10 Jan
2021

US patent suits soar; Apple’s 10-year IP buying spree; Inside Samsung’s Wuhan anti-suit injunction; Google and Intel deal; PTAB success rates analysis; 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 4th January

As usual, late December saw a flurry of IP policy developments in China - a new court, a major trade deal and much more. Read more here

Still recovering from an extraordinary 2020, the IAM editorial team risks its collective reputation to predict what the big IP developments of 2021 are likely to be. Read more here

US patent lawsuits rose in 2020 after several years of decline, while data also highlights the steeper challenge that petitioners face in getting an IPR instituted. Read more here

TUESDAY 5th January

Japanese licensing business IP Bridge has partnered with Korean patent powerhouse LG Electronics in its latest IP acquisition. Read more here

A recent precedential CAFC decision poses grave dangers for current patent strategies relating to generics with carve-out labels. Read more here

Recent USPTO assignment records reveal that Intel has transferred a portfolio of several hundred patents to Google. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 6th January

Everything you need to know about the anti-suit injunction that Samsung secured from a Wuhan court against Ericsson on Christmas Day. Read more here

Exclusive analysis shows that companies could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year by abandoning the low-quality patents in their portfolios. Read more here

THURSDAY 7th January

The latest significant FRAND ruling out of the Delhi High Court, in a case between InterDigital and Xiaomi, gives in-house reps access to confidential information, including past licence agreements. Read more here

Recent, unexpected, reforms to the US’s biosimilars patent litigation system create dangers as well as benefits for those seeking to market imitation biologics. Read more here

Two years after a major portfolio acquisition from Microchip Technology, Irish NPE Neodrón has secured what looks like a significant settlement with 10 major device manufacturers. Read more here

FRIDAY 8th January

Litigation settlements with Sony, Microsoft and Google headlined South Korean patent fund Intellectual Discovery’s first year under the leadership of a new financial backer and CEO. Read more here

Exclusive data analysis of Apple’s activities on the US secondary patent market show that the iPhone giant has made huge investments over the last decade. Read more here

The top five users of the PTAB – Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Unified Patents – have very different success rates when measured on a per petition, per patent and per claim basis. Read more here

SATURDAY 9th January

In condemning the storming of the US Capitol by rioters intent on overturning the presidential election result, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu showed true leadership. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild