Opinion

Why Huawei can’t count on patent licensing – at least in the US

Successful dealmaking cannot be isolated from broader political currents and that means China’s 5G champion may need to embrace more out-of-the-box IP value creation strategies

18 July 2020

Reporting serious allegations made against the WIPO director general was not fake news, it was essential

The agency's outgoing head Francis Gurry has hit out at media coverage of complaints made against him by his deputy, but the real problem was a total lack of transparency in how the affair was handled

11 July 2020

Facebook campaign highlights the power of brands, but activism is not risk-free

Consumers like companies that make stands and support causes. Authenticity is all, though; bandwagon jumpers will pay the price

04 July 2020

Japan’s position as a 5G follower will shape its IP policy

Scuttled plan to protect IoT industry from patent threats is a sign of anxiety over the landscape around the latest telecom standard

20 June 2020

It’s a great time to be involved in IP finance

Why you should expect an increase in patent-focused financing deals involving biotech and other life sciences companies

13 June 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action

06 June 2020

Politics look set to trump patents in China’s coronavirus vaccine effort

Remarks made by Xi Jinping suggest that if a Chinese company develops a covid-19 cure, compulsory licensing’s big moment might not arrive after all

30 May 2020

Patent dealmaking cannot escape the effects of worsening Sino-US relations

Despite the improving Chinese IP environment and trade deal commitments, long-term personal relationships are likely to be increasingly important in getting transactions over the line

09 May 2020

It’s a downturn Jim, but not as IP owners know it

Patent rights may fare well in a recession but this is a global market unlike any other we have seen before

02 May 2020

SEP owners face a moment of maximum danger

Mobile devices will play a major role in the recovery from the covid-19 crisis - and that means how much they cost is going to come firmly under the microscope

25 April 2020

Intellectual Discovery and IP Bridge sales mark the end of an era

The state-backed patent funds helped change the culture around patents in the South Korea and Japan, and now both face the task of surviving the private sector

18 April 2020

WDTX judge says it's not a plaintiffs’ paradise, but that won’t stop rights owners flocking there

Judge Albright is becoming an increasingly important figure in the US IP system and it’s his patent background that marks him out from many of his peers

11 April 2020

People in rich countries have no right to free IP

It’s only because the developed world feels threatened by the coronavirus that initiatives such as the Open COVID pledge have gained such support

04 April 2020

This, too, shall pass ...

The world is hurting, times are tough, but even as they endure pain today IP professionals can look forward to a golden, new dawn

28 March 2020

Some licensors are taking a much more public stand in their FRAND fights - here's why

Recents moves by Nokia and InterDigital show that rights owners are beginning to realise that winning the PR battle is just as important as prevailing in court

21 March 2020

The danger COVID-19 presents to biopharma patent owners

If they were to mishandle their response to the coronavirus pandemic, innovative life sciences companies could further polarise opinion on IP protection in the sector

14 March 2020

Notice of postponement - IPBC Europe 2020 and IP Risk Management Europe 2020

New dates for both events, which had been scheduled to take place in the last week of March, will be announced as soon as possible

06 March 2020

It’s time to take a different approach to appointing the USPTO head

Taking a longer term view would bring consistency and might help US innovation policy at a time of rising tech competition from China and elsewhere

22 February 2020

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt across the global IP market

The race to patent a treatment for coronavirus in China is heating up, but its spread could be the story that affects every other story in tech this year

15 February 2020

Iancu makes US concerns about possible Chinese WIPO leadership clear

USPTO head tells Washington DC event that the next head of the organisation must come from a country that “respects intellectual property rights”

06 February 2020

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