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21 September 2017

Red Hat expands its pioneering patent promise to the open source community

Open source software business Red Hat this morning announced a big expansion of its Patent Promise - the 2002 commitment the company made not assert to its patents against free and open source software. The promise now extends to all of Red Hat’s…

30 August 2017

Trump’s USPTO Director pick remains an unknown quantity to many – and that may be his greatest strength

When this blog first reported that Andrei Iancu was a candidate for USPTO director in April it was hard to find anyone in the patent community, at least in DC, who knew him well enough to provide informed comment on what his leadership might mean. …

25 August 2017

China reacts to the Trump administration’s investigation into IP trade barriers

China’s government dialed up its criticism of the recently announced US investigation in the country’s IP practices yesterday, saying the probe “sabotages the existing international trading system, and has poured cold water on all parties that have…

14 August 2017

IAM exclusive: Google IP head Lo jumps to Facebook

IAM can exclusively reveal that Google IP head Allen Lo is joining Facebook in a major move in Silicon Valley IP circles. Lo will effectively replace Sam O’Rourke who left the social media giant earlier this year after ten years as the company’s IP…

01 August 2017

Intellectual property in Asia’s boardrooms

The work is not necessarily over when negotiators shake hands on an IP-based transaction. Closing a deal means selling it to the board which, in Asia, is often a job for both parties

01 August 2017

IP protection on the factory floor

Manufacturing facilities are at the front line of IP protection and must be accounted for in any comprehensive trade secrets policy. Instilling an understanding of intellectual property here is particularly important in developing economies

01 August 2017

The (not so) secret source

Open source software has come to dominate the underlying infrastructure of much of the world’s technology. But with success have come the inevitable growing pains

20 July 2017

“Infringers will pay a heavy price,” says China's President Xi in call for further IP reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping made rare public comments about the country’s IP reform efforts on Monday. Addressing the National Financial Work Conference, Xi called for strengthened intellectual property rights protection and more stringent…

10 July 2017

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Lexmark could severely harm American businesses

As this blog has pointed out, of all the recent patent decisions from the US Supreme Court its ruling in Impression Products v Lexmark International is proving to be a particular cause for concern among some members of the patent licensing community…

06 June 2017

Lee stands down as Director of the USPTO; the battle to succeed her will be long and potentially bloody

Michelle Lee, Director of the USPTO, has submitted her resignation after four years in the role. The story was originally reported by Politico quoting unnamed sources and then confirmed to IAM by a USPTO spokesman earlier this afternoon. It’s not…

01 June 2017

<strong>Intangible investor:</strong> Report: foreign sources responsible for most US IP theft

Up to $600 billion is stolen annually, according to a report from the bi-partisan US IP Commission

01 June 2017

Thinking inside the box

Innovation or patent boxes are gaining in popularity as a way of using tax policy to encourage IP-backed R&D. With tax reform on the new administration’s agenda, the United States could be the next major market to introduce one

01 June 2017

IP value in the lands down under

Australia and New Zealand have the expertise, the investment and the right economic conditions to become high-tech innovation dynamos. What they need now is an IP strategy

08 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology…

28 April 2017

Foreign companies stand to benefit from Singapore's new $1 billion IP-focused fund

The Singaporean government has reinforced its strong IP credentials with the establishment of a S$1 billion (US$718 million) public-private investment fund that will target “high-growth companies with strong IP and proven business models”. …