Opinion

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

Now is not the time for the EU to fiddle with FRAND

In connectivity, Europe currently enjoys a level of technology security that it would be unwise to imperil with a needless redesign of the SEP licensing regime

09 April 2022

The pressure is on Kathi Vidal as she finally takes charge of the USPTO

After her long-awaited Senate confirmation, the agency’s new director has plenty on her plate and some unavoidably controversial decisions to make

07 April 2022

Five key takeaways from IPBC Europe

Returning from two action-packed days in London, IAM Deputy Editor Adam Houldsworth reflects on the surprising state of corporate UPC strategies, the rise of AI, FRAND fireworks and more

02 April 2022

Korean university’s litigation debacle bolsters case for litigation funding transparency

KAIST’s dispute with its own licensing arm may be a problem of the university’s own making, but it underlines the opacity of modern patent litigation

26 March 2022

As “Great Resignation” continues, ITC deserves a closer look from trade secret owners

The fast pace and compressed nature of Section 337 investigations make them a powerful enforcement tool in cases of trade secret misappropriation, argue L Andrew Tseng and Ryan Lewis of Troutman Pepper

19 March 2022

IP risk management has never been more important

Saturday Opinion: Understandably, the challenges to rights holders posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine are not a frontline issue, but they exist nevertheless. Businesses need to understand what they are and then mitigate them

12 March 2022

IP profession sorely needs targeted recruitment programmes to overcome ‘motherhood penalty’

Working mothers have left the workforce in droves during the pandemic, which is sure to cause a detrimental impact on an IP profession that already has a huge gender imbalance

05 March 2022

Upcoming SEP fights will colour views of China’s judicial fairness

Aggregate stats have long shown that foreign IP owners fare well in China, but recent research published by IAM suggests SEP holders have justified concerns

26 February 2022

Europe is set to become an even greater focus for global IP strategists

Saturday opinion: IAM’s new Europe editor Adam Houldsworth outlines some of the key developments making the continent a must-watch for patent professionals around the world

19 February 2022

The digital transformation of IP management still has a long way to go

Saturday Opinion: Though digital IP tools have come a long way, Anushka Arya and Nigel Wong of Rouse Consultancy argue that they have yet to make inroads into the most high-level areas of decision making

12 February 2022

IP concerns now front and centre in supply chain strategies

Saturday Opinion: Retention of IP, trade secrets and talent are increasingly the driving factors in big business decisions about where to conduct R&D and manufacturing

29 January 2022

Biden administration is right to pursue a ‘China Initiative’ reset

Even some of the programme’s architects seem to agree that it has strayed from initial focus on trade secrets and intellectual property

22 January 2022

The Western District of Texas is a problem, but not for the reasons you think

Saturday Opinion: the popularity of Judge Alan Albright’s court as a venue for plaintiffs in patent cases comes down to so many of them not feeling they have a fair chance elsewhere

15 January 2022

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