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Another big name exit from the Microsoft IP team revealed

Chief patent counsel and key dealmaker Micky Minhas announces his departure, while his former boss Erich Andersen is named as TikTok’s general counsel

Another big name exit from the Microsoft IP team revealed
27 Jan 2020

Toyota IP Solutions will help company realise more from its annual $9bn R&D spend, says senior counsel

In an exclusive interview, Fred Mau says launch of new licensing and tech transfer programme is part of a more proactive approach to technology and innovation outreach for the Japanese automaker

24 Jan 2020

Oblon rules roost once more as the US’s top patent prosecution outfit

We reveal which US law firms secured most grants for their clients in 2019 overall and by 10 industry categories, as well as the fastest growers

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24 Jan 2020

Beijing IP Court hands loss to local company targeted by Trump

Radio vendor Hytera failed to make antitrust claims stick to Motorola Solutions as trade secrets and patent battle continues Read more

23 Jan 2020

LOT loses its first member, but another auto leader signs up

Major supplier backs out just months after joining; however, Toyota confirmed as new member adding another major carmaker to the defensive network’s ranks Read more

21 Jan 2020

InterDigital throws spotlight on its licensing practices in groundbreaking transparency push

Wireless SEP licensor releases treasure trove of information including details of its portfolio, royalty rate structure and its commitment to using arbitration to settle disputes Read more

21 Jan 2020

Four trends that will shape life sciences IP deal-making in 2020

After a record-breaking 2019, here are the key value-creation issues to look out for in the new decade Read more

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2 Jan 2020

Why the traditional US model of educating tomorrow’s lawyers must change

Intellectual property systems are becoming more complex and that makes law schools’ one-size-fits all approach looks increasingly out of date, says Franklin Pierce dean Read more

18 Dec 2019

Microsoft appoints new head of IP

Jennifer Yokoyama previously led the company's IP litigation team and replaces Erich Andersen, whose departure was announced last week Read more

18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

5 Dec 2019

The search for the world's leading IP strategists is on

IAM is currently seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 edition of the Strategy 300 - our unique guide to the men and women who excel in the creation of IP value Read more

Finance

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13 Dec 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts  Read more

5 Dec 2019

The search for the world's leading IP strategists is on

IAM is currently seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 edition of the Strategy 300 - our unique guide to the men and women who excel in the creation of IP value Read more

29 Nov 2019

IP market news highlights

IAM’s biggest autumn reads Read more

28 Nov 2019

Apple’s IP chief takes top place in this year’s IAM Market Makers list

Jeff Myers heads the 40-strong selection of the global dealmaking elite thanks in no small part to the iPhone giant’s huge Intel patent play in the summer Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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16 Jan 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case Read more

14 Jan 2020

Conversant case illustrates gauntlet facing SEP plaintiffs in China

The Chinese IP office knocked out several claims from the sole patent owned by the NPE that was deemed essential and infringed in a recent Nanjing FRAND ruling Read more

9 Jan 2020

Conversant receives timely UK boost before Supreme Court has its say

Unwired Planet judge rules that ZTE and Huawei infringed two of the NPE’s patents while a third was ruled invalid Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Law & Policy

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18 Jan 2020

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative

Coverage of the speaker pioneer’s suit highlights shift in the way the general media engages with IP issues Read more

16 Jan 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case Read more

16 Jan 2020

What IP owners need to know about the US-China trade deal

There are significant gains for branded pharma in the agreement. But in several other areas, China has made commitments it already meets Read more

13 Jan 2020

After SCOTUS denies cert in high profile 101 cases focus moves back to Congress

Decision not to hear Athena dispute will disappoint many, but may prove catalyst to reinvigorate stalled efforts to reform US patent eligibility regime Read more

Litigation

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18 Jan 2020

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative

Coverage of the speaker pioneer’s suit highlights shift in the way the general media engages with IP issues Read more

16 Jan 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case Read more

16 Jan 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday Read more

16 Jan 2020

Viability of sham litigation suits on the line in AbbVie appeal

The award of $448 million in antitrust damages against the company in case brought by the Federal Trade Commission is also at stake. Read more

Market Developments

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16 Jan 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday Read more

16 Jan 2020

What IP owners need to know about the US-China trade deal

There are significant gains for branded pharma in the agreement. But in several other areas, China has made commitments it already meets Read more

15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

Non practising entities

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18 Jan 2020

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative

Coverage of the speaker pioneer’s suit highlights shift in the way the general media engages with IP issues Read more

15 Jan 2020

The IBM patent selloff continued right up until its decision to join LOT Net

USPTO records show that Big Blue off-loaded hundreds of assets to Xperi late last year in its latest major deal Read more

15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

14 Jan 2020

Conversant case illustrates gauntlet facing SEP plaintiffs in China

The Chinese IP office knocked out several claims from the sole patent owned by the NPE that was deemed essential and infringed in a recent Nanjing FRAND ruling Read more

Patent pools

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20 Jan 2020

MPEG LA forms new patent pool covering dominant wireless charging technology

The Qi portfolio will offer licences to IP rights owned by a quartet of companies, including Philips and Robert Bosch Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

3 Jan 2020

Huawei to join HEVC Advance in first major pool sign-up

Previously unaffiliated, the Chinese company is set to come on board as a licensor and licensee Read more

16 Dec 2019

Nine pool members prepare to leave MPEG LA

Rival operator HEVC Advance looks set to see its relative position bolstered, though Samsung is not thought to be among the departing group Read more

Strategy

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16 Jan 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday Read more

16 Jan 2020

Viability of sham litigation suits on the line in AbbVie appeal

The award of $448 million in antitrust damages against the company in case brought by the Federal Trade Commission is also at stake. Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

7 Jan 2020

Federal Circuit delivers good news for process patent owners

A precedential decision last month makes it easier for rights holders to assert successfully against imported products Read more

Technology licensing

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20 Jan 2020

MPEG LA forms new patent pool covering dominant wireless charging technology

The Qi portfolio will offer licences to IP rights owned by a quartet of companies, including Philips and Robert Bosch Read more

17 Jan 2020

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 Read more

16 Jan 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case Read more

16 Jan 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday 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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16 Jan 2020

What IP owners need to know about the US-China trade deal

There are significant gains for branded pharma in the agreement. But in several other areas, China has made commitments it already meets Read more

13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

10 Jan 2020

In case against Apple, more evidence of the IP hazards of convergence

Medtech leader Masimo accuses tech giant of patent infringement and trade secret theft Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

Valuation

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14 Jan 2020

Conversant case illustrates gauntlet facing SEP plaintiffs in China

The Chinese IP office knocked out several claims from the sole patent owned by the NPE that was deemed essential and infringed in a recent Nanjing FRAND ruling Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

2 Jan 2020

Why the traditional US model of educating tomorrow’s lawyers must change

Intellectual property systems are becoming more complex and that makes law schools’ one-size-fits all approach looks increasingly out of date, says Franklin Pierce dean Read more

17 Dec 2019

Intel puts connected devices patent portfolio up for sale

After deal for cellular chip business with Apple, the company places rest of the assets that were on the market in the summer back on the auction block Read more

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