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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…

19 May 2015

There is nothing wrong with privateering; patent owners are entitled to maximise the value of their assets

In the last couple of years there have been several attempts to stymie privateering – the model by which operating companies sell patents to an NPE which then seeks to monetise them, usually through an assertion campaign. The original owner may…

19 May 2015

It's not all doom and gloom for pharmaceutical innovators in India

Merck has become the latest foreign pharmaceutical innovator to notch a patent win in an Indian court. Last Friday, the country’s Supreme Court enjoined Glenmark Generics from selling new low-cost versions of diabetes drugs Januvia and Janumet …

15 May 2015

Compulsory licensing is not just a risk factor in India and other emerging markets

The following is a brief extract from a letter which a national legislator sent to a member of the cabinet earlier this week: “I ask you to utilise federal law… to break the patents on these drugs to authorise third parties to manufacture or…

11 May 2015

If companies did not infringe NPE patents, the cost they incurred from NPE litigation would be much lower

Yesterday this blog took a look at the huge difference in the amount of costs incurred by operating companies in the US as the result of NPE litigation put forward by Boston University professors James Bessen and Michael Meurer on the one hand, and…

10 May 2015

The cost of NPE disputes in the US and the $16.8 billion gap between RPX and Bessen & Meurer

In June 2012, James Bessen and Michael Meurer published their frequently-cited paper “The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes”, with its headline grabbing claim that US companies “accrued $29 billion of direct costs in 2011” as a result of NPE assertions…

08 May 2015

More evidence that Chinese patent values could rise as Apple win shows increasing court focus on quality

On the sidelines of the INTA annual meeting in San Diego, IAM attended a seminar on the last year’s changes to trademark law in China. There was a nice bonus at the end, though, in the form of a discussion of patent litigation trends from Wan Hui Da…

07 May 2015

For small NPEs looking for growth Japan might provide the best opportunity

As keen readers of this blog will know, we have subscribed to the idea that a period of consolidation among NPEs, and publicly traded IP companies in particular, is going to be one of the trends in the patent market over the next few years. In March…

24 April 2015

Despite increasing head winds Qualcomm’s high-quality patents continue to bring home the bacon

The transcript of Qualcomm’s recent investor call to discuss its latest quarterly results is a must-read for anyone in the licensing business. The giant chipmaker remains a pretty good bellwether for the market and has faced recent challenges over…

23 April 2015

Buying time, quality over quantity, the gathering litigation storm and more from IPBC China 2015

There were over 250 attendees at a packed-to-the-rafters IPBC China, which took place this week at the Shangri-La Hotel in Haidian, Beijing. Delegates, mostly local IP professionals working inside major Chinese businesses, participated in a series…

01 April 2015

Japan's uneasy relationship with patent monetisation is the cover story in the latest issue of IAM, published today

Issue 71 of IAM has been published online and is available for subscribers to view. The cover story focuses on the uneasy relationship that Japanese companies have with IP monetisation. Although they have built some of the world’s biggest patent…

31 March 2015

With so much fear surrounding the PIPCO sector, now is the time to be greedy, says leading IP investor

Mark Argento is a founding partner of boutique investment bank Lake Street Capital Markets and one of the leading analysts of public IP companies (PIPCOs). The businesses he covers include Acacia Research, TiVo, Unwired Planet and Vringo. He…

24 February 2015

IP Market 2.0 is going to be a lot more international than the previous US-centric one

We’re less than two months into 2015 and I have already made trips from the UK to the US and China. Along the way I have had a fair few conversations with various IP market participants about where things stand. The overall view is that change is…