World’s top patent firms named; Rare Google assertion targets Sonos; USPTO head troubled by filings fall; Fortress acquires Finjan; IP finance on the up; 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 8th June

A patent deal with Samsung Display may give a long-dormant Korean company a golden monetisation opportunity. Read more here

In an exclusive interview, Mark Lemley talks about legislative 101 reform, the state of play at the CAFC and the rise of the Western District of Texas as a major IP court. Read more here

TUESDAY 9th June

A case involving a US NPE is a rare example of a foreign plaintiff using China’s administrative patent enforcement system rather than civil courts. Read more here

Courts cannot award attorney fees for PTAB cases, the Federal Circuit has ruled in a precedential judgment handed down last week. Read more here

Prepare for compulsory licensing in both life sciences and high-tech, warns Lemley in second part of exclusive IAM interview. Read more here


The recent transfer of a Korean chip patent portfolio suggests that TSMC is finding value in a 2018 deal it agreed with WiLAN on an annual subscription basis. Read more here

IAM readers have again chosen the US and Germany as the most highly regarded jurisdictions for patent litigation in terms of both thoroughness and value for money. Read more here

The frenetic pace of IP dealmaking that has characterised the first six months of the year continued today with the news that Fortress’s IP group is acquiring Finjan for just under $44 million. Read more here

THURSDAY 11th June

The 2020 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 has been published. It names the top private practice patent lawyers, attorneys and firms in 48 jurisdictions. Read more here

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise. Read more here

USPTO director Andrei Iancu has written to a group of US legislators warning them of a drop in revenues from patent filings and other fees because of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

FRIDAY 12th June

First it was Huawei and ZTE, now TCL and one of its subsidiaries have become the latest Chinese technology companies to transact patents with a foreign NPE. Read more here

Royalty Pharma’s planned $2 billion IPO demonstrates the increasing size and importance of the patented drug royalties market. Read more here

The patent fight between Sonos and Google has taken another turn following the search giant’s filing of a lawsuit accusing the speaker manufacturer of infringing five of its rights. Read more here

SATURDAY 13th June

Recent high-profile deals involving the likes Theranos, Fortress and Acacia are only the start - the foundations are being laid for a golden era of IP financing. Read more here

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