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Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight

In Federal Circuit brief the court's former chief judge, the ex-USPTO head and the influential Republican Senator make plain why they believe the EDTX anti anti-suit injunction should stand

Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight
Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute
12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday

The Tillis USPTO Director red lines have real political bite
10 Apr 2021

The Tillis USPTO Director red lines have real political bite

The North Carolina senator is clear that the he will not vote to confirm a nominee who will row back on the Iancu reforms

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9 Apr 2021

Fortress’s latest patent fund could top $900 million

As it pitches the market for new investment the Eran Zur-led IP team tells of a patent market in recovery and ripe for new capital Read more

9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

8 Apr 2021

Netlist uses IP leverage for $40 million licence with SK hynix and a key supply agreement

On top of a patent deal, the companies agree a purchase deal covering up to $600 million in products from the Korean business Read more

8 Apr 2021

Multibillion-dollar BridgeBio deal is a boost for patent-centric pharma business models

Hub-and-spokes life sciences companies are providing new opportunities for IP monetisation Read more

Designs

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31 Mar 2021

Legislators tell the White House that IP must move up the to-do list

After letter from Senators Leahy and Tillis telling President Biden to pick up the pace of appointments, Hill source tells IAM that IP needs to be seen as a tier one priority Read more

23 Jan 2021

Rebooting IP engagement with China need not mean giving up ground on key concerns

The patent world functions better when its two most powerful players have a constructive, though competitive, relationship Read more

4 Dec 2020

3M’s diversity pioneer on why data and collaboration are key to broadening the innovation pool

After seeing her work recognised by the IPO, the company's assistant chief IP counsel Sandra Nowak spoke with IAM on why some parts of the market are still playing catch-up Read more

21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda Read more

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18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

8 Jan 2021

South Korea's Intellectual Discovery is in the process of becoming a big league, mainstream NPE

A year after a major capital infusion and a change of leadership, the firm has notched some notable settlements in the US and laid the groundwork for new assertion campaigns Read more

12 Dec 2020

It’s time for investors to re-assess intangibles

A recent report suggests Wall Street is beginning to realise that the rise of intangible assets has thrown a spanner into time-tested valuation models Read more

7 Oct 2020

Aon launches potentially game-changing IP financing initiative with $100 million loan to agritech company

“This is the first time you have had the financial industry and the insurance industry come together to create this much capital backed solely by IP,” says CEO Lee Read more

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2 Apr 2021

Latest US litigation numbers point to scale of Ericsson’s fight with Samsung

In the first quarter the Swedish telecoms giant was the most targeted patent owner at the PTAB while data shows new district court cases increased in Q1 Read more

23 Mar 2021

Some believe Open RAN may lessen 5G infrastructure dependence on Huawei, but patent data suggests it's not as simple as that

While the US and other countries are seeking out alternatives to the small pool of providers, the numbers point to familiar faces dominating parts of the landscape Read more

18 Mar 2021

Apple picks up portfolio of former Panasonic 4G patents from US NPE

Transfer from Sun Patent Trust comes almost two years since iPhone maker massively increased its wireless portfolio through Intel deal Read more

17 Mar 2021

Spate of patent litigation dismissals involving Tesla points to possible Avanci deal

US cases brought by PanOptis and Sisvel were dismissed earlier this month, adding to evidence that auto company might have signed up to wireless pool Read more

Law & Policy

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7 Apr 2021

Iancu speaks about his USPTO legacy and return to private practice

Former agency head doubles down on his message that the US needs a national innovation policy and that the country’s policymakers need to wake up to SEPs Read more

7 Apr 2021

Relaxing patent rights in a pandemic is a win for innovators and the public

The long read: Womble Bond Dickinson’s Ben Bourke takes a deep dive into how life science companies have handled their IP portfolios over the covid-19 pandemic – in particular Moderna Therapeutics’ pledge not to enforce patents relating to its vaccine – and examines how such adjustments can prepare the ground for future inventions Read more

6 Apr 2021

Senator Tillis: next USPTO head can’t bring the “death squad” back to the agency

In an exclusive interview, the influential US legislator reveals his tier-one IP priorities and explains why Tiffany Cunningham looks like the right CAFC pick Read more

31 Mar 2021

Legislators tell the White House that IP must move up the to-do list

After letter from Senators Leahy and Tillis telling President Biden to pick up the pace of appointments, Hill source tells IAM that IP needs to be seen as a tier one priority Read more

Litigation

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7 Apr 2021

Iancu speaks about his USPTO legacy and return to private practice

Former agency head doubles down on his message that the US needs a national innovation policy and that the country’s policymakers need to wake up to SEPs Read more

6 Apr 2021

Senator Tillis: next USPTO head can’t bring the “death squad” back to the agency

In an exclusive interview, the influential US legislator reveals his tier-one IP priorities and explains why Tiffany Cunningham looks like the right CAFC pick Read more

6 Apr 2021

Pharma companies must factor tough standing requirements into IPR strategies

SCOTUS petition denial in Argentum v Novartis highlights the difficult choices facing those who wish to challenge patents at the PTAB Read more

2 Apr 2021

Latest US litigation numbers point to scale of Ericsson’s fight with Samsung

In the first quarter the Swedish telecoms giant was the most targeted patent owner at the PTAB while data shows new district court cases increased in Q1 Read more

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5 Apr 2021

New $400 million Aon fund with IP focus raises exciting prospects, says CIO Brian Hinman

Latest initiative by financial services giant could rise in value to $1 billion and is focused on companies that are beyond their first funding round Read more

26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

24 Mar 2021

BioNTech’s IP team leaders on their role in the race to develop the first covid vaccine

The long read: In an exclusive interview, the German company's James Ryan and Julie Anne Gillespie talk about their once-in-a-career experience of working on a project that will help change the world Read more

5 Mar 2021

Unified Patents moves into brands to take on online infringers for SMEs

“Fundamentally we troll counterfeiters on behalf of companies,” says COO Shawn Ambwani Read more

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29 Mar 2021

Acacia CEO points to “astounding settlements and judgments” as signs of big turnaround in patent market

Announcing its annual results, the NPE also reports significant gains from its investments in life sciences businesses previously associated with UK fund manager Neil Woodford Read more

17 Mar 2021

Spate of patent litigation dismissals involving Tesla points to possible Avanci deal

US cases brought by PanOptis and Sisvel were dismissed earlier this month, adding to evidence that auto company might have signed up to wireless pool Read more

16 Mar 2021

Qualcomm IP head appointed new InterDigital CEO

Liren Chen takes over from Bill Merritt who is retiring after 25 years at the wireless licensor Read more

10 Mar 2021

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others pass on $500 million patent in latest IP3 auction

AST's buying programme was back again in 2020 and while it generated close to $3 million, the total was down on the previous year and the 2016 record Read more

Patent Pools

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26 Mar 2021

Patent pools need to innovate along with advances in technology, says video tech expert

Technologist and VC funder Alex Eleftheriadis warns that VVC is on a slippery slope to the same kind of fractured licensing landscape as HEVC Read more

17 Mar 2021

Spate of patent litigation dismissals involving Tesla points to possible Avanci deal

US cases brought by PanOptis and Sisvel were dismissed earlier this month, adding to evidence that auto company might have signed up to wireless pool Read more

28 Jan 2021

Failed attempt to back a single patent pool for VVC leaves operators with a choice of two

Industry vote splits between Access Advance and MPEG LA as the pair battle to sign up a new generation of innovators Read more

19 Jan 2021

VVC patents are setting the secondary market on fire

Why IP rights related to the latest video codec are this year’s must-have portfolio additions Read more

Patents Law

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7 Apr 2021

Iancu speaks about his USPTO legacy and return to private practice

Former agency head doubles down on his message that the US needs a national innovation policy and that the country’s policymakers need to wake up to SEPs Read more

7 Apr 2021

Relaxing patent rights in a pandemic is a win for innovators and the public

The long read: Womble Bond Dickinson’s Ben Bourke takes a deep dive into how life science companies have handled their IP portfolios over the covid-19 pandemic – in particular Moderna Therapeutics’ pledge not to enforce patents relating to its vaccine – and examines how such adjustments can prepare the ground for future inventions Read more

7 Apr 2021

Panasonic sells portfolio of wireless patents to Apple

Even after a string of disposals over the years, the Japanese company’s IP team has plenty of value creation opportunities in front of it Read more

6 Apr 2021

Senator Tillis: next USPTO head can’t bring the “death squad” back to the agency

In an exclusive interview, the influential US legislator reveals his tier-one IP priorities and explains why Tiffany Cunningham looks like the right CAFC pick Read more

Strategy

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7 Apr 2021

Relaxing patent rights in a pandemic is a win for innovators and the public

The long read: Womble Bond Dickinson’s Ben Bourke takes a deep dive into how life science companies have handled their IP portfolios over the covid-19 pandemic – in particular Moderna Therapeutics’ pledge not to enforce patents relating to its vaccine – and examines how such adjustments can prepare the ground for future inventions Read more

2 Apr 2021

Latest US litigation numbers point to scale of Ericsson’s fight with Samsung

In the first quarter the Swedish telecoms giant was the most targeted patent owner at the PTAB while data shows new district court cases increased in Q1 Read more

31 Mar 2021

Why and when reexams can be a better option than inter partes reviews at the USPTO

The long read: There is growing evidence that patent litigants are turning to ex parte reexaminations to bolster their PTAB strategies. Cozen O’Connor’s Jeffrey Townes and Hongling Zou analyse why older tools deserve a second look and explore how to get best value from them Read more

26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

Technology Licensing

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7 Apr 2021

Relaxing patent rights in a pandemic is a win for innovators and the public

The long read: Womble Bond Dickinson’s Ben Bourke takes a deep dive into how life science companies have handled their IP portfolios over the covid-19 pandemic – in particular Moderna Therapeutics’ pledge not to enforce patents relating to its vaccine – and examines how such adjustments can prepare the ground for future inventions Read more

29 Mar 2021

Acacia CEO points to “astounding settlements and judgments” as signs of big turnaround in patent market

Announcing its annual results, the NPE also reports significant gains from its investments in life sciences businesses previously associated with UK fund manager Neil Woodford Read more

26 Mar 2021

Patent pools need to innovate along with advances in technology, says video tech expert

Technologist and VC funder Alex Eleftheriadis warns that VVC is on a slippery slope to the same kind of fractured licensing landscape as HEVC Read more

17 Mar 2021

Spate of patent litigation dismissals involving Tesla points to possible Avanci deal

US cases brought by PanOptis and Sisvel were dismissed earlier this month, adding to evidence that auto company might have signed up to wireless pool Read more

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31 Mar 2021

Legislators tell the White House that IP must move up the to-do list

After letter from Senators Leahy and Tillis telling President Biden to pick up the pace of appointments, Hill source tells IAM that IP needs to be seen as a tier one priority Read more

30 Mar 2021

Latest Humira dispute highlights biosimilar trade secrets dangers

As the biologics industry expands, strategies for protecting proprietary and confidential information are becoming ever-more essential Read more

11 Mar 2021

Taiwan’s Largan walks away from IP fight with record damage award, CEO apology and big ownership stake in rival

Recent PTAB filings, however, suggest that the lens maker’s conflict with US tech company HP continues Read more

18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

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1 Apr 2021

BlackBerry CEO: Majority of cash for patent portfolio expected in upfront payment

After IAM broke news of possible sale last year Canadian tech giant has confirmed it is in exclusive negotiations with a “North American” bidder for a part of its 38,000 asset stockpile Read more

18 Feb 2021

Seven top IP tips for biotech SMEs

How smaller biotechs can best overcome pitfalls and maximise the value of their inventions Read more

9 Feb 2021

Five IP takeaways from Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ $7 billion medical cannabis buyout

A major milestone in the medical cannabinoid patent market has been passed Read more

2 Feb 2021

The Roivant Sciences dealmaking strategy revolutionising life sciences IP monetisation

A deep dive into the trail-blazing biopharma business established by former hedge fund partner Vivek Ramaswamy Read more

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