22 Sep
2019

Google’s PTAB law firm champions; Biopharma trade secrets surge; Huawei’s 5G patent bluff; TiVo licensing split latest; Alibaba patent profile; 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

MONDAY 16th September

Litigation filed in Germany helped Japanese electronics firm Kyocera add auto supplier Preh to a list of licensees which already includes Robert Bosch. Read more here

Legal and commercial developments suggest that disputes over increasingly valuable biopharma know-how, proprietary information and data will increase in years to come. Read more here

TiVo CEO says business will split next year and that new licensing standalone will take on company debt and needs to be “willing to litigate and litigate for years”. Read more here

TUESDAY 17th September

Familiar names top the list of law firms that act most frequently for Google at the PTAB, but when it comes to institution rate the search giant is eclipsed by its tech rivals. Read more here

Observers had hoped a much-watched case would clarify key software patentability questions in Australia, but a Full Bench of the Federal Court did not take the opportunity to do so. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 18th September

The Fourth Amendment to China’s Patent Law provides for bigger statutory damages and would let judges quintuple awards for punitive purposes, but don’t expect immediate changes. Read more here

CAFC deals new blow to patentees with precedential ruling that plaintiff state entities cannot claim sovereign immunity. Read more here

Patent suit against real estate website Zillow shows that despite Red Hat purchase there's no change yet in the IBM playbook. Read more here

THURSDAY 19th September

In its first patent transaction closed since designation on the entity list, Huawei buys from Silicon Valley inventor credited with first camera phone picture. Read more here

Malaysia’s top court has provided relief to patent owners by overturning a previous ruling that dependent claims automatically fall if their independent claims are found invalid. Read more here

SEP owners remain in the dark following Senate hearing in which antitrust chiefs played down significance of split in agencies' views of key FTC v Qualcomm case. Read more here

FRIDAY 20th September

The Jack Ma era has come to an end at Alibaba, leaving his successor to leverage the company’s data and services to establish a strong presence in the APAC region. Read more here

WiLAN patent purchase from Mediatek shows semiconductor space remains a happy hunting ground for NPEs. Read more here

SATURDAY 21st September

Huawei CEO’s 5G patent and tech spinoff bluff shows why Trump administration’s export ban will hurt US tech firms. Read more here

Against the backdrop of escalating trade tensions and technology tussles, Asia's elite IP owners, and their North American and European counterparts, will gather in Tokyo between October 28-30 for IPBC Asia 2019. Want to be part of the discussion? Book your place here

Joff Wild

Editor-in-chief | IAM

[email protected]

London