Nokia’s big licensing hire; Financials of Ericsson v Apple; Don’t mess with IBM, says IP head; Regulators OK BlackBerry patent sale; EU SEP push peril; 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

The Long Read

The European Commission is currently pursuing three policy initiatives relating to standards and SEPs. Haris Tsilikas argues that any inconsistencies or contradictions in these efforts will be damaging. Read more here

MONDAY 28 March

IAM’s annual search for outstanding individuals to induct into the IP Hall of Fame is coming to an end shortly, so act now to make your nomination. Read more here

The past month has seen a torrent of new covid-19 vaccine patent lawsuits in which a great deal of money could be at stake. Read more here

Nokia has made a big name hire from Intellectual Ventures to lead its licensing efforts in the multimedia space. Read more here

IBM has filed just 20 cases as a US patent plaintiff since 2008 but has been a defendant in 152. It also has an impressive track record at the PTAB. Read more here

TUESDAY 29 March

IAM's sister platform World Trademark Review spoke to a Brussels-based IP lawyer on a personal mission to help those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Read more here

AstraZeneca is the latest immuno-oncology drug marketer to face patent action from Bristol-Myers Squibb and its partners. Read more here

There are 500 million reasons why Ericsson’s current patent licensing dispute with Apple matters so much to the Swedish company. Read more here

“Take me seriously, because you're going to spend a bunch of money and then decide you need to take a licence,” says IBM IP head in an exclusive IAM interview. Read more here


A feisty FRAND debate, the UPC and plenty more besides came up for discussion on the first day of IPBC Europe in front of a packed audience of over 280 delegates in London. Read more here

Ocean Tomo, a pioneer in the IP transactions and advisory space, has been acquired by global consulting firm JS Hall. Read more here


Patent value, IP finance and the challenges of digitisation were just some of the subjects discussed on the final day of IPBC Europe in London yesterday. Read more here

Announcing its 2021 financials, Huawei said that despite falling revenues its profits are up and it is investing more than ever in R&D and IP. Read more here

The Licence on Transfer Network has launched a patent marketplace for its 2,000 members to buy and sell assets on their own terms without brokers. Read more here 

FRIDAY 1 April

Japan’s Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry has published “Good faith guidelines for standard essential patent licensing”, based on work done by a study group launched in 2020. Read more here

BlackBerry’s sale of 38,000 legacy patents has cleared regulatory review in Canada and the US, but the buyer still has financing issues to work through. Read more here


UPC uncertainties, FRAND controversies and the changing role of patent professionals were among the five major takeaways from this week’s IPBC Europe in London. Read more here


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