31 Aug
2019

InterDigital seeks UK FRAND injunction; $7.5bn Bayer sale’s IP takeaways; Drone patent leaders revealed; Samsung’s PTAB champions; Globalfoundries' patent attack on TSMC; 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 26th August

Chinese AI leader Megvii is approaching an IPO and while its patent portfolio is heavily China-focused, analysis suggests it could contain a gem. Read more here

There are some significant IP takeaways from Bayer’s $7.5 billion sale of its animal health unit to Elanco. Read more here

A new agreement with a major handset manufacturer and the grant of a stay in its antitrust case with the FTC deliver Qualcomm a pair of victories. Read more here

TUESDAY 27th August

Fujifilm and Sony wound down a years-long patent spat on unknown terms, but the market for tape-based storage may take time to recover after dueling ITC bans caused supply strains. Read more here

Tech-rich Unicorns that do not develop patent portfolios are vulnerable to attack - as recent Houlihan Lokey analysis of pre-IPO software businesses' IP positions revealed. Read more here

Second only to Apple as the most frequent filer of PTAB reviews, Samsung clearly favours two big law firms to do most of its work in front of the board. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 28th August

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers are among the nominees for the Asia IP Elite Awards, the winners of which will be revealed at IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October. Read more here

Gilead’s PTAB attack on rights held by the US Department of Health and Human Services has significant commercial, political and even strategic IP implications. Read more here

THURSDAY 29th August

TSMC is the target of recently launched Globalfoundries patent litigation. Here are the takeaways from a big chip sector dispute that’s taking on a trade war tinge. Read more here

InterDigital accuses Lenovo of patent infringement and seeks a UK FRAND injunction, but makes plain its preference for an arbitration alternative. Read more here

Boeing and Samsung possess the strongest drone-related patent holdings, IAM research reveals, but Chinese entities dominate in terms of quantity. Read more here

FRIDAY 30th August

Collaborations between China's leading auto players and major international businesses are becoming more frequent. They bring IP challenges, particularly around patents and trade secrets. Read more here

Amgen’s $13.4 billion Otezla purchase is the latest example of the direct financial value of IP in the life sciences space. Read more here

Austin's emergence as a tech hub is one reason why the Western District of Texas is attracting a growing volume of patent cases, but recently announced rules give defendants substantive benefits. Read more here

SATURDAY 31st August

Resolving FRAND and SEP-related royalty stand-offs via the courts is inefficient, expensive and damaging to innovation. That’s why it’s time to embrace arbitration. 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

Author | Editor-in-chief

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Joff Wild