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Ford’s challenge is to maintain current levels of innovation  

New ranking celebrates the US automaker’s advances in autonomous driving, but there are more obstacles to overcome

Ford’s challenge is to maintain current levels of innovation  
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

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

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4 Dec 2019

Huawei hones IP message amidst wins and losses

A good result in a German court and the settlement of a key competitor dispute are among positive signs for the company, but US sanctions continue to cloud future Read more

29 Nov 2019

The state of play for SEPs in Europe's major jurisdictions

A country-by-country analysis warns of uneven ground in the standards landscape 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

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

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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

FRAND/SEPS

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15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

11 Nov 2019

It is time for the German courts to be courageous on FRAND

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long  Read more

9 Nov 2019

The patent dodgers trolling the IP landscape

IPCom is one of Europe’s oldest NPEs – and usually one of its most reticent. Not anymore, though. In this opinion piece, managing director Pio Suh explains why he believes firms such as his have a key role to play in FRAND licensing 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

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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

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

24 Sep 2019

Latest CJEU developments will disappoint those seeking SPC clarity

Europe’s highest court has refused to tackle a long-standing question relating to third-party marketing approval, while its Advocate General has provided confusing guidance on Article 3(a) Read more

6 Sep 2019

Europe leads the world in the availability of meaningful injunctive relief for patent plaintiffs

The IAM Injunction Tracker moves its focus to France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK - all jurisdictions in which meaningful and powerful exclusionary rights are in the gift of courts which are not afraid to impose them Read more

Litigation

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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

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

11 Nov 2019

It is time for the German courts to be courageous on FRAND

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long  Read more

Market Developments

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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

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

3 Oct 2019

Chip foundries bring high-stakes patent litigation to Singapore

TSMC hits back against Globalfoundries with countersuits in the US, Germany and Singapore. The headline grabbing dispute takes place as the Lion City attempts to lure more cases with legal reforms Read more

Non practising entities

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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

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

9 Nov 2019

The patent dodgers trolling the IP landscape

IPCom is one of Europe’s oldest NPEs – and usually one of its most reticent. Not anymore, though. In this opinion piece, managing director Pio Suh explains why he believes firms such as his have a key role to play in FRAND licensing 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

Patent pools

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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

18 Oct 2019

AVANCI platform covers just under 50% of 3G and 4G SEPs, research for IAM indicates

The platform’s long list of licensors account for a significant chunk of technologies relating to connectivity, but LG Electronics and Huawei are major omissions Read more

7 Oct 2019

US, Japan suits point to new IP Bridge licensing campaigns

The patent fund got leadership earlier this year, but willingness to litigate in its own name and work with assertion entities appears unchanged    Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

Strategy

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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

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

6 Nov 2019

New report reveals why SMEs want patents and the opportunities they bring

Study released by the European Patent Office sheds light on the growing sophistication of smaller businesses seeking protection for their inventions Read more

24 Sep 2019

Latest CJEU developments will disappoint those seeking SPC clarity

Europe’s highest court has refused to tackle a long-standing question relating to third-party marketing approval, while its Advocate General has provided confusing guidance on Article 3(a) Read more

Technology licensing

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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

15 Nov 2019

Another big LG assertion could signal a strategy shift

The Korean electronics giant has accused TCL of infringement in Germany, in another lawsuit targeting a Chinese rival Read more

11 Nov 2019

It is time for the German courts to be courageous on FRAND

The Dusseldorf Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei is one that had licensees cheering and licensors in despair - but it may not last long  Read more

9 Nov 2019

The patent dodgers trolling the IP landscape

IPCom is one of Europe’s oldest NPEs – and usually one of its most reticent. Not anymore, though. In this opinion piece, managing director Pio Suh explains why he believes firms such as his have a key role to play in FRAND licensing Read more

Trade secrets

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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

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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25 Oct 2019

GlobalFoundries’ patent attack on TSMC may have come too late  

In-depth analysis shows that the Taiwanese semiconductor business has not only bulked up its portfolio over the last decade, but also considerably improved its quality Read more

26 Aug 2019

Three key IP takeaways from Bayer's $7.6 billion sale of its animal health unit

The German company's divestiture to Elanco is the latest example of a pharma giant fleeing non-core business areas - and it is unlikely to be the last 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

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

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