Germany

In latest litigation play, Ocado looks for quick leverage in rival’s largest market

Pair of suits filed in Mannheim and Munich accuses AutoStore of infringing two utility models and raises prospect of a sales ban

In latest litigation play, Ocado looks for quick leverage in rival’s largest market
BioNTech’s IP team leaders on their role in the race to develop the first covid vaccine
24 Mar 2021

BioNTech’s IP team leaders on their role in the race to develop the first covid vaccine

The long read: In an exclusive interview, the German company's James Ryan and Julie Anne Gillespie talk about their once-in-a-career experience of working on a project that will help change the world

We worked at triple speed on vaccine patent strategy to help the world, says BioNTech IP chief
16 Mar 2021

We worked at triple speed on vaccine patent strategy to help the world, says BioNTech IP chief

“You could go through a practice of 30 years, never experiencing what we have just been through in a year,” says Julie Anne Gillespie in exclusive interview alongside colleague James Ryan

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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Frand/SEPS

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8 Mar 2021

In a second Sisvel v Haier ruling, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice provides more cheer for SEP owners

The country’s highest court further defines the obligations of both licensors and licensees in FRAND licensing negotiations Read more

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

26 Nov 2020

More hold-out on the cards after Dusseldorf court calls in CJEU on SEP licensing

Judges referral of a series of questions on supply chain licensing, FRAND and willing licensee issues have potential to delay dealmaking, not only in Germany but across the EU Read more

4 Nov 2020

A blissful summer for SEP owners

The licensing community had much to enjoy over the summer months, from key court decisions in the United States and Europe to positive policy developments Read more

Law & Policy

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8 Mar 2021

In a second Sisvel v Haier ruling, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice provides more cheer for SEP owners

The country’s highest court further defines the obligations of both licensors and licensees in FRAND licensing negotiations Read more

1 Feb 2021

CJEU must clear up German patent mess on interim injunctions

A referral from the District of Court of Munich may end current practice which makes it very tough for certain kinds of rights owners to secure preliminary relief Read more

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

27 Nov 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe Read more

Litigation

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8 Mar 2021

In a second Sisvel v Haier ruling, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice provides more cheer for SEP owners

The country’s highest court further defines the obligations of both licensors and licensees in FRAND licensing negotiations Read more

1 Feb 2021

CJEU must clear up German patent mess on interim injunctions

A referral from the District of Court of Munich may end current practice which makes it very tough for certain kinds of rights owners to secure preliminary relief 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

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

Market Developments

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4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

27 Nov 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe Read more

29 Oct 2020

Deutsche Telekom looks to inject new life into patent auctions with December sale

Online process will see the German company attempt to offload portfolio reading on smart traffic and navigation technology Read more

6 Oct 2020

Dividing UPC life sciences division would be a mistake, warns Bracco IP strategy chief

Splitting what should have been the London court’s competencies between Paris and Munich must only be a temporary fix, says Francesco Macchetta Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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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

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

21 Oct 2020

Remembering a blissful summer for SEP owners

As the weather turns wet and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, licensors can look back on a memorable streak of major wins in the period from July through to September Read more

8 Oct 2020

Xiaomi’s Paul Lin: video implementers must work together to avoid standard dysfunction

Company’s IP strategy chief says cost of codec licensing not justified by the state of the technology Read more

Patent Pools

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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

8 Oct 2020

Xiaomi’s Paul Lin: video implementers must work together to avoid standard dysfunction

Company’s IP strategy chief says cost of codec licensing not justified by the state of the technology Read more

28 Aug 2020

Oppo waging broad validity campaigns against Sharp, Sisvel in China

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo recently knocked out one patent held by each firm, but sources say there are more cases to come Read more

25 Aug 2020

Why Nokia's German injunction against Daimler in the pair's SEP dispute matters so much

The Finnish company's German success against the automaker last week is another big win for standard essential patent owners and potentially has global implications for the Avanci platform Read more

Strategy

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4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes Read more

27 Nov 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe Read more

29 Oct 2020

Multi-billion dollar Bayer deal shows growing attraction of gene and cell therapy assets

AskBio buyout highlights new transaction patterns around cutting-edge biotech innovations 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

Technology Licensing

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8 Mar 2021

In a second Sisvel v Haier ruling, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice provides more cheer for SEP owners

The country’s highest court further defines the obligations of both licensors and licensees in FRAND licensing negotiations Read more

26 Nov 2020

More hold-out on the cards after Dusseldorf court calls in CJEU on SEP licensing

Judges referral of a series of questions on supply chain licensing, FRAND and willing licensee issues have potential to delay dealmaking, not only in Germany but across the EU Read more

30 Oct 2020

Nokia secures second German injunction ruling against Daimler, while details emerge of “major” patent licence renewal

Finnish telco prevails in Munich case with bond set well below previous sales ban Read more

29 Oct 2020

Multi-billion dollar Bayer deal shows growing attraction of gene and cell therapy assets

AskBio buyout highlights new transaction patterns around cutting-edge biotech innovations 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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29 Oct 2020

Deutsche Telekom looks to inject new life into patent auctions with December sale

Online process will see the German company attempt to offload portfolio reading on smart traffic and navigation technology Read more

29 Oct 2020

Multi-billion dollar Bayer deal shows growing attraction of gene and cell therapy assets

AskBio buyout highlights new transaction patterns around cutting-edge biotech innovations Read more

8 Oct 2020

Xiaomi’s Paul Lin: video implementers must work together to avoid standard dysfunction

Company’s IP strategy chief says cost of codec licensing not justified by the state of the technology Read more

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 Read more

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