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More than 25 major companies take innovation diversity pledge

Businesses sign-up ahead of groundbreaking event organised by the US IP Alliance in conjunction with UC Berkley

More than 25 major companies take innovation diversity pledge
Genentech’s troubles highlight biosimilar trade secret risks
23 Jul 2021

Genentech’s troubles highlight biosimilar trade secret risks

Two founders of JHL Biotech have recently been indicted for conspiracy to steal trade secrets from the Californian company, while two other individuals pleaded guilty to similar charges

Broadcom is set to build its software patent holdings despite failure of SAS talks
22 Jul 2021

Broadcom is set to build its software patent holdings despite failure of SAS talks

A tie-up would have boosted the company’s portfolio in key areas, but past deals and organic growth have already created a strong foundation in the space

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22 Jul 2021

Biden DoJ antitrust nominee more concerned about patent hold-up than hold-out, record shows

Jonathan Kanter has had little to say on IP and competition law, but what he has said seems to reflect current White House thinking Read more

20 Jul 2021

After Google OTT patent deal, Xperi IP head says watch this space

Samir Armaly also confirms that split between the company’s product and licensing businesses is on course for the first half of 2022 Read more

20 Jul 2021

Biopharma M&A has fallen off a cliff – but IP owners in the sector have reasons to be cheerful

The number and value of acquisitions have both tumbled further than in the early months of 2020 Read more

17 Jul 2021

The Arthrex fix is no fix at all

Neither SCOTUS nor the USPTO has come up with a workable solution to the issues at the heart of the case Read more

Designs

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16 Jun 2021

Tesla transactions show that patents matter in research collaboration and M&A

Recent recordals show the electric car maker has cut a deal with Panasonic, assimilated a large portfolio of solar rights and gained assets via M&A deals Read more

31 Mar 2021

Legislators tell the White House that IP must move up the to-do list

After letter from Senators Leahy and Tillis telling President Biden to pick up the pace of appointments, Hill source tells IAM that IP needs to be seen as a tier one priority Read more

23 Jan 2021

Rebooting IP engagement with China need not mean giving up ground on key concerns

The patent world functions better when its two most powerful players have a constructive, though competitive, relationship Read more

4 Dec 2020

3M’s diversity pioneer on why data and collaboration are key to broadening the innovation pool

After seeing her work recognised by the IPO, the company's assistant chief IP counsel Sandra Nowak spoke with IAM on why some parts of the market are still playing catch-up Read more

Finance

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29 Jun 2021

University and Big Pharma JV’s $145 million take-off is a big boost for tech transfer dealmaking

Apollo Therapeutics is an innovative biotech formed by three UK universities and three major companies, with a promising model for creating and monetising life sciences IP Read more

17 Jun 2021

Another startup taps Aon for insurance-backed IP financing

Insurance giant, which recently announced a $400m IP fund, says it has a strong pipeline of lending deals in the works Read more

4 Jun 2021

Chinese buyer of 10,000+ LED patents from LG Innotek revealed

Newly-created Suzhou Lekin Semiconductor is backed by a well-connected Chinese lighting magnate Read more

9 Apr 2021

Fortress’s latest patent fund could top $900 million

As it pitches the market for new investment the Eran Zur-led IP team tells of a patent market in recovery and ripe for new capital Read more

Frand/SEPS

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12 Jul 2021

Biden Administration executive order makes Europe even more important for SEP owners

White House confirms widely expected u-turn on US governmemt approach to FRAND-related issues in a move that will have little domestic impact but could be a big deal internationally Read more

25 Jun 2021

How the top mobile licensors’ patent portfolios stack up geographically

Exclusive IAM analysis reveals where the major players own their IP and whether their holdings can accurately be described as global Read more

23 Jun 2021

Via Licensing looks to extend its hold on audio space with next-gen patent pool

Company president Joe Siino tells IAM the pool operator has secured virtually all the key innovators behind MPEG-H to roll out a unified licensing solution Read more

18 Jun 2021

A patent conundrum for the Biden Administration’s BigTech sceptics

Lina Khan’s appointment as FTC chair puts a vocal critic of Silicon Valley’s titans at the heart of policy-making, but also raises big IP questions Read more

Law & Policy

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16 Jul 2021

Biden’s march-in rights reversal is further evidence of US policy shift on pharma IP rights

US president abandons Trump-era proposal to rule out patent suspensions under the Bayh-Dole Act Read more

14 Jul 2021

Arthrex could offer life sciences patents extra layer of protection

Co-published - An additional level of scrutiny for IPR decisions will be a boon for owners of valuable pharma and biotech patents Read more

12 Jul 2021

Biden Administration executive order makes Europe even more important for SEP owners

White House confirms widely expected u-turn on US governmemt approach to FRAND-related issues in a move that will have little domestic impact but could be a big deal internationally Read more

12 Jul 2021

Tencent appoints IP industry veteran to top policy role

Obama administration IP czar Danny Marti takes up senior position with the Chinese tech and media powerhouse Read more

Litigation

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14 Jul 2021

Arthrex could offer life sciences patents extra layer of protection

Co-published - An additional level of scrutiny for IPR decisions will be a boon for owners of valuable pharma and biotech patents Read more

14 Jul 2021

Maxell’s latest deal shows the Japanese business is doubling down on its patent monetisation efforts

The operating company has added to portfolio for first time since embarking on litigation push against Apple and others Read more

13 Jul 2021

Settlement with Verizon is latest indication that Huawei is in full-fledged deal-making mode

The Chinese company also recently hooked up with a Volkswagen supplier in its biggest auto-sector deal to date Read more

12 Jul 2021

Biden Administration executive order makes Europe even more important for SEP owners

White House confirms widely expected u-turn on US governmemt approach to FRAND-related issues in a move that will have little domestic impact but could be a big deal internationally Read more

Market Developments

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8 Jul 2021

Microsoft gets new IP head following Yokoyama move

Company veteran replaces departing chief, who takes charge of cloud and AI legal operation Read more

1 Jul 2021

Confidence in Biden’s patent policies tumbles, according to new IAM survey

Second quarter panels report finds a marked increase in negative views about the administration, but fewer covid concerns and signs of higher royalty and sales prices Read more

24 Jun 2021

What Oppo's integration with OnePlus means for IP and licensing within the group

Consolidation of brands under the BBK Electronics banner creates a player with a different patent risk profile Read more

15 Jun 2021

$2 billion deal shows growing sophistication of drug royalty sales

Latest Royalty Pharma investment shows is further evidence of the increasing IP monetisation options open to healthcare innovators Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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5 Jul 2021

TSMC acquires former MediaTek chip patents

World leading semiconductor foundry scoops up rights originally owned by chip designer MediaTek, its third-biggest customer Read more

24 Jun 2021

What Oppo's integration with OnePlus means for IP and licensing within the group

Consolidation of brands under the BBK Electronics banner creates a player with a different patent risk profile Read more

15 Jun 2021

Samsung sues Irish NPE just six months after settlement, claiming its “large checks” failed to buy “lasting peace”

New lawsuit puts the structure of Atlantic IP Services, the prolific Irish patent licensing firm, under the spotlight Read more

4 Jun 2021

TiVo secures IPTV patents after auction in which RPX also took part

That both the Xperi subsidiary and the defensive aggregator were involved in bidding for MobiTV’s assets shows the growing importance of the content delivery space to dealmakers Read more

Patent Pools

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27 May 2021

Mitsubishi Electric steps up patent dealmaking activity

Japan’s biggest PCT filer has been selling off assets, spurring litigation in multiple sectors Read more

26 Mar 2021

Patent pools need to innovate along with advances in technology, says video tech expert

Technologist and VC funder Alex Eleftheriadis warns that VVC is on a slippery slope to the same kind of fractured licensing landscape as HEVC Read more

17 Mar 2021

Spate of patent litigation dismissals involving Tesla points to possible Avanci deal

US cases brought by PanOptis and Sisvel were dismissed earlier this month, adding to evidence that auto company might have signed up to wireless pool Read more

28 Jan 2021

Failed attempt to back a single patent pool for VVC leaves operators with a choice of two

Industry vote splits between Access Advance and MPEG LA as the pair battle to sign up a new generation of innovators Read more

Patents Law

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16 Jul 2021

Biden’s march-in rights reversal is further evidence of US policy shift on pharma IP rights

US president abandons Trump-era proposal to rule out patent suspensions under the Bayh-Dole Act Read more

15 Jul 2021

Patent portfolio development considerations for NFT innovations

Non-fungible tokens are a hot technology area but pose particular patenting challenges Read more

15 Jul 2021

IPValue snags large display patent portfolio in Mitsubishi Electric deal

Big licensing player secures assets that pertain to LCD, OLED and other display technologies Read more

14 Jul 2021

Arthrex could offer life sciences patents extra layer of protection

Co-published - An additional level of scrutiny for IPR decisions will be a boon for owners of valuable pharma and biotech patents Read more

Strategy

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15 Jul 2021

Patent portfolio development considerations for NFT innovations

Non-fungible tokens are a hot technology area but pose particular patenting challenges Read more

13 Jul 2021

Settlement with Verizon is latest indication that Huawei is in full-fledged deal-making mode

The Chinese company also recently hooked up with a Volkswagen supplier in its biggest auto-sector deal to date Read more

25 Jun 2021

Brinks Gilson Lione is the latest big-name US IP boutique to depart the scene

The Chicago firm, with over 100 years of history behind it, announces merger with rapidly-expanding general practice outfit Crowell & Moring Read more

24 Jun 2021

What Oppo's integration with OnePlus means for IP and licensing within the group

Consolidation of brands under the BBK Electronics banner creates a player with a different patent risk profile Read more

Technology Licensing

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13 Jul 2021

Settlement with Verizon is latest indication that Huawei is in full-fledged deal-making mode

The Chinese company also recently hooked up with a Volkswagen supplier in its biggest auto-sector deal to date Read more

12 Jul 2021

Biden Administration executive order makes Europe even more important for SEP owners

White House confirms widely expected u-turn on US governmemt approach to FRAND-related issues in a move that will have little domestic impact but could be a big deal internationally Read more

8 Jul 2021

Microsoft gets new IP head following Yokoyama move

Company veteran replaces departing chief, who takes charge of cloud and AI legal operation Read more

1 Jul 2021

Everything you need to know about SCOTUS’ Minerva ruling on assignor estoppel

In a 5-4 decision the court’s justices significantly narrowed the scope of the doctrine that prevents assignors from challenging patents in court. Read more

Trade Secrets

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3 Jul 2021

Feds don’t need a ‘China Initiative’ to go after trade secret theft

Saturday Opinion: American IP owners would be better served by a DOJ focus on bringing home blockbuster trade secrets cases regardless of nationality Read more

25 Jun 2021

Damages track upward in US trade secret litigation

But despite a growing emphasis on the topic and a move toward more remote working, overall caseload has been flat Read more

24 Jun 2021

Legislation to give the ITC more power in trade secrets cases raises many questions

The opportunity to shut out competitors after a 30-day investigation would be a powerful tool for businesses, but potentially a very dangerous one too Read more

17 Jun 2021

Everything you need to know about the covid-19 IP waiver negotiations

With text-based discussions of a TRIPS suspension about to get underway, IAM highlights the key issues to be aware of. Read more

Valuation

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1 Jul 2021

Confidence in Biden’s patent policies tumbles, according to new IAM survey

Second quarter panels report finds a marked increase in negative views about the administration, but fewer covid concerns and signs of higher royalty and sales prices Read more

29 Jun 2021

University and Big Pharma JV’s $145 million take-off is a big boost for tech transfer dealmaking

Apollo Therapeutics is an innovative biotech formed by three UK universities and three major companies, with a promising model for creating and monetising life sciences IP Read more

23 Jun 2021

Via Licensing looks to extend its hold on audio space with next-gen patent pool

Company president Joe Siino tells IAM the pool operator has secured virtually all the key innovators behind MPEG-H to roll out a unified licensing solution Read more

17 Jun 2021

In the mobile licensing world, US patent holdings do not have the power they did

Globalisation in the 5G era has reduced the clout of portfolios centred on the country, but decisions taken by the government, the courts and in boardrooms have hastened the process Read more

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