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Purchase of Alphabet rights marks rare patent acquisition for Japan’s Softbank

Assignment records show that despite parent company’s vast backing for startups, Softbank Corp and its affiliates have not often come into the possession of significant third-party portfolios

04 October 2021

Ranking as Asia’s most innovative economy highlights South Korea’s need for IP value creation

World-beating R&D and patent rates propel country to top of Asia for the first time in annual WIPO study, but Global Innovation Index also shows areas where IP professionals can help it improve further

27 September 2021

Why the delay in picking a new USPTO director really matters

Acting head Drew Hirshfeld says he’s focused on doing the best job possible, but some fear that without a permanent political appointee the agency could be hamstrung

03 September 2021

IAM parent company acquires market-leading US patent litigation data and analytics firm

Austin-based Docket Navigator - which also covers trademarks, antitrust and other legal practice areas - becomes a Law Business Research company

25 August 2021

How the covid-19 pandemic has transformed the IP legal landscape

The Long Read: Top private practice partners based in Australia reflect on what it has taken to captain their firms through the events of the last 18 months and look at the ways in which the significant upheavals have affected the IP services industry

18 August 2021

Japan’s corporate watchdog calls for high-level emphasis on intellectual property

Changes to the country’s corporate governance code encourage boards to pay more attention to IP strategy

18 August 2021

FC Barcelona faces possible €137 million drop in brand value in wake of Messi’s departure

The Argentine superstar is also IP-savvy, with a trademark portfolio far bigger than any of his rivals for the crown of the world's best footballer

10 August 2021

Creation of an IP division in Delhi is superficial for now, but could pay dividends in the long run

The new specialist court is a good signal for India even if its practical effects in the short term will be limited

07 August 2021

Volvo Cars chief IP officer departs to head up US boutique

Ray Millien becomes CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce, bringing with him deep experience of what in-house clients are looking for from their legal advisers

05 August 2021

Finding a USPTO Director that both the White House and Senate can support is tough

Another week begins without the Biden Administration having put forward a name for confirmation as the agency’s head

26 July 2021

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