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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…

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…

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…

12 July 2015

Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement, warns ex-Microsoft patent chief

Amazon’s AWS cloud service has been a significant success for the company, with Jeff Bezos revealing in April that it is now a $5 billion a year business. However, some have raised concerns that the IP non-assert provision in the AWS standard…

09 July 2015

From Congress to the USPTO, there's an assumption that only patent plaintiffs abuse the system; but it's wrong

In the ongoing debate around patent reform in the US there are two distinct narratives at play. The first is well known to anyone that has even only occasionally followed the progress of the proposed legislation.   It is the claim championed by…

19 June 2015

We will offer equitable deals to any company and litigate regardless of nationality, says IP Bridge CEO

Earlier this month, IAM reported on two significant patent portfolio acquisitions made by Japanese 'sovereign patent fund' IP Bridge. At the time, I wrote that the fund's progress "has largely been shrouded in mystery" and that "many…

18 June 2015

The car industry’s patent evolution leaves many questions to be answered

One of the key questions for auto manufacturers and the large tech players like Apple and Google that are looking to enter the car space, is whether the changes the industry is going through now represent a fundamental shift to a completely new…

18 June 2015

US patent leadership may be over and the IP market is changing, but opportunities abound

Unsurprisingly, one of the key themes at this year’s IPBC in San Francisco was that the US market is in a state of serious flux. There was no consensus on whether the pendulum has swung too far against the interests of patent owners – your views on…

17 June 2015

A new approach to the reform debate; China's IP future; the European tide; and much more at IPBC Global Day 3

IPBC Global in San Francisco is now finished, but only after another compelling day of sessions, networking and discussion. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights: …

16 June 2015

Patent values about to climb, heroic inventors, the US's patent failure, hope for SMEs, and much more at the IPBC

The first full day of the IPBC Global in San Francisco is now done and dusted. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights from the sessions and from the conversations…

11 June 2015

IAM ’s unique guide to the world’s top IP strategists now online and features in-house experts for first time

The latest edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists is now available online. As in previous years, it lists individuals that in-depth research has shown to possess world class skills in the development and roll-out of…

08 June 2015

Boeing changes course as it looks to aggressively grow its licensing business

Boeing may have a world famous brand and have been a leader in the aerospace industry for almost 100 years, but it is not as well known when it comes to IP and the monetisation of its large portfolio. But having re-thought its IP strategy several…

28 May 2015

Ford is the latest automaker to ‘open’ its patents; but, as always, be sure to check the small print

Ford is ‘opening’ a portfolio of its patents relating to electric vehicle (EV) technology to “competitive automakers to accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles,” according to a press release from the US company…

25 May 2015

Patent reform could do terrible damage to our many successful programmes, says Columbia's tech transfer chief

Orin Herskowitz is head of technology transfer at Columbia University, one of the most respected and successful university licensing operations in the United States. His role not only means that he is plugged into the steady stream of new technology…

24 May 2015

There is an intellectual dishonesty at the heart of the case for US patent reform that needs to be discussed

One notable aspect of the debate over whether there is a need for further legislative reform of the US patent system is that almost without fail those who call for new laws do so on the basis that only by making it harder for all patent owners to…