1 Mar
2020

UK says “No” to UPC; Biggest US portfolios revealed; Biopharma IP transactions boost; RPX seals major Yahoo! patent deal; NPEs drive China litigation boom; 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 24th February

California judge tosses trade secrets case against top Chinese battery firm fighting bitter court battle with US rival. Read more here

Speaking to IAM in his first major interview since taking the top job in 2018, EPO president António Campinos forecasts "a more agile office with a minimal backlog". Read more here

Every year IAM and ktMINE crunch the numbers to reveal the top 100 biggest owners of US patents. Today we begin 2020's countdown with the companies ranked 100 to 81. Read more here

TUESDAY 25th February

TSMC bought patents from AMD, RPX and Sharp in the second half of 2019. The chipmaker spent September and October embroiled in a high-stakes IP dispute with Globalfoundries. Read more here

Getting to know what is in your IP portfolio – and why it is there – is the first step to making the most of what you own. Read more here

While the number of pharma and biotech transactions struck in 2019 fell, there was still a great deal to celebrate for IP dealmakers in the life sciences industry. Read more here

BOE Technology, Philips and BlackBerry are among the companies named in this year’s IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 listing of the entities that own the world’s biggest US patent portfolios. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 26th February

The tumbling value ascribed to nearly 3,000 former Yahoo! patent assets may have been key to getting a major RPX licensing coup over the line. Read more here

A senior official in China’s National IP Administration has stressed the importance of strong IP rights in response to media reports over the protection status of a potential Gilead Covid-19 treatment. Read more here

The CJEU’s first pay-for-delay decision may lead to pharma manufacturers facing increased scrutiny of patent litigation settlements from competition authorities across Europe. Read more here

A close analysis of recent court decisions indicates that foreign NPEs of all sizes are expanding their global litigation campaigns in Chinese courts. Read more here

American entities in the 2020 IAM/ktMINE listing of the world's biggest US patent portfolios hold 56,500 more assets than they did in 2019. Read more here

THURSDAY 27th February

EXCLUSIVE - The UK will not be a member of the Unified Patent Court system, the UK government has confirmed to IAM. Read more here

Though they may not be in the ranks of the world’s biggest patent owners, India’s technology companies have made significant investments in their in-house IP capabilities in recent years. Read more here

An increasing number of foreign NPEs are bringing patent assertions against local companies in Chinese courts – and quality is their strongest weapon. Read more here

Orange Book patents could face increased scrutiny following a decision by the Court of Appeal for the First Circuit relating to a Sanofi-Aventis listing. Read more here

Places 40 to 21 in this year's IAM/ktMINE list of the largest US patent portfolios are home to some of the highest climbers in the 2020 ranking and JP Morgan Chase is top of them all. Read more here

FRIDAY 28th February

American tax authorities are targeting Japanese companies in an effort to recover a share of the IP profits they derive from the US market. Read more here

Patent analysis shows that US companies would need to make big plays if they want to catch the Chinese in 5G infrastructure, but it is almost certainly too late already. Read more here

Samsung tops the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100 list of the biggest owners of US patents, beating out IBM once again. Read more here

SATURDAY 29th February

In saying “No” to the UPC, the UK government has shown that it has no interest in listening to British patent owners or the wider business community when developing UK patent policy. Read more here

IAM Benchmarking Survey

IAM’s annual IP benchmarking survey is now underway. We invite you to have your say on the key threats and opportunities facing the IP marketplace by filling in one of our 10-minute questionnaires.

  • If you are a private practice lawyer or attorney, please click here.
  • If you work for an IP-owning company, please click here.

Responses will be accepted until Thursday, 31st March.

Joff Wild

Author | Editor-in-chief

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Joff Wild