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02 January 2018

The IAM IP personalities of 2017 - part one

The mince pies have all been eaten, the decorations are down, the hangovers have been slept off, just about – and now the IAM blog is back for 2018. We get things going as we always do at the start of a new year by naming our IP personalities for…

23 November 2017

ICT patent players want a higher bar for CII grants, report finds; but worries emerge about SME IP awareness

EU-funded CIFRA research project (Challenging the ICT Patent Framework for Responsible Innovation) has recently published the results of a broad consultation across the ICT value chain designed to assess different experts’ perceptions of the most…

30 October 2017

New licensing vehicle will be offering a slice of 12,000 former Nokia patents for just $100,000

Earlier this month we broke the story of how a large portfolio of Nokia patents had been acquired by Provenance Asset Group LLC, which is led by Dan McCurdy and Tim Lynch of Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM). Now, based on exclusive interviews with…

20 October 2017

Nokia disposes of huge US portfolio as company continues to streamline its patent arsenal

This story has been updated to include details of Dan McCurdy's role with Provenance Asset Group.  In what looks like one of the biggest patent deals of the year so far, Nokia has transferred a portfolio of almost 4,000 US grants to an entity…

17 September 2017

The man who brought patent monetisation to BlackBerry is latest big name corporate IP departure

Mark Kokes has left BlackBerry and is no longer its senior vice president of intellectual property, licensing & standards, IAM has learned. In a sudden move, Kokes departed in mid-August and is not thought to have taken another position. For its…

01 May 2017

Fixed-time patent-buying programme IP3 back again for 2017; but this time it’s different

AST is launching a new version of the Industry Patent Purchase Program (IP3) as it looks to once again give patent owners a quick and efficient way to sell their assets. The news, which was announced today, follows last year’s original IP3, which…

07 April 2017

The UK's first-ever court decision on FRAND/SEP licensing could be a global game-changer

On Wednesday, the High Court sitting in London handed down the UK’s first-ever decision in a case relating to the licensing of standard essential patents on a FRAND basis. It came down on the side of licensor Unwired Planet in its dispute with…

04 April 2017

Royalty announcement will ensure we remain a leader in 5G standardisation, says Ericsson CIPO

There has been much discussion on this blog and elsewhere about Ericsson’s announcement that it had published its royalty rates for 5G devices. The Swedish telco revealed that it would charge $5 per handset for the most expensive devices but also…

14 March 2017

Microsoft picks up Toshiba chipmaking patents amid asset sell-off at troubled Japanese giant

It has been a tumultuous few years for Toshiba. A multi-billion-dollar accounting scandal and massive losses at its US-based nuclear power unit have left the Japanese conglomerate in a precarious position financially. Hoping to offset some of the…

18 December 2015

Patent reform stalls, Bass takes on pharma, litigation spikes plus plenty more – the US IP market in 2015

As we near the end of the year it’s list time and so here’s our run through of the most significant patent stories from the US. As with last year, we’ve ranked them in order of importance. Feel free to tell us where we got it wrong. Kyle Bass and…

18 December 2015

Big buck Chinese investors, changing attitudes and antitrust actions – the Asia-Pacific’s IP market in 2015

It has been a busy 2015 for IP owners operating in Asia, with the region continuing to challenge Europe as the world’s second major IP marketplace (and, with things the way they are in the United States at the moment, first place may even be up for…

17 December 2015

Qualcomm makes the right call in deciding against splitting in two

Five months after it confirmed that it would look again at splitting its business in two, Qualcomm announced on Tuesday that it had decided against dividing up its chip making business and patent licensing arm. Despite some of the strong attractions…

15 December 2015

Vringo and ZTE go the distance: an infographic

Last week, IAM reported on US PIPCO Vringo's announcement that it had reached a $21.5 million settlement and licence agreement with China's ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and often bad-tempered web of patent…

04 December 2015

To truly facilitate innovation, standard-setting must benefit everyone, not just a few big implementers

Last month, this blog reported on a landmark victory for Italian patent licensing business Sisvel in a German suit relating to SEPs and FRAND it had brought against Chinese company Haier. In the decision, thought to be the first handed down by a…

19 November 2015

From Congress to Wall Street new IAM event lifts the lid on how law and policy is shaping the patent market

IAM’s inaugural Patent Law and Policy event took place in Washington DC on Tuesday with five outstanding panels of speakers discussing the latest trends in law and policy, and how those two forces affect the monetisation landscape. Given the…