Patents

New Acacia chief IP officer charts a different course for the once mighty NPE

Supported by a healthy balance sheet, Marc Booth says the firm plans on a higher volume of smaller deals with three new areas identified for future growth

New Acacia chief IP officer charts a different course for the once mighty NPE
19 Feb 2019

With Oppo deal, Ericsson gets crucial SEP validation in China

Securing a FRAND licence with the world’s fifth largest handset maker could be a shot in the arm for the Swedish company, which has struggled to get royalties out of Chinese firms like Xiaomi and TCL

18 Feb 2019

Rolling the dice on eligibility

Congressional action is the only way to solve the uncertainty on section 101 of the US patent statute, argues Aaric Eisenstein of Personalised Media Communications

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18 Feb 2019

Patent deals show how Indian startups can benefit from multinational research activity

An AI health-tech startup recently named one of the world's most promising had its roots in the re-organisation of Xerox's research centre in India Read more

15 Feb 2019

PanOptis acquired by New York-based private equity business

The NPE, which bought Unwired Planet in 2016 and owns thousands of patents previously held by Ericsson and Panasonic, sold to Brevet Capital for an undisclosed sum Read more

15 Feb 2019

AbbVie’s Humira strategy to be scrutinised in first evergreening unclean hands challenge

In a Delaware case Boehringer Ingelheim accuses the Illinois company of improper conduct in deliberately constructing a patent thicket to protect against generic versions of its blockbuster drug. Read more

15 Feb 2019

Takeover wars intensify between listed IP firms in Australia

Aggressive move by the country’s largest public IP services group seems designed to thwart the merger of two smaller rivals. But further consolidation in the space still looks likely Read more

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14 Feb 2019

The five key takeaways from the USPTO’s report on women and patents

Although female patentees are becoming more common – particularly in areas such as pharma and biotech – the rate of growth is slowing, suggesting that a lot more work needs to be done before equality between the sexes is achieved Read more

13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

11 Feb 2019

Huawei owns the future and that’s why it’s here to stay

Deep pockets, a strong commitment to R&D and a world class 5G patent portfolio mean that whatever its current difficulties the Chinese telecoms business is set to be a major player for the long term Read more

9 Feb 2019

The big life sciences patent developments in January

Record-breaking Celgene purchase, two decisions on the on-sale bar, Europe moves towards SPC manufacturing waiver, China proposes five-year patent term extension and much more Read more

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14 Feb 2019

As 101 debate continues, Iancu offers clear message to Federal Circuit

With new guidelines set to reshape patent examination, the USPTO head makes the case for revisiting subject matter precedent Read more

14 Feb 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with Read more

12 Feb 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative Read more

12 Feb 2019

AT&T’s portfolio is a treasure trove for buyers

The telecoms giant is building its presence in the secondary market with a host of companies now seeking out its high-quality patents   Read more

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30 Jan 2019

Apple v Qualcomm is the global patent fight for our times

Why Qualcomm’s winning of an injunction in China against Apple is another sign that the patent market is drifting inexorably eastwards. With the country’s answer to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit opening at the start of this year, rights holders have even more reason to turn to Chinese courts. Read more

30 Nov 2018

After years of setting the patent agenda Silicon Valley is now playing defence

The USPTO director’s explicit rejection of the ‘troll’ narrative and the departure of key Congressional backers mean that big technology companies find themselves in the unusual position of not being in control of the US IP policy-making narrative. Read more

1 Jun 2018

Supreme Court shakes up the PTAB, while new USPTO head sends strong pro-patent signals

No one expected the Supreme Court to turn the US patent system upside down with Oil States – and it did not. But its SAS judgment issued on the same day could mean some big post-grant changes. Meanwhile, Andrei Iancu is exhibiting pro-patent inclinations Read more

1 Feb 2018

Rollercoaster ride for SEP owners continues through 2017

SEP owners had much to celebrate in 2017 but a major decision from a US court meant that the year ended with a familiar amount of uncertainty Read more

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