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25 November 2018

Patent sales on the rise; Microsoft’s deal with Chinese drone company; a deep dive into Oppo’s portfolio; IP insurance goes mainstream; and much more

Your essential Sunday reading: a summary of all the stories posted on the IAM platform in the past week - as well as links to each one

21 November 2018

China’s top patent owners continue their overseas march

A detailed report looking at China’s 100 most innovative entities shows that 39 of them now have portfolios in which at least 10% of assets are held abroad. In 2016, that figure stood at 20.

15 November 2018

Congress needs role in key patent reform debates, says senior GOP legislator

Tipped to be the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins looks set to emerge as one of most powerful IP policy voices on Capitol Hill

15 November 2018

Jury still out on foreign NPEs in China

Firms like iPEL are creating a buzz in the country's patent market, but as of yet there are few indications that Beijing will roll out the welcome mat

09 November 2018

SEP owners must beware of hindering Europe's golden 5G opportunity

In an exclusive opinion piece for IAM, Jim Beveridge of the Innovators' Network argues that originators need to embrace transparency and avoid royalty stacking to allow IoT innovation to thrive 

06 November 2018

Former Nokia patent deals chief becomes latest Marconi recruit

A month after leaving the Finnish company - where he helped to build a world-class licensing operation - Ilkka Rahnasto signs up with the firm that manages several platforms including Avanci and Teletry

30 October 2018

What every SEP owner and licensee needs to know about the <em>Unwired Planet</em> decision

In upholding the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Birss last week, the Court of Appeals in London has confirmed the UK as a go-to jurisdiction for FRAND-related disputes

28 October 2018

Storm clouds over Silicon Valley

After years of dictating the patent narrative in the US - and reaping the rewards - BigTech now finds itself on the back foot as it loses friends in the executive and Congress. Will the courts be next? 

24 October 2018

Nokia announces it is joining Avanci

Move gives auto and IoT platform huge share of wireless standard essential patents to license 

19 October 2018

Huawei’s smartphone ambition cannot be achieved without Honor

Speculation in China suggests that the mobile giant may spin-out one of its biggest-selling domestic sub-brands as an independent company

18 October 2018

Even as plaintiffs, Chinese firms must prepare for trade war rhetoric in US IP suits

Huawei sued a former employee for trade secrets theft in the Eastern District of Texas. The counter complaint is tailor-made for a Trump country jury.

08 October 2018

New NPE suits will set up big validity battles in China

iPEL and another newly announced licensing entity are banking on pro-plaintiff China. How they fare will tell us more about whether the opportunity for foreign NPEs is a mirage.

04 October 2018

Major changes to Nokia IP team as patent kingpin leaves the company

Departure sees Finnish telecoms giant hand control of its $1bn portfolio to two women in a market dominated by men

19 September 2018

Smartphone technology – a peek behind the screen

In the wake of Apple’s announcement of three new iPhone models last week, a look at the origins of the technologies that lie behind the devices.

07 September 2018

The EPO should rule on SEPs, say top European auto patent players

The heads of IP at Swedish auto maker Volvo Car Corporation and Swiss wireless communications supplier u-blox AG believe that the agency must play a central role in deciding on mobile technology standard essential patents