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$100,000 for a patent? Not all are convinced, but many admit the price tag should rise

In an interview with IAM Rembrandts in the Attic author Kevin Rivette made the case for applicants spending a lot more on the prosecution process. We asked the market whether it agreed.

$100,000 for a patent? Not all are convinced, but many admit the price tag should rise
14 Jun 2019

“First do no harm” should be the guiding light of all attempts at patent reform

The current debate in the US around legislative changes to the eligible subject matter regime stands in marked contrast to the one triggered by the Innovation Act between 2013 and 2016

13 Jun 2019

Three questions that require answers before we get a patent eligibility bill

Section 101 hearings end with Senator Tillis admitting that work needs to be done on key parts of the proposal; says to expect draft legislation after 4th July break

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13 Jun 2019

How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically Read more

13 Jun 2019

Huawei’s $1 billion Verizon demand: politics or profit?

Ongoing royalty negotiations are revealed after US network operator reportedly notifies government. Why the conflict, which follows a 2016 dispute with T-Mobile, may alarm Nokia and Ericsson Read more

12 Jun 2019

IAM and sister publication GDR launch major data event

The Data Business Congress will take place in San Jose, CA, next February with the focus on the capture, protection, management, exploitation and monetisation of one of the pivotal assets of the 21st century Read more

12 Jun 2019

Supreme Court resolves circuit split to hold that licensee's trademark rights survive following licence’s rejection in bankruptcy

The Supreme Court has resolved a significant issue of trademark and bankruptcy law that was decades in the making. In Mission Product Holdings Inc v Tempnology, LLC, it held that rejection of the trademark licence agreement constitutes a breach of the contract, but it does not rescind it, nor does it terminate the licensee's rights. Read more

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Designs

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10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

27 May 2019

Kevin Rivette: what people still get wrong about Rembrandts in the Attic

Twenty years since the publication of his seminal book, the renowned IP thinker explains why some of its messages still don’t hit home Read more

Finance

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17 May 2019

The pledge that may reduce Tesla’s value as it seeks additional funds

In 2014, Elon Musk vowed not to sue anyone for patent infringement if they used the company’s technology in “good faith”. Five years later and that may not look to be such a great idea Read more

8 May 2019

Over 70 IP business leaders confirmed to speak at IPBC Global 2019

The world's leading event about IP value creation is taking place in Boston at the Westin Waterfront from 16th to 18th June, with over 500 delegates already signed up and space for more limited Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

5 Apr 2019

Future of former Yahoo! patents comes back on the agenda 

No free passes insists Excalibur head as he contemplates future of $250m portfolio after parent company announces dissolution Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

31 May 2019

Growing SEP FRAND case law is adding clarity, insists Ericsson assertion chief

Opinion from East Texas judge adds to earlier win for Swedish telco in lawsuit against HTC, but looming appeals give rights owners plenty to think about Read more

30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

Law & Policy

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11 Jun 2019

University seizes on Supreme Court ruling to breathe new life into PTAB sovereign immunity arguments

In Return Mail SCOTUS rules that government cannot bring post issuance patent challenges; lawyers for University of Minnesota claim that decision supports their case currently before the CAFC Read more

10 Jun 2019

After $31 million award inventor swaps East Texas for Washington and takes his PTAB fight to Congress

Josh Malone’s Bunch O Balloons success has made him a leading figure in the invention community and positioned him to challenge some of the patent narratives on Capitol Hill Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

8 Jun 2019

Alice inventor - why more needs to be done on the Tillis and Coons 101 proposal

In this opinion piece, Ian K Shepherd - the man whose invention was at the heart of the pivotal SCOTUS decision - explains what the current patentable subject matter reform draft gets wrong  Read more

Litigation

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11 Jun 2019

University seizes on Supreme Court ruling to breathe new life into PTAB sovereign immunity arguments

In Return Mail SCOTUS rules that government cannot bring post issuance patent challenges; lawyers for University of Minnesota claim that decision supports their case currently before the CAFC Read more

11 Jun 2019

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival Read more

10 Jun 2019

After $31 million award inventor swaps East Texas for Washington and takes his PTAB fight to Congress

Josh Malone’s Bunch O Balloons success has made him a leading figure in the invention community and positioned him to challenge some of the patent narratives on Capitol Hill Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

Market Developments

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10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

Non practising entities

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10 Jun 2019

After $31 million award inventor swaps East Texas for Washington and takes his PTAB fight to Congress

Josh Malone’s Bunch O Balloons success has made him a leading figure in the invention community and positioned him to challenge some of the patent narratives on Capitol Hill Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

7 Jun 2019

Deals with Samsung and Citrix show IV’s patents are still coveted

Assignments involving Korean tech giant and US software business demonstrate that it’s more than just NPEs that are interested in NPE assets Read more

6 Jun 2019

Unprecedented Congressional engagement on patent eligibility reform, but don't bet on a rush to legislation

All the key takeaways from six panels and 30 witnesses across two days of hearings which highlighted the progress made and big challenges ahead as US senators put the focus on section 101  Read more

Patent pools

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3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

20 May 2019

After SEP push Unified Patents goes back to its roots

Cisco and McAfee among early members as launch of new security zone initiative reflects heightened NPE activity in the sector Read more

13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court Read more

Strategy

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11 Jun 2019

University seizes on Supreme Court ruling to breathe new life into PTAB sovereign immunity arguments

In Return Mail SCOTUS rules that government cannot bring post issuance patent challenges; lawyers for University of Minnesota claim that decision supports their case currently before the CAFC Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

7 Jun 2019

Deals with Samsung and Citrix show IV’s patents are still coveted

Assignments involving Korean tech giant and US software business demonstrate that it’s more than just NPEs that are interested in NPE assets Read more

4 Jun 2019

IP3 deals platform makes key rule change to drum up more seller interest

Patent owners will not be required to take assets off the market after making submissions; this year's programme also features new sector focus areas Read more

Technology licensing

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3 Jun 2019

Microsoft’s IP chief looks to build a future-proof patent strategy

Erich Andersen explains how the company’s IP vision has pivoted from a focus on direct monetisation to support of cloud computing and open source Read more

3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

31 May 2019

Growing SEP FRAND case law is adding clarity, insists Ericsson assertion chief

Opinion from East Texas judge adds to earlier win for Swedish telco in lawsuit against HTC, but looming appeals give rights owners plenty to think about 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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27 May 2019

Kevin Rivette: what people still get wrong about Rembrandts in the Attic

Twenty years since the publication of his seminal book, the renowned IP thinker explains why some of its messages still don’t hit home Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

23 May 2019

China reacts to ‘lose-lose’ trade war escalation

IP owners in China see plenty of uncertainty ahead in no-win scenario of escalating technology tensions Read more

22 May 2019

Next up on Trump's trade war radar: drones and cameras

US authorities are considering Huawei-style export bans targeting Chinese firms including DJI and Hikvision, according to reports. Both have past IP ties with big American tech firms Read more

Valuation

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7 Jun 2019

Roche trumps rivals with strongest biotech patent portfolio

Trailing behind the Swiss giant are DowDuPont and Bayer, both of which have seen a drop in the value of their holdings Read more

4 Jun 2019

IP3 deals platform makes key rule change to drum up more seller interest

Patent owners will not be required to take assets off the market after making submissions; this year's programme also features new sector focus areas Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

24 May 2019

The surprising impact of Alice on the patent markets

The Supreme Court’s judgment in Alice has had a huge impact on case law governing patent-eligible subject matter in the United States, but it has not had the effect on the secondary deals market that might have been expected. Read more

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