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17 January 2017

Two big moves announced last week reflect a licensing market on the move

Last week this blog broke the news about two big moves in the patent licensing market. First up we reported that Peter Detkin had become a senior adviser at Sherpa Technology Group the IP consultancy set up by Kevin Rivette and formerly known as 3LP…

05 December 2016

Inside Microsoft's big deal with Xiaomi and much more from Day One of IPBC Asia 2016

The first full day of IPBC Asia 2016 in Shanghai has just come to an end. A crowd of over 400 have enjoyed a challenging programme of both plenary and breakout sessions, as well as many networking opportunities. The IAM editorial team – Editor Joff…

11 November 2016

Former Rockstar team joins up with Hilco Global to create new IP merchant bank

Hilco Global has announced the launch of a new IP merchant bank, with the financial services giant acquiring Marquis IP, the patent advisory business that was formed after the sale of the Rockstar portfolio to RPX in late 2014. The new bank, which…

21 October 2016

Microsoft IP boss Andersen named as the most influential player in the global IP market

Erich Andersen, who runs the IP group at Microsoft, has been named as the most influential player in the global IP market in the latest edition of the IAM Market Makers survey, published in the most recent issue of the magazine which came out at the…

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…