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27 April 2018

With Apple and Huawei disputes rumbling on Qualcomm licensing revenue drops $1 billion

Qualcomm announced its latest quarterly earnings yesterday. These included a sharp year-on-year drop in revenues from its licensing business as the impact of the chipmaker’s ongoing dispute with Apple continued to have a major impact. Revenues…

24 April 2018

Harsh US government sanctions put huge pressure on ZTE’s IP function to contain damage

One week after the US Department of Commerce announced tough penalties against ZTE in a long-running sanctions violation case, not much clarity has emerged about how exactly the seven year denial of US technology exports will impact the company. The…

23 April 2018

Iancu is promising change, but only action will revive the US’s struggling monetisation market

Since Andrei Iancu took over as USPTO Director in February it has been hard to fault his engagement with the user community. As well as sitting down with IAM just a few weeks into his tenure (he is the cover star of our latest issue), he has been a…

23 April 2018

Taiwanese start-up widens assertion drive in the wake of 2017 Apple settlement

At last week’s IPBC Taiwan conference, managing IP costs emerged as a key theme of conversation – with some suggesting that financial pressure could lead to more monetisation activity. One firm that has recently opted to go down the monetisation…

06 February 2018

AST members spend $2.5 million in latest IP3 round, but pass on $900 billion patent

AST has announced the results of its latest IP3 initiative which saw 15 of the defensive patent platform’s members participate, including Google, IBM, Microsoft and Ford. In total they spent almost $2.5 million to buy 70 active assets in 19…

02 February 2018

Nokia forecasts significant licensing growth after a big year for its patent business team

Earnings season is in full swing and so far, of the licensing-heavy businesses to report, it’s Nokia that is arguably the standout performer. Many of the headlines on the Finnish company’s results purred about the strong licensing performance…

02 February 2018

Why talk of a pharma patent deal-making surge in 2018 is premature

A flurry of pharmaceuticals transactions in January has led several observers to describe the past month as the best start to M&A in recent years, and has further encouraged predictions of a surge in patent-driven acquisitions in 2018. Yet, by a…

01 February 2018

Qualcomm’s extended licensing deal with Samsung is a big play, but Apple effect hits the bottom line

Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its licensing agreement with Samsung as the effects of the company’s litigation battle with Apple continue to bite. The deal between the chipmaker and Korean tech giant means that their existing agreement…

29 January 2018

EPO reforms feeding through to grant, backlog and opposition numbers, data analysis reveals

Recent years have seen a number of major changes at the European Patent Office, driven by the management team headed up by office president Benoît Battistelli. As anyone who keeps an eye on Europe’s IP landscape will know, many of the reforms during…

29 January 2018

Coolpad CEO makes good on patent threats with broadside against Xiaomi

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad announced late Friday night that it has sued larger rival Xiaomi for infringing three Chinese invention patents. The cases will play out in the city where Coolpad is headquartered, at the Shenzhen Intermediate People…

28 January 2018

Dolores Hanna RIP

As the 2018 IP Hall of Fame induction process gets underway, we are sad to report that Dolores Hanna, one of the Hall's 2008 inductees, died earlier this month at the age of 90. The first female president of the International Trademark…

26 January 2018

SSOs come under microscope in further sign that Trump administration is shifting US patent policy

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division has placed standards setting organisations (SSO) firmly in its crosshairs. In a series of comments at an antitrust event held by the Heritage Foundation earlier this week in Washington DC,…

16 February 2018

In highly unusual move RPX acquires portfolio of assets from Intellectual Ventures

RPX has acquired a tranche of patent assets from the Intellectual Ventures Invention Science Fund in what is the first such deal between the firms. So far two sets of rights have shown up on the USPTO assignment database — one for 35 granted patents…

13 February 2018

Honda takes Chinese competitor to Beijing IP Court in rare patent assertion for the Japanese company

Honda Motor has asserted two patents against Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors, according to a recent announcement by the Beijing IP Court. The case stands out for being a relatively rare competitor dispute in the automotive sector, as well as one…

08 February 2018

Pharma companies prominent in list of top defendants in US patent litigation during 2017

Teva was the most targeted company in US patent lawsuits last year taking the top spot from Samsung as pharmaceutical companies featured heavily in the leading defendants. The numbers come courtesy of Lex Machina’s annual review of patent…