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13 March 2018

If Trump really wants to protect Qualcomm’s long-term prospects perhaps he should get on the phone to Apple

President Trump’s decision yesterday to effectively block Broadcom’s $117 billion proposed takeover of Qualcomm on national security grounds confirmed what had become increasingly apparent in recent days – that the US authorities had taken a dim…

02 March 2018

InterDigital more than doubles patent portfolio with acquisition of Technicolor licensing business

InterDigital confirmed last night that it was buying Technicolor’s licensing business in a transaction valued at $475 million. Once completed the deal will draw a line under the French company’s licensing operation which has long been one of the…

23 February 2018

How Samsung and Huawei have fared in 42 Chinese patent cases against each other so far

The patent and FRAND dispute between Huawei and Samsung is taking place in both the United States and China. But the speed of the judicial machinery in the latter has made Huawei’s home turf more immediately relevant. That has the Korean company…

09 February 2018

Samsung's request to block Huawei's China SEP injunction reveals potential impact of enforcement

Samsung Electronics is asking a federal judge in California to stop Huawei from enforcing an SEP injunction it won in China earlier this year. In doing so, the Korean company has given an indication of when that order might actually come into effect…

02 February 2018

Nokia forecasts significant licensing growth after a big year for its patent business team

Earnings season is in full swing and so far, of the licensing-heavy businesses to report, it’s Nokia that is arguably the standout performer. Many of the headlines on the Finnish company’s results purred about the strong licensing performance…

01 February 2018

Oppo back on the patent purchase trail to facilitate expansion in new markets

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has made its first patent purchase of 2018 - and Intel is the seller. According to USPTO records, the Dongguan-based smartphone vendor obtained 37 US assets in one assignment on 17th January  (the transfers were…

29 January 2018

Coolpad CEO makes good on patent threats with broadside against Xiaomi

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad announced late Friday night that it has sued larger rival Xiaomi for infringing three Chinese invention patents. The cases will play out in the city where Coolpad is headquartered, at the Shenzhen Intermediate People…

12 January 2018

Patents no barrier to Chinese smartphones in the US market

In recent weeks, no fewer than four Chinese smartphone companies have re-affirmed their determination to crack the US sales market, despite what seem like significant political headwinds. Huawei’s latest attempt came up short when a carrier deal…

11 January 2018

Huawei scores SEP injunction in Shenzhen suit against Samsung Electronics

The Intermediate People's Court in Shenzhen has handed down the latest milestone Chinese FRAND decision, with local telecom Huawei earning an SEP injunction as part of its wide-ranging assertion campaign against Samsung Electronics. The…

09 January 2018

Former “stupid patent of the month” acquired in latest IP3 auction

When might a stupid patent, not actually be that stupid? Perhaps when it ends up being bought at auction by some of the world’s most sophisticated IP-owning businesses. Well, that is exactly what has just happened with regards to an asset once named…

04 January 2018

Ruling in high-profile US FRAND case “highly biased in favour of infringers”, says Ericsson's CIPO

Speaking to the IAM blog Ericsson chief IP officer Gustav Brismark has made his first public comments on the judgment handed down by a California court just before Christmas in the Swedish telco’s high-profile FRAND licensing dispute with Chinese…

05 December 2017

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi…

05 December 2017

California showdown between TCL and Ericsson could be the next big FRAND decision

Consequential court decisions in FRAND licensing cases are still relatively few and far between. This year there has been the judgment out of London’s High Court in Unwired Planet v Huawei and before that there was, among others, the 2015 decision…

09 October 2017

Indian telecoms regulator will enter the FRAND fray amid concerns over “grim state” of domestic innovation

If you have followed the handful of SEP disputes currently taking place in India, you will no doubt be familiar with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the antitrust body that is currently mounting two separate investigations of Ericsson’s…

02 October 2017

After licensing head’s exit, BlackBerry IP revenues top $50 million for second quarter

BlackBerry saw its IP revenues almost double in the second quarter, jumping from $32 million in the first three months of the fiscal year to $56 million for the period ending August 31st (the company accounts on a March to February fiscal year). On…