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22 June 2018

Qualcomm, France Brevets and IP Europe join forces to create a new funding initiative for European SMEs

A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was…

13 June 2018

The Battistelli legacy, China concerns, gambling opportunities and a whole lot more from IPBC Global 2018

The sessions on the third and final day of IPBC Global 2018 have now finished; and, like yesterday, the action has come thick and first across a variety of plenaries, breakouts and masterclasses. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at…

12 June 2018

Iancu makes 101 waves, US woes, GE CIO hails licensing revolution and more from IPBC Global 2018

The Monday plenary, breakout and bootcamp sessions at IPBC Global 2018 are now all done. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam…

11 June 2018

Live from San Francisco, it's IPBC Global 2018

IPBC Global got underway yesterday in San Francisco with a special lunch to honour this year's indcutees into the IP Hall of Fame and the opening reception, which gave delegates their first opportunity to network and to chew the cud about the…

10 June 2018

All the big life sciences patent news from May

In May’s round-up of life sciences-related patent news, we report on new research revealing a sharp surge in CRISPR patent filings in Asia, on mistaken claims that China has introduced a new 25-year pharma patent term and on the data showing the…

08 June 2018

IP Index showing decline in the US patent system lacks credibility, claims Unified COO

In recent years much has been written and spoken about the relative decline of the US patent system's ranking recorded by the Global Innovation Policy Center’s “IP Index”. While in IP generally, the Index states that the US remains in number one…

04 June 2018

Europe soars as the US falls back in the latest IAM benchmarking survey

Europe is forging a world-leading reputation for both patent litigation and procurement at a time when faith in the US system is declining, according to the results of IAM’s annual benchmarking survey, published in issue 90 of the magazine. …

03 June 2018

A new government in Spain reopens the possibility that the country may sign up to the UPC

It was all change in Spain on Friday when a vote of no confidence in the Partido Popular (PP) government led by prime minister Mariano Rajoy was passed by the country’s parliament, the Cortes. As a result, Rajoy was replaced by Pedro Sánchez, the…

25 May 2018

Our auto royalty rates won't change no matter how many patent owners join us, Avanci confirms

There will be no changes to the $3 to $15 per car royalty fees licensees are asked to pay to access the patents that form the Avanci auto patent platform, the firm has told IAM.  “As we add new patent owners to the Avanci platform, the price the…

22 May 2018

Chinese company which raised $1.3 billion in IP-backed financing has Virginia factory site foreclosed

It would appear that the recipient of the largest ever IP-backed loan has come full circle to cautionary tale. Tranlin Paper, based in China’s Shandong Province, borrowed well over a billion dollars from the China Development bank in 2014 on the…

20 May 2018

There is one Brexit IP issue that could explode politically - and it has nothing to do with patents

Ask any European IP professional about the Brexit issues which take up most of their time and they are likely to tell you about things such as the UPC and the unitary patent, the enforcement directive and decoupling the UK from the Community…

18 May 2018

Suing a Chinese entity in the United States? Expect a two year wait to serve process

There are a host of challenges when it comes to trying to assert US patents against a Chinese legal entity. A recent court filing by Dutch telecom KPN, which is suing Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus in the District of Delaware, underlines what looks to be a…

07 May 2018

CRISPR dust-up; compulsory licensing in China; Novartis CEO wants US reform, and more - April's Life Sciences IP Round-up

In this month’s round-up of life sciences-related patent news, we report on the year’s first pharma mega-merger, the latest developments in a must-watch CRISPR-Cas9 patent dispute, calls from Novartis’ CEO for reform to the US biosimilar patent…

07 May 2018

India’s Supreme Court will hear Monsanto’s challenge to a recent ruling imperiling agri-tech patentability

India’s top court has agreed to review a shock decision which saw a key Monsanto patent struck down. The Supreme Court’s decision could have a major impact on innovators in the agricultural sector as it weighs whether or not certain plant…

06 May 2018

Israel's innovation story is extraordinary, but just assuming it will continue would be a big mistake

Series of unique factors contributed to country's status as start-up hub but there are growing signs that more needs to be done to preserve it.