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19 January 2018

RPX management eyes possible deal, Spangenberg among interested parties; Microsoft drops membership

The management of RPX is meeting with a number of interested parties in a process that might lead to an eventual sale of the business, IAM understands. It is believed that an investment consortium led by IP monetisation specialist Erich Spangenberg…

19 January 2018

Google takes a big step in China and Tencent joins the patent licensing world in major cross-licence deal

Google and Tencent have announced a patent cross-licence deal that they say will pave the way for future technology collaboration. The pact is said to be “long term” and covering “a wide range of products and technologies”. Beyond that there are no…

17 January 2018

Creating a world class innovation infrastructure – lessons from the best of the best

When companies invest to ensure their innovation is of the highest quality, the goods and services they provide ultimately become the better for it - with us all as the beneficiaries. The most successful innovators stand out from others by…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…