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13 September 2019

The world's most valuable patent revealed - and it's not owned by a pharma giant or a BigTech titan

New index attempts to score grants by family, according to where they’re filed and to what extent they're cited. We list the top 10 its methodology produces

11 September 2019

We got it wrong on 2013 SEP guidance, says former USPTO Director Kappos, and the DOJ was right to walk away

Agency's ex-head claims the evidence of the last six years is that the assumptions underpinning the guidelines were flawed, while on the same day current chief Iancu says a new joint statement with the Justice Department remains under review   

09 September 2019

Why IBM’s latest open source move could benefit Chinese companies

Another royalty-free chip architecture becomes available as semiconductor self-sufficiency push continues

06 September 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership

05 September 2019

China delays foreign patent applications while India gives them priority, study suggests

Recent paper builds on previous work claiming CNIPA ‘bias’ against foreign applicants in sensitive tech areas

04 September 2019

The two Shenzhen companies riding impressive PTAB records

This pair of consumer electronics powerhouses have risen to the top of their respective product categories in US, and both have achieved good IPR results along the way

02 September 2019

Sinda may test the market for Chinese IP firm takeovers

A report says the patent filing powerhouse is attracting private equity interest at a possible valuation of around $300 million

29 August 2019

Five things to know about Globalfoundries’ big litigation play

TSMC is the target and nineteen other tech firms are in the crossfire. Here are the takeaways from a big chip sector dispute that’s taking on a trade war tinge

27 August 2019

Armed and dangerous - how patents help Unicorns to fight back

Tech-rich start-ups that do not develop portfolios are vulnerable to attack - as recent Houlihan Lokey analysis of pre-IPO software businesses' IP positions revealed 

27 August 2019

Quiet settlement between two Japanese titans ends storage havoc

Fujifilm and Sony wound down a years-long patent spat on unknown terms, but the market for tape-based storage may take time to recover after dueling ITC bans caused supply strains

27 August 2019

The law firms that act for Samsung at the PTAB

Second only to Apple as the most frequent filer of reviews, the Korean company clearly favours two big outfits to do most of its work in front of the board

22 August 2019

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

22 August 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing

20 August 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today 

20 August 2019

Apple leads the way at the PTAB; on one measure, though, Samsung stands out

Tech giants have flocked to file IPRs, but petitions should be seen in the context of district court litigation