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27 June 2017

Alliance is the watchword for IoT development in China, but it may not make licensing easier for outsiders

China this month inaugurated a new alliance centred on the development of technologies in the mobile Internet of Things (IoT). Led by Huawei, ZTE and several of the country’s top telecommunications providers, it is said to have over 140 members,…

12 May 2017

Tech giants step up their IoT patenting with Samsung and Qualcomm at the front of the pack

Samsung and Qualcomm are the leaders of the pack when it comes to patents related to the Internet of Things (IoT), according to new research from Relecura - with the Korean company ramping up its filing at an astonishing rate. According to…

01 November 2016

On back of InterDigital’s excellent Q3 performance, CEO predicts big things for new IoT licensing platform

Few companies in the patent licensing business can match InterDigital’s recent run of success. This continued last week with another sparkling set of quarterly results. Total revenue for the three months ending September 30th stood at $208 million…

15 September 2016

New IoT platform off to a good start but deals will ultimately determine success

The news yesterday that five major patent owning companies have signed up to the new Internet of Things (IoT) licensing platform Avanci, represents the first industry attempt to ensure that the expected explosion in connected devices doesn’t result…

23 May 2016

Taiwan may have to rely on private investment rather than public initiatives to secure its IP future

Taiwan’s Fu Hwa Securities Investment Trust is launching a new NT$20 billion ($613 million) fund to invest in ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technologies. While the new fund – which is scheduled to commence operations late next month – does not appear…

09 May 2016

As licensors signal IoT focus, Chinese appliance companies will continue investing in patents

Looking back over the first third of 2016, you could argue that the industry sector in China that’s seen the most interesting activity from a patent transactions point of view is not semiconductors or smartphones, but appliances. After all, the…

09 February 2016

Internet of things is big change that licensing must accommodate, says Alfalahi as he prepares for new job

After the smartphone revolution the next step change in global connectivity is undoubtedly going to be the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Machine to machine connections which bring everything from simple household appliances to cars…

05 November 2015

CEO decision to stay is best bit of news in momentous year for WiLAN

Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard not to see the announcement yesterday that Jim Skippen will stay on as CEO of WiLAN as anything other than very good news for the NPE. Skippen announced earlier this year that he was going to step down but…

27 October 2015

How a $2.4bn acquisition by Qualcomm might undermine the IEEE’s controversial patent policy

Qualcomm’s acquisition this summer of CSR would at first glance seem to have few implications for the patent market.  The deal, which closed in August, saw the tech giant buy the much smaller British chipmaker for $2.4bn in a move that should…

22 September 2015

Chinese buyer of Segway goes on the attack in US patent suit

Patent litigation watchers will know that a sudden reversal of roles is not out of the ordinary– with accused infringers seeking to regain the initiative by going on the offensive and putting plaintiffs on their back feet. A recent infringement case…

10 September 2015

Microsoft is tops for speech recognition patents, report reveals

A new study  by technology consulting and litigation support firm iRunway has analysed the patent landscape around speech recognition technology, finding that Microsoft and specialist company Nuance lead the way. The report highlights the growth in…

16 July 2015

Automotive patent filings may not lead to a Xiaomi car, but they do show that the company is keeping its options open

The recent publication of nine car-related patents filed by Xiaomi has added fuel to long running-rumours that the Beijing-based smartphone manufacturer is planning a foray into the automotive industry. The patents reportedly cover internet…

11 June 2015

Unified’s new auto zone provides further proof that patent activity in the sector is increasing

In another sign that patent activity continues to increase in the auto sector, Unified Patents has announced the formation of a new zone focused on the industry. Although more than 20 companies have joined the zone only Honda and Toyota have been…

05 June 2015

Nothing personal, just business: SMEs must be pragmatic in China IP dealings

Last weekend’s LA Times ran an interesting profile focused on a US startup’s IP infringement woes, titled ‘For Solowheel maker, a patent rights nightmare in China’. At the centre of the story is Shane Chen, a Washington state inventor and…

22 May 2015

World’s largest asset manager enters the IP financing game with wearables loan

BlackRock – the world’s biggest investment firm with over $4.6 trillion of assets under management – is loaning wearable technology company Jawbone $300 million against its intellectual property and other intangible assets. According to a Bloomberg…