15 Mar
2020

Samsung quits MPEG-LA; Coronavirus IP dangers; Fortress makes Theranos play; Sisvel expands video coding licensing reach; Patents drive massive medtech deal; 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 9th March

Samsung Electronics will no longer license its HEVC patents through the pool administered by MPEG-LA, IAM has learned. Read more here

Unified Patents launches separate consultancy to advise companies across a range of issues, with SEP/FRAND licensing likely to loom large. Read more here

TUESDAY 10th March

Sharp’s patent dispute with Oppo moves beyond Japan to encompass China and Germany, as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor. Read more here

Sisvel has announced that nine more companies have become members of its Video Coding Licensing Platform, whose two programmes now offer in excess of 2,000 patents between them. Read more here

The key IP takeaways from Thermo Fisher’s $11.5 billion purchase of Qiagen – the biggest medtech buy-out in years. Read more here

Fortress IP files suit in Delaware district court using former Theranos patents that name Elizabeth Holmes as an inventor. Read more here

WEDNESDAY 11th March

After Indian government foot-dragging, green light is given to continue clearing a crushing backlog of cases at the country’s IP Appeals Board. Read more here

“We’re entering into a new age of intellectual property,” declares InterTrust CEO Talal Shamoon. “It’s not over, it’s not going away, in fact if anything it’s getting better.” Read more here

THURSDAY 12th March

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi has spun out its self-driving technology unit and armed it with patents from both internal and external sources. Read more here

Following the EPO’s revocation of the Broad Institute’s key patent, here are the other CRISPR-related appeals and oppositions to watch out for this year. Read more here

After six years of licensing negotiations with AirBnB, IBM says “enough is enough” as it goes to court in search of another multi-million-dollar payday from lucrative set of patents. Read more here

FRIDAY 13th March

Temporary restraining order in Motorola trade secrets case could hamper coronavirus response, claims Chinese company Hytera. Read more here

We give you the top 10 takeaways from the EPO’s annual report for 2019, which was published yesterday. Read more here

New Fish & Richardson CEO points to declining US litigation volumes as biggest challenge; but believes rise of global disputes is set to continue. Read more here

SATURDAY 14th March

If they were to mishandle their response to the coronavirus pandemic, innovative life sciences companies could further polarise opinion on patent protection in the sector. Read more here

Joff Wild

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Joff Wild