Computers & Software

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court

Filings against Daimler and BMW follow court actions against Toyota and VW - and it could only be a matter of time before others start to get more assertive

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court
22 Mar 2019

Patent hookup with Philips bolsters Mediatek’s voice tech strategy

The Taiwanese chipmaker made its first third party acquisition in five years, picking up a portfolio related to speech recognition and audio processing from the Dutch company

21 Mar 2019

Lenovo IP head becomes the latest big name to leave a major corporate role

News of Ira Blumberg's departure from the Chinese company comes just days after IAM revealed that Ericsson was in the market for a new CIPO

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21 Mar 2019

Chinese state research lab wants Intel to pay for chip tech

Recent PTAB filings by Intel reveal it’s being sued in China by a government-run R&D lab for infringing patents related to FinFET transistors Read more

18 Mar 2019

Ericsson, Nokia, Philips and Qualcomm call on USPTO to support Delrahim over injunctive relief policy change

Late last year, DOJ antitrust chief announced plan to withdraw support for a 2013 joint statement his department made with the office urging courts to take a cautious approach to granting injunctive relief in cases involving the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms Read more

15 Mar 2019

With PTAB petition 10,000 approaching, the US patent system has spawned a $1 billion industry

The signing of the America Invents Act changed the face of US patent practice in a way that very few who steered the legislation through Congress had anticipated Read more

15 Mar 2019

Bangalore’s top tech firms offer qualified praise for patent office progress

Heading toward elections, the Indian government is touting its record on IP system reforms. Rights holders acknowledge progress but say they have concerns about patent quality Read more

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13 Mar 2019

Why the proposed EU Copyright Directive is good news for rights holders and creators

The controversial legislation is set to come into force this year and will place extra burdens on service providers, while heralding a new, more interventionist approach to the regulation of online platforms in the digital economy Read more

12 Mar 2019

Europe’s patent landscape in six charts 

The EPO’s annual report for 2018 was published today and shows that filing levels are up, grants have surged, the US leads, China slows and Siemens is number one Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

28 Feb 2019

How brokered patent sales fared in 2018

An infographic displaying the key elements of a market in which bounce back ability is the name of the game Read more

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14 Mar 2019

New research highlights impact of patent eligibility uncertainty on life sciences and tech investments

Academic calls for Congress to act on 101 “to restore investor confidence” with private equity and VC players clear that doubts over patentability make it less likely they will part with cash Read more

12 Mar 2019

How a group of Silicon Valley IP executives are using analytics to save millions in portfolio management

Executives from Facebook and Google are among the members of an elite gathering that meets regularly to share best practices in patent prosecution and litigation strategy Read more

11 Mar 2019

Operating companies ramp up their US patent deal-making, but NPEs see big drop

Microsoft and Facebook feature among leaders as transactions involving software assets in Q4 of 2018 hit highest level since 2010 Read more

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

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30 Jan 2019

Apple v Qualcomm is the global patent fight for our times

Why Qualcomm’s winning of an injunction in China against Apple is another sign that the patent market is drifting inexorably eastwards. With the country’s answer to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit opening at the start of this year, rights holders have even more reason to turn to Chinese courts. Read more

30 Nov 2018

After years of setting the patent agenda Silicon Valley is now playing defence

The USPTO director’s explicit rejection of the ‘troll’ narrative and the departure of key Congressional backers mean that big technology companies find themselves in the unusual position of not being in control of the US IP policy-making narrative. Read more

31 Mar 2017

Embracing the power of patents

Based on different continents and very different in size, Microsoft and Fractus are united by a sophisticated understanding of IP value which is delivering tangible results. Others would be well advised to heed their example Read more

30 Sep 2016

McRO gives hope to US patent owners, but Section 101 uncertainty remains

After two years of uncertainty and no little gloom, a recent Federal Circuit decision may just herald the long-awaited swing-back in the pendulum that software patent owners in the United States have been waiting for. Some, though, still believe that Congress must bite the bullet and take a look at Section 101 Read more