Computers & Software

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB

Lawsuit filings and inter partes review petitions both fell in 2018, but operating companies’ share of the action was on the rise 

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB
18 Jan 2019

US prosecutors may resurrect trade secrets charges against Huawei

The Department of Justice is considering charging Huawei with stealing trade secrets related to a phone testing robot developed by T-Mobile . But in a 2014 civil trial on the same issues, the US carrier’s punches failed to land

17 Jan 2019

Chinese Airpod assembler picks up patents from Panasonic

GoerTek’s billionaire founder modeled his business on Panasonic from day one. Now “China’s Bluetooth king” is buying patents from the Japanese company

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16 Jan 2019

New collaboration between leading IP brands set to boost global patent transactions

IAM Market teams up with Richardson Oliver Insights to deliver new tranche of assets to its IP buying, selling, licensing and tech transfer platform being offered by top brokers Read more

15 Jan 2019

Coolpad CEO removed after lamenting lax IP enforcement in China

The executive who charted a new course for the company based in part on patent monetisation sounded disillusioned with China’s IP system days before his ouster Read more

14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

11 Jan 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low Read more

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10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

19 Dec 2018

A very merry IP Christmas

With the festive season now upon us, those looking for gift ideas can delve into the wonderful world of patents for inspiration. Read more

11 Dec 2018

Revealed: the Chinese patents that earned Qualcomm an iPhone injunction

IAM uncovers the patents-in-suit, runs down the two sides’ validity wins and losses so far, and provides much more analysis of yesterday's shock preliminary injunction in the Intermediate People's Court of Fuzhou Read more

4 Dec 2018

All the action from the final day of IPBC Asia 2018

This year's event in Shanghai has now come to an end. It's been a great couple of days, including the IP Asia Elite Gala Dinner and Awards held last night Read more

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10 Jan 2019

Iancu-inspired subject matter guidance meets with industry approval, but may make Congressional action less likely

After heavy trailing by the USPTO Director, agency proposes new details on issue of abstract ideas just as the Supreme Court turns its attention to “blockbuster” 101 Fed Circuit case Read more

10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

8 Jan 2019

Immersion hands CEO job to former Nokia and Dolby patent monetisation head

The appointment of Ramzi Haidamus comes just days after the touchscreen technology company announced a partnership and licensing deal with Google Read more

7 Jan 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way Read more

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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