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04 November 2015

New IAM law and policy event just weeks away

It is three weeks until IAM’s inaugural Patent Law and Policy conference being held in Washington DC on November 17th. It is the first time that we have held an event specifically focused on law and policy. At a time when patent reform is still…

03 November 2015

Why Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung have all been big winners in the smartphone patent wars

It’s not often that a war is fought in which almost every side bearing arms wins; but the one that took place over patents relating to mobile devices might be a very rare example of such a phenomenon. It began way back in 2009, got extremely serious…

24 October 2015

Top speakers confirmed for February 2016 San Francisco event on EU's new, game-changing patent regime

Speaker recruitment has now begun for IAM’s Inside Europe’s New Patent Market: Winning Strategies for the UPC Regime conference, being held at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco on 18th February 2016. With a programme specifically designed for a…

15 October 2015

Grief and acceptance in patent market, the case to watch and a new licensing paradigm

I’ve spent some time recently on the road, first at the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s annual meeting in Chicago and then, last week, in and around Seattle. I was meeting with patent owners, advisers and intermediaries, and hearing all…

13 October 2015

How courts, legislators and regulatory authorities are fundamentally reshaping the US patent market

In a little over a month’s time, Patent Law and Policy: Courts, Congress and the Monetisation Landscape will take place in Washington DC. Being hosted by IAM at the Ronald Reagan Centre on 17th November, the conference will offer all those…

01 October 2015

IAM 74 now out: why licensing companies face an extinction event & the drivers of the global patent market named

Issue 74 of IAM has now been published and is available for subscribers to read online. Our cover story focuses on how challenging the climate in the US has become for companies whose businesses are based on the generation of patent licensing…

29 September 2015

The crisis in 101, Wamsley bows out and more from day 2 of the IPO annual meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 43rd annual meeting in Chicago, came to a close today. You can see our coverage of yesterday here and below is a round-up of some of the main developments from the final day. Back to first principles…

28 September 2015

Novartis is the latest Big Pharma player to extend olive branch in Third World patent rights row

While the global quarrel over the pricing of patented drugs continues unabated, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has announced that it will offer a number of its medicines at significant discount to developing countries. According to a press…

24 September 2015

Mark Cuban is not a patent hypocrite, he is merely a sinner in the process of repenting

You have got to admire Mark Cuban’s chutzpah, if nothing else. As a self-proclaimed enemy of patent trolls, a vocal advocate for fundamental change to the US patent system and the funder of the EFF’s Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents,…

11 September 2015

“Odds of success are just too small now” for licensors, says outgoing WiLAN CEO Jim Skippen

Back in June WiLAN announced that its CEO Jim Skippen would be stepping down after nine years at the helm. When he took the top spot at the Canadian NPE, it had a market capitalisation of less than C$30 million. Today, it stands at well over C$300…

11 September 2015

Chances of patent reform this year look slim as Congress returns from summer break

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, NBA team owner and star of the TV show Shark Tank (the US equivalent of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den) was on Capitol Hill this week in part to help bring a little stardust to the push for patent reform. Cuban is the backer of the…

08 September 2015

Former USPTO Commissioner for Patents joins stellar speaking faculty for IAM law and policy event

The former Commissioner for Patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret (Peggy) Focarino has joined the specialist IP law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt as a senior patent adviser. It has also been confirmed that she is…

04 August 2015

An SEP licensing system with no rules has no future, says IEEE Standards Board executive

In a wide-ranging interview, Konstantinos Karachalios, the managing director of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), has explained why he feels the changes made earlier this year to the IEEE-SA’s patent policy, were essential to the future…

03 August 2015

After being opposed for so long, Spain could be about to change its mind on joining the UPC

A new Spanish patent act will come into force on 1st April 2017, following its recent publication in the country’s Official Gazette. There is a detailed look at all the major provisions in the legislation over on the PatLit blog, but what looks to…

02 August 2015

The US may not have a world class patent system, but its professionals are second to none

Reading a story in the Washington Post on Friday about the on-going controversy surrounding the USPTO’s teleworking scheme, I wondered again about a claim made recently by the agency’s director Michelle Lee that the US has a world class patent…