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New Acacia chief IP officer charts a different course for the once mighty NPE

Supported by a healthy balance sheet, Marc Booth says the firm plans on a higher volume of smaller deals with three new areas identified for future growth

New Acacia chief IP officer charts a different course for the once mighty NPE
18 Feb 2019

Rolling the dice on eligibility

Congressional action is the only way to solve the uncertainty on section 101 of the US patent statute, argues Aaric Eisenstein of Personalised Media Communications

18 Feb 2019

Patent deals show how Indian startups can benefit from multinational research activity

An AI health-tech startup recently named one of the world's most promising had its roots in the re-organisation of Xerox's research centre in India

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15 Feb 2019

PanOptis acquired by New York-based private equity business

The NPE, which bought Unwired Planet in 2016 and owns thousands of patents previously held by Ericsson and Panasonic, sold to Brevet Capital for an undisclosed sum Read more

15 Feb 2019

AbbVie’s Humira strategy to be scrutinised in first evergreening unclean hands challenge

In a Delaware case Boehringer Ingelheim accuses the Illinois company of improper conduct in deliberately constructing a patent thicket to protect against generic versions of its blockbuster drug. Read more

14 Feb 2019

As 101 debate continues, Iancu offers clear message to Federal Circuit

With new guidelines set to reshape patent examination, the USPTO head makes the case for revisiting subject matter precedent Read more

14 Feb 2019

The five key takeaways from the USPTO’s report on women and patents

Although female patentees are becoming more common – particularly in areas such as pharma and biotech – the rate of growth is slowing, suggesting that a lot more work needs to be done before equality between the sexes is achieved Read more

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14 Feb 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with Read more

13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

19 Jan 2019

Google makes big wearables play to show sector still has appeal for Silicon Valley elite

$40 million deal with Fossil involves acquisition of IP relating to smartwatch technology and will also see transfer of an R&D team Read more

14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

12 Feb 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative Read more

28 Jan 2019

Critical condition: has Section 101 put the US medical device sector on life support?

As fears grow over subject-matter eligibility and technological convergence threatens to reshape the competitive landscape, patent strategy has become even more crucial for medical device companies Read more

26 Jan 2019

Taylor Swift rewrites the rules for licensing

The singer-songwriter is using her industry clout to secure an unprecedented record deal that will also improve the streaming-related revenue of fellow artists. Read more

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

7 Feb 2019

An entire “industry revolt” hinges on judge’s decision in FTC v Qualcomm

If the Commission and Apple are successful in rewriting the rules for chipmaker's licensing arm beware of unintended consequences that reduce choice and harm consumers, expert analyst states Read more

1 Feb 2019

We have not been informed of any Chinese antitrust investigation of us, Ericsson tells IAM

Swedish company issues statement after an unsourced Chinese media article claims that a probe into its licensing practices is underway Read more

31 Jan 2019

Not all patents are created equal: The Wizard of Oz and patent portfolios

Large portfolios can often give companies a lot of sway in licensing discussions, but those numbers can be manipulated and skew the true strength of a business’s patent position. Read more

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

8 Feb 2019

US patent system jumps to second in the world, though the biopharma sector may not agree

PTAB reforms help fuel a miraculous rise up the latest International IP Index, but a recent Federal Circuit decision on eligibility highlights the serious challenges that remain - especially for life sciences companies Read more

5 Feb 2019

USPTO rules on patent term adjustment set to change following CAFC decision

The Federal Circuit’s precedential judgment in Supernus Pharmaceuticals v Iancu is good news for rights holders – especially those in life sciences Read more

1 Feb 2019

We have not been informed of any Chinese antitrust investigation of us, Ericsson tells IAM

Swedish company issues statement after an unsourced Chinese media article claims that a probe into its licensing practices is underway Read more

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14 Feb 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with Read more

13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

11 Feb 2019

Apple’s courtroom strategy shows team monetising former portfolio of Blackberry patents faces biggest licensing challenge

The iPhone maker moves for declaratory judgment claiming non infringement of grants relating to charging technology Read more

11 Feb 2019

RPX strikes deal to acquire remaining patent portfolio of Creative subsidiary

The settlement deal ends litigation by the Singapore company’s ZiiLabs unit against Nvidia, and will net shareholders around $17.5 million Read more

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

12 Feb 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative Read more

8 Feb 2019

US patent system jumps to second in the world, though the biopharma sector may not agree

PTAB reforms help fuel a miraculous rise up the latest International IP Index, but a recent Federal Circuit decision on eligibility highlights the serious challenges that remain - especially for life sciences companies Read more

8 Feb 2019

The US’s first all biosimilar patent suit shows new pharma IP landscape is emerging

Coherus launched Delaware action against Amgen in what is likely to become an increasingly familiar life sciences litigation scenario. Read more

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14 Feb 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with Read more

13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

11 Feb 2019

Apple’s courtroom strategy shows team monetising former portfolio of Blackberry patents faces biggest licensing challenge

The iPhone maker moves for declaratory judgment claiming non infringement of grants relating to charging technology Read more

7 Feb 2019

Pantech deals more patents, this time to Oppo

Sell-off continues as new ownership seeks to get out from under nearly $100 million in debt with just a few hundred granted US patents remaining in its arsenal Read more

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

28 Jan 2019

New industry forum seeks to bridge licensor/licensee divide and chart a new course for next video codec

Apple, Canon, Dolby, Ericsson and InterDigital are among early backers of attempt to change the licensing dynamic for the VVC standard Read more

14 Jan 2019

Pool operator questions "fatally flawed" Unified Patents study on HEVC royalty rates

Research was released as a new industry forum met in Silicon Valley to discuss the potential of a different approach to licensing the next video codec standard Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

Strategy

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

12 Feb 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative Read more

12 Feb 2019

AT&T’s portfolio is a treasure trove for buyers

The telecoms giant is building its presence in the secondary market with a host of companies now seeking out its high-quality patents   Read more

11 Feb 2019

RPX strikes deal to acquire remaining patent portfolio of Creative subsidiary

The settlement deal ends litigation by the Singapore company’s ZiiLabs unit against Nvidia, and will net shareholders around $17.5 million Read more

Technology licensing

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

11 Feb 2019

RPX strikes deal to acquire remaining patent portfolio of Creative subsidiary

The settlement deal ends litigation by the Singapore company’s ZiiLabs unit against Nvidia, and will net shareholders around $17.5 million Read more

7 Feb 2019

An entire “industry revolt” hinges on judge’s decision in FTC v Qualcomm

If the Commission and Apple are successful in rewriting the rules for chipmaker's licensing arm beware of unintended consequences that reduce choice and harm consumers, expert analyst states Read more

5 Feb 2019

TiVo might be about to split at a time when its licensing business has significant concerns

Latest report suggests that result of a strategic review will see the company's product and IP arms separate, but current courtroom tussle with Comcast means the timing is not great 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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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

4 Feb 2019

Taiwan touts trade secret protection as patent filings remain level 

IP office director states that even TSMC, the island's top patentee, relies on trade secrets to protect 90% of innovations Read more

31 Jan 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom Read more

22 Jan 2019

Blockchain startup’s new tack reveals much about what IP managers need most

Operem is still working toward building a blockchain platform for patent trading, but its first product reflects demand for tools that enable open innovation efforts and trade secret protection Read more

Valuation

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13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

12 Feb 2019

AT&T’s portfolio is a treasure trove for buyers

The telecoms giant is building its presence in the secondary market with a host of companies now seeking out its high-quality patents   Read more

5 Feb 2019

TiVo might be about to split at a time when its licensing business has significant concerns

Latest report suggests that result of a strategic review will see the company's product and IP arms separate, but current courtroom tussle with Comcast means the timing is not great Read more

4 Feb 2019

China drives growth in AI patent filings, but US still global leader for quality

Microsoft and Alphabet possess the strongest machine learning portfolios, but Chinese state-sponsored R&D and access to data has the potential to shift the power dynamics Read more

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