Internet of Things

Patents are politics, as an eagerly awaited UK Supreme Court FRAND licensing ruling may soon show

A judgment that upholds the Unwired Planet and Conversant decisions could well leave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a difficult position

Patents are politics, as an eagerly awaited UK Supreme Court FRAND licensing ruling may soon show
15 Nov 2019

Google’s acquisition of Fitbit proves that data is king  

Should it be approved, the tie-up will strengthen the tech giant’s position in a high-growth industry and will also give it the tools to penetrate the healthcare market

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival

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14 Nov 2019

Legal landscape more rational now but will shift back, says Facebook IP supremo

Get your deals done now before the market begins to rebalance in favour of patent owners, Allen Lo advises licensees while speaking on panel at the annual IP Dealmakers conference Read more

13 Nov 2019

LOT passes a major milestone in members with Visa, Disney and Caterpillar signing up

CEO: the PAE problem is only going to increase as patent strength revives under Iancu; get ready for more expansion and the era of “LOT-plus”, with SEPs a focus Read more

13 Nov 2019

EPO agreement to boost Chinese companies' Europe push

Foreign companies with R&D in China may also benefit from deal opening up PCT search options Read more

11 Nov 2019

It is time for the German courts to be courageous on FRAND

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long  Read more

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9 Nov 2019

The patent dodgers trolling the IP landscape

IPCom is one of Europe’s oldest NPEs – and usually one of its most reticent. Not anymore, though. In this opinion piece, managing director Pio Suh explains why he believes firms such as his have a key role to play in FRAND licensing Read more

8 Nov 2019

A snapshot of the global patent landscape in eight charts  

A recently issued WIPO report based on multiple data points sheds light on the state of play in worldwide patenting activity Read more

6 Nov 2019

New report reveals why SMEs want patents and the opportunities they bring

Study released by the European Patent Office sheds light on the growing sophistication of smaller businesses seeking protection for their inventions Read more

31 Oct 2019

IAM honours Asia’s IP leaders

The winners of our annual Asia IP Elite awards for the teams, deal and individual of the year were revealed before a sold-out crowd at IPBC Asia 2019 Read more

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7 Nov 2019

New suit suggests LG China licensing push

Korean company is the latest infrequent plaintiff to sue a Chinese TV maker, underlining challenges for licensors in the space Read more

6 Nov 2019

Chinese patents surviving validity challenges in greater numbers

Invention patents had a coin flip chance of full invalidation by CNIPA over the past decade, but the past three years show a higher survival rate Read more

5 Nov 2019

TSMC chief speaks as market reacts to foundry war settlement

Exact terms remain confidential, but TSMC's CEO suggested to employees that the licence rights are not transferrable should Globalfoundries be acquired Read more

4 Nov 2019

Hundreds of patents change hands after Chinese energy group takes Nissan battery business independent

The automaker sold the business to wind power specialist Envision Group in April, transferring as many as 2,000 patents Read more

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30 Aug 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform in June and July Read more

30 Nov 2018

After years of setting the patent agenda Silicon Valley is now playing defence

The USPTO director’s explicit rejection of the ‘troll’ narrative and the departure of key Congressional backers mean that big technology companies find themselves in the unusual position of not being in control of the US IP policy-making narrative. Read more