USPTO backlog warning; Todd Dickinson RIP; Japanese giants make covid-19 patent pledge; Strong quarters for licensing leaders; NPE targets eight with former Blackberry IP; 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 4th May

PanOptis’ successful defence of a patent challenged Huawei has been named as one of China’s top validity decisions of 2019. Read more here

Innovators must overcome demanding inventive step and novelty requirements to secure patent protection for repurposed drugs in Brazil. Read more here

An NPE is targeting eight device makers, including TCL, Coolpad and Lenovo, using former Blackberry patents to which the likes of Apple and Huawei have already taken licences. Read more here


Todd Dickinson, who died on Sunday, was a champion of US innovation and IP who departs way too early but leaves a legacy of achievement that very few will ever match. Read more here

Investments by Facebook and Silver Lake in telecoms leader Reliance Jio bring lively discussion over data ownership to the fore in India. Read more here

InterDigital CEO explains how recent deal with Huawei was done and reveals that despite growing concerns over the global economy “the pace of negotiations is as good as it’s ever been”. Read more here


The USPTO’s former Commissioner of Patents says the agency has handled the covid-19 crisis well, so far; but warns a backlog may build at the end of the year. Read more here

British parliamentarians have heard differing views on whether changes at Imagination Technologies and the company’s IP model could result in the transfer of critical technology to China. Read more here

A look into our back catalogue to see how IAM has covered the rapidly changing world of patent analytics. Read more here

Just how much device makers are on the hook for in patent licensing pay-outs is frequently a matter of major contention. Landscaping tools provide a crucial way to assess this risk. Read more here


Japanese companies in high tech, auto and healthcare have pledged not to assert patents against any activity whose purpose is to stop the spread of covid-19. Read more here

A new development in a much-watched patent dispute between Gilead and the US government is a reminder of the importance of tying down the IP issues in research collaborations. Read more here

University of Kentucky tech transfer chief explains why the current covid-19 crisis could herald a revolution in academic institutions’ licensing efforts, but also warns of dangers ahead. Read more here

FRIDAY 8th May

The strong quarterly performances of four big name licensors add weight to the idea that IP is a non-correlated asset. Read more here

Japanese companies cut their domestic patent filings again last year, but entities from China and South Korea led an increase in foreign applications. Read more here

Use of patent analytics can go a long way to relieving uncertainty around royalty stacks, but a case study covering audio-video codec reveals some blind spots. Read more here

With an upcoming merger and the resulting prospect of a standalone IP business, TiVo needs a powerful patent portfolio now more than ever. Read more here


Covid-19 is not the only thing complicating IP dealmaking between US and Chinese entities. The worsening trade stand-off between the two countries should also be thrown into the mix. Read more here

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