has confirmed to IAM. Read more here

Analysis of the self-driving cars patent landscape reveals that automaker, supplier and tech company portfolio strategies are largely focused on a handful of markets. Read more here

THURSDAY 23 December

In a case in which members of the Access Advance HEVC patent pool were the plaintiffs, a German court has delivered the first FRAND defeat for an SEP joint licensing programme. Read more here

IAM Deputy Editor Angela Morris picks out her top five stories from what was an exceptionally busy patent year in the US. Read more here

New German legislation, a leap forward on the UPC and important SEP-related initiatives from the UK and the Commission were among the patent highlights of 2021 in Europe. Read more here

FRIDAY 24 December

Members of the IAM editorial team share their plans for the festive period as the platform closes down for a few days’ rest before the new year gets underway. Read more here

FRIDAY 31 December

We round-off a record year for new subscriptions and renewals with a look back at the IAM editorial content that attracted the most reads month-by-month during 2021. Read more here

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