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FDA seeks USPTO action to tackle patent thicketing

IP policies proposed by the Department of Health miss the mark, but discussions between the two agencies get closer to the nub of the issue

FDA seeks USPTO action to tackle patent thicketing
Taiwan firm’s latest patent sale hints at NPE demand for 5G patent rights
21 Sep 2021

Taiwan firm’s latest patent sale hints at NPE demand for 5G patent rights

Assertion of rights branded as essential to 5G is already underway in US courts, and Longhorn IP is the latest big-name patent asserter to make a deal with a standards-focused lab

Stakeholders have less than a month to comment on possible changes to IEEE’s patent policy
20 Sep 2021

Stakeholders have less than a month to comment on possible changes to IEEE’s patent policy

The SSO's patent committee meets tomorrow but will continue accepting written comments until 15 October

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20 Sep 2021

Levelling the playing field in ITC patent cases by identifying redesigns to a set deadline

Recent respondent tactics and how ALJ’s have reacted to them have disadvantaged complainants – but this is a problem that can be overcome Read more

20 Sep 2021

Have your say on patent office service and quality

A new benchmarking survey from IAM will reveal how perceptions of the world’s top patent offices are changing Read more

17 Sep 2021

The FTC creates a potential new US headache for SEP owners

Recent agency announcement beefing up investigative powers and targeting alleged IP abuses signals another Biden administration move away from the Trump presidency’s views on patents and anti-trust Read more

17 Sep 2021

Bausch Health pays $300 million to settle pay-for-delay class action

The agreement demonstrates the huge sums at stake in reverse payment disputes Read more

Designs

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3 Sep 2021

Why the delay in picking a new USPTO director really matters

Acting head Drew Hirshfeld says he’s focused on doing the best job possible, but some fear that without a permanent political appointee the agency could be hamstrung Read more

5 Aug 2021

Volvo Cars chief IP officer departs to head up US boutique

Ray Millien becomes CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce, bringing with him deep experience of what in-house clients are looking for from their legal advisers Read more

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

Finance

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14 Sep 2021

Open source is fundamental to crypto, so we must protect it, says Square counsel

In an exclusive interview, Max Sills explains why the firm has joined the OIN and provides an update on the Crypto Open Patent Alliance Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

30 Aug 2021

IP could become a $100 billion premium market, says Aon CEO

Greg Case has been bullish about the sector for a while and if he is right it could finally mean the birth of the asset class so many have been waiting for Read more

27 Aug 2021

BlackBerry patent sale could be announced as soon as next month

Talks between the company and an unnamed group of US-based entities are progressing well with many key points, including pricing, now agreed in principle Read more

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17 Sep 2021

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study

Japanese research group highlights nine technologies that could prove important to the next-generation wireless standard Read more

16 Sep 2021

Apple didn’t want fair FRAND arbitration, Qualcomm VP says of epic litigation battle

Marc Snyder also claims that the iPhone giant helped the FTC craft “bizarre” antitrust claims that were eventually dismissed Read more

10 Sep 2021

Fifth Circuit FRAND ruling could attract SEP owners back to US courts

The appeal judges’ recent decision in favour of Ericsson over HTC endorsed the comparable licensing royalty valuation approach and confirmed such disputes were about breach of contract, not patent law Read more

9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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Law & Policy

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16 Sep 2021

Apple didn’t want fair FRAND arbitration, Qualcomm VP says of epic litigation battle

Marc Snyder also claims that the iPhone giant helped the FTC craft “bizarre” antitrust claims that were eventually dismissed Read more

15 Sep 2021

A decade on, PTAB debate still dominates discussion of the AIA’s legacy

The Long Read: The Congressional authors of the America Invents Act and the USPTO directors who implemented and reformed it weigh in on the 10-year anniversary of the game-changing legislation Read more

13 Sep 2021

Either the courts fix 101 or Congress will have to, says Iancu

Eligibility is the biggest single issue now facing the US patent system, says the former USPTO head Read more

9 Sep 2021

We have had 800 responses on possible PTAB procedure reforms, says acting USPTO director

“We normally do not get anywhere near that, so this is a very hot issue,” Drew Hirshfeld tells IAM in an exclusive interview Read more

Litigation

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16 Sep 2021

Apple didn’t want fair FRAND arbitration, Qualcomm VP says of epic litigation battle

Marc Snyder also claims that the iPhone giant helped the FTC craft “bizarre” antitrust claims that were eventually dismissed Read more

16 Sep 2021

CAFC decision highlights continued danger of inequitable conduct rulings

The Federal Circuit’s judgment in a recent pharma patent case is a stark reminder that IP professionals must remain vigilant Read more

16 Sep 2021

Fed Circuit ruling paves way for speedier patent case against OnePlus, and potentially other Chinese companies

Despite “concerns”, CAFC did not overturn Judge Alan Albright’s decision to let a patent plaintiff serve Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus outside the Hague Convention process Read more

15 Sep 2021

A decade on, PTAB debate still dominates discussion of the AIA’s legacy

The Long Read: The Congressional authors of the America Invents Act and the USPTO directors who implemented and reformed it weigh in on the 10-year anniversary of the game-changing legislation Read more

Market Developments

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15 Sep 2021

A decade on, PTAB debate still dominates discussion of the AIA’s legacy

The Long Read: The Congressional authors of the America Invents Act and the USPTO directors who implemented and reformed it weigh in on the 10-year anniversary of the game-changing legislation Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

9 Sep 2021

Private practice leadership roundtable

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9 Sep 2021

IAM Patent 1000 insights

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Non-Practising Entities

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9 Sep 2021

IP Hall of Fame interviews: Dan McCurdy

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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8 Sep 2021

Operating companies acquired 70% of transacted US patents in Q2 2021

The latest AST data indicates a slight upswing in the number of deals done, although the overall number of assets changing hands was down Read more

6 Sep 2021

Smartphone royalty stack continues multi-year decline, says analyst

Financial disclosures from four major publicly-listed patent owners suggest that their collective licensing revenues are on a downward trend Read more

Patent Pools

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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6 Sep 2021

Smartphone royalty stack continues multi-year decline, says analyst

Financial disclosures from four major publicly-listed patent owners suggest that their collective licensing revenues are on a downward trend Read more

16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

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

Patents Law

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17 Sep 2021

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study

Japanese research group highlights nine technologies that could prove important to the next-generation wireless standard Read more

16 Sep 2021

Apple didn’t want fair FRAND arbitration, Qualcomm VP says of epic litigation battle

Marc Snyder also claims that the iPhone giant helped the FTC craft “bizarre” antitrust claims that were eventually dismissed Read more

16 Sep 2021

CAFC decision highlights continued danger of inequitable conduct rulings

The Federal Circuit’s judgment in a recent pharma patent case is a stark reminder that IP professionals must remain vigilant Read more

16 Sep 2021

Fed Circuit ruling paves way for speedier patent case against OnePlus, and potentially other Chinese companies

Despite “concerns”, CAFC did not overturn Judge Alan Albright’s decision to let a patent plaintiff serve Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus outside the Hague Convention process Read more

Strategy

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16 Sep 2021

CAFC decision highlights continued danger of inequitable conduct rulings

The Federal Circuit’s judgment in a recent pharma patent case is a stark reminder that IP professionals must remain vigilant Read more

15 Sep 2021

Uber and Cruise band together for launch of new auto IP group

The Auto Transportation Association will bring together executives in transportation companies to communicate and collaborate on patent-related issues Read more

14 Sep 2021

Open source is fundamental to crypto, so we must protect it, says Square counsel

In an exclusive interview, Max Sills explains why the firm has joined the OIN and provides an update on the Crypto Open Patent Alliance Read more

14 Sep 2021

New Humira decision changes venue selection playbook for US biosimilar patent disputes

A recent court ruling suggests that plaintiffs will enjoy more latitude on venue selection when suing biologics imitators Read more

Technology Licensing

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9 Sep 2021

Leadership profile: Scott Frank

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9 Sep 2021

Life science leaders

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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6 Sep 2021

Smartphone royalty stack continues multi-year decline, says analyst

Financial disclosures from four major publicly-listed patent owners suggest that their collective licensing revenues are on a downward trend Read more

Trade Secrets

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3 Sep 2021

Why the delay in picking a new USPTO director really matters

Acting head Drew Hirshfeld says he’s focused on doing the best job possible, but some fear that without a permanent political appointee the agency could be hamstrung Read more

25 Aug 2021

IAM parent company acquires market-leading US patent litigation data and analytics firm

Austin-based Docket Navigator - which also covers trademarks, antitrust and other practice areas - becomes a Law Business Research company Read more

17 Aug 2021

New US lawsuit represents much more than just an IP risk for Huawei

Trade secret claims in California lawsuit cast shadow over Chinese company’s work in Pakistan – state media in China sees ‘ulterior motive’ Read more

12 Aug 2021

Chinese court enforces trade secret arbitration award of over $100 million against Chinese company

Dow and Johnson Matthey welcome enforcement action, which comes on the heels of a civil trade secrets litigation win in a different Chinese court last year Read more

Valuation

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6 Sep 2021

Smartphone royalty stack continues multi-year decline, says analyst

Financial disclosures from four major publicly-listed patent owners suggest that their collective licensing revenues are on a downward trend Read more

30 Aug 2021

IP could become a $100 billion premium market, says Aon CEO

Greg Case has been bullish about the sector for a while and if he is right it could finally mean the birth of the asset class so many have been waiting for Read more

26 Aug 2021

Pfizer’s $2.3 billion spend on CD47 inhibitors shows how oncology IP continues to drive pharma deal-making

The acquisition of the cutting-edge haematology candidates is just the latest development in the booming immuno-oncology market Read more

23 Aug 2021

Toyota’s self-driving haul from Lyft includes 100+ US patent assets

Patents change hands after Japanese carmaker buys Lyft’s self-driving tech for $550 million Read more