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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

How the covid-19 pandemic has transformed the IP legal landscape

The Long Read: Top private practice partners based in Australia reflect on what it has taken to captain their firms through the events of the last 18 months and look at the ways in which the significant upheavals have affected the IP services industry

18 August 2021

How innovators hit by Brazil’s shortened patent terms can mitigate their impact

The Long Read: Since the country's Supreme Court curtailed thousands of rights in May, those who hold them have been scrambling for ways to maintain their income streams. Ricardo Nunes explores the best options for those affected by the changes

11 August 2021

Everything you wanted to know about patent rescue in Europe, but were too afraid to ask

The Long Read: Restoring inadvertently lapsed European rights need not be the nightmare scenario that many imagine. Carpmaels & Ransford’s Simon Keevey-Kothari lays out the strategic planning and solid arguments needed to get crucial IP smoothly reinstated

04 August 2021

Life sciences patent owners face a transformed inter partes review environment at the USPTO

The Long Read: Kramer Levin’s Hannah Lee and Irena Royzman look at how changes at the PTAB are playing out for companies in the sector caught up in litigation, while setting out crucial strategic insights that can help both rights holders and petitioners prevail.

28 July 2021

Four common myths about patent pools – and why they are wrong

The Long Read: Misunderstandings abound when it comes to pools and the markets that they serve. Sullivan & Cromwell’s Garrard R Beeney and Renata B Hesse take a scalpel to some of the most common misconceptions and expose how so-called ‘reforms’ could actually harm implementers

21 July 2021

Why patent pools are the right answer for a new era

The Long Read: The model has long been recognised as an effective means of providing access to technology and fuelling innovation. However, argue Sullivan & Cromwell’s Garrard R Beeney and Renata B Hesse, its evolution has also lent collaborations a fiercely pro-competitive edge.

14 July 2021

How Spotify’s intellectual asset mapping framework can drive value for knowledge companies

The Long Read: Intellectual assets are all too often underutilised and under-protected, even in knowledge-based businesses. Spotify’s Per Wendin and Ellenor Hayes explain how the audio-streaming platform avoids falling into that trap with a strategy designed to safeguard, develop and leverage the intellectual assets that it holds so as to maximise their value

07 July 2021

Qualcomm takes pole position for next-generation video standard patents

The Long Read: A deep dive into the next-generation VVC codec by Dolcera’s Sundararajan Kumar and Vishnu Saran reveals the main contributors to the core technologies behind its cutting-edge efficiency, as well as the companies that are most active in seeking intellectual property in the space.

30 June 2021

The proposed TRIPs covid waiver is a bad idea that could do a lot of good

The Long Read: With Big Pharma being blamed for the slow roll-out of vaccines in medium and low-income countries, Zilber IP’s Einav Zilber argues that the debate over suspending patents, trade secrets and other rights to increase access to jabs is really about the relationship between states and drug companies – and that these issues are not going away

23 June 2021

Why a two-speed corporate IP function is the way to keep up with digital

The Long Read: Re-engineering in-house teams to meet the new challenges posed by the rapidly evolving digital environment does not have to involve a wholesale teardown of existing structures, argue Jens Bordin and Karin Lersten of Konsert Strategy & IP. Instead, it could be more of a directed evolution

16 June 2021

What critics get right about forced tech transfer in China – and where they miss the mark

The Long Read: The Chinese IP landscape is much more nuanced and complex than many commentators give it credit for. Dan Prud’homme has spent a number of years in the country observing developments. In an exclusive interview, he debunks various myths and explains why businesses, both domestic and foreign, need to look past lazy and out-of-date stereotypes

09 June 2021

Apple, Facebook and Google still have work to do with inventor diversity

The Long Read: The Big Three each have a significant and prolific public record promoting DI&E within their organisations. However, writes Michael Pellegrino, a deep drill into USPTO patent data reveals that they are not yet meeting their ambitions when it comes to those doing the inventing

02 June 2021

The USPTO leads the way in promoting diversity in the patent system

The Long Read: In a groundbreaking analysis of data from the agency, Michael Pellegrino explores the extent to which initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion are having a real-world effect on the US innovation landscape

26 May 2021

How to calculate ROI for patent portfolios and boost corporate value

The Long Read: These days, both the tools and data are available to develop models for creating significant value from corporate IP assets. All too often, though, what is still missing is the will to use them. Jeremiah Chan and Jonathan Liu of Facebook and Cipher’s Nigel Swycher and Steve Harris argue that a change of mindset among portfolio managers could reap significant rewards

19 May 2021

Nokia-Daimler SEP licensing stand-off shows why auto supplier indemnification is crucial

The Long Read: Unresolved questions around component-level licensing demonstrate that the issue of indemnification is vital for automotive suppliers. Avvika’s Eric Stasik takes a deep dive into one high-profile dispute and argues that Huawei may be using the situation to stir up trouble

12 May 2021

Top judge's blueprint for the future of IP litigation in India

The Long Read: Justice Manmohan Singh was the chair of the recently abolished Intellectual Property Appellate Board and before that sat on the bench of the Delhi High Court where he presided over a series of landmark patent cases. In an exclusive interview, he talks about his shock at the Indian government's decision to do away with the board but argues that rights holders should not lose hope for the future

05 May 2021

Why comparable licences are key in the biggest SEP battles

The Long Read: The Patents Court in the UK has seen more than its fair share of precedent-busting FRAND cases in recent years. EIP’s Tom Brazier takes a scalpel to three of the biggest to tease out how litigants can secure disclosure of the kind of commercially sensitive information that will set them up for courtroom success

28 April 2021

The Internet of Bodies could save many lives but risks failing without standards

The long read: Ericsson’s Eleftheria Stefanaki raises the alarm over a lack of data security and rising interoperability issues, which could fatally damage personal health innovations unless standards-setting organisations get organised – and fast.

21 April 2021

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