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Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB

Lawsuit filings and inter partes review petitions both fell in 2018, but operating companies’ share of the action was on the rise 

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB
18 Jan 2019

The clock is ticking as US government shutdown threatens to cause major pharma patent disruption

Services at the FDA could “grind to a halt” in a matter weeks if the budget deadlock between President Trump and Democrats continues. Major disruption at the USPTO and in the courts may also be on the cards.

18 Jan 2019

US prosecutors may resurrect trade secrets charges against Huawei

The Department of Justice is considering charging Huawei with stealing trade secrets related to a phone testing robot developed by T-Mobile . But in a 2014 civil trial on the same issues, the US carrier’s punches failed to land

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17 Jan 2019

As the FTC rests its case against Qualcomm it’s advantage Apple at the PTAB

Series of IPRs instituted against chipmaker’s patents including against patent that was subject of controversial ITC ruling Read more

17 Jan 2019

Chinese Airpod assembler picks up patents from Panasonic

GoerTek’s billionaire founder modeled his business on Panasonic from day one. Now “China’s Bluetooth king” is buying patents from the Japanese company Read more

15 Jan 2019

Latest lawsuits underline importance of TiVo’s patent battle with Comcast

The TV guide technology business has accused the cable giant of infringing eight of its rights as talk again turns to a possible sell-off of the products business in order to focus entirely on licensing Read more

15 Jan 2019

Coolpad CEO removed after lamenting lax IP enforcement in China

The executive who charted a new course for the company based in part on patent monetisation sounded disillusioned with China’s IP system days before his ouster Read more

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14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

30 Nov 2018

Doing intellectual property the Dolby Labs way

For over half a century Dolby Labs has worked hard to ensure that the company’s IP strategy is always aligned with its overall business goals. Its success in doing this teaches valuable lessons. Read more

30 Nov 2018

A director’s guide to modernising IP governance frameworks

Boards and directors typically prioritise non-IP issues on the corporate agenda; however, legal requirements and market activities suggest that this might be a serious misstep. Read more

12 Nov 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’. Read more

Finance

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14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

28 Nov 2018

Is McCurdy the man to rescue RPX?

Just months after a private equity takeover, RPX has appointed an industry veteran as its new CEO. But with a declining financial performance and questions remaining over the future of its discovery business, Dan McCurdy (left) will need all of his experience to turn around one of the patent market’s most iconic businesses. Read more

12 Nov 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’. Read more

16 Oct 2018

After McCurdy’s exit, Provenance rethinks its strategy

“There’s no question that asserting is an option,” says new CEO Lynch Read more

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11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

20 Dec 2018

War of words over Apple’s compliance with Chinese court order

iPhone maker says it believes it is in full compliance with injunctions issued ten days ago in Fuzhou. But the US company is coming in for sharp criticism in the Chinese press Read more

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11 Jan 2019

The global patent market in 10 charts

The key takeaways from WIPO’s 2018 IP indicators report    Read more

11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Iancu-inspired subject matter guidance meets with industry approval, but may make Congressional action less likely

After heavy trailing by the USPTO Director, agency proposes new details on issue of abstract ideas just as the Supreme Court turns its attention to “blockbuster” 101 Fed Circuit case Read more

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

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11 Jan 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low Read more

11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Iancu-inspired subject matter guidance meets with industry approval, but may make Congressional action less likely

After heavy trailing by the USPTO Director, agency proposes new details on issue of abstract ideas just as the Supreme Court turns its attention to “blockbuster” 101 Fed Circuit case Read more

8 Jan 2019

Immersion hands CEO job to former Nokia and Dolby patent monetisation head

The appointment of Ramzi Haidamus comes just days after the touchscreen technology company announced a partnership and licensing deal with Google Read more

Market Developments

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14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

11 Jan 2019

The global patent market in 10 charts

The key takeaways from WIPO’s 2018 IP indicators report    Read more

10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

Non practising entities

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10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

8 Jan 2019

Immersion hands CEO job to former Nokia and Dolby patent monetisation head

The appointment of Ramzi Haidamus comes just days after the touchscreen technology company announced a partnership and licensing deal with Google Read more

7 Jan 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

Patent pools

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10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

30 Nov 2018

Doing intellectual property the Dolby Labs way

For over half a century Dolby Labs has worked hard to ensure that the company’s IP strategy is always aligned with its overall business goals. Its success in doing this teaches valuable lessons. Read more

29 Nov 2018

OPINION: It's time to sort out the connected car disconnect

TCL v Ericsson and Unwired Planet v Huawei send two very different messages to auto companies being approached by patent pools such as Avanci to take SEP licences, says Unified Patents' chief IP counsel Jonathan Stroud  Read more

Strategy

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14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

11 Jan 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low Read more

11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

Technology licensing

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14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

11 Jan 2019

Readiness to arbitrate with Huawei demonstrates InterDigital's FRAND intentions, CEO says

In exclusive interview with IAM, Bill Merritt claims that ADR can prevent current licence conflict with Huawei becoming a flashpoint in the US-China trade battle Read more

10 Jan 2019

Sisvel and RPX ink major Wi-Fi SEP licensing deal

Agreement covers a total of 700 patents and is a big win for the CEOs of both firms - Mattia Fogliacco (left) and Dan McCurdy (right) Read more

10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate 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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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

6 Dec 2018

China to blacklist "serious" patent infringers 

Days after announced trade truce, China’s government explains ‘social credit score’ consequences for IP infringers first floated three years ago. Penalties range from borrowing restrictions to air travel bans. Read more

30 Nov 2018

A director’s guide to modernising IP governance frameworks

Boards and directors typically prioritise non-IP issues on the corporate agenda; however, legal requirements and market activities suggest that this might be a serious misstep. Read more

29 Nov 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political Read more

Valuation

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11 Jan 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low Read more

7 Jan 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way Read more

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

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