IP Hall of Fame inductees revealed; Japan mulls SEP licensing change; New WiLAN CEO named; Vivo's NTT Docomo patent deal; How to stop IPR profiteers; plus much more

IP Hall of Fame inductees revealed; Japan mulls SEP licensing change; New WiLAN CEO named; Vivo's NTT Docomo patent deal; How to stop IPR profiteers; 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

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The Long Read

Recent US court decisions have had a seismic impact on venue selection in Hatch-Waxman cases. Faegre Drinker’s Alison Baldwin, Eric Friedman and Susan Sharko argue that this can be a favourable development for rights holders and a useful tool in ANDA-related litigation. Read more here


Law firm Williams & Connolly is the target of US discovery requests made by Palantir in the latest twist to litigation in Germany involving accusations of patent infringement and trade secrets theft. Read more here

Docket Navigator data shows that the Central District of California is consistently among the top courts in the US for non-patent IP cases. Read more here


Exclusive analysis based on the full text of China’s first civil patent linkage judgment reveals how the Beijing IP Court handled the case and why the generic company prevailed. Read more here

Four individuals will be inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2022: Pravin Anand, Justice Stephen Breyer, Louis Foreman and James Malackowski. Read more here

As Quarterhill’s strategic review considers the potential sale of Canadian patent licensing business WiLAN, a PatSnap portfolio analysis shows plenty of value for any future buyer. Read more here


The Japan Patent Office has prepared an update to its SEP licensing guidelines and public comments on the draft revisions are now being canvassed. Read more here

Almost 7,000 brand professionals attended the INTA Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week, either in person or via remote link. Here are the key takeaways from the event. Read more here

Xperi – which is still on track to spin-out its licensing business this autumn – says a significant part of a 16% Q1 revenue jump came from a deal with Micron covering semiconductor hybrid bonding IP. Read more here


Vivo has become the latest Chinese smartphone maker to ink a patent licensing agreement with Japan’s NTT Docomo. Read more here

As gene editing techniques come to the fore in the UK and elsewhere, industry needs clarity on the breeder's exception to plant variety rights. Read more here

We're seeing the recent emergence of entities utilising inter partes reviews to attack large patent damages verdicts collaterally as a business model. Here’s how to fix the problem. Read more here


The Japanese parliament has approved a wide-ranging economic security law that includes the introduction of a new patent secrecy system. Read more here

Quarterhill has appointed a new WiLAN CEO and revealed that the NPE’s recent settlement with Apple contributed to a huge year-on-year Q1 surge in licensing income. Read more here

Qualcomm’s chief IP counsel has said that while the US IP system is generally in good shape, some proposals for reform could cause damage. Read more here  


IAM’s China editor Bing Zhao is leaving for pastures new. But before doing so, she reflects on seven plus years covering the twists and turns of the IP market in Asia. Read more here

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