In pushing back on “patent troll” narrative USPTO Director sets up clash with Silicon Valley

Accuses those raising spectre of trolls of “Orwellian doublespeak” and leads call to restore balance to the system

In pushing back on “patent troll” narrative USPTO Director sets up clash with Silicon Valley
19 Oct 2018

Huawei’s smartphone ambition cannot be achieved without Honor

Speculation in China suggests that the mobile giant may spin-out one of its biggest-selling domestic sub-brands as an independent company

18 Oct 2018

More change at the top for Blackberry's licensing operation

Legal function takes responsibility for monetisation as efforts to cash-in on a largely unencumbered portfolio increasingly turn to litigation


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18 Oct 2018

Even as plaintiffs, Chinese firms must prepare for trade war rhetoric in US IP suits

Huawei sued a former employee for trade secrets theft in the Eastern District of Texas. The counter complaint is tailor-made for a Trump country jury. Read more

17 Oct 2018

CRISPR: the anatomy of a patent landscape

A deep dive into a potentially game-changing technology provides important insights not only for patent professionals, but also for their colleagues in various other business-critical roles Read more

16 Oct 2018

After McCurdy’s exit, Provenance rethinks its strategy

“There’s no question that asserting is an option,” says new CEO Lynch Read more

16 Oct 2018

Licensing SEPs for the Internet of Things

Interconnectivity is the key to maximising IoT's potential - and that means finding effective ways to ensure access to the IP required to make it happen  Read more

16 Oct 2018

JPO will turn its attention to litigation reform

With big ADR push behind it, office asks firms to weigh in on whether courts provide sufficient IP protection. Commissioner Naoko Munakata previewed the initiative in recent remarks at IPBC Japan. Read more

15 Oct 2018

Licensing market has turned a corner insists CEO of giant NPE 

Claim comes as Dominion announces major portfolio acquisition from Panasonic in its first major deal with Japanese electronics giant  Read more

14 Oct 2018

The big life sciences IP developments in September

In our latest monthly round-up of patent news from the life sciences – covering September - we report on a crucial CRISPR win for the Broad Institute, the launch of WIPO’s new pharma patent database, important judicial comings goings in the District of Delaware, and a whole lot more besides Read more

12 Oct 2018

New US litigation stats analysis suggests much greater role for lone inventors

Operating companies are now the biggest filers of new patent lawsuits, but numbers also indicate that potential heirs to Edison may have been filing many more suits than was previously thought Read more

12 Oct 2018

Trump signs law that subjects all biosimilar patent settlements to FTC scrutiny

Heightened concern over pay-for-delay strategies has driven the legislation at a time when the number of biosimilars being approved is set to rise sharply Read more

11 Oct 2018

Third IV fund has not been sold, says VP, but it does have a major new investor

Mathan Ganesan confirms that the firm will continue to monetise the 3,000 patents in the fund and that the deal indicates overall market conditions are improving Read more

11 Oct 2018

Draft guidelines on 5G patent licensing draw stinging response from implementers

Six licensing principles have been made public by a group including Nokia, Ericsson and Qualcomm following work done with European standards organisations CEN and CENELEC  Read more

11 Oct 2018

China may be reaching peak patent - or maybe not

On the face of it, the rise in annual filings by Chinese entities was the lowest since 1995 last year; but that may not be the full story. CNIPA points to a change in counting methodology, which only raises more questions. Read more

10 Oct 2018

Software patentability and protection strategies among key themes at major San Francisco gathering

Third annual IAM Software IP event returns to the Bay Area on 30th October with over 20 top corporate leaders featured in the speaking faculty. Change is in the air in the US and elsewhere, so there will be much to discuss Read more

9 Oct 2018

In US Senate antitrust hearing, key legislator puts himself in the IP spotlight

Senator homes in on divergent views between key agencies on FRAND licensing and risks to development of key technologies Read more

9 Oct 2018

Who are the world's leading IP strategists? The IAM Strategy 300 nomination process begins

The research process for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300 starts today: let us know who you consider to be a world leading IP strategist. Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

8 Oct 2018

Qualcomm may have suffered ITC defeat, but all is not lost in its battle with Apple

Despite no exclusion order, judge's finding of validity and infringement could be a boon to the chip maker as its global patent dispute with the iPhone giant drags on Read more

8 Oct 2018

Life sciences innovators to gain from “new NAFTA”, but not immediately

The recently-struck deal promises to boost IP protection for pharma innovators in North America, but it will be years until it has an impact Read more

8 Oct 2018

New NPE suits will set up big validity battles in China

iPEL and another newly announced licensing entity are banking on pro-plaintiff China. How they fare will tell us more about whether the opportunity for foreign NPEs is a mirage. Read more

5 Oct 2018

Microsoft’s decision to join the LOT Network is another step in the company’s remarkable IP transformation

Move by software giant pushes LOT close to 300 members in major boost for defensive patent platform Read more

5 Oct 2018

Taiwan chipmaker walks away from Toshiba Memory dispute with $40m settlement

First enforcement effort by Hsinchu-based Macronix ends with cash payout to end matters in the US, Japan and Taiwan. Read more

4 Oct 2018

Major changes to Nokia IP team as patent kingpin leaves the company

Departure sees Finnish telecoms giant hand control of its $1bn portfolio to two women in a market dominated by men Read more

4 Oct 2018

SoftBank bets on Toyota’s self-driving patent lead

A recent study pegged Toyota as biggest automated driving patent owner, with Waymo gaining ground. Now Japan’s biggest automaker will team with the country’s top tech investor in a mobility-focused joint venture. Read more

3 Oct 2018

IV on verge of major patent fund sale

Micron is understood to be the buyer of a portfolio comprising thousands of assets; the value of the deal is not known Read more

2 Oct 2018

Despite demonstrably high quality assets Finjan forced to the courts again

Cyber security firm accuses rival of infringing seven patents in its third district court action this year. Even though a high PTAB win rate indicates strength of Finjan's portfolio, prospective licensees still happy to litigate Read more

2 Oct 2018

Je ne regrette rien – Battistelli, the final interview

After eight tumultuous years, Benoît Battistelli is no longer president of the EPO. In June, he sat down with IAM to look back on his controversial tenure. One thing was clear: he would do it the same way all over again Read more

2 Oct 2018

Will China’s leaders get to grips with the patent incentive problem?

A state media article blasts ‘fast food-style innovation’ as abandonments data paints a bleak picture. Read more

1 Oct 2018

Latest data points to another drop in US patent litigation

Numbers for the third quarter show slight uptick in filings from Q2, but 2018 volume expected to fall again year-on-year and to be down by 2,500 from 2015 Read more

1 Oct 2018

Yes, PTAB proceedings against Orange Book patents are on the up. No, they’re not wiping them out

New research confirms that IPR challenges to life sciences patents have increased in recent years, but the data suggests that their effect on commercially important rights is limited Read more

1 Oct 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll Read more

28 Sep 2018

McCurdy's move to RPX is high stakes for himself and for the firm

The defensive aggregator's new CEO is a much-needed figurehead, but with litigation risk in the US diminishing the former Provenance head faces some serious challenges Read more

28 Sep 2018

Still stymied by Chinese delays, patent plaintiffs seek alternatives to Hague Service Convention

Serving process to Chinese entities is taking up to two years. Efforts to use alternate means have had mixed results. Read more

27 Sep 2018

New generation in SCOTUS and other US courts may mean more patent erosion, says CAFC justice

In keynote IPO speech, Kathleen O’Malley states that in the digital age judicial respect for IP is waning, but argues that rights holders can fight back through improved prosecution and enforcement Read more

27 Sep 2018

Renesas announces major move into IP licensing

The Japanese chip-maker, emerging from years of control by a public-private rescue fund, is aiming to diversify its revenue streams. The goal is to earn $90m from selling chip designs in 2025. Read more

25 Sep 2018

Iancu signals more 101 guidance is on the way

Proposals from USPTO will address problems around defining abstract ideas Read more

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