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SEP owners must beware of hindering Europe's golden 5G opportunity

In an exclusive opinion piece for IAM, Jim Beveridge of the Innovators' Network argues that originators need to embrace transparency and avoid royalty stacking to allow IoT innovation to thrive 

SEP owners must beware of hindering Europe's golden 5G opportunity
6 Nov 2018

Former Nokia patent deals chief becomes latest Marconi recruit

A month after leaving the Finnish company - where he helped to build a world-class licensing operation - Ilkka Rahnasto signs up with the firm that manages several platforms including Avanci and Teletry

5 Nov 2018

European SPC ruling is a blow for medical device innovators

Court of Justice delivers decision that will make it harder for inventors of device-drug combination products to obtain patent term extensions

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5 Nov 2018

Korean patent fund fuels more US NPE suits with latest disposals

Intellectual Discovery has transferred auto and LED portfolios in recent weeks; both have spurred assertions in Delaware - increasingly the number one venue for US plaintiffs post-TC Heartland  Read more

1 Nov 2018

We are top in the 5G standards process and that will feed through to patents, claims Ericsson

“It is clear that, no matter which viewpoint one takes, Ericsson is the leader in 3GPP and has influenced the technology in 5G over the years more than any other contributor,” company states in new report Read more

31 Oct 2018

Colourful shrimp wars: publishers battle it out over GAMBERO ROSSO and GAMBERO VERDE

The Rome Court of First Instance has held that the publisher of a well-recognised restaurant guide can claim a monopoly on the trademark GAMBERO (meaning “shrimp”) in the publishing industry, acknowledging the publisher's significant efforts to increase the reputation, popularity and reliability of GAMBERO ROSSO among the Italian public. Read more

30 Oct 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the Unwired Planet decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes Read more

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Designs

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12 Oct 2017

New and improved IP law provisions benefit entrepreneurs

Innovative technical solutions, industrial designs and trademarks are some of the most important components that build the value of any enterprise operating in the market. Their protection increased considerably in 2016 following changes in the… Read more

12 Oct 2017

Recent developments in IP law and practice

This chapter describes recent developments in UK IP law and practice that are unrelated to Brexit or the proposed Unified Patent Court (UPC). However, it would be disingenuous to ignore completely the United Kingdom’s ongoing exit negotiations with… Read more

12 Oct 2017

Effective use of Community design protection

Design protection has taken on an increasingly important role in recent years, since appearance and exterior shape now play a fundamental role in the success of a product. Designs are now relevant to a wide range of products involving industry,… Read more

Finance

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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

30 Jul 2018

Seiko Epson assigned nearly 2,000 patents to NPE Longitude Licensing

The electronics company's largest ever divestment nets Ireland-based chip IP licensor a second major Japanese portfolio. Read more

3 Jul 2018

Fortress-affiliated entity doubles down on litigation campaign against Intel

VLSI Technology, an entity with apparent ties to Fortress’s IP Group, has launched a second infringement lawsuit against Intel, accusing the chipmaker of infringing five patents. Filed late last week in district court in Delaware, it follows another… Read more

22 Jun 2018

Qualcomm, France Brevets and IP Europe join forces to create a new funding initiative for European SMEs

A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was… Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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25 Oct 2018

Oppo’s latest patent acquisition underlines focus on Europe  

Chinese smartphone company makes its latest SEP purchase from Nordic telecom giant Telia in a move that may indicate the start of a wider relationship Read more

24 Oct 2018

Nokia announces it is joining Avanci

Move gives auto and IoT platform huge share of wireless standard essential patents to license  Read more

23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes 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

Law & Policy

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22 Oct 2018

Latest EPO Guidelines bring substantial revisions, with CIIs a major focus 

New edition will be effective from 1st November. As well as software-related topics, it covers issues such as unity of inventions, biological processes and changes to oral and opposition proceedings 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

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

27 Sep 2018

A Brexit IP issue with serious political consequences

The UPC and EU trademarks will not inflame any Brexit passions among those outside the IP bubble, but geographical indications are a different matter altogether Read more

Litigation

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23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes 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

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

18 Sep 2018

Swedish eye tracking leader sues to curb Chinese upstart

IBM patent asserted against Beijing-based startup with backing from HTC and Qualcomm. NPEs are also active in a possible new VR/AR battleground. Read more

Market Developments

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25 Oct 2018

Oppo’s latest patent acquisition underlines focus on Europe  

Chinese smartphone company makes its latest SEP purchase from Nordic telecom giant Telia in a move that may indicate the start of a wider relationship Read more

24 Oct 2018

Nokia announces it is joining Avanci

Move gives auto and IoT platform huge share of wireless standard essential patents to license  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

18 Sep 2018

Swedish eye tracking leader sues to curb Chinese upstart

IBM patent asserted against Beijing-based startup with backing from HTC and Qualcomm. NPEs are also active in a possible new VR/AR battleground. Read more

Non practising entities

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23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes 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

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

10 Sep 2018

VW most active auto player in patent disputes, study finds

Courts in Europe now hear more cases than those in the US, though suits are down everywhere; IPRs, on the other hand, are growing in importance Read more

Patent pools

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24 Oct 2018

Nokia announces it is joining Avanci

Move gives auto and IoT platform huge share of wireless standard essential patents to license  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

17 Jul 2018

After almost a decade of litigation, Philips wins India’s first-ever SEP infringement decision

Dutch company comes out on top in the first Indian SEP trial to go the distance. But the ruling does not offer much guidance on what's FRAND, practitioners explain. Read more

25 Jun 2018

No settlement for Xiaomi and Ericsson in India, but the Chinese firm can sell MediaTek-powered devices there

Some recent statements by MediaTek CFO David Ku stirred rumours that Xiaomi and Ericsson had settled their patent dispute in India, but the Swedish telecom has confirmed to IAM that there is no truth to this. It means Xiaomi will head into its Hong… Read more

Strategy

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25 Oct 2018

Oppo’s latest patent acquisition underlines focus on Europe  

Chinese smartphone company makes its latest SEP purchase from Nordic telecom giant Telia in a move that may indicate the start of a wider relationship Read more

24 Oct 2018

Nokia announces it is joining Avanci

Move gives auto and IoT platform huge share of wireless standard essential patents to license  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

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

Technology licensing

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23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes 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

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

7 Sep 2018

The EPO should rule on SEPs, say top European auto patent players

The heads of IP at Swedish auto maker Volvo Car Corporation and Swiss wireless communications supplier u-blox AG believe that the agency must play a central role in deciding on mobile technology standard essential patents  Read more

Trademarks

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18 May 2018

Suing a Chinese entity in the United States? Expect a two year wait to serve process

There are a host of challenges when it comes to trying to assert US patents against a Chinese legal entity. A recent court filing by Dutch telecom KPN, which is suing Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus in the District of Delaware, underlines what looks to be a… Read more

8 Apr 2018

Barcelona court reveals 40% rise in fast track protocol activity during this year's Mobile World Congress

If you were to name Europe’s patent litigation hotspots, places like Dusseldorf, Munich, Mannheim, London and The Hague would spring quickly to mind; perhaps followed by the likes of Paris and Milan. One thing is for sure, though: no Spanish city… Read more

5 Apr 2018

For the first time this century Philips does not have a chief IP officer

Very quietly, something of a revolution has taken place at Philips. For the first time this century, the company’s IP function – Philips IP & Standards - is headed up by someone who has no long-term IP background and who is not labelled its chief IP… Read more

30 Mar 2018

Expect patent-heavy pharma acquisitions following Novartis’ $13 billion consumer healthcare divestment

This week saw the headline-grabbing multi-billion dollar sell-off by Novartis of its consumer healthcare business. Reflecting the Swiss entity’s desire to focus resources on strengthening its position in higher-priority therapeutic spaces, the deal… Read more

Trade secrets

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29 Mar 2018

Trade secrets take centre stage

Political rhetoric has thrust trade secrets misappropriation into the spotlight. New legislation around the world means that rights holders have never had more options for enforcing their rights. Read more

1 Aug 2016

Top trio

Three outstanding individuals have been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for 2016. They have already had a profound impact on their corners of the IP world – but do not expect these pioneers to rest on their laurels just yet Read more

3 May 2016

Trade secrets come to the fore in the US and Europe with new legislation set to hit the statute books

Following the unusually swift and bipartisan passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act through Congress, the US is only a presidential signature away from a wide variety of civil trade secrets cases being litigated in federal courts for the first time… Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times… Read more

Valuation

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16 Jul 2018

Ericsson appeal brief sets stage for next chapter in epic SEP FRAND dispute with TCL

Ericsson has put together the CAFC brief for its appeal against the Central District of California federal court’s decision in its litigation with Chinese handset manufacturer TCL. Read more

1 Jun 2018

Europe enjoys a patent renaissance, despite Brexit and UPC uncertainty

With close to 900 responses, the 2018 IAM benchmarking survey is the biggest we have carried out yet. The results reveal an IP market that is more international than ever before, but which has still to fully recover its mojo Read more

8 May 2018

Microsoft in $136.5 million write down of investment in Intellectual Ventures' third patent fund

Last week details emerged of a corporate filing made by a Microsoft subsidiary with information about a write off that the software giant made in relation to its investment in Intellectual Venture’s Invention Investment Fund III.  According to the… Read more

30 Mar 2018

Expect patent-heavy pharma acquisitions following Novartis’ $13 billion consumer healthcare divestment

This week saw the headline-grabbing multi-billion dollar sell-off by Novartis of its consumer healthcare business. Reflecting the Swiss entity’s desire to focus resources on strengthening its position in higher-priority therapeutic spaces, the deal… Read more

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