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Big jury verdicts reflect significant shifts in the US patent landscape, damages experts claim

With litigation funding flooding the market and the appropriate payout for a plaintiff receiving more focus in a trial, the spate of big court awards may be set to continue

Big jury verdicts reflect significant shifts in the US patent landscape, damages experts claim
Finding out who owns a patent is far harder than it should be – and that’s a problem
14 May 2021

Finding out who owns a patent is far harder than it should be – and that’s a problem

Lack of transparency around ownership is not always deliberate, but seeing through the fog is vital if IP is ever to become a fully-fledged asset class

Oppo buys wireless patent portfolio from ZTE
14 May 2021

Oppo buys wireless patent portfolio from ZTE

Telecoms equipment firm continues to monetise its portfolio in the wake of several transactions with NPEs

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13 May 2021

Sonos secures key German court win in Google patent battle

A Hamburg court's decision to grant the smart speaker maker a preliminary injunction is a major development in the global fight between the two companies Read more

12 May 2021

Speed will remain of the essence in the Western District of Texas, Judge Albright vows

“I might get guidance that that’s not the right approach, but as of right now I haven’t got that guidance,” he says Read more

11 May 2021

USPTO marks patent number 11 million, while signs emerge of a recovery in filings

Just three years after heralding number 10 million, the US has passed another notable milestone with a grant to a medtech company Read more

10 May 2021

Beware unintended consequences of proposals to tackle IP theft, warns trade secrets guru

With a growing number of bills aimed at China, Jim Pooley warns that harsh measures could prompt a tit-for-tat response against US rights owners Read more

Designs

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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

21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda Read more

Finance

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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

18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

8 Jan 2021

South Korea's Intellectual Discovery is in the process of becoming a big league, mainstream NPE

A year after a major capital infusion and a change of leadership, the firm has notched some notable settlements in the US and laid the groundwork for new assertion campaigns Read more

12 Dec 2020

It’s time for investors to re-assess intangibles

A recent report suggests Wall Street is beginning to realise that the rise of intangible assets has thrown a spanner into time-tested valuation models Read more

Frand/SEPS

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7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

3 May 2021

Key US trade report raises concerns over use of anti-suit injunctions in SEP fights

US Trade Representative notes unease in the patent market over the growth in orders from China as courts there look to take control of high profile FRAND litigation Read more

29 Apr 2021

Qualcomm and Nokia see licensing bump after handset market's Q1 boost

Chip giant leads the way as mobile sales continue to recover, despite Huawei’s decline in the sector Read more

27 Apr 2021

Settlement between Daimler and Conversant draws line under another long-running auto patent battle

Agreement follows the NPE's licensing deal with RPX, but the auto giant's ongoing battle with Nokia shows no signs of coming to an end Read more

Law & Policy

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8 May 2021

Biden’s backing for the covid vaccine IP waiver should concern all rights owners

This week’s unprecedented move raises a series of worrying questions and puts in doubt the administration’s commitment to fostering innovative activity Read more

6 May 2021

Biden backs covid-19 IP waiver in historic US policy shift

Landmark move suggests realignment in America’s domestic and international healthcare IP stance Read more

3 May 2021

Key US trade report raises concerns over use of anti-suit injunctions in SEP fights

US Trade Representative notes unease in the patent market over the growth in orders from China as courts there look to take control of high profile FRAND litigation Read more

30 Apr 2021

Patent diversity bill passes key US hurdle, now comes the hard part

The IDEA Act has been voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and looks set to hand the USPTO far greater powers to track data around patenting among under-represented parts of the population Read more

Litigation

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7 May 2021

InterDigital's Indian anti anti-suit injunction confirmed in escalation of Xiaomi dispute

According to the US company’s latest quarterly filing, the Delhi High Court has made an earlier interim ruling permanent Read more

7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

5 May 2021

After strategic pivot video patent platform files suit against Dell

Video Labs has made its first enforcement against the giant PC business in a move that, for one of its leaders, marks a notable return to the assertion business Read more

5 May 2021

Samsung hit with smartphone patents recently sold by LG Innotek

Suit filed by Irish NPE in Western District of Texas could bring concerns over the separate LG Electronics portfolio to the forefront Read more

Market Developments

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23 Apr 2021

What the decline of a big patent buyer means for Chinese IP strategies

Rising US-China tensions create big supply chain risk that could dent mid-sized suppliers’ appetite for overseas acquisitions Read more

16 Apr 2021

Fortress adds to Xiaomi’s growing US litigation docket

Chinese smartphone maker has faced more new cases in the last four months than over the previous four years, and VoiceAge EVS LLC is the latest to pile on Read more

9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

5 Apr 2021

New $400 million Aon fund with IP focus raises exciting prospects, says CIO Brian Hinman

Latest initiative by financial services giant could rise in value to $1 billion and is focused on companies that are beyond their first funding round Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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7 May 2021

InterDigital's Indian anti anti-suit injunction confirmed in escalation of Xiaomi dispute

According to the US company’s latest quarterly filing, the Delhi High Court has made an earlier interim ruling permanent Read more

6 May 2021

Xperi takes $60 million semiconductor licensing hit but media assets continue to pay off

Despite revenue drop, company insisted it can exceed $350 million IP revenue target and said it's on track to split the product and patent businesses Read more

5 May 2021

After strategic pivot video patent platform files suit against Dell

Video Labs has made its first enforcement against the giant PC business in a move that, for one of its leaders, marks a notable return to the assertion business Read more

5 May 2021

Samsung hit with smartphone patents recently sold by LG Innotek

Suit filed by Irish NPE in Western District of Texas could bring concerns over the separate LG Electronics portfolio to the forefront Read more

Patent Pools

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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

19 Jan 2021

VVC patents are setting the secondary market on fire

Why IP rights related to the latest video codec are this year’s must-have portfolio additions Read more

Patents Law

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8 May 2021

Biden’s backing for the covid vaccine IP waiver should concern all rights owners

This week’s unprecedented move raises a series of worrying questions and puts in doubt the administration’s commitment to fostering innovative activity Read more

7 May 2021

InterDigital's Indian anti anti-suit injunction confirmed in escalation of Xiaomi dispute

According to the US company’s latest quarterly filing, the Delhi High Court has made an earlier interim ruling permanent Read more

7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

6 May 2021

Xperi takes $60 million semiconductor licensing hit but media assets continue to pay off

Despite revenue drop, company insisted it can exceed $350 million IP revenue target and said it's on track to split the product and patent businesses Read more

Strategy

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4 May 2021

Shopify joins OIN in further sign of Canadian tech giant's growing patent focus

Despite some familiar griping about IP from its CEO, the e-commerce business is continuing to build its defences Read more

29 Apr 2021

Hatch-Waxman litigation defendants get taxation boost

A ruling handed down by the US Tax Court this week suggests generics can deduct legal fees for ANDA litigation Read more

27 Apr 2021

SCOTUS setback won’t end FTC’s focus on pharma patent strategies

In AMG Capital Management v FTC, the Supreme Court stripped the Federal Trade Commission of its ability to seek monetary relief for patent-related antitrust infractions. Read more

23 Apr 2021

Facebook, HPE and Microsoft announce Low-Carbon Patent Pledge

Tech trio see initiative as a way to help accelerate adoption of green technologies Read more

Technology Licensing

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7 May 2021

InterDigital's Indian anti anti-suit injunction confirmed in escalation of Xiaomi dispute

According to the US company’s latest quarterly filing, the Delhi High Court has made an earlier interim ruling permanent Read more

7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

6 May 2021

Xperi takes $60 million semiconductor licensing hit but media assets continue to pay off

Despite revenue drop, company insisted it can exceed $350 million IP revenue target and said it's on track to split the product and patent businesses Read more

29 Apr 2021

Qualcomm and Nokia see licensing bump after handset market's Q1 boost

Chip giant leads the way as mobile sales continue to recover, despite Huawei’s decline in the sector Read more

Trade Secrets

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8 May 2021

Biden’s backing for the covid vaccine IP waiver should concern all rights owners

This week’s unprecedented move raises a series of worrying questions and puts in doubt the administration’s commitment to fostering innovative activity Read more

6 May 2021

Biden backs covid-19 IP waiver in historic US policy shift

Landmark move suggests realignment in America’s domestic and international healthcare IP stance Read more

28 Apr 2021

China bill moving through US Senate would create list of ‘IP violators’

The Strategic Competition Act of 2021 could also see increased use of sanctions to combat IP theft Read more

20 Apr 2021

TRIPS covid vaccine IP waiver proposal fails to address crucial questions

President Biden and other leaders are coming under pressure to agree a suspension of IP rights, but a key point has been missed Read more

Valuation

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7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday Read more

1 Apr 2021

BlackBerry CEO: Majority of cash for patent portfolio expected in upfront payment

After IAM broke news of possible sale last year Canadian tech giant has confirmed it is in exclusive negotiations with a “North American” bidder for a part of its 38,000 asset stockpile Read more

25 Feb 2021

What life sciences businesses need to know about data commercialisation

A strategy for protecting and exploiting data is now a must for entities involved in healthcare research Read more

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