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02 August 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand

02 August 2019

How the Huawei ban and trade dispute are impacting major licensing players

Executives from Qualcomm and InterDigital explained some of the effects US-China tensions are having on their businesses in earnings calls this week. Huawei also gave an update

01 August 2019

Expect Pfizer set to focus on more oncology opportunities following off-patent drug purge

After $12 billion Upjohn deal with Mylan, CEO Bourla says company is on the hunt for early- and mid-stage cancer assets

01 August 2019

Canon assigns patents to Samsung Electronics

The transaction of OLED-related rights appears to be a very rare disposal for the third biggest US patent holder, which earlier this year did a deal through the LOT Network

29 July 2019

Big German win for Nokia in its ongoing patent battle with Continental and Daimler

Munich court hands down unprecedented order preventing the auto supplier from applying for a US anti-suit injunction that would stymy the Finnish company's litigation in Germany 

29 July 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2

25 July 2019

Rubio’s new Huawei proposal is more nuanced, but should still worry US patent owners

The measure would not stop the company from enforcing patents outright, but it would severely hamper buying and selling activity

24 July 2019

CRISPR patent pool will do little to quash licensing uncertainties

New initiative may help the Broad and MilliporeSigma strike more licensing deals, but is unlikely to heal the deeper fractures in the CRISPR landscape

19 July 2019

Operating company dominance of the patent deals market continues, latest data reveals

Analysis by AST shows Qualcomm, Samsung and TSMC all active, and volumes in line with recent quarterly averages; software still the leading sector in terms of number of transactions

19 July 2019

Alphabet is trimming down its portfolio - but only after sustained growth  

The tech giant saw a steep drop in the number of US patents granted in 2018 after having spent years building its portfolio organically and through strategic acquisitions

19 July 2019

Recent Oppo deal with Ericsson underlines appeal of Indian patents to Chinese buyers

Chinese smartphone vendors have filed hundreds of patent applications in India, but grants are slow in coming so far. Third party transactions can help bridge the gap as litigation continues to be a concern

18 July 2019

France Brevets puts pair of portfolios up for sale - including a set of 5G assets

Both packages were developed by French research institutes with close support from the sovereign patent fund

16 July 2019

The IP impact of IBM's Red Hat acquisition remains uncertain

Big Blue is betting that it can grow its presence in the cloud space with the help of the open source leader, but in patent terms the pair are hardly kindred spirits

16 July 2019

Oppo got one last bite of Intel portfolio days after auction was announced

Intel signed off on sale of 58 US patent rights to Chinese company one week after it confirmed it would auction off its full smartphone portfolio, a process that has now been halted

16 July 2019

Gilead’s unique $5.1 billion licensing deal shows the range of IP monetisation options open to biotech sector

New boss explains that the Big Pharma company will seek out “diverse and creative” asset partnerships – rather than large acquisitions – to boost its pipeline