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09 June 2016

China’s IP transactions market slows “under economic pressure,” according to state-run media outlet

The IP Development and Research Centre of China’s State IP Office (SIPO) published its latest annual report on the development of the country’s IP system this week (press release here, in Chinese), indicating that its somewhat curious industry in IP…

07 June 2016

Google shake-up; SMEs 4 the UPC; Europe warning; China insights and more from IPBC Global 2016 Day Two

All the plenary and breakout sessions have now come to an end at IPBC Global 2016. It’s been one hell of an event. IAM’s editorial team on the ground in Barcelona – editor Joff Wild (JW); North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL); Asia editor Jacob…

06 June 2016

IV spins-out invention fund, Yahoo! patent sale, Brexit bypass & much more from IPBC Global 2016 Day One

The first full day of plenary sessions and breakouts at IPBC Global 2016 has now come to an end, and delegates are currently enjoying a cocktail reception in the grounds of conference venue the Hotel Arts. Throughout the day, IAM’s team of…

07 April 2016

Unwired Planet to sell patent business for $30 million; buyer increases its stockpile of Ericsson assets

Less than a year since it hired former Apple IP executive Boris Teksler as its CEO on a $1 million salary, and just days since it secured a notable court win in the UK, Unwired Planet has announced that it is to sell its patent licensing business to…

24 March 2016

NPEs still waiting for that oft-promised swing-back of the US patent pendulum

The extent to which the patent licensing world has changed over recent times was on full display at our second NPE conference in New York this week. NPE2016: The business of responsible licensing brought together some of the leading executives in…

08 February 2016

Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe - UPDATED

Last week I was at the European Patent Office in The Hague to make a presentation at the annual two-day, DG1 management meeting. This is a get-together of all directors and managers in the office’s operations directorate-general, the one that is…

05 January 2016

The IP personalities of 2015, part two

Yesterday, we revealed the first five of our IP personalities of 2015. Today, in alphabetical order, we name the final five. Remember - we define a “personality” in very broad terms. You don’t have to be a human being or even a single identifiable…

04 January 2016

The IP personalities of 2015, part one

So, the festivities are all over and it is time to get back to work. And, as is usual at this time of year, the IAM blog announces our IP personalities of 2015. Please remember that we define a “personality” in very broad terms. You don’t have to be…

22 December 2015

As we start our Christmas and New Year break, here are the most-read IAM blog stories of 2015

It’s Christmas time and the IAM blog is taking its annual winter break. We’ve had an exciting year with so much happening in various parts of the world to keep our team in London, Hong Kong and Washington DC busy. A quick look at our Google…

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…

08 December 2015

It’s not all bad news in the IP market; things may be getting better (in parts, at least)

After the first day of this year’s IP Dealmakers Forum it was hard to pick the appropriate phrase to accurately describe the general sentiment. “Things might just be improving,” was probably the prevailing view, at least in some parts of the market…

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…

17 November 2015

Some questions about the US patent market in search of answers at today's PLAP event in DC

Later today – at 9.30 am EST – the inaugural Patent Law & Policy conference gets underway at the Ronald Reagan Centre in Washington DC. Organised by IAM, with a programme and speaking faculty put together by our North America editor Richard Lloyd,…