21 Nov
2021

Best time ever for C-suite IP pitch; Munich patent docket soars; Western Digital's WiLAN deal; Nobel laureate’s patent woes; A memorable IPBC Global; plus 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

The Long Read

Exclusive analysis from Rouse and Berkeley Law’s Mark Cohen suggests that China’s courts publish only around half of the IP-related judgments that they hand down, often months after the fact. But the data that is available still has strategic value if you know what to look out for. Read more here

MONDAY 15 November

After a covid-induced absence last year, IPBC Global is back as an in-person event in Seattle. Money and politics are dominating the conversation so far. Read more here

Xperi rolled out its results for the third quarter of 2021 last week, telling investors it reaped $101 million in IP revenue for the period, a 27% year-on-year jump. Read more here

Though a group of tech companies lost their attempt to unravel the PTAB’s discretionary denial rule for IPRs in district court last week, the NHK-Fintiv rule still faces a constellation of legal challenges. Read more here

TUESDAY 16 November

Everything from the price of chip patents to diversity was under discussion at IPBC Global on Monday. There was also speculation on what Patrick Leahy’s retirement means for US IP policy. Read more here

On 10 November, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court announced that it had formally accepted China’s first patent linkage case for a pharmaceutical product. Read more here

Patent suit numbers are falling in Dusseldorf and Mannheim but are on the rise in Munich as the city’s courts develop a strong pro-plaintiff reputation. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 17 November

Seattle saw an IPBC Global like no other this week and the final day of the event left the 400 plus delegates with plenty to mull over. Read more here

USPTO patent records show that computer memory vendor Western Digital recently transferred several patent portfolios to affiliates of Canadian licensor WiLAN. Read more here

THURSDAY 18 November

Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo’s recent patent battles highlight the potential dangers of academic collaborations and demonstrate the need for high-quality IP support in universities. Read more here

Operating companies with quality IP assets can secure very affordable capital and evidence so far shows that the risks to lenders are manageable, says Aon’s Brian Hinman. Read more here

"All previous models of how law firms operate are now being openly questioned and revised" as work-from-home reshapes IP legal practice. Read more here

FRIDAY 19 November

One of the most high-profile disputes in consumer products heated up further last week when Peloton filed new patent infringement complaints against rivals iFIT and Echelon Fitness. Read more here

Everything you need to know about the state of play in the global patent landscape in nine charts. Read more here

As the first batch of patent linkage litigation cases are announced in China, pharma patent holders must choose between administrative and judicial enforcement. Read more here

SATURDAY 20 November

From licensing and transactions, through ROI programmes to new sources of capital, there has never been a more compelling IP story to tell company boards. But it remains a risky option. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild