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How managing data into a business asset is key to unlocking its value

There are lessons to be learned from how digital-born businesses and industrial companies undergoing digital transformation approach data asset management, protection and value creation, write Marta Sadriu, Michelle Fransson and Bo Heiden

26 January 2022

Building blocks for the metaverse – practical IP considerations for NFT investors and creators

Nader Mousavi, Mehdi Ansari, Jay Thornton and Jonathan Hofman of Sullivan & Cromwell explore the legal issues facing creators and buyers of NFTs, alongside the regulatory frameworks in which they are being used

19 January 2022

mRNA vaccines: how to navigate the freedom-to-operate maze

The Long Read: Jeffrey Morton and Thomas Ehrich unpack the complex patent considerations surrounding one of the most important leaps forward in biotechnology

12 January 2022

The EU's Unified Patent Court is set to open in 2022 -  this is what you need to know

Recent developments mean that the long-awaited body is on course to open for business some time next year, while it should also be possible to apply for unitary patents. However, there are still some hurdles to get over before lift-off

15 December 2021

Why Open RAN’s closed standards setting body could be bad for wireless innovation

The Long Read: The O-RAN Alliance is touted as a key initiative for furthering 5G deployment. Elisabeth Opie and Haris Tsilikas say its exclusive membership structure raises both IP and antitrust issues

08 December 2021

Why patent litigators are now central to a wide range of commercial disputes

The Long Read: It’s no longer all about infringement, write Michelle Avery, Nicole McTernan and Drew Sills of Ocean Tomo. Instead, IP specialists are increasingly being called on in a diverse array of corporate lawsuits

01 December 2021

How to deal with China's new crackdown on bad-faith patent filings and other examination changes

The Long Read: New guidelines in the works at the CNIPA will continue the fight against 'irregular' applications, make utility models harder to get and heighten the risk of litigation in the software space, write Aaron Wininger of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA and Austin Chang of Beijing East IP

24 November 2021

Chinese patent litigation data: what it tells us and what it doesn’t

The Long Read: Exclusive analysis from Rouse and Berkeley Law’s Mark Cohen suggests that the country's courts publish only around half of the judgments that they hand down, often months after the fact. But the information that is available still has strategic value if you know what to look out for

17 November 2021

Managing patent risk: why proactive engagement costs less

The Long Read: The recent findings of a survey conducted by Cipher suggest that upward communication of problems only occurs when a major issue arises. Nigel Swycher and Francesca Levoir argue that companies need a better framework for managing and mitigating the IP threats they face

10 November 2021

What patent numbers say about the quantum technology race

The Long Read: A gap between scientific publications and patent filings in quantum fields paints a worrying picture for European innovators, in particular, write Sebastien Ragot and Michel Kurek. However, there is still time for course correction

03 November 2021

How a wave of CAFC reversals is affecting the Albright court in the Western District of Texas

The Long Read: Data from Docket Navigator and analysis of 35 Federal Circuit mandamus rulings show that the judge presiding over the US's busiest patent litigation venue has changed some of his procedures, writes Angela Morris, but that there are other practices he has been slower to address

27 October 2021

Courts split on AI inventorship and patenting

The Long Read: Those hoping for clarity on whether AI programmes can be regarded as inventors for patent purposes will be disappointed by the different ways in which courts around the world have handled the issue so far. Helen Macpherson, Tanvi Shah and Avi Toltzis of Baker & McKenzie look at recent developments

20 October 2021

Why the auto sector is heading for an IP reckoning

The Long Read: Patent figures show the industry has engaged in wholesale borrowing of technology in the connected car era, writes Arvin Patel. Now the bill has become due

13 October 2021

Disentangling the problem of patent thickets

The Long Read: Biosimilars face far larger patent estates in the US than elsewhere. But when considering the causes of – and potential remedies for – the country’s thicketing phenomenon, the problem turns out to be a thorny one

06 October 2021

What patent owners need to know about financing life sciences disputes

The Long Read: Companies in the life sciences sector have increasing options when seeking outside investment in IP enforcement campaigns, writes Michael Gulliford. But unique legal considerations and risk factors call for careful structuring of deals

29 September 2021

NPE litigation in the US bounces back

The Long Read: Sector-by-sector analysis reveals that transport, financial services and networking all recorded triple-digit percentage growth in patent suits filed by non-practising entities between 2018 and 2020, writes IAM data reporter Bridget Diakun

22 September 2021

A decade on, PTAB debate still dominates discussion of the AIA’s legacy

The Long Read: The Congressional authors of the America Invents Act and the USPTO directors who implemented and reformed it weigh in on the 10-year anniversary of the game-changing legislation

15 September 2021

Assessing the reasonableness of 5G headline royalty rates

The Long Read: The licensing fees Nokia, Ericsson and InterDigital have set for the latest mobility standard materially exceed those they were able to achieve in their 4G programmes, write Ankura's Michael J Lasinski, Philip W Kline and Alejandra P Loaiza-Delgado

08 September 2021

Qualcomm licensing chief is number one in IAM's Market Makers ranking of the world's IP business leaders

The Long Read: Alex Rogers heads the list of individuals who have shaped the global patent licensing and deals markets over the past year, with senior executives from both corporates and NPEs making up the rest of the top 10

01 September 2021

Meet the people who make the global patent transactions market tick

The Long Read: Grounded at home and facing an uncertain business environment, IP business leaders still found ample opportunity to make innovative deals during the covid pandemic. Today, we name the individuals sitting in places 40 down to 11 in this year's IAM Market Makers ranking

25 August 2021

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