Computers & Software

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger
IBM’s recently announced split is big news for the company, less so on the IP front
22 Oct 2020

IBM’s recently announced split is big news for the company, less so on the IP front

Much remains to be decided in terms of the NewCo but the legacy business will remain a patent behemoth

Remembering a blissful summer for SEP owners
21 Oct 2020

Remembering a blissful summer for SEP owners

As the weather turns wet and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, licensors can look back on a memorable streak of major wins in the period from July through to September


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19 Oct 2020

Cut renewals, not new filings, JPO chief tells cash-strapped companies

New commissioner acknowledges tough budget choices are affecting top customers Read more

16 Oct 2020

The missing ingredient if the smartphone patent wars are to be repeated with 5G

The new era of connectivity across multiple industries is fuelling predictions of a resurgence in IP fights, but there’s one key difference between then and now Read more

14 Oct 2020

New Nokia report pegs 5G benefit to global economy at $8 trillion highlighting possible step change for licensors

Study points to range of “asset-intensive industries” which are playing digital catch-up and underline 5G’s huge potential Read more

14 Oct 2020

Huawei scoops up indoor location-tracking patents from British start-up

Edinburgh University spin-out Sensewhere had received investment from government fund Scottish Enterprise and Tencent, but the Chinese networking giant now owns all of its US patents. The transaction comes after Huawei lost access to Google Maps and other Android services Read more


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15 Sep 2020

Confronting critical challenges, Taiwan’s tech companies must find a way to create patent value

IAM speaks with IP leaders from Foxconn, AU Optronics and others ahead of IPBC Taiwan next week Read more

12 Sep 2020

It’s the PTAB, stupid

Whether the US chooses four more years of Donald Trump or Joe Biden replaces him, big tech's assault on the PTO shows where the patent policy battle lines are being drawn Read more

5 Sep 2020

Covid-19 shows promise of AI tools – innovators need IP protection, and fast

Breakthroughs by startups across the APAC region show the IP system is working as intended to incentivise innovation - even in a crowded patent landscape Read more

29 Aug 2020

Despite last Wednesday's Supreme Court decision, the UK won't become the global hub for resolving FRAND disputes

The Unwired Planet/Conversant judgment was great news for SEP owners, but Brexit Britain is not economically or politically important enough to be home to the world's royalty-setting court Read more


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12 Oct 2020

Another big deal validates Velodyne’s patent-driven approach to China market

Autonomous driving pioneer now has its two biggest Chinese peers under licence, generating extra value in a market where it struggles to compete on cost Read more

10 Oct 2020

Sometimes FRAND does mean license-to-all

Law professor Jorge Contreras contends that the policies of many standards organisations can be interpreted as imposing a broad licensing requirement on SEP owners Read more

9 Oct 2020

Strategic IP management can preserve Taiwan’s tech leadership, minister says

Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-Hua tells IPBC Taiwan attendees that a robust IP environment can encourage re-shoring and greater investment in local R&D efforts Read more

8 Oct 2020

IBM transfers portfolio of patents to Alibaba

Assignment adds another operating company to long line of buyers of Big Blue assets Read more


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12 Aug 2020

IP market news highlights

A rundown of some of the top news stories on the IAM platform in May, June and July Read more

12 Aug 2020

As the fallout from covid continues, the two IP superpowers offer different messages

While China cheers an uptick in applications, the USPTO warns of a prolonged downturn Read more

8 Jun 2020

IP Market news highlights

IAM’s biggest spring reads Read more

8 Jun 2020

From French fancy to global community – celebrating 100 issues of IAM 

Founder and editor in chief Joff Wild looks back on 17 years of IAM Read more