4 Jul
2021

ZTE’s major IP monetisation play; Smart energy SEP battle; Qualcomm’s VVC lead; Biden patent policy concerns grow; Sisvel and Xiaomi seal licence deal; 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

The Long Read

A deep dive into the VVC landscape by Dolcera's Sundararajan Kumar and Vishnu Saran reveals that Qualcomm is the leading contributor to the core technologies behind the next-generation video standard's cutting-edge efficiency, but that Huawei and LGE may have the edge in patenting activity. Read more here

MONDAY 28 June

Jio Platforms’ ambitious plans to upgrade millions of Indian users from feature phones to an Android device developed with Google could pressure Chinese competitors and create IP risks. Read more here

The UK government may not be overly concerned that grace period obligations under the CPTPP could well contradict its European Patent Convention commitments. Read more here

TUESDAY 29 June

As it exits the handset market, LG Electronics has not made a final call on what to do with its significant portfolio of mobile patents, but their strength and age give it plenty of options. Read more here

India joined other countries in 2020 in managing to increase patent activity despite the overall economic headwinds of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

An innovative UK biotech business with a promising model for creating and monetising life sciences IP has just received first round financing of $145 million. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 30 June

Xiaomi and Sisvel have entered a patent licence agreement covering wireless SEPs in a deal that ends litigation in both Europe and China that began in 2019. Read more here

The IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2021 edition is now available. It is the definitive resource for those seeking to identify world-class private practice patent expertise. Read more here

THURSDAY 1 July

Well-prepared parties will find the Patent Re-examination and Examination Department at the CNIPA to be procedurally sound, efficient and transparent. Read more here

Confidence in the Biden Administration's approach to patent policy has tumbled after recent TRIPs waiver and DoJ announcements, a new IAM survey finds. Read more here

In its Minerva v Hologic decision, the US Supreme Court has significantly narrowed the scope of the doctrine that prevents assignors from challenging patents in court. Read more here

FRIDAY 2 July

The amount of patent filing work undertaken by the top firms in China far exceeds that done by their equivalents in South Korea and Japan, but whether it is sustainable remains to be seen. Read more here

The smart energy sector is emerging as the next European battleground in the seemingly endless struggle between wireless SEP owners and reluctant licensees. Read more here

ZTE has announced that it plans to generate up to $930 million of revenue from IP monetisation between 2021 and 2025. Read more here

SATURDAY 3 July

As the DoJ’s China Initiative comes under renewed scrutiny, US IP owners would be better served by a focus on bringing home blockbuster trade secrets cases regardless of nationality. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild