26 Apr
2020

SEP covid-19 dangers; Japan IoT injunction threat; Patent filings bounce back in China; PE firm buys majority Ocean Tomo stake; Comcast spends big to beat TiVo; 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 20th April

China’s national IP court of appeals has released data showing that cases are moving quickly, reversals are hard to come by and foreign firms are scoring plenty of victories. Read more here

There are ways for entities responding to UK government requests to produce covid-19-related treatments and equipment to mitigate the IP risks of doing so. Read more here

Comcast may well have spent close to $10 million on PTAB cases against TiVo, then more on top in fighting other parts of the long-running dispute between the two companies. Read more here

TUESDAY 21st April

Policy floated by Japan Patent Office could restrict injunctions for SEPs judged to make only a “small contribution” to infringing IoT-related products. Read more here

Dissenting judge says the latest CAFC 101 decision “likely to sow confusion” after court restores invalidated medical device patent in precedential decision. Read more here

US Supreme Court decision that time bar on inter partes reviews cannot be appealed leaves no doubts over USPTO director’s control of the PTAB. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 22nd April

February lockdown cratered Chinese patent applications, but March brought a significant rebound as Beijing-based agencies and law firms began to approach normal capacity. Read more here

The technologies that power the internet have kept us connected as the covid-19 pandemic has raged. This connectivity is down to the investments and contributions made by patent owners. Read more here

THURSDAY 23rd April

Recent transactions underline how chip upstarts from China continue to buy US technologies and patents despite increased scrutiny. Read more here

Use of artificial intelligence and machine learning has produced an explosion in life sciences partnerships, while raising new IP questions. Read more here

Sharp’s growing patent assertion activity took another turn this week when the company lodged a complaint with the ITC in its fight with Vizio and several of the TV manufacturer’s suppliers. Read more here

FRIDAY 24th April

Legislative director at the JPO says media reports of a plan to change the country’s injunction regime in amendments to the patent law next year are inaccurate. Read more here

A free webinar next Tuesday will focus on findings of exclusive survey of corporate IP leaders and strategies to maximise the reach and value of portfolios as cost-effectively as possible. Read more here

Through the turbulent times Toshiba experienced it never lost faith in IP; but while its patent portfolio will continue to be crucial, data is moving to centre stage. Read more here

Ocean Tomo looks to scale-up after private equity firm buys a majority stake, with possible expansion of international arm into India and Brazil being considered. Read more here

SATURDAY 25th April

Mobile devices and apps will play a large part in the recovery from the covid-19 crisis and that means SEP owners face a moment of significant danger. Read more here

IAM has made all its content relating to the covid-19 pandemic free-to-view. You can access our back catalogue via this link.

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild