Europe

German and UK IP firms dominate top EPO representative list for 2020

Hoffmann Eitle filed more applications on behalf of clients than anyone else last year, followed by Grünecker and Dehns

German and UK IP firms dominate top EPO representative list for 2020
UK court clarifies when patents can be used without owner authorisation for “the service of the crown”
3 Mar 2021

UK court clarifies when patents can be used without owner authorisation for “the service of the crown”

Concerns that rarely deployed Crown Use might become more commonplace have been significantly alleviated after appeals judges deliver ruling in IPCom v Vodafone

The search for 2021’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame is underway
1 Mar 2021

The search for 2021’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame is underway

Nomination process now open with a new category introduced in memory of Todd Dickinson

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3 Mar 2021

How virtual working has had a positive impact on UK IP litigation

Almost one year on from the start of the UK lockdown, professionals in the UK IP sphere reflect on how the UK courts have adapted to the new normal in the IP space. Read more

25 Feb 2021

What life sciences businesses need to know about data commercialisation

A strategy for protecting and exploiting data is now a must for entities involved in healthcare research Read more

23 Feb 2021

How hub-and-spoke businesses are creating new pharma IP monetisation models

The launch of Centessa is the latest development in a trend that has big implications for the monetisation of unpartnered or deprioritised IP-backed pharma assets Read more

19 Feb 2021

Dialog’s patents will boost Renesas’ fast growing licensing business

The purchase of the UK chipmaker will contribute to the monetisation programme’s potential, particularly within circuit technologies Read more

Designs

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28 Oct 2020

Help us to identify the world's leading IP strategists

The research process for the IAM Strategy 300 2021 is now underway and we are inviting nominations as we decide who should be included Read more

12 Oct 2020

What world class IP management looks like

On top of high-quality, day-to-day performance in areas such as prosecution, litigation and licensing, there are three essential elements an in-house function requires to be part of the elite Read more

5 Oct 2020

Arm’s patents will help Nvidia in many of the world’s high-growth industries

The proposed tie-up would significantly improve the US company’s IP cover in a number of key areas – but would not come consequence free Read more

7 Sep 2020

Geely to boost R&D war chest with Shanghai listing

China’s next big IPO will feature one of the country’s auto IP leaders, which has more than 9,000 patents and counts licensing as a major revenue source Read more

Finance

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

2 Nov 2020

Leaders of the world’s patent deals pack

The countdown of this year's IAM Market Makers - our annual ranking of the 40 most influential players in the global IP market - begins today with places 40 to 21 Read more

8 Jun 2020

From French fancy to global community – celebrating 100 issues of IAM 

Founder and editor in chief Joff Wild looks back on 17 years of IAM Read more

6 May 2020

UK parliament committee warned on China’s plans for Imagination Technologies

Imagination owner explains that licensing IP is not the same as transferring it, but freshly resigned CEO claims that only diligent management oversight can prevent key trade secret loss Read more

Frand/SEPS

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18 Feb 2021

Ericsson IP policy head explains why she dissented in high-profile EU SEP FRAND report

Monica Magnusson claims not enough was done at the outset to frame the problems the paper was seeking to tackle and ultimately to build on consensus among authors Read more

11 Feb 2021

Notable dissent casts shadow over European Commission report on SEP FRAND landscape

Ericsson VP of IP policy, Monica Magnusson, argues that after more than two years of work report “fails to provide a coherent consensus-based structure” Read more

5 Feb 2021

Nokia CEO emphasises importance of IP creation and monetisation despite slight dip in licensing profits for 2020

Pekka Lundmark highlights investments in patent portfolio and increase in R&D spend, but business continues to face challenging headwinds Read more

3 Feb 2021

A six-point plan for a new approach to assessing SEP essentiality

The long read: As the European Commission  calls for reform of the framework governing the declaration, licensing and enforcement of SEPs, former EPO chief economist Nikolaus Thumm and ex-Philips CIPO Ruud Peters outline an effective structure for a new system Read more

Law & Policy

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18 Feb 2021

Ericsson IP policy head explains why she dissented in high-profile EU SEP FRAND report

Monica Magnusson claims not enough was done at the outset to frame the problems the paper was seeking to tackle and ultimately to build on consensus among authors Read more

12 Feb 2021

No UK withdrawal from the EPO despite plan to join CPTPP, says government spokesperson

The apparent incompatibility in grace period provisions between the two agreements not seen as an obstacle to membership of both Read more

11 Feb 2021

Notable dissent casts shadow over European Commission report on SEP FRAND landscape

Ericsson VP of IP policy, Monica Magnusson, argues that after more than two years of work report “fails to provide a coherent consensus-based structure” Read more

4 Feb 2021

UK plan to join CPTPP raises questions about European Patent Organisation membership

On the face of it, the Comprehensive and Permissive Trans Pacific Partnership’s provisions on the grace period run contrary to those that apply in the EPC Read more

Litigation

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

8 Feb 2021

Record French damages award is a good sign for pharma patentees

Recent decision to award Eli Lilly a preliminary injunction and damages in case against a generic company demonstrates an increasingly pro-rights holder approach on the part of a key French court Read more

3 Feb 2021

Ocado steps up US patent fight with claims of PTO fraud against rival

The UK online retailer is in an increasingly bitter dispute over robot technology and has accused AutoStore of “serious abuses of the patenting process” Read more

3 Feb 2021

Recent judicial appointments ensure UK remains safe pair of hands for IP disputes

The selection of James Mellor QC and Richard Meade QC as judges to sit in the Patents Court will help to calm jitters over the exit several specialists Read more

Market Developments

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19 Jan 2021

After early FRAND litigation efforts in China, KPN targets Xiaomi and others in US courts

Expanded US litigation campaign targets some of the same mobile companies Dutch firm has pursued in China for years Read more

4 Jan 2021

The big IP stories you’ll be reading about in 2021

The IAM editorial team identifies what could be this year’s pivotal developments in the global IP market Read more

17 Dec 2020

What you need to know about post-Brexit changes to the UK’s SPC system

Failures to update IP management following the New Year could be costly for life sciences businesses Read more

16 Dec 2020

Five key insights into 2020’s drug royalty transactions

It has been a year of creative and flexible deal-making with many life sciences entities taking advantage of the revenues this kind of IP monetisation can deliver Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

15 Feb 2021

Open Invention Network adds major banks to membership with Barclays and TD Bank sign-ups

Risk from rivals, threats from patent assertion entities and the widespread adoption of open source software is increasing financial institutions’ interest in defensive networks, says OIN CEO Read more

7 Jan 2021

Touchscreen NPE settles patent suits with tech giants, including Samsung, Lenovo and Microsoft

Ireland-based Neodrón closes deal that sees litigation with a host of big name players come to an end Read more

17 Dec 2020

Irish NPE has German injunction upheld against LG and Sony

Solas OLED wins valuable court ruling in its multi-front assertion campaign against the Asian giants and a host of other big names Read more

Patent Pools

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14 Dec 2020

The last 12 months have been good for patent owners, say global IP leaders

Exclusive Panels Report for IAM focuses on key issues, including: portfolio management, litigation, monetisation, the regulatory environment and strategic priorities Read more

2 Nov 2020

Leaders of the world’s patent deals pack

The countdown of this year's IAM Market Makers - our annual ranking of the 40 most influential players in the global IP market - begins today with places 40 to 21 Read more

2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

Patents Law

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18 Feb 2021

Ericsson IP policy head explains why she dissented in high-profile EU SEP FRAND report

Monica Magnusson claims not enough was done at the outset to frame the problems the paper was seeking to tackle and ultimately to build on consensus among authors Read more

18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

15 Feb 2021

Open Invention Network adds major banks to membership with Barclays and TD Bank sign-ups

Risk from rivals, threats from patent assertion entities and the widespread adoption of open source software is increasing financial institutions’ interest in defensive networks, says OIN CEO Read more

12 Feb 2021

No UK withdrawal from the EPO despite plan to join CPTPP, says government spokesperson

The apparent incompatibility in grace period provisions between the two agreements not seen as an obstacle to membership of both Read more

Strategy

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28 Jan 2021

Fears over UK sufficiency rules are tempered by new court decision

There had been some concerns about the regime following the Supreme Court Regeneron judgment but a recent case has clarified the situation Read more

26 Jan 2021

Latest move in Ericsson v Samsung shows how PTAB reforms are changing big-ticket licensing fights

The Korean tech giant has moved quickly to file a pair of IPRs against its rival’s patents but has so far not targeted any of those asserted in US district court Read more

19 Jan 2021

After early FRAND litigation efforts in China, KPN targets Xiaomi and others in US courts

Expanded US litigation campaign targets some of the same mobile companies Dutch firm has pursued in China for years Read more

4 Jan 2021

The big IP stories you’ll be reading about in 2021

The IAM editorial team identifies what could be this year’s pivotal developments in the global IP market Read more

Technology Licensing

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18 Feb 2021

Ericsson IP policy head explains why she dissented in high-profile EU SEP FRAND report

Monica Magnusson claims not enough was done at the outset to frame the problems the paper was seeking to tackle and ultimately to build on consensus among authors Read more

11 Feb 2021

Notable dissent casts shadow over European Commission report on SEP FRAND landscape

Ericsson VP of IP policy, Monica Magnusson, argues that after more than two years of work report “fails to provide a coherent consensus-based structure” Read more

9 Feb 2021

Five IP takeaways from Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ $7 billion medical cannabis buyout

A major milestone in the medical cannabinoid patent market has been passed Read more

5 Feb 2021

Nokia CEO emphasises importance of IP creation and monetisation despite slight dip in licensing profits for 2020

Pekka Lundmark highlights investments in patent portfolio and increase in R&D spend, but business continues to face challenging headwinds Read more

Trade Secrets

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

22 Dec 2020

Three life sciences trade secrets and data strategy lessons

As non-patent assets become increasingly important, pharma and biotech innovators must adapt their IP strategies. Read more

20 Nov 2020

Risks and rewards of trade secrets in Europe

Until recently, trade secrets were, apart from a few exceptions, often overlooked in favour of patent rights in terms of the value that they contribute as IP assets. Read more

28 Oct 2020

Help us to identify the world's leading IP strategists

The research process for the IAM Strategy 300 2021 is now underway and we are inviting nominations as we decide who should be included Read more

Valuation

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

9 Feb 2021

Five IP takeaways from Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ $7 billion medical cannabis buyout

A major milestone in the medical cannabinoid patent market has been passed Read more

22 Dec 2020

Three life sciences trade secrets and data strategy lessons

As non-patent assets become increasingly important, pharma and biotech innovators must adapt their IP strategies. Read more

16 Dec 2020

Five key insights into 2020’s drug royalty transactions

It has been a year of creative and flexible deal-making with many life sciences entities taking advantage of the revenues this kind of IP monetisation can deliver Read more

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