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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…

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. …

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…

17 October 2017

AIPPI report - Patents and populism; Unwired Planet lessons for US; why trial lawyers struggle at PTAB

The populist wave gaining traction in many parts of the world is undoubtedly filtering through to IP policies. The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year, for example, threw the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court projects into question, while…

06 October 2017

Aqua Products almost certainly guarantees PTAB will be at top of new USPTO Director’s to-do list

In emails and conversations with a series of IPR specialists this week in the wake of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) decision in Aqua Products v Matal, “this is a mess!” was a common response. The long judgment – all 148…

05 October 2017

Patents previously owned by NXP asserted against Intel by entity with possible ties to Fortress

Earlier this week a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Intel in district court in Northern California by a company called VLSI Technology LLC. The chip giant stands accused of infringing eight VLSI patents which relate to semiconductor…

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…