Opinion

Musk v Twitter is a reminder that brands must be prepared for targeting by passionate fan bases

The unfolding legal dispute between the ubiquitous social media giant and the billionaire with 100 million followers is set to become the legal battle of the year when it hits court in October

13 August 2022

Tillis’s 101 bill will rev the US innovation engine once again

Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and ex-USPTO Director David Kappos urge Congress to embrace legislation designed to repair patent eligibility law which they believe the US Supreme Court has distorted

06 August 2022

Developments at the EPO on patenting AI-assisted inventions require close scrutiny

A recent decision handed down by the Boards of Appeal may mean greater patenting opportunities for innovators using AI to help create their inventions

30 July 2022

Innovative deal and pricing structures show that licensors are listening

Sisvel, Via and Avanci are among those demonstrating that patent holders have thought deeply about how best to meet the needs of those who want to access their technology

23 July 2022

The US leaves it to Europe to build the global framework for SEPs

With no concrete American policy, the door is now open for the European Union to decide the future of FRAND licensing

20 July 2022

There are dangers in excluding the unvaccinated from jury service in US patent cases

Courts striking-out those who have not had covid-19 jabs may unintentionally be eliminating people from diverse demographics holding multiple world views

16 July 2022

Patentees must accept eligibility quagmire and plan accordingly

Since US Supreme Court justices declined to review American Axle, patent law must still share a box with Schrodinger’s Cat

09 July 2022

Covid-19 has exposed the limits of compulsory licensing

The pandemic has brought the difficulties of bypassing life sciences IP into plain view

02 July 2022

Engaging with CFOs is a challenge but by working together patent and trademark professionals can do it

Optimising relationships with company finance functions was a key talking point at this year’s IPBC Global. Success can be found if different parts of the IP ecosystem tear down their silos and collaborate

25 June 2022

First, do no harm must be the guiding principle of patent system reform

Recent comments by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal on rethinking everything are not unreasonable, but must be followed by the gathering of hard evidence that any changes will make things better

18 June 2022

The benefits of standards have never been more evident and the dangers they face more ominous

Outgoing IAM editor Jacob Schindler reflects on how Asia has become more central to the great SEP debate over the eight years he covered the IP market's ups and downs from Hong Kong

11 June 2022

Words and resources are nice, but the USPTO needs more concrete measures on innovator diversity

Kathi Vidal’s passion for inclusion can’t be questioned, but her agency’s first priority – a new webpage – isn’t as impactful as we might have hoped for

04 June 2022

Betting on diversity in innovation

Not only will Lenovo’s inventor diversity efforts pay off in the form of a stronger patent portfolio, argues senior counsel Jason Friday in this month's Inclusivity Insights, but they’ll be able to prove it using data

28 May 2022

Stop blaming China for everything and start looking closer to home

Saturday Opinion: Chinese IP theft is an undoubted problem - and one that needs to be tackled head on - but poor, disjointed decision-making in the US and Europe has also created space for the country’s tech titans to move into

21 May 2022

IAM’s China editor signs off

Bing Zhao reflects on seven plus years covering the twists and turns of the IP market in Asia

14 May 2022

Indian patenting milestone should prompt IP policy re-think

Domestic filings outnumbered foreign ones for the first time in 11 years last quarter, in the latest indication that India’s companies are coming to the patent party

07 May 2022

Pharma, not high-tech, concerns now dominate US patent politics

The first pronouncements from new USPTO Director Kathi Vidal are the latest indication that the centre of gravity in IP debate and policy-making has shifted significantly

30 April 2022

Dealing with 5G disappointment

The latest wireless standard hasn’t yet found its ‘killer app’ for consumers, and it’s affecting licensing negotiations

23 April 2022

What the New York Times got right about patents

The newspaper's position set out in a recent and controversial editorial is too harsh on the US system as a whole, but some of its proposed reforms would bring greater balance

19 April 2022

Battery giant may struggle to flip the script on Chinese intellectual property

How IP and commercial competition plays out in the critical sector will tell us much about the future of globalised tech supply chains

16 April 2022

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