2 Feb
2020

Apple gets 4G and 5G SEP boost; Nokia’s big Vivo deal; Microsoft patent chief to leave; Ericsson IP royalties hit $1bn; InterDigital CEO exclusive; 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 27th January

Toyota IP Solutions will help the company realise more from its annual $9 billion R&D spend, senior counsel says in exclusive IAM interview. Read more here

Microsoft’s chief patent counsel and key dealmaker announces departure, while his former boss Erich Andersen is named as TikTok’s general counsel. Read more here

TUESDAY 28th January

Yang Lin, the CEO of Langbo Communications Technology – a start-up that focuses on 4G and 5G SEP creation - tells IAM he’s hoping to build “China’s InterDigital”. Read more here

In an exclusive interview with IAM, John Amster explains why his new venture has the potential to be bigger than RPX. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 29th January

Server company Inspur, a state-owned entity at the centre of China’s cloud ambitions, has been hit with what appears to be its first overseas patent infringement claim. Read more here

It looks like Samsung and Sisvel have concluded another significant deal, though neither entity is currently talking about it. Read more here

If the CJEU follows the advocate general’s advice in the crucial Santen SPC case it would limit the IP protection open to second medical use innovations in the EU. Read more here

Ericsson sees royalties rise to $1 billion mark after year in which there was change at the top in the IP group and big deals were agreed with Oppo and Xiaomi. Read more here

THURSDAY 30th January

Patent transfers recorded last week provide strong indication that Nokia and Vivo reached a major licensing deal during 2019. Read more here

Law and attorney firms from around the world were recognised for their outstanding work in litigation, prosecution and transactions during 2019 at the Global IP Awards in London. Read more here

In the wake of InterDigital’s decision to throw more light on its approach to dealmaking, president and CEO Bill Merritt explains what the firm is seeking to achieve. Read more here

FRIDAY 31st January

Fresh from concluding an LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit Sharp takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent in the Japanese courts. Read more here

Portfolio analysis shows there is no clear leader right now in quantum computer patenting, but Microsoft, IBM, Intel and Northrop Grumman are among those vying for top spot. Read more here

USPTO assignment records suggest that Apple's strategic 4G and 5G SEP holdings have been significantly boosted by its blockbuster transaction with Intel. Read more here

SATURDAY 1st February

As the presidential race hots up - and with even self-styled Democrat centrist Michael Bloomberg promising radical change – IP professionals must interject sanity into the US pharma patent debate. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild