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03 October 2017

IAM 86 now published - we name the individuals driving the global IP market in 2017

Issue 86 of IAM has now been published and is available to subscribers online. Inside this issue, we name our IAM Market Makers of 2017. This is our annual assessment of who we believe the main drivers of the global IP market are: the individuals…

22 September 2017

Korea's new antitrust boss says he'll target patent abuse in the IoT realm

Over the past few years, South Korea’s antitrust regulator has been one of the toughest on issues of intellectual property. Now, the leader of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) says the body is about to start an inquest focused on how patents…

21 September 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual…

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…

23 February 2018

How Samsung and Huawei have fared in 42 Chinese patent cases against each other so far

The patent and FRAND dispute between Huawei and Samsung is taking place in both the United States and China. But the speed of the judicial machinery in the latter has made Huawei’s home turf more immediately relevant. That has the Korean company…

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…

26 May 2017

Another case confirms US university IPR immunity, but doubts emerge over how long loophole can survive

In January a PTAB decision gave state universities in the US the kind of protection that other patent owners have only been able to dream about in recent years. In an inter partes review (IPR) brought by Covidien against a patent owned by the…

25 May 2017

Huawei puts royalties on the balance sheet to the tune of $300 million

IP-minded readers of Huawei's 2016 annual report will have noticed a striking change in the company's accounting of its intangible assets. Alongside goodwill, trademarks, software and patents is a brand new category – royalties. The company…

24 May 2017

Day Three INTA Barcelona report - CPA planning for change, .sucks momentum, top in-house teams and more

The INTA 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to an end after five action-packed days in Barcelona. Here’s the final round-up of what has been going on from World Trademark Review reporters Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), and me, Joff Wild (JW).   …

23 May 2017

Despite yesterday’s historic decision in TC Heartland venue reform may not be off the legislative table

In the roster of recent Supreme Court patent decisions, TC Heartland looks set to join eBay, Mayo and Alice as cases that have the greatest impact on the US system. The unanimous 8-0 ruling (the newly appointed Judge Gorsuch did not take part in the…

22 May 2017

Indian government may target IP royalty outflows to retaliate for Trump visa limits

A government task force is studying royalty outflows from Indian companies to foreign partners and parent companies, in an initiative some say could lead to the re-imposition of caps on such payments for technology and intellectual property. The…

16 May 2017

US businesses deal with tough effects of SCOTUS decisions; support grows for subject matter reform

The ongoing uncertainty over what constitutes patent eligible subject matter has led many to voice their concerns over the long-term implications for US business of failing to get patent protection for their inventions. According to recent research,…

16 May 2017

Chinese government R&D organisation files patent suits against US LED maker

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has taken what appears to be its highest profile step yet into the world of patent enforcement. Significantly, it is a US company, Cree, that will have to respond to the sprawling government R&D body's…

05 May 2017

It's a new dance in the auto industry as traditional players get used to changing rhythms and new partners

In his opening comments for the second panel of the day at IAM’s IP in the Auto Industry event which was held yesterday in Detroit, Autoharvest founder and CEO Jayson Pankin summed up the pace of change that the sector has experienced. “This…