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06 July 2015

Major European telecoms player puts over half its patent assets up for sale

A small note on a Swedish intermediary firm’s website could herald one of Europe’s largest ever patent sales. Posted on 24th June, the announcement from AWA IPro states that it “has signed a letter of engagement with TeliaSonera to monetize a…

30 June 2015

We may now be reaching the point when PIPCO deals begin to take place

Half-way through 2015, it’s clear that this has not been an easy six-months for most in the public IP company (PIPCO) market. Even Marathon, once the darling of the sector, has been hit, with its share price currently just under $3 (compared with a…

29 June 2015

NPE assertion campaign using LG patents may mark the dawn of a new reality for Korean corporates

An entity named Evolved Wireless last week launched lawsuits against a number of major companies claiming that they are infringing several of its patents which were previously owned by LG Electronics. The assertion campaign could well signal a new,…

25 June 2015

Indian companies remain worryingly indifferent about filing patents at home

India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications has released its most recent annual report for 2013-2014. The statistics look promising in terms of improved service levels at the office; but when…

21 June 2015

The rise and rise of Apple, Google and Qualcomm as US patent superpowers

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) has a very handy resource on its website: a top 300 list (200 up to and including 1997) of entities awarded US patents for every year since 1984. For the stats-obsessed and tragic like yours truly…

04 June 2015

Big in numbers, but low on price, WiLAN’s Qimonda purchase confirms depressed state of the patent market

A patents deal market desperately trying to rediscover some of its 2011 mojo this week witnessed WiLAN’s $33 million acquisition of the former Qimonda portfolio from Infineon Technologies. The portfolio covers a range of technologies including DRAM,…

04 June 2015

In China’s highly saturated smartphone market, it is just a matter of time before all-out patent war erupts

Xiaomi has abandoned the strategy of only selling its products via its own online channels and has signed a distribution deal with e-commerce platform Jindong, Want China Times reports. The change in direction comes as Xiaomi’s dominance of China’s…

02 June 2015

Japanese sovereign patent fund gains momentum with two big deals in the past week

IP Bridge – Japan’s first state-funded patent aggregator, or sovereign patent fund (SPF) – announced two significant deals on Friday. As a result it will take ownership of several hundred patents and become a licensor for an MPEG-LA patent pool. …

07 May 2015

A peek inside Huawei's shopping basket reveals how patent purchases further its expansion plans

Last month, IAM took a closer look at Microsoft's patent portfolio, analysing the key jurisdictions it covers and the main sources of the 15% of patents which the US company has acquired from third parties over the years. Speaking at IPBC China…

04 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

04 May 2015

Unwired Planet’s $1 million man could be the key to unlocking its potential

Last week Unwired Planet held its first quarterly investor call since it announced that Boris Teksler would be taking over as CEO. Not surprisingly Teksler’s hire, which will surely prove to be one of the most significant in the patent world in 2015…

24 April 2015

The Microsoft patent portfolio: 40,000+ active patents; China biggest jurisdiction after US; 15% of total acquired

Microsoft celebrated its 40th birthday this month. In the four decades that have passed since its relatively humble beginnings as a start-up, the US company has grown to become one of the world’s largest patent holders. According to the US Patent…

23 April 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice,…

21 April 2015

Major issues must be tackled if the Nokia/Alcatel deal is to be a patent success

The merger of the year so far, in IP terms at least, is undoubtedly Nokia’s proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which was announced last week. Envision IP recently cast its eye over the two patent portfolios and came up with some interesting…

17 April 2015

Inventergy’s difficulties say much about the current problems afflicting the licensing market

Alarm bells were recently set ringing about the future of public IP company (PIPCO) Inventergy when the following paragraph appeared on page 14 of its annual report: Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon our ability to…