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14 April 2015

CIPO role could be up for grabs in Nokia/Alcatel hook-up

Nokia has not been far from the business pages in recent days with news first breaking that it was considering a sale of its maps business and then, this week, that it is in merger talks with Alcatel-Lucent. As both companies have undergone…

14 April 2015

Technicolor’s IP head poached by NPE; finance chief chosen as successor

Boris Teksler – current senior executive vice president and president of the Technology Business Group at Technicolor – has been appointed chief executive officer at Nevada-based NPE Unwired Planet. He will take up his new position on 1st June. …

10 April 2015

Ericsson and Nokia the latest to confirm that they will not license under the new IEEE patent policy

Ericsson and Nokia have told IAM that they will not be making licensing commitments under the new patent policy introduced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The moves, which follow similar announcements by Qualcomm and…

09 April 2015

Monetisation and monozukuri: the Japanese companies that lead the patent sales pack

The cover story of the current issue of IAM, published online for our subscribers last week, explores the complex attitudes that the Japanese corporate world has towards patent monetisation – and towards NPEs in particular. As has been documented…

07 April 2015

IPXI demise caused by a US patent system that offers no incentive for good-faith licensing, says exchange's CEO

Gerard Pannekoek, the president and CEO of Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), has blamed its recent demise on a US patent system that inhibits good faith licensing negotiations and encourages potential licensees to shun talks until…

05 April 2015

France Brevets success in Germany shows just how wrong Bessen and Meurer are

Last 5th November, James Bessen and Michael Meurer wrote an article for the Boston Globe in which they claimed that patent trolls sponsored by foreign governments were emerging as a serious threat to American businesses; and that this was another…

30 March 2015

Patent royalties may be about to come under the microscope in India, but regulators should step carefully

An Indian mobile industry association last week submitted a report to the country’s government calling on regulators to rein in patent royalties being demanded of domestic handset makers by foreign companies, according to a story in the Economic…

20 March 2015

Microsoft USPTO patent assignments may indicate a change of monetisation strategy

In the Data centre section of each issue of IAM magazine, we include tables outlining the preceding two months’ top assignors and assignees of patents as recorded at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The data – which is provided by ktMINE – ranks…

10 March 2015

Chinese business leaders look beyond bulk patent accumulation to embrace strategic portfolio construction

We no longer think twice when we hear the CEO of a major Chinese tech company, when asked about future plans, launch into a discussion of patent portfolios and where they need to be made stronger. At least at the upper echelons of the corporate…

03 March 2015

Nokia devices making a comeback due to IP-based collaboration with Hon Hai

Last week, this blog reported on Hon Hai (Foxconn) chairman Terry Guo’s suggestion that the company had been guilty of profligate patenting. Henceforth, he said, Hon Hai’s focus will be on filing fewer applications of higher quality. Speaking…

23 February 2015

Despite bias concerns, Chinese courts tow a similar line to their US counterparts on FRAND rates

In the wake of the US$975 million fine and other sanctions for anti-competitive patent licensing activities imposed on Qualcomm by the Chinese authorities earlier this month, there has been a surge in discussion about the country’s burgeoning…

16 February 2015

Antitrust is now firmly part of the picture for IP owners in China. Compliance is the next hurdle

Details of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission’s settlement of its antitrust probe of Qualcomm emerged last week, with the US company slated to pay a $975 million fine and facing significant limitations on its patent licensing…

12 February 2015

Qualcomm antitrust decision could be the Big Bang moment for China's domestic patent market

Qualcomm confirmed this week that it has reached an agreement with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which recently completed an antitrust investigation into the US company’s patent licensing activities in the country. Under…

06 February 2015

India could end up trumping China as a patent dispute venue for many rights holders

China often hogs the limelight when it comes to discussion about which emerging economy will become the next major IP market alongside the United States and Europe. Questions over the Indian authorities’ approach to IP rights have no doubt…

02 February 2015

In China, as elsewhere, it's big tech that dominates the patent grants league table

The People’s Daily and the Intellectual Property Publishing House – a media arm of China’s State IP Office (SIPO) – recently released statistics showing which entities were granted the most Chinese patents in 2014. The grant data below relates…