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29 March 2019

China's patent office pledges to cut pendency amid quality questions

CNIPA has promised to reduce examination times, but users are more concerned about quality. Agency's deputy director waves off the suggestion that 90% of its issued patents are 'junk'

22 March 2019

Patent hookup with Philips bolsters Mediatek’s voice tech strategy

The Taiwanese chipmaker made its first third party acquisition in five years, picking up a portfolio related to speech recognition and audio processing from the Dutch company

15 March 2019

With PTAB petition 10,000 approaching, the US patent system has spawned a $1 billion industry

The signing of the America Invents Act changed the face of US patent practice in a way that very few who steered the legislation through Congress had anticipated

12 March 2019

How a group of Silicon Valley IP executives are using analytics to save millions in portfolio management

Executives from Facebook and Google are among the members of an elite gathering that meets regularly to share best practices in patent prosecution and litigation strategy

05 March 2019

Dominion Harbor CEO discusses China strategy re-think

NPE boss says the decision to set up a licensing team in Beijing last year is starting to pay off. The acquisition of 1,000 new patents from Panasonic announced yesterday is a further boost

04 March 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple

04 March 2019

Apple buys patent portfolio from former AI home camera maker

Tech giant makes rare foray into the secondary market to acquire package of US assets

01 March 2019

Why signing up China Mobile is a big deal for Avanci

The state-owned company is just the second Chinese firm, after founding member ZTE, to join the platform. The telco recently rowed back from a 2018 statement suggesting it wouldn’t collect 5G royalty fees

28 February 2019

WiLAN CEO departs after just months in the job

Keaton Parekh (right) has been replaced by the firm's former COO as the giant NPE struggles to find a successor to Jim Skippen

26 February 2019

Two years of trade war spotlight have done little to change views of IP environment in China

But American Chamber of Commerce in China survey does reveal that IP concerns are affecting US firms' business plans, and ‘cautious pessimism’ is the new normal

19 February 2019

With Oppo deal, Ericsson gets crucial SEP validation in China

Securing a FRAND licence with the world’s fifth largest handset maker could be a shot in the arm for the Swedish company, which has struggled to get royalties out of Chinese firms like Xiaomi and TCL

15 February 2019

PanOptis acquired by New York-based private equity business

The NPE, which bought Unwired Planet in 2016 and owns thousands of patents previously held by Ericsson and Panasonic, sold to Brevet Capital for an undisclosed sum

12 February 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative

11 February 2019

RPX strikes deal to acquire remaining patent portfolio of Creative subsidiary

The settlement deal ends litigation by the Singapore company’s ZiiLabs unit against Nvidia, and will net shareholders around $17.5 million

07 February 2019

Pantech deals more patents, this time to Oppo

Sell-off continues as new ownership seeks to get out from under nearly $100 million in debt with just a few hundred granted US patents remaining in its arsenal