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Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader
6 Jun 2019

Siemens asserting Chinese wireless patents against four local mobile firms

Following successful invalidation petitions lodged by Vivo against the German company, industry sources tell IAM that Oppo, Xiaomi and Meizu also face SEP assertions in specialised IP courts

4 Jun 2019

The SEP state of play in Europe’s major jurisdictions

Recent decisions in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France have shed much greater light on where the continent’s top patent litigation venues are heading on FRAND-related disputes

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12 Jun 2019

Who are the patent leaders in blockchain?

There are new uses for the underlying technology in cryptocurrency – blockchain – emerging almost every day. While we are yet to see where this technology will be applied in the commercial sector, data from the IPlytics Platform shows that large corporations are starting to build blockchain IP portfolios. Read more

3 Jun 2019

Infineon significantly bolsters its patent portfolio with Cypress acquisition  

Consolidation in the chip industry continues as the deal brings together two players with plenty of experience in the secondary market Read more

28 May 2019

US biotech aims to curb China’s genomics leader with pair of European lawsuits

Shenzhen BGI was once the biggest purchaser of Illumina’s gene sequencing machines. Now the two are on opposite sides of an expanding patent battle Read more

24 May 2019

What do recent SPC decisions mean for life sciences companies?

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) play an important role in the patent strategies of many companies in the life sciences sector, but a series of European court decisions has given IP in-housers food for thought when looking to obtain SPCs. Read more

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2 May 2019

Avanci’s success suggests that patent pools have a bright future. If only the HEVC community would get the message

News that five more Volkswagen brands have signed up to the IoT platform underline strengths of a pooled approach in providing transparency and certainty to SEP licensing Read more

18 Apr 2019

As Apple and Qualcomm reach a deal, five takeaways from the IP story of the year

The prize of certainty, the big question over Huawei and America’s search for a 5G champion comes to a close Read more

15 Apr 2019

Five key takeaways from Avanci's breakthrough licensing deals with Audi and Porsche

From the importance of bringing Nokia on board to the prospects of an agreement with one of the major American or Japanese manufacturers, we tell you what you need to know about the news of the platform's German transactions Read more

13 Apr 2019

Avanci secures deals with Audi and Porsche

In a major breakthrough for the licensing platform, two of Germany's most iconic motor marques agree to pay royalties to access the patents it offers Read more

Law & Policy

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4 Apr 2019

Daimler's Nokia complaint may throw light on how EU SEP communication is working

German car giant brings complaint against Finnish company in effort to get clarification around licensing of mobile standard essential patents in the auto sector Read more

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher 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

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 Read more

Litigation

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16 May 2019

As Broadcom steps up its assertion strategy, German suit against Nintendo spills over into US court

Chip giant looks to force rival Nvidia to disclose details on technology that the Japanese games company claims invalidates litigated patent Read more

18 Apr 2019

As Apple and Qualcomm reach a deal, five takeaways from the IP story of the year

The prize of certainty, the big question over Huawei and America’s search for a 5G champion comes to a close Read more

16 Apr 2019

Breaking – Apple and Qualcomm agree settlement

News of six year licence, chipset supply deal, and payment from iPhone maker send chip giant’s shares soaring Read more

4 Apr 2019

Daimler's Nokia complaint may throw light on how EU SEP communication is working

German car giant brings complaint against Finnish company in effort to get clarification around licensing of mobile standard essential patents in the auto sector Read more

Market Developments

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2 May 2019

Avanci’s success suggests that patent pools have a bright future. If only the HEVC community would get the message

News that five more Volkswagen brands have signed up to the IoT platform underline strengths of a pooled approach in providing transparency and certainty to SEP licensing Read more

13 Apr 2019

Avanci secures deals with Audi and Porsche

In a major breakthrough for the licensing platform, two of Germany's most iconic motor marques agree to pay royalties to access the patents it offers Read more

12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up Read more

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

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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

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

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

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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2 May 2019

Avanci’s success suggests that patent pools have a bright future. If only the HEVC community would get the message

News that five more Volkswagen brands have signed up to the IoT platform underline strengths of a pooled approach in providing transparency and certainty to SEP licensing Read more

15 Apr 2019

Five key takeaways from Avanci's breakthrough licensing deals with Audi and Porsche

From the importance of bringing Nokia on board to the prospects of an agreement with one of the major American or Japanese manufacturers, we tell you what you need to know about the news of the platform's German transactions Read more

13 Apr 2019

Avanci secures deals with Audi and Porsche

In a major breakthrough for the licensing platform, two of Germany's most iconic motor marques agree to pay royalties to access the patents it offers Read more

25 Mar 2019

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court

Filings against Daimler and BMW follow court actions against Toyota and VW - and it could only be a matter of time before others start to get more assertive Read more

Strategy

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12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up Read more

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple Read more

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

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

Technology licensing

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2 May 2019

Avanci’s success suggests that patent pools have a bright future. If only the HEVC community would get the message

News that five more Volkswagen brands have signed up to the IoT platform underline strengths of a pooled approach in providing transparency and certainty to SEP licensing Read more

18 Apr 2019

As Apple and Qualcomm reach a deal, five takeaways from the IP story of the year

The prize of certainty, the big question over Huawei and America’s search for a 5G champion comes to a close Read more

16 Apr 2019

Breaking – Apple and Qualcomm agree settlement

News of six year licence, chipset supply deal, and payment from iPhone maker send chip giant’s shares soaring Read more

15 Apr 2019

Five key takeaways from Avanci's breakthrough licensing deals with Audi and Porsche

From the importance of bringing Nokia on board to the prospects of an agreement with one of the major American or Japanese manufacturers, we tell you what you need to know about the news of the platform's German transactions Read more

Trade secrets

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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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4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

18 Oct 2016

Sanan Opto's $8.2 billion bid for Osram would give it significant patent clout – if it goes ahead

Sanan Optoelectronics’ rumoured €7.3 billion buyout of Osram could prove to be the largest Chinese takeover of a foreign patent portfolio yet. That is, if the proposal manages to clear the regulatory, political and competitive hurdles it is almost… Read more