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Boston Scientific enhances its patent portfolio with BTG acquisition

An in-depth analysis shows that the American medical device manufacturer may not gain much in terms of quantity from its $4 billion purchase, but that the British healthcare company’s IP assets will boost its peripheral interventional offerings

Boston Scientific enhances its patent portfolio with BTG acquisition
30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions 

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 

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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

22 Nov 2018

Second medical use patents on life support in the UK after Supreme Court pregabalin decision

The landmark judgment makes it harder for pharmaceutical companies to use what has become an important source of protection – so opening the way for more generic competition Read more

19 Nov 2018

Dosage patents come under scrutiny at UK Supreme Court

Justices today considering a much-anticipated case whose outcome could make it harder for pharma companies to obtain such protection in the future Read more

14 Nov 2018

UK Supreme Court rejects Warner-Lambert’s pregabalin appeal

Company now faces possibility of £500 million pay-out to the NHS, while ruling could also make second medical use patents harder to obtain and easier to invalidate Read more

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12 Oct 2017

Recent developments in IP law and practice

This chapter describes recent developments in UK IP law and practice that are unrelated to Brexit or the proposed Unified Patent Court (UPC). However, it would be disingenuous to ignore completely the United Kingdom’s ongoing exit negotiations with… Read more

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12 Oct 2017

The secondary market in patents: what went right, what went wrong and how to fix it

Background The modern patent ecosystem owes much to the great US innovators of the 19th century, who pioneered the use of intellectual property as a business tool. They fought infamous patent wars and created a secondary market in invention by… Read more

6 Jun 2016

IPBC Global 2016 gets underway with the growing threat of Brexit hanging over the patent market

The IAM editorial team is in Barcelona currently for this year’s IPBC Global, which gets underway today. We have we over 500 delegates in attendance, many of whom hold senior IP leadership positions inside some of the world’s biggest and most… Read more

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30 Oct 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the Unwired Planet decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes Read more

23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

13 Jul 2018

Qualcomm reigns in global WLAN patents but Marvell rules in the US and Nokia leads by SEP count

A new study of the wireless LAN (WLAN) global patent landscape reveals that while Qualcomm is the dominant player in the space overall, it is beaten by Marvell in the United States by active portfolio size and conspicuously absent from the list of… Read more

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5 Nov 2018

European SPC ruling is a blow for medical device innovators

Court of Justice delivers decision that will make it harder for inventors of device-drug combination products to obtain patent term extensions Read more

30 Oct 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the Unwired Planet decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes Read more

27 Sep 2018

A Brexit IP issue with serious political consequences

The UPC and EU trademarks will not inflame any Brexit passions among those outside the IP bubble, but geographical indications are a different matter altogether Read more

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  Read more

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5 Nov 2018

European SPC ruling is a blow for medical device innovators

Court of Justice delivers decision that will make it harder for inventors of device-drug combination products to obtain patent term extensions Read more

30 Oct 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the Unwired Planet decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes Read more

23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

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20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  Read more

24 Oct 2016

Foxconn to partner with Softbank’s ARM in IoT chip making play

The latest step in Foxconn Technology Group’s gradual evolution is reportedly to be a chip-design business focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). Nikkei Asian Review, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported last week that the Taiwanese… Read more

22 Jun 2016

The markets say Remain will win the UK's Brexit vote; but don't be surprised if Leave comes out on top

This time tomorrow, voters in the UK will be going to the polls in what is undoubtedly the most important election they have ever taken part in (the Scots, perhaps, aside). At stake is the UK’s membership of the European Union. On the ballot paper… Read more

20 Dec 2015

Good news for SEP owners, growing NPE interest, EPO turmoil, UPC progress & more - Europe's IP market in 2015

Following on from my colleagues identifying the big stories and trends in both the Asian and US IP markets in 2015, it is my job to do the same with Europe. Having spent a bit of time thinking about this, I can’t identify anything really huge that… Read more

Non practising entities

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30 Oct 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the Unwired Planet decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes Read more

23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

28 Jul 2017

Conversant's London SEP suit underlines Europe’s growing appeal for FRAND licensing disputes

The growing status of London’s High Court as a venue of choice for licensing disputes involving standard essential patents (SEPs) was reinforced this week when Conversant filed a lawsuit against ZTE and Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giants… Read more

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5 Nov 2018

European SPC ruling is a blow for medical device innovators

Court of Justice delivers decision that will make it harder for inventors of device-drug combination products to obtain patent term extensions Read more

27 Sep 2018

A Brexit IP issue with serious political consequences

The UPC and EU trademarks will not inflame any Brexit passions among those outside the IP bubble, but geographical indications are a different matter altogether Read more

13 Jul 2018

BT assertion against Fortinet shows how cyber security is becoming big patent business

Rare court action from giant telco is further sign of growing monetisation activity in one of hottest areas in tech. Read more

25 May 2018

SPC system – simple, transparent and easy to apply?

Patent term extensions for human and veterinary medicaments and plant protection products are available in Europe through the grant of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), which effectively extend the term of a granted patent in relation to a particular product that is the subject of a marketing authorisation. Read more

Technology licensing

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23 Oct 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

2 May 2017

InterDigital CEO hails Unwired Planet v Huawei decision “an extremely important development”

In the next issue of IAM we will be running a feature on InterDigital, a company which despite a tough climate for many licensing businesses has been a big growth story over the last five years. The wireless tech business currently has Samsung,… Read more

20 Dec 2015

Good news for SEP owners, growing NPE interest, EPO turmoil, UPC progress & more - Europe's IP market in 2015

Following on from my colleagues identifying the big stories and trends in both the Asian and US IP markets in 2015, it is my job to do the same with Europe. Having spent a bit of time thinking about this, I can’t identify anything really huge that… Read more

Trademarks

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12 Sep 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on… Read more

24 Jun 2016

The UK's Brexit vote will mean more complexity and higher costs for IP owners in Europe

Well, we have only gone and done it. By a margin of 17,410,742 votes to 16,141,241 the people of the United Kingdom have decided that they want their country to leave the European Union. As an added extra, they have also forced the resignation of… Read more

13 Jun 2016

It's time for IP owners to start giving serious consideration to the possibility of Brexit

With under two weeks to go until the UK holds its referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or to leave, the outcome still looks to be on a knife-edge. The latest batch of opinion polls generally seem to indicate a move to the Leave camp… Read more

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12 Oct 2017

The secondary market in patents: what went right, what went wrong and how to fix it

Background The modern patent ecosystem owes much to the great US innovators of the 19th century, who pioneered the use of intellectual property as a business tool. They fought infamous patent wars and created a secondary market in invention by… Read more

19 Sep 2017

Microsoft v Motorola judge criticises recent UK Unwired Planet SEP licensing decision

US district court judge James Robart has taken aim at the decision handed down by Justice Colin Birss in the high profile London High Court SEP/FRAND case of Unwired Planet v Huawei, decided earlier this year. Speaking at the annual IPO meeting in… Read more

14 Apr 2017

“The decision of the decade” – US reaction to the UK’s landmark Unwired Planet FRAND judgment

Last week’s judgment from London’s High Court in Unwired Planet v Huawei has elicited a lot of interest from the patent licensing community in the US. Despite the fact that patent disputes between various players in the mobile sector have hardly… Read more

7 Apr 2017

The UK's first-ever court decision on FRAND/SEP licensing could be a global game-changer

On Wednesday, the High Court sitting in London handed down the UK’s first-ever decision in a case relating to the licensing of standard essential patents on a FRAND basis. It came down on the side of licensor Unwired Planet in its dispute with… Read more

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Chicago, IL, United States
Charles River Associates