We begin the countdown of this year’s IAM Market Makers list, which names the elite individuals who drive global patent dealmaking and value creation from their positions inside corporates, NPEs, investment institutions and other entities. Today, positions 40 to 31.
The arrest of two individuals following a spree of patent assertions against pre-IPO Chinese tech companies is generating plenty of discussion among IP practitioners. It could lead to a national conversation on the role of NPEs.
The boss of an NPE that launched in late June with $100 million of funding has said that within the next two weeks it will be filing “extremely large patent infringement lawsuits in China, against a major consumer products manufacturer”.
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A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was… Read more
The Monday plenary, breakout and bootcamp sessions at IPBC Global 2018 are now all done. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam… Read more
Two people have been charged in what could be China’s first criminal prosecution of alleged patent trolls. On 21st July, prosecutors in Shanghai announced a criminal case against a married couple who had obtained patent settlements with a series of…
Earlier this week a judge in the Eastern District of Texas officially dismissed the lawsuit between Samsung and Fundamental Innovation Systems International (FISI) after the pair settled their dispute. FISI had accused the tech giant of infringing… Read more
VLSI Technology, an entity with apparent ties to Fortress’s IP Group, has launched a second infringement lawsuit against Intel, accusing the chipmaker of infringing five patents. Filed late last week in district court in Delaware, it follows another… Read more
File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for…
There is little doubt that last year was among the most momentous of recent times – in intellectual property as in so many other areas. That made choosing our IP personalities of 2016 a tough task Read more
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