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30 January 2019

<em>Apple v Qualcomm</em> is the global patent fight for our times

Why Qualcomm’s winning of an injunction in China against Apple is another sign that the patent market is drifting inexorably eastwards. With the country’s answer to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit opening at the start of this year, rights holders have even more reason to turn to Chinese courts.

29 January 2019

How Microsoft’s patent portfolio reinforces its position as a market leader

A deep dive into the software company’s portfolio shows that it is developing particular strength in the cloud and AI, though overall quality may be falling

29 January 2019

Facebook turns to IV for latest patent purchase

Deal follows acquisition of assets from AT&T and Provenance, and shows that interest in giant NPE’s portfolio remains high

29 January 2019

Foxconn filing fewer patents, not more, as it seeks to move up value chain

The company’s applications in its home jurisdiction of Taiwan fell 50% year-on-year in 2018, as it also marked a second year outside the USPTO’s top 50 patentees

28 January 2019

For Samsung Electronics, patents increasingly help close deals

Recent assignments show the Korean conglomerate transferring US patent rights to Nokia, TiVo and Philips against the backdrop of licence deals and strategic business partnerships

28 January 2019

New industry forum seeks to bridge licensor/licensee divide and chart a new course for next video codec

Apple, Canon, Dolby, Ericsson and InterDigital are among early backers of attempt to change the licensing dynamic for the VVC standard

26 January 2019

Taylor Swift rewrites the rules for licensing

The singer-songwriter is using her industry clout to secure an unprecedented record deal that will also improve the streaming-related revenue of fellow artists.

25 January 2019

Treat IP rights as property to maximise their value, Huawei CEO urges

In a rare public appearance, the Chinese telecom’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, reaffirms commitment to respect third-party patents and explains why paying more than the competition will keep his company ahead

25 January 2019

New Lyft acquisitions show once more that in the patent deals market AT&T is becoming IBM 2.0

In recent years, the telecoms giant has been involved in a number of deals with companies planning their initial public offerings, something that Big Blue has specialised in for years 

24 January 2019

Qualcomm has Apple on the back foot in Chinese media war of words

The Cupertino company may be the victim of a desire in China to show that the country's patent litigation system is modern and extremely effective

24 January 2019

Despite just $11 million of deals in three years, the IP3 patent buying programme is creating significant value

Participants in the scheme - such as Google, IBM and Microsoft - are getting something that is worth a lot more than the assets being offered for sale: market data 

24 January 2019

Patents show the sun shining on renewable energy

As global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change become increasingly urgent, new developments in solar technology are fuelling a surge in IP

23 January 2019

Kokes hails "fantastic first year" as NantWorks CIPO

In exclusive interview with IAM, after confirming as a speaker for IPBC Global 2019, the former BlackBerry IP chief talks in-depth about life sciences and high tech convergence - and the many patent opportunities that creates 

23 January 2019

New USPTO guidance on patentable subject matter

On 7 January 2019 the USPTO published guidance on subject-matter eligibility in an effort to synthesise the disparate analysis of patent claims by the federal courts since the Supreme Court's rulings in Mayo v Prometheus and Alice v CLS Bank several years ago.

23 January 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond