Major German injunction boost; GM takes Avanci licence; Oppo nabs Sharp patents; Musk’s Twitter IP task; InterDigital hopeful on Samsung, Apple deals; plus much more

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The arrival of the UPC, a sharp uptick in the number of FRAND disputes and a boost for efforts to promote IP culture, in particular among SMEs, are all having a big impact on the patent market in France, writes Magda Voltolini. Read more here


Expectations for the Biden administration’s patent policy significantly improved once top stakeholders heard from the president’s USPTO director pick, according to IAM’s Q1 Panel Report. Read more here

A look at Docket Navigator data identifying which semiconductor patentees have filed the most US infringement suits so far in 2022. Read more here


NortonLifeLock has said it will appeal a jury award of $185.1 million to Columbia University for infringement of two cybersecurity patents. Read more here

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union will make it easier for patent holders to secure preliminary injunctions in Germany. Read more here

GM has become the latest auto company to take a licence from Avanci, agreeing a deal that will give all its connected vehicles full access to the 2G, 3G and 4G SEPs held by 48 licensors. Read more here


ByteDance, the company which operates TikTok and other content sharing platforms, bas been hit with patent infringement claims in the US by NPE Advance Coding Technologies LLC. Read more here

A deal between Sanofi and Terran Biosciences is the latest in a series of unusual transactions that reflect larger pharma companies’ increasing efforts to realise value from their non-core patents. Read more here

The HDMI Licensing Administrator pool’s patent-copyright-trademark package licence is the glue that holds the 20-year-old programme together. Read more here


 A USPTO patent assignment shows that Chinese smartphone maker Oppo recently acquired around 100 patent assets from Sharp. Read more here

WiLAN CEO Michael Vladescu has died. The news was announced in a press release put out by the Canadian firm’s parent company Quarterhill. Read more here

The final draft of an agreement to emerge from TRIPS covid waiver discussions between the US, India, the EU and South Africa has been published. Read more here


A recent criminal case involving GSK shows that the US authorities mean business when it comes to biotech trade secrets. Read more here

Patents have been peripheral to Twitter’s success, but Elon Musk will have to make certain that IP vital to the company’s future cannot just walk out the door. Read more here

InterDigital generated revenues of $101.3 million in Q1 2022 and has disclosed it is hopeful of renewing licence deals with Apple and Samsung before they expire. Read more here


Domestic filings in India outnumbered foreign ones for the first time in 11 years last quarter, in the latest indication that the country’s companies are coming to the patent party. Read more here

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