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05 October 2018

Microsoft’s decision to join the LOT Network is another step in the company’s remarkable IP transformation

Move by software giant pushes LOT close to 300 members in major boost for defensive patent platform

04 October 2018

SoftBank bets on Toyota’s self-driving patent lead

A recent study pegged Toyota as biggest automated driving patent owner, with Waymo gaining ground. Now Japan’s biggest automaker will team with the country’s top tech investor in a mobility-focused joint venture.

02 October 2018

Despite demonstrably high quality assets Finjan forced to the courts again

Cyber security firm accuses rival of infringing seven patents in its third district court action this year. Even though a high PTAB win rate indicates strength of Finjan's portfolio, prospective licensees still happy to litigate

01 October 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll

25 September 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue.

18 September 2018

Swedish eye tracking leader sues to curb Chinese upstart

IBM patent asserted against Beijing-based startup with backing from HTC and Qualcomm. NPEs are also active in a possible new VR/AR battleground.

14 September 2018

<strong>Microsoft turns to the PTAB as it escalates dispute with Saint Regis tribe</strong>

Software giant files series of IPRs against patents transferred from SRC Labs. Reviews come after company’s announces renewal of licensing agreement with LG Electronics

30 August 2018

SK Hynix bolsters patent holdings, buying two portfolios

Korean chipmaker turns to HP Enterprise and Integrated Device Technology as its US patent risks escalate

23 August 2018

Japan to extend design patent term by five years

Legislation proposed by the JPO may also extend greater design protection to graphical user interfaces in bid to help system keep pace with new technology.

22 August 2018

<strong>With the strongest speech recognition portfolio, specialist operator Nuance holds off big tech players</strong>

A new analysis of the IP landscape of speech recognition technology reveals that Nuance Communications has the most grants and the highest quality patents in the field, while Microsoft is the most active player. 

20 August 2018

Chinese battery maker picks up 100+ patents from Google

The buyer, Amperex Technology Limited, is facing a US patent suit and ITC investigation from LG Chem. The portfolio of former Motorola assets had been on the market since 2015.

16 August 2018

Power dynamics between Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud computing are shifting, report finds

A new report from CB Insights examining the state of the market for cloud computing infrastructure as a service has found that while Amazon gained an early lead in the field, Microsoft and Google are catching up fast.

07 August 2018

With possible $400 million licensing opportunity in sight, Finjan brings in bank to weigh up strategic options

PIPCO's strong balance sheet puts it in position to be an acquirer rather than a target as it explores possible transactions. The licensing company could also seek to bolster its patent portfolio.

06 August 2018

Indian ministry said to propose re-introduction of outbound royalty caps

Proposed limits on royalty payments would be even stricter than those scrapped in 2009 liberalisation of FDI policies. Impact would be felt by global brand and technology giants with listed subsidiaries in India.

30 July 2018

IBM counsel hails big win against Groupon as another sign that the US patent pendulum is swinging back

Big Blue nets eight-figure payout as talk of improving climate for patent owners grows.