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Acacia latest life sciences play is about intangible assets - but not patents

Acquisition of stake in data-focused, medtech business, Sensyne is another sign of the NPE’s push to diversify its holdings

Acacia latest life sciences play is about intangible assets - but not patents
Google counters threat of second Sonos suit with request for early judgment
29 Sep 2020

Google counters threat of second Sonos suit with request for early judgment

Courtroom fight expands as search giant points to “reasonable apprehension” of another infringement case from speaker pioneer

Merck asks Supreme Court to revive $2.54 billion damages award and overturn Section 112 case law
29 Sep 2020

Merck asks Supreme Court to revive $2.54 billion damages award and overturn Section 112 case law

The petition is only the latest of several pleading for the justices to give guidance on enablement and written description requirements.

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28 Sep 2020

Sisvel and u-blox eye future cooperation after settlement announcement

Auto supplier and licensing specialist end FRAND litigation and agree “multi-year solution” Read more

28 Sep 2020

Chinese court hits InterDigital with anti-suit order

Wuhan court seeks to set global royalty rate in dispute between NPE and Xiaomi, the latest sign that Chinese courts want to claim a greater role in adjudicating FRAND matters Read more

25 Sep 2020

Blackberry licensing revenues surge thanks to Teletry

Company credits Marconi-affiliated entity as the prime driver behind a $32 million year-on-year income jump Read more

25 Sep 2020

Oracle doesn’t talk patents that often, but maybe it should

Although the company keeps its cards close, it is not to be underestimated - and a TikTok deal would definitely increase its strength in the cloud Read more

Designs

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24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

17 Jul 2020

As Silicon Valley showers Jio Platforms with cash, upstart may need IP crash course

Telco plans to make smartphones and produce made-in-India 5G network gear. The company recently landed in hot water for copying the design of Zoom’s teleconferencing platform Read more

11 Jul 2020

Reporting serious allegations made against the WIPO director general was not fake news, it was essential

The agency's outgoing head Francis Gurry has hit out at media coverage of complaints made against him by his deputy, but the real problem was a total lack of transparency in how the affair was handled Read more

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

Finance

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24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

17 Jul 2020

As Silicon Valley showers Jio Platforms with cash, upstart may need IP crash course

Telco plans to make smartphones and produce made-in-India 5G network gear. The company recently landed in hot water for copying the design of Zoom’s teleconferencing platform 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

Frand/SEPS

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18 Sep 2020

How in-house counsel can reduce the risks of 5G submarine patents

Companies face a daunting collection of IP rights that are potentially essential to the new wireless standard but which have not been self-declared Read more

18 Sep 2020

InterDigital’s re-vamp makes it an even more powerful patent player

The technological and geographic scope of the firm’s portfolio means new chief licensing officer Eeva Hakoranta has a lot to play with Read more

14 Sep 2020

DOJ antitrust chief takes “extraordinary” step over IEEE's controversial 2015 SEP licensing policy

Makan Delrahim calls on the standards setting body to consider changes to rules which have been bitterly opposed by the likes of Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm Read more

11 Sep 2020

Portfolio analysis shows BlackBerry’s new director of licensing has a lot to work with

The Canadian tech giant’s patents pack a punch and claims of a technologically diverse holding ring true, but slowing filing levels leave pipeline questions Read more

Law & Policy

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24 Sep 2020

Big tech wants out of Judge Albright’s courtroom and a pair of academics may have a solution

As Apple asks Federal Circuit to transfer case to Northern California a new paper proposes two reforms to help lessen WDTX’s increasing grip on US patent litigation Read more

24 Sep 2020

Record damages awarded by Paris court in pemetrexed patent battle

France becoming more friendly to pharma IP, experts suggest, following decision over blockbuster cancer treatment Alimta Read more

22 Sep 2020

Iancu reveals USPTO maintenance fees almost $20 million below expectations

Comments point to ongoing impact of covid-19 as patent owners appear to be increasing their focus on IP budgets Read more

19 Sep 2020

Google’s anticompetitive infringement of IP reduces innovation

Ahead of the company’s pivotal Supreme Court case against Oracle, a former GHW Bush Administration official outlines what he believes to be a deliberate strategy to appropriate the work of first-movers Read more

Litigation

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24 Sep 2020

Big tech wants out of Judge Albright’s courtroom and a pair of academics may have a solution

As Apple asks Federal Circuit to transfer case to Northern California a new paper proposes two reforms to help lessen WDTX’s increasing grip on US patent litigation Read more

24 Sep 2020

Record damages awarded by Paris court in pemetrexed patent battle

France becoming more friendly to pharma IP, experts suggest, following decision over blockbuster cancer treatment Alimta Read more

21 Sep 2020

Philips targets TV and PC manufacturers in series of new patent suits and ITC complaint

Dell, Lenovo and Intel among those in the crosshairs as Dutch giant once again looks to make its IP pay Read more

19 Sep 2020

Google’s anticompetitive infringement of IP reduces innovation

Ahead of the company’s pivotal Supreme Court case against Oracle, a former GHW Bush Administration official outlines what he believes to be a deliberate strategy to appropriate the work of first-movers Read more

Market Developments

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24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

22 Sep 2020

Iancu reveals USPTO maintenance fees almost $20 million below expectations

Comments point to ongoing impact of covid-19 as patent owners appear to be increasing their focus on IP budgets Read more

17 Sep 2020

40 years after Bayh-Dole, the US government’s patent strategy may be at a turning point

There is growing pressure on federal agencies to enforce their IP arising from public-private collaborations Read more

8 Sep 2020

Samsung seizing 5G opportunities enabled by patent leadership

Verizon deal worth $6.6b is latest sign that the company is stepping into the big leagues of network gear Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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24 Sep 2020

Big tech wants out of Judge Albright’s courtroom and a pair of academics may have a solution

As Apple asks Federal Circuit to transfer case to Northern California a new paper proposes two reforms to help lessen WDTX’s increasing grip on US patent litigation Read more

18 Sep 2020

Samsung, Apple deals confirm KAIST has joined the big leagues of licensing

National research university reached an agreement with Korea’s top tech company following a $200 million court win in Texas Read more

17 Sep 2020

Back from the dead? Banks and retail groups make last-minute push to resuscitate covered business method reviews

PTAB process ended earlier this week but efforts to extend programme comes as influential banking group eyes “broader conversation about patents” in next Congress Read more

16 Sep 2020

“Concept of efficient infringement is an anathema to Apple,” says Tim Cook

Tech giant supremo insists eBay strikes right balance on injunctions and calls for further study on “the plague of PAEs” Read more

Patent Pools

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18 Sep 2020

InterDigital’s re-vamp makes it an even more powerful patent player

The technological and geographic scope of the firm’s portfolio means new chief licensing officer Eeva Hakoranta has a lot to play with Read more

15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

11 Sep 2020

Portfolio analysis shows BlackBerry’s new director of licensing has a lot to work with

The Canadian tech giant’s patents pack a punch and claims of a technologically diverse holding ring true, but slowing filing levels leave pipeline questions Read more

4 Sep 2020

Xiaomi’s patent plays prepare it for a global role

The Beijing-based smartphone manufacturer has been busy doing licensing deals and making acquisitions, not only to build its strength at home but also on the international stage Read more

Patents Law

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24 Sep 2020

Big tech wants out of Judge Albright’s courtroom and a pair of academics may have a solution

As Apple asks Federal Circuit to transfer case to Northern California a new paper proposes two reforms to help lessen WDTX’s increasing grip on US patent litigation Read more

24 Sep 2020

Record damages awarded by Paris court in pemetrexed patent battle

France becoming more friendly to pharma IP, experts suggest, following decision over blockbuster cancer treatment Alimta Read more

24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

22 Sep 2020

Iancu reveals USPTO maintenance fees almost $20 million below expectations

Comments point to ongoing impact of covid-19 as patent owners appear to be increasing their focus on IP budgets Read more

Strategy

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24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

19 Sep 2020

Google’s anticompetitive infringement of IP reduces innovation

Ahead of the company’s pivotal Supreme Court case against Oracle, a former GHW Bush Administration official outlines what he believes to be a deliberate strategy to appropriate the work of first-movers Read more

15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

11 Sep 2020

Portfolio analysis shows BlackBerry’s new director of licensing has a lot to work with

The Canadian tech giant’s patents pack a punch and claims of a technologically diverse holding ring true, but slowing filing levels leave pipeline questions Read more

Technology Licensing

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19 Sep 2020

Google’s anticompetitive infringement of IP reduces innovation

Ahead of the company’s pivotal Supreme Court case against Oracle, a former GHW Bush Administration official outlines what he believes to be a deliberate strategy to appropriate the work of first-movers Read more

18 Sep 2020

InterDigital’s re-vamp makes it an even more powerful patent player

The technological and geographic scope of the firm’s portfolio means new chief licensing officer Eeva Hakoranta has a lot to play with Read more

18 Sep 2020

Samsung, Apple deals confirm KAIST has joined the big leagues of licensing

National research university reached an agreement with Korea’s top tech company following a $200 million court win in Texas Read more

11 Sep 2020

Portfolio analysis shows BlackBerry’s new director of licensing has a lot to work with

The Canadian tech giant’s patents pack a punch and claims of a technologically diverse holding ring true, but slowing filing levels leave pipeline questions Read more

Trade Secrets

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24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

19 Sep 2020

Google’s anticompetitive infringement of IP reduces innovation

Ahead of the company’s pivotal Supreme Court case against Oracle, a former GHW Bush Administration official outlines what he believes to be a deliberate strategy to appropriate the work of first-movers Read more

10 Sep 2020

Report highlights NPE threat to Chinese companies in the US

Businesses from China face growing risk of patent suits and very rarely end up on the winning side Read more

3 Sep 2020

New hurdle for TikTok sale as China looks to scrutinise its own technology outflows

Export rule update shines a light on the IP and technology aspects of a potential deal between ByteDance and a US-based acquirer Read more

Valuation

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11 Sep 2020

Portfolio analysis shows BlackBerry’s new director of licensing has a lot to work with

The Canadian tech giant’s patents pack a punch and claims of a technologically diverse holding ring true, but slowing filing levels leave pipeline questions Read more

9 Sep 2020

The top 10 takeaways from this year’s Global Innovation Index

The latest edition of the annual WIPO publication reveals that Europe and North America still lead despite rising innovation levels in Asia Read more

28 Aug 2020

Sanofi eyes more M&A as deals drive increase in IP portfolio quality

The French pharmaceutical’s holdings have shrunk over recent years and application output is at a low, but recent acquisitions have provided a boost while a patent revamp is around the corner Read more

13 Aug 2020

It’s not all bad news for biopharma IP monetisation during coronavirus slowdown

Oncology licensing, smaller acquisitions and abundant venture capital provide means of commercialising innovation during M&A decline Read more

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