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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 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…

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…

01 March 2018

Big business risks make narrowing the royalty gap difficult for Korean corporates

South Korea’s deficit in intellectual property rights not only remained in the red in 2017, but widened compared to the 2016, new figures from the Bank of Korea show. But its largest surplus in IP payments was still with China - totalling $ 1.98…

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…

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…

30 November 2017

“Gold rush towards oncology” has major implications for pharma patent deal-making

A leading pharmaceuticals intelligence firm is predicting a sharp rise in the value of cancer therapy sales, and its chief forecaster recently told IAM of an ongoing “gold rush towards oncology” among life sciences companies. A key strategic focus…

30 November 2017

Asian IP threats and opportunities high on the agenda for corporate Australia and New Zealand

Corporates from Australia and New Zealand ignore IP issues in Asia’s developing countries at their peril, delegates to IPBC Australasia heard today. Speakers from both local and international companies made clear that it hardly matters whether…

29 November 2017

Final Commission communication on SEP licensing brings relief to Europe's originators - UPDATED

This blog has been updated to include reaction to the Communication from various groups representing the views of different stakeholders. The European Commission’s long-awaited Communication on the licensing of standards essential patents was…