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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

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

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