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Constitutional challenges to the IPR regime hit a brick wall in the US

After several attempts to challenge legality of the PTAB administrative proceedings, rights holders seem to have run out of options

Constitutional challenges to the IPR regime hit a brick wall in the US
China’s Supreme Court resurrects voice assistant patent asserted against Apple
7 Jul 2020

China’s Supreme Court resurrects voice assistant patent asserted against Apple

Decision could re-activate a long-running campaign by a Shanghai company which first went after Siri in 2012

New data shows dramatic rise in use of deferred examination at the USPTO
6 Jul 2020

New data shows dramatic rise in use of deferred examination at the USPTO

As budgetary constraints become increasingly central to strategic planning it is likely that the ability to delay examination for up to three years will become even more popular

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6 Jul 2020

Pharma linkage provisions headline proposed Chinese patent reforms

New amendments look set to cement a key feature of the US-China trade deal Read more

3 Jul 2020

Olympus exit from consumer business sets stage for IP strategy re-think

The Japanese company is shifting its portfolio away from cameras and toward next-generation technologies, while also keeping an eye on costs Read more

2 Jul 2020

Why IP licensing is the best way to close biopharma innovation gaps

Impact of covid-19 pandemic remain unclear, but new research points to the big benefits of bringing in technology from outside Read more

2 Jul 2020

SCOTUS doctrine of equivalents case refusal is good news for patent owners

Denial of cert in Eli Lilly v Hospira means that “tangential exception” will not be narrowed, but innovators must beware of pitfalls Read more

Designs

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19 Jun 2020

The advantages and disadvantages of WIPO PROOF

The World Intellectual Property Organization rolled out its new timestamping solution in May and while it has a lot going for it, there are downsides too Read more

8 Jun 2020

From French fancy to global community – celebrating 100 issues of IAM 

Founder and editor in chief Joff Wild looks back on 17 years of IAM 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

Finance

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8 Jun 2020

From French fancy to global community – celebrating 100 issues of IAM 

Founder and editor in chief Joff Wild looks back on 17 years of IAM 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

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

Frand/SEPS

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1 Jul 2020

Why it was time to leave Nokia - company's former IP head tells all in exclusive interview

On the day she becomes InterDigital's new chief licensing officer, Eeva Hakoranta explains her move and discusses a whole lot more besides Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

23 Jun 2020

There should be no question to the value wireless technology brings to a car, claims former InterDigital licensing chief

As licensors in the mobile space see their technology used in a growing array of sectors, says Tim Berghuis, a collective approach to monetisation makes the most sense Read more

19 Jun 2020

Nokia’s patents give it plenty of choices

A data-driven look at the Finnish giant’s position in the market and how its portfolio looks to potential buyers Read more

Law & Policy

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

26 Jun 2020

Unified’s $3bn PTAB report will make eyes roll - but dismiss it at your peril

Study claims that Board has led to an increase in business activity in the US and looks set to influence policy discussions Read more

22 Jun 2020

Stanford academics have a US patent reform proposal and it's not about 101

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette and Heidi Williams argue that changes around hypothetical results, patent ownership and term uniformity could be implemented relatively easily Read more

19 Jun 2020

BYD spins out chipmaking arm in latest self-sufficiency push from China

Automaker’s IP team should be prepared for more IP risks in auto and semiconductor as it seeks to challenge car chip makers like Infineon. Read more

Litigation

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

1 Jul 2020

Microsoft supplants Samsung to become most-targeted defendant in US patent cases

Numbers for second quarter litigation reveal uptick in district court lawsuits and new PTAB reviews; Dell and Google also frequent assertion targets Read more

1 Jul 2020

Why it was time to leave Nokia - company's former IP head tells all in exclusive interview

On the day she becomes InterDigital's new chief licensing officer, Eeva Hakoranta explains her move and discusses a whole lot more besides Read more

30 Jun 2020

As bankruptcies threaten energy sector more companies may eye patent monetisation opportunities

A slump in oil prices and less energy consumption during the covid pandemic mean sector is facing up to tough market conditions and seeking new revenue sources Read more

Market Developments

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

26 Jun 2020

The era of the mega-NPE is upon us and that wasn't part of Big Tech's plans

Fortress’s offer for Finjan means another PIPCO is set to disappear and confirms that in the IP monetisation business it is now the giants that rule the roost Read more

22 Jun 2020

China-focused NPE iPEL notches first public settlement

Deal with Extreme Networks comes as company promises to escalate campaign against Netgear. The California-based licensing firm owns hundreds of former Huawei and ZTE patents Read more

19 Jun 2020

Acacia biotech deal comes under scrutiny but the market gives it the thumbs up

NPE’s share price sees big jump after Woodford deal as further details suggest it got the best side of transaction Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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1 Jul 2020

Microsoft supplants Samsung to become most-targeted defendant in US patent cases

Numbers for second quarter litigation reveal uptick in district court lawsuits and new PTAB reviews; Dell and Google also frequent assertion targets Read more

1 Jul 2020

Why it was time to leave Nokia - company's former IP head tells all in exclusive interview

On the day she becomes InterDigital's new chief licensing officer, Eeva Hakoranta explains her move and discusses a whole lot more besides Read more

30 Jun 2020

As bankruptcies threaten energy sector more companies may eye patent monetisation opportunities

A slump in oil prices and less energy consumption during the covid pandemic mean sector is facing up to tough market conditions and seeking new revenue sources Read more

29 Jun 2020

As Zoom usage surges it faces a familiar patent threat

NPE with possible links to IP Edge takes aim video conferencing platform in new US lawsuit with social media giant Snap also among targeted companies Read more

Patent Pools

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23 Jun 2020

There should be no question to the value wireless technology brings to a car, claims former InterDigital licensing chief

As licensors in the mobile space see their technology used in a growing array of sectors, says Tim Berghuis, a collective approach to monetisation makes the most sense Read more

18 Jun 2020

New Ericsson report highlights 5G forces set to shape patent monetisation market

China powers ahead, but covid-19 has affected roll-out in some major markets, while ongoing rise of video highlights need for efficient licensing approach Read more

18 Jun 2020

Takeda offloads yet more “non-core” assets with other deals likely to follow

The Japanese big pharma continues to divest drug rights to pay down its debt and fund desperately needed innovation Read more

16 Jun 2020

Outgoing InterDigital licensing chief on standards development and licensing

Pace of innovation can only continue if its value is realised by the true innovators, says Tim Berghuis Read more

Patents Law

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

1 Jul 2020

Microsoft supplants Samsung to become most-targeted defendant in US patent cases

Numbers for second quarter litigation reveal uptick in district court lawsuits and new PTAB reviews; Dell and Google also frequent assertion targets Read more

1 Jul 2020

Why it was time to leave Nokia - company's former IP head tells all in exclusive interview

On the day she becomes InterDigital's new chief licensing officer, Eeva Hakoranta explains her move and discusses a whole lot more besides Read more

30 Jun 2020

As bankruptcies threaten energy sector more companies may eye patent monetisation opportunities

A slump in oil prices and less energy consumption during the covid pandemic mean sector is facing up to tough market conditions and seeking new revenue sources Read more

Strategy

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25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

23 Jun 2020

There should be no question to the value wireless technology brings to a car, claims former InterDigital licensing chief

As licensors in the mobile space see their technology used in a growing array of sectors, says Tim Berghuis, a collective approach to monetisation makes the most sense Read more

23 Jun 2020

Samsung patent suit shows licensing is a core focus of new Japanese OLED consortium

JOLED, set up in 2014 by public-private fund INCJ, recently started mass producing panels. Its first assertion shows it’s equally serious about IP monetisation Read more

19 Jun 2020

Nokia’s patents give it plenty of choices

A data-driven look at the Finnish giant’s position in the market and how its portfolio looks to potential buyers Read more

Technology Licensing

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1 Jul 2020

Why it was time to leave Nokia - company's former IP head tells all in exclusive interview

On the day she becomes InterDigital's new chief licensing officer, Eeva Hakoranta explains her move and discusses a whole lot more besides Read more

30 Jun 2020

As bankruptcies threaten energy sector more companies may eye patent monetisation opportunities

A slump in oil prices and less energy consumption during the covid pandemic mean sector is facing up to tough market conditions and seeking new revenue sources Read more

26 Jun 2020

The era of the mega-NPE is upon us and that wasn't part of Big Tech's plans

Fortress’s offer for Finjan means another PIPCO is set to disappear and confirms that in the IP monetisation business it is now the giants that rule the roost Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

Trade Secrets

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19 Jun 2020

The advantages and disadvantages of WIPO PROOF

The World Intellectual Property Organization rolled out its new timestamping solution in May and while it has a lot going for it, there are downsides too Read more

18 Jun 2020

Takeda offloads yet more “non-core” assets with other deals likely to follow

The Japanese big pharma continues to divest drug rights to pay down its debt and fund desperately needed innovation Read more

15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

8 Jun 2020

From French fancy to global community – celebrating 100 issues of IAM 

Founder and editor in chief Joff Wild looks back on 17 years of IAM Read more

Valuation

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26 Jun 2020

Unified’s $3bn PTAB report will make eyes roll - but dismiss it at your peril

Study claims that Board has led to an increase in business activity in the US and looks set to influence policy discussions Read more

24 Jun 2020

Top patent-owning companies enjoyed a May stock price surge, research reveals

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent Elite share tracker shows that a composite of the publicly-quoted companies in the rankings out-performed the NASDAQ, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Germany's Dax Index Read more

18 Jun 2020

Takeda offloads yet more “non-core” assets with other deals likely to follow

The Japanese big pharma continues to divest drug rights to pay down its debt and fund desperately needed innovation Read more

15 Jun 2020

The University of California builds its patent portfolio, but not its royalty returns

The world-renowned school has seen its licensing income stall and that could force it to take a more aggressive line in securing ROI Read more