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Google and Facebook add to their patent portfolios in further sign of increasing secondary market activity

Pair of deals involving assets owned by Provenance and Goldpeak Innovations comes at the same time as NPEs continue to re-stock

Google and Facebook add to their patent portfolios in further sign of increasing secondary market activity
Seeking approval for China IPO, Ninebot embarks on wide-ranging patent offensive
29 May 2020

Seeking approval for China IPO, Ninebot embarks on wide-ranging patent offensive

The Segway owner once relied on US courts to go after infringers, but its IP strategy has shifted closer to home

IBM semiconductor patents we acquired have years left to run, says WiLAN CEO
28 May 2020

IBM semiconductor patents we acquired have years left to run, says WiLAN CEO

The Canadian NPE's deal with Big Blue involved over 1,000 assets and was finalised in March

Latest

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28 May 2020

Netflix is an increasingly attractive patent litigation target

Recently targeted by Broadcom and Personalized Media Communications, the streaming giant is beginning to prepare for its new IP normal Read more

28 May 2020

CRISPR patent war flares up again at the PTAB

Uncertainty continues to hinder the Cas9 IP landscape as US dispute enters its next phase Read more

28 May 2020

Chinese firms turn tables in solar patent battle

South Korea’s Hanwha Q-Cells looks to be coming up short in a big ITC case, and now a state-owned Chinese rival is going on the offensive Read more

27 May 2020

New data points to big jump in NPE patent assertions in the auto sector

Along with headline suits targeting the likes of Daimler and Tesla, the numbers point to much broader activity involving OEMs and suppliers Read more

Designs

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9 May 2020

Patent dealmaking cannot escape the effects of worsening Sino-US relations

Despite the improving Chinese IP environment and trade deal commitments, long-term personal relationships are likely to be increasingly important in getting transactions over the line Read more

5 May 2020

Todd Dickinson - a tribute

A champion of US innovation and IP departs way too early but leaves a legacy of achievement that very few will ever match Read more

30 Mar 2020

IP-focused arbitration centre seeks to head off legal disputes caused by pandemic

Many court dockets are on hold, but IP disputes are not. Ocean Tomo and the International Arbitration Centre Tokyo think ADR can help bridge the gap Read more

26 Mar 2020

Final call to take part in this year’s IAM benchmarking survey

Help us to identify the key trends currently shaping the global IP market Read more

Finance

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25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

5 May 2020

Data the key focus of big tech inroads in India

Investments by Facebook and Silver Lake in telecoms leader Reliance Jio bring lively discussion over data ownership to the fore Read more

15 Apr 2020

Looking for IP value in a time of economic shock

Patents, know-how and data, as well as other intellectual assets, are all very interesting opportunities right now - if you know what you are doing Read more

30 Mar 2020

IP-focused arbitration centre seeks to head off legal disputes caused by pandemic

Many court dockets are on hold, but IP disputes are not. Ocean Tomo and the International Arbitration Centre Tokyo think ADR can help bridge the gap Read more

Frand/SEPS

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26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

19 May 2020

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back a new model for video licensing

The MPEG-5 EVC standard, developed by the trio alongside Divideon, is constructed on base tools chosen for low IP risk. Features built on top can be switched on or off at will to avoid licensing hang-ups Read more

5 May 2020

Current downturn helped get Huawei deal over the line, says InterDigital CEO

Despite growing concerns over the global economy, Bill Merritt insists that “the pace of negotiations is as good as it’s ever been” Read more

30 Apr 2020

Qualcomm weathers challenging conditions with new Oppo and Vivo deals

No sign yet of licensing agreement with Huawei despite the Chinese telco's recent settlement with InterDigital ending litigation between the pair Read more

Law & Policy

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27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

23 May 2020

The coronavirus has ended all hope of US patent eligibility reform

Opponents of stronger laws have seized the opportunity created by the pandemic to build a narrative that will make legislative changes to the 101 regime almost impossible to secure Read more

22 May 2020

Iancu on new USPTO licensing platform – “IP will play critically important role in fighting pandemic”

The agency's Patents 4 Partnerships initiative is designed to help rights owners make relevant assets available in fight against covid-19 Read more

21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

Litigation

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27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

23 May 2020

The coronavirus has ended all hope of US patent eligibility reform

Opponents of stronger laws have seized the opportunity created by the pandemic to build a narrative that will make legislative changes to the 101 regime almost impossible to secure Read more

Market Developments

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26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

21 May 2020

Addition of Samsung to patent pool adds to Via’s grip on the advanced audio space

Outfit's head points to ongoing deal activity despite covid-19 crisis as he eyes possible opportunities in video Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

20 May 2020

IBM, LG and Nokia among top patent sellers in bumper Q1 for deals

Intellectual Ventures divestments continue to dominate the market while other NPEs seek to bolster their portfolios Read more

Patent Pools

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21 May 2020

Addition of Samsung to patent pool adds to Via’s grip on the advanced audio space

Outfit's head points to ongoing deal activity despite covid-19 crisis as he eyes possible opportunities in video Read more

21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

19 May 2020

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back a new model for video licensing

The MPEG-5 EVC standard, developed by the trio alongside Divideon, is constructed on base tools chosen for low IP risk. Features built on top can be switched on or off at will to avoid licensing hang-ups Read more

30 Apr 2020

IP is crucial to finding breakthrough covid-19 medicines, Novartis policy head states

“We are only in the position to tackle the pandemic, because of where the system has brought us so far,” says Corey Salsberg in an exclusive interview with IAM Read more

Patents Law

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27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

Strategy

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27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

22 May 2020

Uber's four key principles for efficient invention harvesting

The company's IP legal director explains how its technology programmes provide a winning formula for maximising patent value while keeping costs under control Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

Technology Licensing

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22 May 2020

Iancu on new USPTO licensing platform – “IP will play critically important role in fighting pandemic”

The agency's Patents 4 Partnerships initiative is designed to help rights owners make relevant assets available in fight against covid-19 Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

21 May 2020

Addition of Samsung to patent pool adds to Via’s grip on the advanced audio space

Outfit's head points to ongoing deal activity despite covid-19 crisis as he eyes possible opportunities in video Read more

21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

Trade Secrets

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21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

18 May 2020

Aon takes a big step forward in IP insurance

On the back of two years of growth, firm launches its own underwriting platform in a space that it claims is "starting to mature" Read more

9 May 2020

Patent dealmaking cannot escape the effects of worsening Sino-US relations

Despite the improving Chinese IP environment and trade deal commitments, long-term personal relationships are likely to be increasingly important in getting transactions over the line Read more

5 May 2020

Todd Dickinson - a tribute

A champion of US innovation and IP departs way too early but leaves a legacy of achievement that very few will ever match Read more

Valuation

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21 May 2020

Global calls for compulsory covid-19 patent licensing build

Scrutiny of biopharma innovators’ coronavirus IP strategies will continue to intensify in coming months as concerns mount about access to treatments Read more

11 May 2020

Acacia announces acquisition of former Yahoo! patents in massive expansion of its holdings

Purchase of ExcaliburIP increases the size of the NPE's portfolio and "creates an attractive blend of licensing and litigation opportunities to pursue," says CEO Read more

8 May 2020

TiVo steps up efforts to build patent pipeline while Comcast battle rages

With an upcoming merger and the resulting prospect of a standalone IP business, the entertainment technology business needs a powerful portfolio now more than ever Read more

5 May 2020

Data the key focus of big tech inroads in India

Investments by Facebook and Silver Lake in telecoms leader Reliance Jio bring lively discussion over data ownership to the fore Read more

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Wiggin LLP