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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.

Swedish eye tracking leader sues to curb Chinese upstart
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

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 

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31 Aug 2018

China set to overtake Japan in semiconductor sensor filings, but Sony remains top player

In the second part of our analysis of the semiconductor landscape we reveal that Sony is the top owner of semiconductor sensor patents, while Panasonic seems to have shifted its focus away. Read more

21 Aug 2018

Nokia reveals expected licensing rate for 5G phones

Finnish mobile giant joins rivals Ericsson and Qualcomm in announcing royalty, although likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei may pay much less for new generation of devices.  Read more

14 Aug 2018

CJEU’s failure to clear up SPC mess highlights difficulties with non-specialist judges

The disappointing recent Truvada SPC decision by Europe's highest court underscores the problems that arise when non-specialist judges rule on highly complex IP matters. Read more

10 Aug 2018

Microsoft leads in machine learning with Alphabet in hot pursuit – but the field remains wide open

Two US tech giants currently own the most – and the highest quality – patents relating to machine learning. State and university research labs in China have also made a strong showing, and experts say anyone could still end up on top. Read more

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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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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

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

FRAND/SEPS

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31 Jul 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts. 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

13 Jul 2018

Qualcomm reigns in global WLAN patents but Marvell rules in the US and Nokia leads by SEP count

A new study of the wireless LAN (WLAN) global patent landscape reveals that while Qualcomm is the dominant player in the space overall, it is beaten by Marvell in the United States by active portfolio size and conspicuously absent from the list of… Read more

12 Jul 2018

Dutch telecom’s SEP assertion against Xiaomi in Beijing comes up short

Xiaomi has prevailed at the Beijing IP Court in an SEP case brought against it by KPN. The Dutch telecom's action was being watched by some as a test case – one of just a few we know about where a foreign firm was seeking to enforce an SEP… Read more

Law & Policy

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30 Jul 2018

Steep rise in the number of oppositions at the EPO matches a surge in grants

The number of oppositions proceedings at the European Patent Office is on the rise – with numbers for 2017 exceeding anything that has previously been seen. But while some may point to this indicating a decline in the quality of grants at the office… Read more

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  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

2 Jul 2018

UPC and unitary patent membership are back on the agenda in Spain, according to reports

A month after coming to power, the PSOE government in Spain is all set to re-open the debate about whether the country should sign up to the EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court agreement. According to Josep Maria Pujals of Barcelona-based… Read more

Litigation

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5 Aug 2018

NPEs like Sisvel have survived the storm - that's another reason why the deals market is picking up

A series of recent deals from Italian licensing business show that some patent owners are prospering in current climate.  Read more

31 Jul 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts. Read more

19 Jul 2018

Fractus sues Oppo in China, setting up a big test for both sides

Barcelona-based antenna technology developer Fractus yesterday announced in a press release that it has filed patent litigation in China against mobile manufacturer Oppo. In doing so it has become one of relatively few foreign licensors to assert… 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

Market Developments

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5 Aug 2018

NPEs like Sisvel have survived the storm - that's another reason why the deals market is picking up

A series of recent deals from Italian licensing business show that some patent owners are prospering in current climate.  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

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  Read more

1 Jul 2018

Battistelli's achievements overshadow the mistakes he undoubtedly made

A new era gets underway at the European Patent Office tomorrow when Portugal’s Antonio Campinos takes over as its president in succession to Benoît Battistelli, who stepped down on Friday having been in charge since 2010.   It’s fair to say that… Read more

Non practising entities

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5 Aug 2018

NPEs like Sisvel have survived the storm - that's another reason why the deals market is picking up

A series of recent deals from Italian licensing business show that some patent owners are prospering in current climate.  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

5 Jul 2018

In on-going efforts to secure freedom to operate, Oppo makes its biggest-ever acquisition

Oppo has made its largest patent acquisition so far, taking in over 20 patent families - totaling around 240 individual assets covering audio and visual technologies - from Dolby. The transfer of the US rights involved was recorded at the USPTO on… 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

Patent pools

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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

11 May 2018

Communication woes, payment problems, German injunctions and more from IAM’s IP Auto USA event

On Tuesday we hosted IP Auto USA, the third annual IP event for the auto industry we have held in Detroit. It brought together senior figures from OEMs, companies throughout the supply chain, the tech industry, prominent licensors and the advisory… Read more

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

Strategy

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5 Aug 2018

NPEs like Sisvel have survived the storm - that's another reason why the deals market is picking up

A series of recent deals from Italian licensing business show that some patent owners are prospering in current climate.  Read more

19 Jul 2018

Fractus sues Oppo in China, setting up a big test for both sides

Barcelona-based antenna technology developer Fractus yesterday announced in a press release that it has filed patent litigation in China against mobile manufacturer Oppo. In doing so it has become one of relatively few foreign licensors to assert… Read more

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

13 Jul 2018

BT assertion against Fortinet shows how cyber security is becoming big patent business

Rare court action from giant telco is further sign of growing monetisation activity in one of hottest areas in tech. Read more

Technology licensing

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31 Jul 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts. Read more

19 Jul 2018

Fractus sues Oppo in China, setting up a big test for both sides

Barcelona-based antenna technology developer Fractus yesterday announced in a press release that it has filed patent litigation in China against mobile manufacturer Oppo. In doing so it has become one of relatively few foreign licensors to assert… 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

12 Jul 2018

Dutch telecom’s SEP assertion against Xiaomi in Beijing comes up short

Xiaomi has prevailed at the Beijing IP Court in an SEP case brought against it by KPN. The Dutch telecom's action was being watched by some as a test case – one of just a few we know about where a foreign firm was seeking to enforce an SEP… 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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