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The contribution patents make to enterprise value

No commonly used valuation methods are much help at putting a number on an entire portfolio unless there is a specific transaction on the horizon. Cipher’s Nigel Swycher and Steve Harris suggest an original methodology to fill this gap

03 August 2022

Optimising the integration of AI and human intelligence – lessons for tomorrow’s IP practice

While a new generation of tools promise to facilitate the creation of high-value assets, Benedikt Biechele, Brendan Sever and Bruce Rubinger warn that integrating them with professionals’ subject-matter expertise remains a major challenge

27 July 2022

Building incentives to overcome the SEP licensing prisoner’s dilemma

Patent pools can provide long-term mutual benefits for many industries, especially those based on FRAND-enabled technology standards. But for them to succeed, write Bowman Heiden and Gustav Brismark, short-term buy and sell-side misalignments must be overcome. The recently announced Sisvel WiFi 6 Pool may provide some answers

20 July 2022

The top takeaways from IPBC Global 2022

After a month of reflection following the successful event in Chicago, which was attended by 600 delegates, IAM reporters pick out the biggest stories that emerged from the three days

13 July 2022

How patents facilitate market entry and promote competition

It may seem like unconventional wisdom to some, but it is more important than ever to challenge the belief that strong IP protection discourages innovation and hinders choice, argues Jonathan M Barnett

06 July 2022

Why it's time to create transparency around 5G SEPs

Shared perspective among industry participants will stimulate greater understanding of the cellular market environment and increase confidence and accuracy in IP executive decision-making, write Bowman Heiden and Lew Zeretzki

29 June 2022

Why IP valuation in Asia has yet to take off

Although various government-led programmes have emerged over the years to encourage activity in the field, writes Joyce Ng, professionals reveal that a lack of transaction data and an absence of corporate buy-in is preventing it from going mainstream

22 June 2022

The importance of IP to US national security interests is finally being understood

At a recent event in Washington DC, it was clear that American policymakers and government officials are beginning to pay closer attention to the role that patents and other rights can play as key geopolitical assets. William New reports

15 June 2022

5G standards and the stark divide between innovators and implementers

More than 70% of the technical contributions in the standardisation process have been submitted by just 10 companies and that poses a significant challenge for policymakers, write Qualcomm’s Georgios Effraimidis and Kirti Gupta

08 June 2022

AT&T’s billion dollar secret sauce

Scott Frank, President and CEO of the company’s IP operation, reveals how its team of patent developers takes a venture capital approach to interactions with inventors and lawyers to ensure the development of a highly diversified, revenue-generating, portfolio of rights

01 June 2022

A missing piece to maximise digital business capability

Strategic planning of data access, contract and IP-based control points, and its operational execution (IP StratOps) is an essential mechanism that can pay handsome dividends, argue Jens Bördin and Robin Sparrefors

25 May 2022

Copyright law must keep up with evolving AI technology if industry is to flourish

Legal ambiguities over ownership and protection are holding back a cutting-edge technology that could have immense value. Faiz Rahman and Kamalkumar Rathinasamy of Infosys argue that policy makers must focus on creating an IP framework that serves businesses, the economy and the public good

18 May 2022

Why patentees should learn to love multidistrict ANDA suits

Recent US court decisions have had a seismic impact on venue selection in Hatch-Waxman cases. Faegre Drinker’s Alison Baldwin, Eric Friedman and Susan Sharko argue that this can be a favourable development for rights holders and a useful tool for cases in this area of the law

11 May 2022

Five key trends shaping the patent market in France

The arrival of the UPC, a sharp uptick in the number of FRAND disputes and a boost for efforts to promote IP culture, in particular among SMEs, are all having a big impact, writes Magda Voltolini

04 May 2022

Exclusive data reveals top owners of Chinese patents

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Research undertaken for IAM by Dolcera details the holders of the 100 largest portfolios. Domestic entities dominate the ranking, but a select group of foreign businesses - including Samsung, Qualcomm and Panasonic - also make the list

27 April 2022

Top European Patent Owners 2021

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The IAM/Dolcera Euro Patent 100 not only highlights the top filers, but also sheds light on abandonment trends, with most rights lapsing in the auto space.

20 April 2022

What rights holders need to know about China’s high-level IP policy blueprint

Gowling WLG’s Jian Xu breaks down China’s plans to build a “powerful IP nation” and what this strong top-down signal means for policy and practice.

13 April 2022

The lessons Big Tech can learn from pharma on inventor diversity

IAM’s Diversity 100 is a listing of the entities with the greatest proportion of female inventors named on US patent grants maintained between 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2022. It is dominated by life sciences companies and is a timely reminder of the importance of targeted and early recruitment, as well as inclusion programmes that genuinely promote parity

06 April 2022

European Union rolls the dice with big push on standards and SEPs

As the European Commission simultaneously pursues a standardisation strategy, new SEP framework and DG Comp guidelines, Haris Tsilikas argues that any inconsistencies or contradictions in these efforts could damage the continent’s standards leadership

30 March 2022

JPO presses case for grace period harmony as trade deals bring issue to the fore

The grace period gap between major jurisdictions has recently been thrust into the spotlight. The JPO is one stakeholder pushing for major players to seize momentum and work towards harmonisation

23 March 2022

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