Clarivate and CPA merge; Patents vital to covid-19 cure; Qualcomm seals key Huawei deal; DoJ gives Avanci green light; Medtronic’s winning IP strategy; 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 27th July

In making compulsory licensing easier, Indonesia is paving the way for a possible covid-19 vaccine order. However, promised protections for technology firms are taking longer than anticipated. Read more here

The series of setbacks that Intel is currently suffering may mean that its stockpile of IP becomes even more important. Read more here

TUESDAY 28th July

A JPO subcommittee report indicates that the time is not right for limits on injunctions as such a move could be seen as weakening patent rights in Japan. Read more here

IP leaders from Merck and its subsidiary MilliporeSigma call for the democratisation of CRISPR-cas9 patent licensing in an exclusive interview with IAM. Read more here

Analysis shows Qualcomm has made most contributions to the VVC standard, but the presence of so many Chinese companies indicates they will play a big part as the IP landscape develops. Read more here


Clarivate’s acquisition of CPA Global creates an IP behemoth and continues the trend towards service provider consolidation - but the new company's clients will need reassurances. Read more here

While Chinese patent applications are back on pace for growth, Japan and Taiwan are seeing decreased activity. Read more here

The US Department of Justice has issued a business review letter in which it effectively gives its stamp of approval to a new Avanci 5G licensing programme. Read more here

THURSDAY 30th July

Qualcomm’s multi-billion-dollar licensing deal with Huawei may have been driven by the Chinese company’s increasing reliance on its domestic market. Read more here

Move to implement patent linkage is the clearest sign yet that China is embracing pharma and biotech innovation. Read more here

TiVo notches up its third victory at the ITC against Comcast after the recommendation of an exclusion order but it’s not clear whether this actually matters. Read more here

FRIDAY 31st July

Huawei, Baidu and chipmaker Unisoc have joined Tencent and Alibaba as members of the Open Invention Network. Read more here

Shares in publicly-quoted companies that are part of the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 enjoyed a strong June compared to those of their peers. Read more here

How Medtronic’s dual patent strategy helps to keep the company at the forefront of developments in medtech innovation. Read more here

Nokia’s technology licensing business sees drop in sales but company highlights “higher investments to drive creation of intellectual property”. Read more here

SATURDAY 1st August

Ignore naysayers, what the last few months have taught is that the patent system is playing a vital role in the fight against covid-19. Read more here

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