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If you think your insurance covers you for IP disputes, you may need to think again

Recent case law in the US shows that many companies who believed their insurers should pay-out on IP-related litigation claims have been left disappointed

If you think your insurance covers you for IP disputes, you may need to think again
19 Oct 2019

Why the Red Hat tail will end up wagging the Big Blue dog

IBM's decision to purchase the open source powerhouse was a $34 billion bet on the future and from an IP perspective something has to give

18 Oct 2019

Federal Circuit Tarceva decision is good news for oncology patent owners

Appellate court overturns PTAB invalidation, citing uncertainties of R&D in the lucrative cancer space, as well as lack of data in prior art

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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

16 Oct 2019

WIPO report: US patent filings dip for first time since 2009

The number of grants also drops while UK sees worrying fall in applications; but study has good news for EPO President Campinos Read more

16 Oct 2019

Tencent dips back into patent market with third IBM deal

Chinese internet giant faces NPE litigation in the US and upstart Chinese rivals that are getting smart on patents Read more

15 Oct 2019

As PTAB settlement rate ticks up some see evidence of a maturing review system

Data shows both pre- and post-institution agreements at highest levels since 2014 and comes against backdrop of dramatic fall in new IPR filings Read more

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5 Oct 2019

The USPTO seeks AI expertise to change the rules of the game internally and externally

New role has the potential to deliver results that will enhance internal processes, improve quality, lower costs and help recover lost US influence in the international IP arena Read more

10 Sep 2019

IP boutique seeks to show that new thinking on diversity is not just for Big Law

“We’re in a field of innovation but firms don’t do anything,” claims Harrity & Harrity managing partner John Harrity  on launch of incubator project 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

6 Aug 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend Read more

Finance

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12 Aug 2019

How TD Bank embraced patents to ensure it maximised the benefits of the fintech revolution

The Canadian institution is among the industry players to have transformed its approach to IP, but the banking sector still has a fight on its hands to keep up with the tech giants Read more

11 Jul 2019

China’s venture community knows patents don’t equal innovation

The CEO of a hot AI startup, a top China-focused VC and Lenovo’s CIO shared their views on patents, innovation and trade tensions at one of Asia’s largest tech events Read more

10 Jul 2019

Intel takes patents off market and enters exclusive talks with potential buyer

Acquirer not named, but Apple looks like a strong candidate to purchase the portfolio of 8,500 largely unencumbered wireless assets that was due to be auctioned in August Read more

28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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4 Oct 2019

The new China dynamic, pool progress and more from our Patent Licensing event

The big takeaways from a day of deal-making discussions in the heart of Silicon Valley Read more

28 Sep 2019

The US is gifting 5G patent leadership to others

Policy confusion and problematic court decisions mean that the shape of the IP landscape in this pivotal technology is being determined elsewhere Read more

27 Sep 2019

Huawei’s FRAND strategy: move cases to China

The company wants to shift disputes to its home jurisdiction and persuade courts there to set a low, China-specific rate Read more

26 Sep 2019

Nokia becomes the latest to target Lenovo

Chinese company accused of infringing multiple patents related to H.264 video decoding tech; lawsuit follows high-stakes SEP case filed by InterDigital Read more

Law & Policy

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15 Oct 2019

California’s first-of-a-kind reverse payment law is a further obstacle to litigation settlements

Pharma patent litigation settlements involving the transfer of “anything of value” to the generic are now presumed anti-competitive under Golden State law Read more

10 Oct 2019

Patent term adjustments in the US are readjusted, again

Two recent Federal Circuit decisions have shed further light on a highly litigated area of biopharma patent law Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

7 Oct 2019

Judge Moore's “validity goulash” comments cause Congressman to wade into eligibility debate

Representative Doug Collins claims CAFC propeller shaft patent decision underlines need for legislative action on 101 Read more

Litigation

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15 Oct 2019

California’s first-of-a-kind reverse payment law is a further obstacle to litigation settlements

Pharma patent litigation settlements involving the transfer of “anything of value” to the generic are now presumed anti-competitive under Golden State law Read more

11 Oct 2019

Patent litigation continues to fall in the US - but perhaps not all companies are noticing

While the number of new cases filed at district courts has declined through the year, analysis from RPX indicates that one key metric was up in the third quarter Read more

10 Oct 2019

Suits against Facebook, Snap and Twitter indicated a Blackberry change of tack, but now it’s running into a familiar problem

PTAB IPR institutions pile up after the Canadian tech pioneer went on the patent offensive against giants of the social media market; how the cases pan out will be key to its licensing efforts Read more

10 Oct 2019

Patent term adjustments in the US are readjusted, again

Two recent Federal Circuit decisions have shed further light on a highly litigated area of biopharma patent law Read more

Market Developments

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9 Oct 2019

IBM has the world's most valuable patent portfolio, new analysis claims

Samsung, Canon, Microsoft and Bosch round-out the top five who, between them, are said to own assets worth well in excess of $35 billion Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

5 Oct 2019

The USPTO seeks AI expertise to change the rules of the game internally and externally

New role has the potential to deliver results that will enhance internal processes, improve quality, lower costs and help recover lost US influence in the international IP arena Read more

Non practising entities

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11 Oct 2019

Patent litigation continues to fall in the US - but perhaps not all companies are noticing

While the number of new cases filed at district courts has declined through the year, analysis from RPX indicates that one key metric was up in the third quarter Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims 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

4 Oct 2019

KT Corp lines up corporate patent sales with Samsung the latest customer

Korean telco has started selling patents to other operating companies in the last two years, after previous deals focused on the NPE sector Read more

Patent pools

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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

4 Oct 2019

The new China dynamic, pool progress and more from our Patent Licensing event

The big takeaways from a day of deal-making discussions in the heart of Silicon Valley Read more

30 Aug 2019

Has the promise of patent pools dried up?

Examining the past and present of patent pools suggests that there is a way forward for one of the licensing market’s oldest ideas Read more

30 Aug 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform in June and July Read more

Strategy

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15 Oct 2019

California’s first-of-a-kind reverse payment law is a further obstacle to litigation settlements

Pharma patent litigation settlements involving the transfer of “anything of value” to the generic are now presumed anti-competitive under Golden State law Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

5 Oct 2019

The USPTO seeks AI expertise to change the rules of the game internally and externally

New role has the potential to deliver results that will enhance internal processes, improve quality, lower costs and help recover lost US influence in the international IP arena Read more

Technology licensing

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14 Oct 2019

A shift in focus at Microsoft sees part of its IP team head for the exit

Licensing specialists are understood to have been most affected in a round of departures which come a year after the company joined LOT Network and OIN Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

Patent commercialisation when you have 300 CEOs

Senior executives from CalTech, Stanford, Battelle and Rambus share their thoughts on the changing state of play in tech transfer Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list 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

29 Mar 2018

Intangible investor: Identifying the IP impact of the US tax act

The effect of the sweeping US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on IP rights is unclear but early indications are that not all of the news is good Read more

25 Mar 2018

Trump may have postponed his IP trade war with China, but both sides are still playing for very high stakes

Last Thursday, President Trump set out a series of measures that the US is set to pursue against China over alleged violations of American-owned intellectual property. They were wide-ranging, but perhaps not as deep or as far-reaching as some may… Read more

20 Feb 2018

Sharp and Hisense bury patent hatchet and move to resolution of acrimonious dispute

A conflict over use of the Sharp brand name in the US market for televisions has pitted the Foxconn-owned display maker against Chinese licencee Hisense in IP and commercial lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions since last June. Now, disclosures… Read more

Trade secrets

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8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

1 Oct 2019

Largan follows up record trade secrets win with patent campaign

Taiwanese maker of smartphone lenses is now wielding patents against not just a rival supplier but its end customer HP Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

23 Sep 2019

With no sign of trade war compromise, DOJ official attacks Chinese system that “encourages and rewards IP theft”

Comments by Deputy Assistant Attorney General in interview also suggests that the US will continue to take a more proactive approach to policing security risks in telecoms networks   Read more

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9 Oct 2019

IBM has the world's most valuable patent portfolio, new analysis claims

Samsung, Canon, Microsoft and Bosch round-out the top five who, between them, are said to own assets worth well in excess of $35 billion Read more

4 Oct 2019

The new China dynamic, pool progress and more from our Patent Licensing event

The big takeaways from a day of deal-making discussions in the heart of Silicon Valley Read more

27 Sep 2019

Before IBM arrived, building a patent deterrent meant plenty of deals for Red Hat

In an exclusive interview, the company's IP head reveals that in the run-up to its acquisition by Big Blue the open source leader went shopping at a range of companies include AT&T, Huawei and Panasonic Read more

23 Sep 2019

Nanjing judge sets Chinese SEP rate in dispute between Conversant and Huawei

Chinese court has had its say on royalties - and it looks like the telecoms giant has got exactly what it was looking for Read more

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