17 Nov
2019

Facebook IP chief warns licensees; Google’s Fitbit purchase is major data play; InterDigital boss hails mystery patent deal; US government’s accuses Gilead; LOT signs up member 500; and much more

Everything we covered on IAM over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the global IP market to set yourself up for the start of another busy week

MONDAY 11th November

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long. Read more here

InterDigital’s senior management hails new patent licensing deal with Google that was secured through mystery platform. Read more here

TUESDAY 12th November

State research lab ETRI and patent fund Intellectual Discovery are two of the entities in line to profit from a new assertion effort by a Korean NPE. Read more here

After months of controversy, US Department of Justice files multi-billion dollar case against Gilead, claiming the company has been infringing its HIV PrEP patents since 2016. Read more here

In a play that is becoming familiar in the IP market, Immersion CEO Ramzi Haidamus is overseeing a major scaling back of the haptics leader's patent portfolio while moving beyond pure monetisation. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 13th November

An EPO agreement with China’s national IP administration looks set to boost Chinese tech companies’ moves into European markets. Read more here  

The LOT Network has passed a major milestone in members with Visa, Disney and Caterpillar signing up, while CEO talks of move into SEP territory. Read more here

THURSDAY 14th November

Beijing-based display maker BOE has bolstered its growing patent stockpile with another secondary market move, buying a portfolio from Microchip Technology. Read more here

Skyhawk deal with Celgene confirms growing importance of platform technologies in life sciences IP value creation. Read more here

Get your deals done now before the market begins to rebalance in favour of patent owners, Facebook IP head advises licensees. Read more here

FRIDAY 15th November

LG Electronics has accused TCL of patent infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival that could indicate a shift in strategy at the Korean company. Read more here

Google’s acquisition of Fitbit will strengthen the tech giant’s patent position in a high-growth industry and will also give access to the data needed to penetrate the healthcare market. Read more here

SATURDAY 16th November

A UK Supreme Court judgment that upholds the Unwired Planet and Conversant FRAND licensing decisions could end up clashing with the realpolitik of post-Brexit Sino-British relations. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild