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28 March 2017

There’s still all to play for in SCOTUS venue case which could shift focus back to Congress

The Supreme Court had another key aspect of US patent law in its sights on Monday as it heard oral arguments in TC Heartland LLC v Kraft Group Food Brands. The case provides the eight justices with the chance to radically overhaul the law concerning…

27 March 2017

Ericsson 5G royalty play may be less generous than originally thought; but it's definitely smart

The week before last, Ericsson chief IP officer Gustav Brismark gave an interview to Bloomberg in which he revealed the royalty rates the company would be asking for in relation to patents covering 5G technology in the mobile communications sector…

24 March 2017

German NPE litigation boom is real, says new study; while China's potential begins to show

Recent research from IP analytics firm Darts-ip has identified China and Germany as the two major patent jurisdictions in which NPEs enjoy the most success in infringement proceedings. However, the relatively low volume of cases being filed by NPEs…

23 March 2017

SCOTUS ruling gives patent owners mild cause for optimism; while former USPTO chief slams Breyer

We’re currently seeing a flurry of patent activity from the Supreme Court. Earlier this week it heard oral arguments in Impression Products Inc v Lexmark International while it also released its opinion in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First…

20 March 2017

Korean sovereign patent fund Intellectual Discovery gets a new boss, but questions remain over its future

Korean sovereign patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery (ID) has new leadership in place following the abrupt departure of CEO Kwang Jun Kim, first reported by this blog last October. Media reports name the new president and CEO as Jung Dong…

16 March 2017

As it celebrates its 10th birthday, AST looks beyond the US and anticipates an upswing in patent prices

Defensive patent aggregation firm AST celebrates its 10th birthday this year at a time when it is on something of a roll. Last year, the firm successfully coordinated IP3, which, in a first for the market, brought together a group of operating…

14 March 2017

In tough market, how close Yahoo! gets to $740 million for Excalibur remains to be seen

Since Yahoo! put its Excalibur patent portfolio up for sale last summer, estimates have varied on how much it might go for. One early report speculated that the patents could generate as much as $4 billion — the kind of price tag not seen since the…

10 November 2016

EPO President Benoît Battistelli responds to IAM criticisms of recent union official dismissal

On Monday, I wrote an opinion piece based around the recent dismissal of a senior member of the European Patent Office staff union SUEPO from his job in The Hague. It was sharply critical of the office’s senior management and called on the…

08 November 2016

WiLAN must navigate its local relationships with added care as it wades deeper into the Asian patent market

WiLAN announced yesterday that it has acquired a third patent portfolio from Panasonic in a further expansion of the two companies’ licensing partnership. While the deal underlines the level of confidence and trust that WiLAN has been able to secure…

04 November 2016

NPE assertion comes to China as WiLAN subsidiary files SEP suit against Sony in Nanjing - UPDATED

This post has been updated to make clear that, contrary to information we originally received, Rouse is not representing WiLAN or Wireless Future Technologies Inc in this case. In a major development in the Chinese IP market, Wireless Future…

01 November 2016

Germany pours cold water on takeover bids as concern regarding China’s IP-driven M&A activity spreads

A number of prospective Chinese takeovers of German high-tech businesses have been suspended by Berlin pending further investigation of their potential economic impact and national security implications. The German government’s intervention does not…

28 October 2016

Europe is no place to be a patent troll, concludes new Commission report

The continued issuance of high quality patents is the key to preventing the widespread activities of troll-like patent assertion entities in Europe, a new report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has concluded. Based on work…

27 October 2016

Why a Hillary Clinton presidency could be very good news for patent owners in the US

This time in two weeks we will know the identity of the next President of the United States. If the current polling is correct (and, being based in the post-Brexit vote UK, I know that could be a big “if”), it will be Hillary Clinton, rather than…

13 January 2017

Asian brokers made a patent market breakthrough in 2016, signalling future growth potential

The most recent issue of IAM features our annual appraisal of the past year’s brokered patent market, put together by Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver and Michael Costa of ROL Group. Subscribers can read the full article here. The bottom line, according…

19 December 2016

Via Licensing's latest deal in China illustrates benefits of a “flexible” approach

Dolby subsidiary Via Licensing and Lenovo have announced a deal which makes the Chinese company the newest member of the pool operated by Via for Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patents. Ira Blumberg, Lenovo’s vice president for intellectual property,…