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Germany’s Supreme Court releases full judgment in key FRAND licensing case

Ruling in Sisvel v Haier clarifies issues around areas including what constitutes a “willing” licensee, obligations on implementers and the scope licensors have to vary royalty rates

Germany’s Supreme Court releases full judgment in key FRAND licensing case
Top patent-owning companies enjoyed a May stock price surge, research reveals
24 Jun 2020

Top patent-owning companies enjoyed a May stock price surge, research reveals

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent Elite share tracker shows that a composite of the publicly-quoted companies in the rankings out-performed the NASDAQ, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Germany's Dax Index

Transparency may be a problem with the European patent system – trolls aren’t
22 Jun 2020

Transparency may be a problem with the European patent system – trolls aren’t

A new report reveals that it is often tough to identify the real holders of IP in Europe, but claims that bad-faith NPEs are migrating from the US are tough to sustain

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10 Jun 2020

The US and Germany top for patent litigation, say survey respondents

IAM benchmarking results send mixed messages about the UK, but show increasing interest in China, India and Brazil Read more

6 Jun 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 Read more

1 Jun 2020

Audi IP licensing chief: you don’t sit in your car to tweet or send text messages

Panel discussion of SEP experts addresses some of the forces confronting the auto industry and the future of value creation in the sector Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

Designs

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24 Oct 2019

Latest statistics show foreign firms win in high numbers at Beijing IP Court

Numbers also show that damages are rising. But litigation statistics only tell part of the story on plaintiff success. Read more

9 Aug 2019

New survey – IP litigation is increasingly global and, after a few down years, spending is going through the roof again

Study from Morrison & Foerster finds average large company outlay on lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion Read more

Finance

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8 Dec 2015

It’s not all bad news in the IP market; things may be getting better (in parts, at least)

After the first day of this year’s IP Dealmakers Forum it was hard to pick the appropriate phrase to accurately describe the general sentiment. “Things might just be improving,” was probably the prevailing view, at least in some parts of the market…

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30 Oct 2015

RPX keeps tabs on Europe as continent's significance in global patent market continues to grow

One of the features of the global patent market in recent years has been the rise in importance of Europe as an assertion venue. Patent owners are increasingly turning to the continent’s courts to bring lawsuits, particularly in Germany where they…

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16 Jun 2015

Patent values about to climb, heroic inventors, the US's patent failure, hope for SMEs, and much more at the IPBC

The first full day of the IPBC Global in San Francisco is now done and dusted. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights from the sessions and from the conversations…

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13 Mar 2015

Patent reform on a knife-edge; Germany's growing appeal; PIPCO consolidation; and other highlights from NPE 2015

Yesterday, IAM hosted the NPE 2015 conference at the Convene Center in New York’s Financial District. Close to 200 delegates attended the event, including ,many senior leaders at public and private NPEs, inventors, investors, DC lobbyists, analysts…

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11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

27 Apr 2020

Tesla targeted again - this time by Conversant

West Texas complaints follow Sharp lawsuit in Japan as friction between auto OEMs and SEP owners continues to build Read more

13 Apr 2020

To make effective 5G IP decisions policy-makers need the full picture

A recently published paper, commissioned by Germany’s economics ministry, has several worrying flaws that create a false impression about how courts currently handle FRAND royalty calculations Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

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12 May 2020

Six key takeaways from the CJEU’s latest SPC ruling

Royalty Pharma decision answers important questions about Article 3(a) of the EU’s patent extension rights regulation, but creates new uncertainties Read more

11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

13 Apr 2020

To make effective 5G IP decisions policy-makers need the full picture

A recently published paper, commissioned by Germany’s economics ministry, has several worrying flaws that create a false impression about how courts currently handle FRAND royalty calculations Read more

20 Mar 2020

German constitutional court rules country's accession to the UPC illegal

Decision focuses on process not principle, but the political reality is that the project is - for now, at least - dead Read more

Litigation

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12 May 2020

Six key takeaways from the CJEU’s latest SPC ruling

Royalty Pharma decision answers important questions about Article 3(a) of the EU’s patent extension rights regulation, but creates new uncertainties Read more

11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

27 Apr 2020

Tesla targeted again - this time by Conversant

West Texas complaints follow Sharp lawsuit in Japan as friction between auto OEMs and SEP owners continues to build Read more

13 Apr 2020

To make effective 5G IP decisions policy-makers need the full picture

A recently published paper, commissioned by Germany’s economics ministry, has several worrying flaws that create a false impression about how courts currently handle FRAND royalty calculations Read more

Market Developments

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10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

26 Nov 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year Read more

22 Nov 2019

Despite possible German Constitutional Court breakthrough, don't bet on the UPC's fate becoming clearer any time soon

In controversial interview, wrongly labelled by some as "fake news", judge says a decision on legality of Germany's ratification could be handed down early next year - but even if it happens many issues remain to be resolved, notably the role the UK might play Read more

22 Nov 2019

Three key dynamics facing automakers in Asia

IAM is bringing the region’s IP leaders together in Shanghai on December 5th for the inaugural Auto IP Asia conference Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

29 Apr 2020

Big OLED patent deal signifies strategy shift at Konica Minolta

The Japanese company has announced a major transaction with Merck, about one year after inaugurating a new IP strategy department Read more

27 Apr 2020

Tesla targeted again - this time by Conversant

West Texas complaints follow Sharp lawsuit in Japan as friction between auto OEMs and SEP owners continues to build Read more

27 Mar 2020

Inventor takes aim at Formula 1 elite, claiming that safety devices infringe patent

Suit filed in West Texas against outfits including Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull after licensing discussions failed to produce deal Read more

Patent Pools

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27 Apr 2020

Tesla targeted again - this time by Conversant

West Texas complaints follow Sharp lawsuit in Japan as friction between auto OEMs and SEP owners continues to build Read more

4 Mar 2020

The top 10 patent market developments of 2019

Asset sales, trade wars and new names at the top made last year transformative for IP owners. Read more

12 Dec 2019

Christmas comes early for Nokia's IP team in the US and Europe

Finnish telco sees Daimler agree to mediation in high-profile suit while a court in Munich court upholds anti anti-suit injunction and a related Northern California case is sent to Texas Read more

23 Nov 2019

Expect more collective action to solve patent market ills

It’s welcome that more rights owners than ever before are banding together to remedy patent market problems, but it may lead in an all-too-familiar direction Read more

Patents Law

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19 May 2020

Top 50 PCT representative firms revealed

Japan’s Shiga International Patent Office is number one on the list, with Fish & Richardson and Epping Hermann Fischer leading for the US and Europe respectively Read more

15 May 2020

Hoffmann Eitle named top EPO filer for 2019

German and UK firms dominate the list of firms filing most published patent applications for clients at the agency last year Read more

11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

29 Apr 2020

Big OLED patent deal signifies strategy shift at Konica Minolta

The Japanese company has announced a major transaction with Merck, about one year after inaugurating a new IP strategy department Read more

Strategy

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11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

29 Apr 2020

Big OLED patent deal signifies strategy shift at Konica Minolta

The Japanese company has announced a major transaction with Merck, about one year after inaugurating a new IP strategy department Read more

17 Apr 2020

Johnson & Johnson, Gilead and Roche are the world’s antiviral patent leaders

A covid-19 vaccine could be produced by anyone, but only a few major players had been actively strengthening and building their portfolios before the pandemic struck Read more

8 Apr 2020

Patent analysis shows just how much Bosch has its sights set on IoT

The German heavyweight’s portfolio is well positioned for the advent of the age of connectivity and right now the company is focusing on boosting its autonomous holdings Read more

Technology Licensing

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11 May 2020

Sisvel wins closely watched German FRAND case

A Supreme Court decision issued last week in favour of the licensing firm could make patent hold-out a far less attractive option Read more

27 Apr 2020

Tesla targeted again - this time by Conversant

West Texas complaints follow Sharp lawsuit in Japan as friction between auto OEMs and SEP owners continues to build Read more

17 Apr 2020

Johnson & Johnson, Gilead and Roche are the world’s antiviral patent leaders

A covid-19 vaccine could be produced by anyone, but only a few major players had been actively strengthening and building their portfolios before the pandemic struck Read more

13 Apr 2020

To make effective 5G IP decisions policy-makers need the full picture

A recently published paper, commissioned by Germany’s economics ministry, has several worrying flaws that create a false impression about how courts currently handle FRAND royalty calculations Read more

Trade Secrets

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12 Feb 2020

Cause for concern in German patent reform proposals

Changes to the injunctive relief regime suggested by the Ministry of Justice in a recent discussion paper could significantly weaken IP owners’ rights Read more

24 Oct 2019

Latest statistics show foreign firms win in high numbers at Beijing IP Court

Numbers also show that damages are rising. But litigation statistics only tell part of the story on plaintiff success. Read more

9 Aug 2019

New survey – IP litigation is increasingly global and, after a few down years, spending is going through the roof again

Study from Morrison & Foerster finds average large company outlay on lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

Valuation

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14 Feb 2020

It’s a tight race for autonomous driving patent leadership

New analysis gives unparalleled insight into the key players in self-drive technologies and shows Waymo, Toyota, GM and Ford vying for top spot Read more

7 Feb 2020

Johnson & Johnson takes the patent lead in medtech innovation

The company has surpassed other healthcare powerhouses and kept Apple and Alphabet at bay, but a robust portfolio does not guarantee smooth sailing Read more

31 Jan 2020

It’s a tight race for quantum patent supremacy

Portfolio analysis shows there is no clear leader right now, but Microsoft, IBM, Intel and Northrop Grumman are among those vying for top spot Read more

12 Dec 2019

Seoul Semiconductor patent auction analysis reveals a mixed bag of assets

In sales due to be held this month and next, the Korean company offers two radically different portfolios. But value is in the eye of the beholder - and a range of businesses could be making bids Read more

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