8 Sep
2019

Chinese IP firm’s $300m valuation; Bigger payday looms for 5G patent owners; US patent applications fall; Sharp nets Samsung SEP deal; Truth about Pentagon’s IP rework; 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 2nd September

A report says leading Chinese IP attorney firm Sinda is attracting private equity interest at a possible valuation of around $300 million. Read more here

An article by Facebook’s head of patents on the social media giant’s website is a clear indication that the company is about to become more assertive on IP. Read more here

TUESDAY 3rd September

Former Wipro patents are being asserted against semiconductor firms in US court. The Bangalore-based company says it has 8 of the top 10 global chipmakers as clients. Read more here

Irish Supreme Court paves the way for interlocutory injunctions to end run of adverse decisions that have affected patent holders in one of Europe’s key life sciences hubs. Read more here

Federal Circuit kicks spat between Fortress and Apple back to lower court to resolve key jurisdictional question. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 4th September

Two Shenzhen-based consumer electronics powerhouses have risen to the top of their respective product categories in the US - and both have achieved good IPR results along the way. Read more here

The availability of injunctions varies widely. In the first of a three-part analysis of the global landscape we focus on the most populous countries in the Americas: the US, Mexico and Brazil. Read more here

Assignment records show that an assertion-focused Native American tribe recently picked up patents formerly owned by Intellectual Ventures and Korean smartphone business Pantech. Read more here

THURSDAY 5th September

A recent study has found that foreign patent applicants can expect to wait longer for Chinese patent grants than their domestic counterparts, but that the reverse is true in India. Read more here

Asian jurisdictions are of central importance to IP owners in a number of technology sectors, so the ability to get injunctions in cases of infringement is crucial. Read more here

New forecast data points to the potential for an earlier and bigger payday for the largest 5G patent owners. Read more here

FRIDAY 6th September

Sharp secures a licensing agreement with Samsung in its first publicly-announced SEP transaction under Hon Hai ownership. Read more here

The IAM Injunction Tracker moves its focus to Europe – home to key jurisdictions in which meaningful and powerful exclusionary rights are regularly awarded to patentees. Read more here

The continuing shift from quantity to quality, and perhaps more reliance on trade secrets, have led to patentees cutting back on filing applications in the US. Read more here

SATURDAY 7th September

Despite the claims being made by politicians, a re-engineered IP strategy at the Pentagon has little to do with Chinese technology theft and much more to do with a dysfunctional procurement process. Read more here

All the big pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent stories from August in our regular monthly round-up. 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