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30 August 2017

Trump’s USPTO Director pick remains an unknown quantity to many – and that may be his greatest strength

When this blog first reported that Andrei Iancu was a candidate for USPTO director in April it was hard to find anyone in the patent community, at least in DC, who knew him well enough to provide informed comment on what his leadership might mean. …

17 November 2017

“I have serious concerns about where the patent system is heading,” Senator Coons tells IAM event

Earlier this week we held our third annual Patent Law and Policy event in Washington DC. With the approach to patents in the new administration slowly taking shape, the Supreme Court continuing to have its say in key areas, the PTAB celebrating five…

14 November 2017

In what looks to be a PTAB first, Saudi Arabia's national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival

The world’s largest oil and gas company Saudi Aramco has filed an inter partes review (IPR) against a Korean petrochemical business in what is a highly unusual move by one of the energy majors. The Saudi national oil giant, which produces 12.5…

10 November 2017

After $400 million wireless litigation finally ends, CSIRO returns to US courts in food tech dispute with BASF

In the patent world, at least when it comes to litigation, Australia’s largest public sector research body is best known for a yearslong effort to enforce a foundational wireless local access network (WLAN) patent that netted well over $400 million…

09 November 2017

Ahead of key Commission meeting, group sponsored by US BigTech hopes for SEP licensing win

The head of one of the organisations involved in lobbying around the keenly anticipated European Commission Communication on the licensing of standards essential patents has told IAM he is optimistic that the final draft of the paper will deliver a…

07 November 2017

In highly unusual move, Samsung targets fellow pool member’s HEVC patents as dispute escalates

A fight between Samsung Electronics and a fellow member of MPEG LA’s HEVC patent pool escalated late last month as the Korean tech giant launched four inter partes reviews (IPR) against patents owned by Ibex PT Holdings. All of the patents targeted…

07 November 2017

Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues

Transactions recorded in recent weeks show Seiko Epson picking up its divestment activity again, sending portfolios in the direction of Microsoft, IP Bridge and an unknown holding company. But despite the summer spurt of activity, the deals we know…

06 November 2017

European Commission on verge of upending long-established mobile communications licensing practices

A fundamental change to SEP licensing related to mobile communications technology is on the verge of being proposed by the European Commission. According to IP Europe – a coalition of IP intensive, R&D companies including Orange, Ericsson and Nokia …

03 November 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital…

27 October 2017

Humira deal with Amgen is a clear vindication of AbbVie’s patent strategy

AbbVie recently settled its dispute with Amgen, whose Amjevita biosimilar it accused of infringing its patents for Humira, the world’s best-selling drug. Though clearing an eventual path to market for Amgen’s drug, the deal constitutes a major…

25 October 2017

The quest to find the world’s leading IP strategists continues

We have received hundreds of submissions since we launched the research process for the 2018 edition of IAM Strategy 300 at the end of September, but there is still time to make a nomination before the closing date of 29th November.   The IAM…

24 October 2017

VirnetX calls off share sale to Japanese partner after Apple verdict drives up stock price

Back in June, VirnetX Holding Corp announced plans to sell a 10% stake in itself to an obscure Japanese partner billed as a consortium of Japanese corporations and financial institutions. The PIPCO (which trades on the NYSE American exchange) was…

20 October 2017

China needs a new agency to stop huge university IP portfolios sitting dormant, says SIPO official

This week the Intellectual Property Department here in Hong Kong played host to the annual meeting focused on IP developments on the mainland and its two Special Administrative regions (Macao being the other). One of the main topics was university…

19 October 2017

Intellectual Discovery disposes of portfolio to US NPE as patent sell off continues

Korean sovereign patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) has continued its recent trend of selling assets to US licensing entities, with the disposal of a package of 15 US patents to a company called Compact Lens Technologies LLC. The transaction…

17 October 2017

The pro-patent lobby in the US finally seems to be getting its act together and so the narrative is changing

There’s no doubt that in the PR wars that have been fought over the US patent system throughout the last decade, there has only been one winner. The powerful constituency in big tech that has lobbied for far-reaching changes, which some observers…