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20 December 2015

Good news for SEP owners, growing NPE interest, EPO turmoil, UPC progress & more - Europe's IP market in 2015

Following on from my colleagues identifying the big stories and trends in both the Asian and US IP markets in 2015, it is my job to do the same with Europe. Having spent a bit of time thinking about this, I can’t identify anything really huge that…

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…

13 December 2015

Sadly, Michelle Lee is wrong to believe the US IP system is gold standard and that it works for the little guy

A couple of weeks ago the IAM blog featured a two-part interview our North America correspondent Richard Lloyd did with USPTO Director Michelle Lee (Part One here and Part Two here). We were pleased to get it as Lee does not seem to have done too…

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…

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…

04 December 2015

The rules of the game may have changed, but the brokered patent market is still alive and kicking

The latest issue of IAM – now available online for subscribers – features our annual review of the brokered patent marketplace. The past few years have been something of a turbulent time for US patent assets and the intermediaries who seek to profit…

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…

12 November 2015

German court awards injunction to NPE in first post-Huawei v ZTE standard essential patent decision

A press release sent out this afternoon by German law firm Arnold Ruess reveals that its client Sisvel, the Italian patent licensing business, has secured a significant victory in the German courts. In the country's first decision relating to…

10 November 2015

Buying strategies for growing companies; the great "troll" debate; US hope & more at IPBC Asia 2015 Day Two

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 have now come to an end, although many of the 550 delegates are now enjoying one final networking opportunity at the closing drinks reception. Before joining them, IAM’s team of reporters covering…

09 November 2015

US market dominance under serious threat and much more from IPBC Asia 2015 Day One

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 got underway today at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Over 550 delegates are in attendance, with a very strong showing of senior corporate IP managers working in Japanese companies and those based in…

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…

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…