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A No Deal Brexit now looks unavoidable, so plan accordingly

Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister has totally changed the trajectory of the UK's departure from the EU and IP owners' strategies should reflect that

A No Deal Brexit now looks unavoidable, so plan accordingly
6 Aug 2019

Seeking to prod Xiaomi licence, IPCom touts UK sales disruption for HTC

The German licensing firm - which recently filed a new High Court complaint against Beijing-based Xiaomi - says the Taiwanese company voluntarily pulled a model from British outlets when confronted with evidence of infringement

24 Jul 2019

The companies that lead the race for blockchain patents revealed

IBM and NChain are the only non-Chinese entities that feature in the nine-strong list of first tier applicants

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6 Aug 2019

What inventors should consider when drafting patent applications for alternatives to single-use plastics – part two

The second part of this two-part series elaborates on specific types of plastic and the IP rights surrounding the sustainable materials sector. Read more

31 Jul 2019

What inventors should consider when drafting patent applications for alternatives to single-use plastics

There is significant R&D into alternatives to single-use plastics. Knowing how to protect inventions is key in this highly sought-after sector. Part one of a two-part series covers the kinds of plastics that are being developed at the moment. Read more

23 Jul 2019

Revealed: the countries leading the race for blockchain patents

Analysis shows that China and the US are not only the primary sources of innovation, but are also the primary markets Read more

10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

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Designs

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3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

20 Feb 2019

"4IR is all-encompassing" says Centrica IP chief ahead of IPBC Europe in Paris

Charles Clark, who has been with the energy multinational since 2016, talks strategy for a new industrial era in an exclusive interview with IAM in advance of the event, taking place at the end of March 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

Finance

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3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

30 May 2019

$1 billion Keytruda deal illustrates value of royalty right sales for research institutes

Transformative agreement shows why niche investment model may appeal to cash-strapped life sciences innovators Read more

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

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4 Jun 2019

The SEP state of play in Europe’s major jurisdictions

Recent decisions in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France have shed much greater light on where the continent’s top patent litigation venues are heading on FRAND-related disputes Read more

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  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

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

Law & Policy

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4 Jun 2019

The SEP state of play in Europe’s major jurisdictions

Recent decisions in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France have shed much greater light on where the continent’s top patent litigation venues are heading on FRAND-related disputes Read more

5 Apr 2019

UK Supreme Court confirms dosage regimens are patentable

Judges rule that inventions arrived at by well-established or routine tests can be patented, but the decision will also reassure generics Read more

29 Mar 2019

CJEU rules out SPCs for new drug formulations, but leaves uncertainty over therapeutic uses

Following the court’s Abraxis decision, life sciences face a more restrictive interpretation of which products qualify for supplementary protection certificates. Read more

8 Mar 2019

CJEU asked to resolve long-standing SPC marketing authorisation conundrum

Europe’s highest court has never ruled on whether certificates can be acquired on the basis of a third-party marketing approval – a practice that has given rise to disputes between biopharma innovators Read more

Litigation

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3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

26 Jun 2019

Despite UK High Court setback for Pfizer, Arrow declarations remain a valuable litigation tool

The latest judgment is one of only a few to provide an indication of when the courts will grant the pre-emptive litigation defence remedy, which was issued for the first time in 2017 Read more

4 Jun 2019

The SEP state of play in Europe’s major jurisdictions

Recent decisions in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France have shed much greater light on where the continent’s top patent litigation venues are heading on FRAND-related disputes Read more

24 May 2019

What do recent SPC decisions mean for life sciences companies?

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) play an important role in the patent strategies of many companies in the life sciences sector, but a series of European court decisions has given IP in-housers food for thought when looking to obtain SPCs. Read more

Market Developments

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27 Jun 2019

Everything you wanted to know about AI patents, but were afraid to ask - part 2

After a WIPO report in April, new analysis from the UK IP Office sheds further light on this rapidly growing area and confirms that, despite a Chinese filing surge, the US continues to dominate Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

30 May 2019

$1 billion Keytruda deal illustrates value of royalty right sales for research institutes

Transformative agreement shows why niche investment model may appeal to cash-strapped life sciences innovators Read more

7 Dec 2018

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 Read more

Non practising entities

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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  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

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

Patent pools

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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

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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3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

27 Jun 2019

Everything you wanted to know about AI patents, but were afraid to ask - part 2

After a WIPO report in April, new analysis from the UK IP Office sheds further light on this rapidly growing area and confirms that, despite a Chinese filing surge, the US continues to dominate Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

30 May 2019

$1 billion Keytruda deal illustrates value of royalty right sales for research institutes

Transformative agreement shows why niche investment model may appeal to cash-strapped life sciences innovators Read more

Technology licensing

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4 Jun 2019

The SEP state of play in Europe’s major jurisdictions

Recent decisions in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France have shed much greater light on where the continent’s top patent litigation venues are heading on FRAND-related disputes Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

20 Dec 2018

MIT and Harvard lead the world’s research institutions in patent quality, but look out for the rise of China  

The research centres which produce the most world-leading assets are currently found in the US and Europe, but analysis shows that Chinese universities are beginning to catch up (Picture: MIT) 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

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

Trade secrets

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3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

20 Feb 2019

"4IR is all-encompassing" says Centrica IP chief ahead of IPBC Europe in Paris

Charles Clark, who has been with the energy multinational since 2016, talks strategy for a new industrial era in an exclusive interview with IAM in advance of the event, taking place at the end of March Read more

Valuation

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3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

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  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

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

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