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08 February 2018

China’s first court decision on GUI design patent infringement narrows avenues for protecting software

Patent protection for software in China is fairly strong, and as this blog has chronicled over the last few years it has gotten stronger still. But when it comes to the design and look of software, and how users interact with it, a recent Beijing IP…

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,…

14 September 2017

Recent joiners Lenovo, Verizon and Conversant suggest Via’s LTE pool is picking up momentum

Patent pools in the wireless space have not enjoyed much success, but the recent news that Lenovo, Verizon and Conversant have signed up as licensors in Via’s LTE pool suggests that, at the very least, this licensing collective for fourth generation…

14 September 2017

With rumoured HTC smartphone unit acquisition, Google could bring a longtime patent ally into the fold

Three weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that Taiwan smartphone maker HTC has held takeover talks with Google, as the struggling business explores ‘strategic options’. More recently, several outlets have reported that a deal – either for the whole…

12 September 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on…

10 September 2017

Allergan's anti-PTAB patent deal with the Mohawks looks to be a potential US game-changer

Allergan may just have driven a coach and horses through the inter partes review process at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The company’s agreement to transfer the six patents underpinning its dry-eye treatment Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawks…

08 September 2017

Stand-up row between Iwncomm CEO and Apple lawyer kick-starts a national discussion in China

An intense dispute between Iwncomm managing director Cao Jun and Gordon Gao - a private practice lawyer from the Fangda firm that has often represented Apple - at the CPAC conference on Tuesday seems to have displaced the usual Beijing weather and…

05 September 2017

New case against ZTE shows Fortress may be a far tougher licensor than struggling PIPCOs

Last week INVT SPE, the vehicle established by Fortress to monetise the portfolio previously owned by the NPE Inventergy, filed an infringement suit against ZTE in district court in New Jersey. The case is the third that INVT has filed since it took…