11 Aug
2019

IP litigation spending surges; Samsung transfers patents to NPE; NASA portfolio profile; Chinese companies use IP as collateral to borrow $8.5 billion; Pharma licensing deals drop; 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 5th August

Chinese companies borrowed $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019 using their IP as collateral. The country’s authorities want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze. Read more here

In its July Amgen v Coherus Biosciences decision, the CAFC created a blueprint for early stage challenges to claims brought under the doctrine of equivalents. Read more here

Touchscreen technology NPE Immersion has agreed a settlement with Motorola and declared itself litigation free, but a swollen cost base is prompting activist investors to push for change. Read more here

TUESDAY 6th August

IPCom, the German NPE, says that HTC has voluntarily pulled a model from British outlets after being confronted with evidence of patent infringement. Read more here

Abundant funding seems to be empowering small- and medium-sized IP rights holders in the life sciences sector and driving down acquisition and licensing volume. Read more here

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise IP value, but a new government programme aims to reverse that trend. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 7th August

The FaceApp phenomonen is sweeping the world. Users, though, would do well to read the terms and conditions that come with it. Read more here

THURSDAY 8th August

Samsung Electronics has been using patent transactions to seal deals, including with NPEs – as a recent transfer to Longhorn IP shows. Read more here

Pharma and biotech patent owners in Brazil face having the terms of their rights reduced after court decision overturns rules designed to counter chronic applications backlog at the country’s IP office. Read more here

Social media platform Pinterest has acquired a small collection of patents from Excalibur, the entity which is currently monetising the former Yahoo! portfolio. Read more here

FRIDAY 9th August

Shenzhen-based Hytera, which makes two-way radios, joins Huawei on proposed list of banned US government suppliers. It is already dealing with an ITC import ban won by rival Motorola Solutions. Read more here

A deep dive into the NASA patent portfolio shows that the agency is highly selective with the innovations it protects and constantly reviews holdings to eliminate deadweight. Read more here

Law firm Morrison & Foerster has published research that finds the average large company outlay on IP lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion. Read more here

SATURDAY 10th August

Boris Johnson becoming British Prime Minister has totally changed Brexit’s trajectory, meaning IP owners should be actively preparing for a No Deal UK departure from the EU at the end of October. Read more here

Joff Wild

Editor-in-chief | IAM

[email protected]

London