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25 March 2019

Siemens patent filings climb, but quality over quantity is the name of the game  

The German industrial and manufacturing company recently topped the charts as the number one filer at the EPO. A look at its portfolio shows a focus on innovation and high-value assets

12 March 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up

04 March 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple

13 February 2019

Recent patent trends in CRISPR

Nothing in the field of genome editing has looked to be as ground breaking as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). While it is difficult to predict the future for a technology that is still so young, activity in the patent landscape looks promising.

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.

23 January 2019

Technical contributions to IEEE 802 standards: empirical analysis

Companies and individuals that participate in technical standard setting can help to drive the development of technology. This article evaluates whether the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2015 patent policy updates influenced its members and specifically their willingness to contribute technologies and make associated R&D investments, in support of the ongoing development of IEEE 802 standards.

17 January 2019

As the FTC rests its case against Qualcomm it’s advantage Apple at the PTAB

Series of IPRs instituted against chipmaker’s patents including against patent that was subject of controversial ITC ruling

16 January 2019

How patents are shaping up for virtual and augmented reality

This article looks into the patent landscape of virtual and augmented reality technologies to identify the main portfolio holders, countries involved and overall industry trends.

04 January 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom

04 January 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher

20 December 2018

After China win, Qualcomm follows up with German injunction against Apple

Decision of the District Court of Munich orders Apple "to cease the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale in Germany of infringing iPhones" and could be spur to settlement talks

20 December 2018

MIT and Harvard lead the world’s research institutions in patent quality, but look out for the rise of China  

The research centres which produce the most world-leading assets are currently found in the US and Europe, but analysis shows that Chinese universities are beginning to catch up (Picture: MIT)

12 December 2018

Who is leading the 5G patent race?

The long-term vision is that 5G will lead to the invention of thousands of new products, technologies and services, increase productivity and allow for new industries to emerge. But who is leading the patent race?

23 November 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi. 

05 November 2018

European SPC ruling is a blow for medical device innovators

Court of Justice delivers decision that will make it harder for inventors of device-drug combination products to obtain patent term extensions