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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…

16 April 2018

Troubled Korean smartphone maker supplies Apple with more US rights

Apple has acquired a portfolio of 27 US patents from Korean smartphone maker Pantech, according to assignment records filed with the USPTO. The transfer follows the iPhone manufacturer’s purchase last summer of a package of 11 patents from Korean…

05 April 2018

For the first time this century Philips does not have a chief IP officer

Very quietly, something of a revolution has taken place at Philips. For the first time this century, the company’s IP function – Philips IP & Standards - is headed up by someone who has no long-term IP background and who is not labelled its chief IP…

02 April 2018

Operating company patent suit filings outstrip those from NPEs, but US litigation remains depressed

For the third quarter in a row fewer than 900 new patent litigation lawsuits were filed in US district court in the first three months of this year. According to data from Unified Patents, 875 new cases were launched in the first quarter, up…

14 May 2018

RPX is still buying assets - just not at the same rate as it was before

RPX has acquired a small portfolio of patents from former search behemoth Lycos, according to an assignment recorded late last week with the USPTO. In total, the defensive aggregator picked up 24 assets from the tech company which grew rapidly…

12 January 2018

Pharma executives predict increase in patent deal-making following US tax reform

A number of leading pharmaceuticals executives have said that recent US tax reforms will create a more conducive environment for patent transactions. Corroborating forecasts made by leading industry analysts suggest that 2018 will see a significant…

10 January 2018

Ahead of the inaugural IPBC Europe in Amsterdam, an interview with ThyssenKrupp IP chief Stephan Wolke

In March, we introduce a new member of the IPBC family when we launch the inaugural IPBC Europe in Amsterdam. Designed specifically for European businesses, the event will provide key insights to executives at companies based in Europe which are in…

09 January 2018

Former “stupid patent of the month” acquired in latest IP3 auction

When might a stupid patent, not actually be that stupid? Perhaps when it ends up being bought at auction by some of the world’s most sophisticated IP-owning businesses. Well, that is exactly what has just happened with regards to an asset once named…

09 January 2018

IP Bridge joins Panasonic and Sony in Avanci; JPO tipped to endorse platform approach in new guidelines

Last month capped a big year for Avanci, the platform dedicated to licensing wireless SEPs to connected vehicles and other Internet of Things (IoT) verticals. As this blog reported on the company’s first agreement (with BMW) and its disclosure of…

08 January 2018

Former chief judge of the CAFC picks his US patent cases to watch in 2018

As with any news platform focused on the patent world, we keep a close eye on the major court cases in the US, particularly those that have a direct impact on IP value creation. Key decisions from district courts, the Court of Appeals for the…

08 January 2018

Increase in ITC complaints hits firms from Asia, but there does not seem to be a 'Trump factor' at play

As service providers prepare their annual deep-dives into US patent litigation statistics, it looks like the overall number of new district court cases filed will have fallen by about 10% between 2016 and 2017. But over at the International Trade…

05 January 2018

Beijing battle over driverless car tech has parallels to Waymo-Uber

The parallels between Baidu and Alphabet go beyond their positions as the top Web search providers in China and the rest of the world, respectively. Both companies have huge ambitions in the autonomous driving space – in Alphabet’s case through its…