United States of America

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative

Coverage of the speaker pioneer’s suit highlights shift in the way the general media engages with IP issues

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative
17 Jan 2020

Ford’s challenge is to maintain current levels of innovation  

New ranking celebrates the US automaker’s advances in autonomous driving, but there are more obstacles to overcome

16 Jan 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case

Latest

View all
16 Jan 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday Read more

16 Jan 2020

Viability of sham litigation suits on the line in AbbVie appeal

The award of $448 million in antitrust damages against the company in case brought by the Federal Trade Commission is also at stake. Read more

16 Jan 2020

What IP owners need to know about the US-China trade deal

There are significant gains for branded pharma in the agreement. But in several other areas, China has made commitments it already meets Read more

15 Jan 2020

The IBM patent selloff continued right up until its decision to join LOT Net

USPTO records show that Big Blue off-loaded hundreds of assets to Xperi late last year in its latest major deal Read more

Refine content by:

Designs

View all
2 Jan 2020

Why the traditional US model of educating tomorrow’s lawyers must change

Intellectual property systems are becoming more complex and that makes law schools’ one-size-fits all approach looks increasingly out of date, says Franklin Pierce dean Read more

18 Dec 2019

Microsoft appoints new head of IP

Jennifer Yokoyama previously led the company's IP litigation team and replaces Erich Andersen, whose departure was announced last week Read more

18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

20 Nov 2019

More Data Business Congress speakers revealed

Microsoft and Intel provide the keynotes; with senior leaders from a wide range of companies confirmed to participate in groundbreaking event Read more

Finance

View all
13 Dec 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts  Read more

29 Nov 2019

IP market news highlights

IAM’s biggest autumn reads Read more

28 Nov 2019

Apple’s IP chief takes top place in this year’s IAM Market Makers list

Jeff Myers heads the 40-strong selection of the global dealmaking elite thanks in no small part to the iPhone giant’s huge Intel patent play in the summer Read more

25 Nov 2019

Acacia goes hunting for patents and more bolstered by new Starboard cash

Deal with activist investor hands the NPE a kitty of $400 million for IP-related transactions in major endorsement of management turnaround Read more

FRAND/SEPS

View all
6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

3 Jan 2020

Huawei to join HEVC Advance in first major pool sign-up

Previously unaffiliated, the Chinese company is set to come on board as a licensor and licensee Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

21 Dec 2019

New SEP remedies policy statement from US government agencies is good news for licensors  

Position paper from the USPTO, DoJ and NIST opens door - slightly - to possibility of injunctive relief in FRAND-related cases, but a big eBay barrier remains Read more

Law & Policy

View all
13 Jan 2020

After SCOTUS denies cert in high profile 101 cases focus moves back to Congress

Decision not to hear Athena dispute will disappoint many, but may prove catalyst to reinvigorate stalled efforts to reform US patent eligibility regime Read more

7 Jan 2020

Google brief in Oracle fight kicks off what could be a big six months for IP at SCOTUS

Search giant claims Fed Circuit ruling threatens interconnected software ecosystem, while three 101 cases also on Supreme Court’s radar in big term for rights owners Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

3 Jan 2020

Big drop in new PTAB cases, smaller decline in US district court patent suits

Numbers for 2019 point to big fall among most frequent filers of IPRs, indicating that reforms introduced by USPTO director Andrei Iancu are having an impact Read more

Litigation

View all
15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

13 Jan 2020

After SCOTUS denies cert in high profile 101 cases focus moves back to Congress

Decision not to hear Athena dispute will disappoint many, but may prove catalyst to reinvigorate stalled efforts to reform US patent eligibility regime Read more

13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

10 Jan 2020

In case against Apple, more evidence of the IP hazards of convergence

Medtech leader Masimo accuses tech giant of patent infringement and trade secret theft Read more

Market Developments

View all
15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Non practising entities

View all
15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

14 Jan 2020

IBM signs up with the LOT Network

Decision to join follows the acquisition of open source giant Red Hat and is a major boost to the defensive patent operator Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

6 Jan 2020

After action packed 2019 Immersion starts the year with aggressive push by familiar activist investor

Viex Capital calls for appointment of five new directors citing failure to implement credible business plan, irresponsible governance and value destroying compensation practices  Read more

Patent pools

View all
6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

3 Jan 2020

Huawei to join HEVC Advance in first major pool sign-up

Previously unaffiliated, the Chinese company is set to come on board as a licensor and licensee Read more

16 Dec 2019

Nine pool members prepare to leave MPEG LA

Rival operator HEVC Advance looks set to see its relative position bolstered, though Samsung is not thought to be among the departing group Read more

13 Dec 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts  Read more

Strategy

View all
9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

7 Jan 2020

Federal Circuit delivers good news for process patent owners

A precedential decision last month makes it easier for rights holders to assert successfully against imported products Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Technology licensing

View all
15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

6 Jan 2020

After action packed 2019 Immersion starts the year with aggressive push by familiar activist investor

Viex Capital calls for appointment of five new directors citing failure to implement credible business plan, irresponsible governance and value destroying compensation practices  Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Trademarks

View all
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

View all
13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

10 Jan 2020

In case against Apple, more evidence of the IP hazards of convergence

Medtech leader Masimo accuses tech giant of patent infringement and trade secret theft Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Trade secret dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation shows power of the ITC

The Korean pairs’ fight, which also encompasses US patent litigation, could be a harbinger of similar global conflicts between other big companies Read more

Valuation

View all
9 Jan 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases Read more

2 Jan 2020

Why the traditional US model of educating tomorrow’s lawyers must change

Intellectual property systems are becoming more complex and that makes law schools’ one-size-fits all approach looks increasingly out of date, says Franklin Pierce dean Read more

17 Dec 2019

Intel puts connected devices patent portfolio up for sale

After deal for cellular chip business with Apple, the company places rest of the assets that were on the market in the summer back on the auction block Read more

17 Dec 2019

US NPE leverages China litigation to secure Xiaomi deal

Acacia sub-licensor scored a global deal with smartphone maker as key rights neared expiration Read more

Find an expert