North America

Recent run of success for IPValue provides more evidence of robust semiconductor licensing market

Deals with Samsung and Mediatek come as the NPE reveals it has chalked up revenues of more than $400 million over the last two years  

Recent run of success for IPValue provides more evidence of robust semiconductor licensing market
21 May 2019

Revealed - every entity with 1,000 or more active US patents 

There are 367 entities in the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 1000 club. We begin to name them all today by counting down to number 275 

21 May 2019

Huawei in crisis: what it means for the IP market

Harsh US sanctions are on hold for 90 days, but uncertainty now clouds the whole supply chain. For the company's and China's goal of greater tech self-sufficiency, there is no turning back 

Latest

View all
20 May 2019

After SEP push Unified Patents goes back to its roots

Cisco and McAfee among early members as launch of new security zone initiative reflects heightened NPE activity in the sector Read more

20 May 2019

Trade war has not stopped US-China chip patent deals

Analysis of US patent assignment data shows cross-border transactions are still happening in semiconductors and other high-tech sectors. Proposed legislation could lead to greater scrutiny Read more

18 May 2019

AbbVie’s Humira victories show US biosimilars have a mountain to climb

The drug maker’s secondary patent strategy is vindicated after it guarantees market exclusivity over the world’s best-selling drug following favourable settlement with final hold-out Read more

17 May 2019

The pledge that may reduce Tesla’s value as it seeks additional funds

In 2014, Elon Musk vowed not to sue anyone for patent infringement if they used the company’s technology in “good faith”. Five years later and that may not look to be such a great idea Read more

Refine content by:

Designs

View all
7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

7 Mar 2019

Lone inventor takes on Huawei in case that exposes the deep disparities in the US patent system

Portuguese national says he has sold his house to hire an attorney to go after the Chinese company over alleged IP theft – a huge leap of faith given US assertion realities Read more

26 Feb 2019

Two years of trade war spotlight have done little to change views of IP environment in China

But American Chamber of Commerce in China survey does reveal that IP concerns are affecting US firms' business plans, and ‘cautious pessimism’ is the new normal Read more

14 Feb 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with Read more

Finance

View all
8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

5 Apr 2019

Future of former Yahoo! patents comes back on the agenda 

No free passes insists Excalibur head as he contemplates future of $250m portfolio after parent company announces dissolution Read more

14 Mar 2019

New research highlights impact of patent eligibility uncertainty on life sciences and tech investments

Academic calls for Congress to act on 101 “to restore investor confidence” with private equity and VC players clear that doubts over patentability make it less likely they will part with cash Read more

FRAND/SEPS

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

14 May 2019

Brutal chipset competition may see Qualcomm become ever more reliant on its patent licensing business

Reports that Apple is prioritising the recruitment of engineering talent, while Samsung also invests heavily, suggests that the chip giant is set to face an increasingly competitive technology market Read more

13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court Read more

9 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm Read more

Law & Policy

View all
16 May 2019

How the Alice decision affected the pricing of US patents

Assets impacted by the US Supreme Court's landmark decision have experienced a sharp fall in value since the judgment was handed down, but the reasons for this are not all related to the case and its consequences Read more

15 May 2019

Five years on: how the patent market withstood Alice

The US Supreme Court’s decision has been thought to have had significant impact on transactions, but analysis of the data reveals some unexpected results Read more

14 May 2019

FDA patent list reforms are now firmly on the US legislative agenda

Unanimous votes by the House of Representatives signal that changes to the Orange and Purple Books stand a good chance of being implemented Read more

9 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm Read more

Litigation

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

16 May 2019

How the Alice decision affected the pricing of US patents

Assets impacted by the US Supreme Court's landmark decision have experienced a sharp fall in value since the judgment was handed down, but the reasons for this are not all related to the case and its consequences Read more

16 May 2019

Tech push in oil and gas sector could fuel more patent activity

Saudi Aramco claims victory in PTAB showdown as Korean refiner faces second IP setback in as many weeks Read more

15 May 2019

Five years on: how the patent market withstood Alice

The US Supreme Court’s decision has been thought to have had significant impact on transactions, but analysis of the data reveals some unexpected results Read more

Market Developments

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

16 May 2019

How the Alice decision affected the pricing of US patents

Assets impacted by the US Supreme Court's landmark decision have experienced a sharp fall in value since the judgment was handed down, but the reasons for this are not all related to the case and its consequences Read more

16 May 2019

Tech push in oil and gas sector could fuel more patent activity

Saudi Aramco claims victory in PTAB showdown as Korean refiner faces second IP setback in as many weeks Read more

11 May 2019

Everything you ever wanted to know about global AI patent activity

WIPO has published an in-depth Technology Trends report focusing on IP in the artificial intelligence space. We provide the top 10 takeaways Read more

Non practising entities

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court Read more

9 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm Read more

8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

Patent pools

View all
13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court Read more

8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

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

Strategy

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

16 May 2019

How the Alice decision affected the pricing of US patents

Assets impacted by the US Supreme Court's landmark decision have experienced a sharp fall in value since the judgment was handed down, but the reasons for this are not all related to the case and its consequences Read more

16 May 2019

Tech push in oil and gas sector could fuel more patent activity

Saudi Aramco claims victory in PTAB showdown as Korean refiner faces second IP setback in as many weeks Read more

14 May 2019

Brutal chipset competition may see Qualcomm become ever more reliant on its patent licensing business

Reports that Apple is prioritising the recruitment of engineering talent, while Samsung also invests heavily, suggests that the chip giant is set to face an increasingly competitive technology market Read more

Technology licensing

View all
17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

14 May 2019

Brutal chipset competition may see Qualcomm become ever more reliant on its patent licensing business

Reports that Apple is prioritising the recruitment of engineering talent, while Samsung also invests heavily, suggests that the chip giant is set to face an increasingly competitive technology market Read more

13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court Read more

9 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm Read more

Trademarks

View all
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

View all
8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

2 May 2019

Fresh off an important licence in China, LG Chem breaks truce with chaebol rival 

Five years into a decade-long non-aggression pact, LG Chem says SK Innovation has been poaching its engineers to steal trade secrets Read more

25 Apr 2019

China fast-tracks changes to trade secret law ahead of further talks with Trump administration

Although the move should be seen as a goodwill gesture, the amendments are unlikely to move the needle much in a jurisdiction where enforcement is hampered by the difficulty of collecting evidence Read more

Valuation

View all
9 May 2019

Inside the IBM patent factory

Although it has been the number one recipient of US grants every year this century and before, Big Blue’s abandonment strategy means its portfolio is not America’s biggest. It has also been quietly recalibrating its holdings Read more

8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

23 Apr 2019

As more details emerge of its settlement with Apple, things look even better for Qualcomm

The chipmaker looks to have secured close to what it wanted from the royalty agreement, while its technology and patent strategy have been fully vindicated Read more