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20 September 2018

Revealed: the leaders of the global IP market - part one

We begin the countdown of this year’s IAM Market Makers list, which names the elite individuals who drive global patent dealmaking and value creation from their positions inside corporates, NPEs, investment institutions and other entities. Today, positions 40 to 31.

13 September 2018

Fortress’s burgeoning IP group adds Tivo patent dealmaker

The hire of Courtney Quish and the closing of an investment fund thought to be close to $1 billion in value adds even more heft to the team headed by Eran Zur

30 July 2018

Seiko Epson assigned nearly 2,000 patents to NPE Longitude Licensing

The electronics company's largest ever divestment nets Ireland-based chip IP licensor a second major Japanese portfolio.

26 July 2018

Criminal charges against Shanghai patent trolls could lead to a broader NPE debate in China

The arrest of two individuals following a spree of patent assertions against pre-IPO Chinese tech companies is generating plenty of discussion among IP practitioners. It could lead to a national conversation on the role of NPEs.

24 July 2018

New legislation and research adds to focus on why women and minorities lag in patenting

Proposed legislation and a new report highlight how much ground underrepresented groups need to make up to achieve patent parity.

23 July 2018

Husband and wife accused of patent troll activity face criminal extortion charges in Shanghai

Two people have been charged in what could be China’s first criminal prosecution of alleged patent trolls. On 21st July, prosecutors in Shanghai announced a criminal case against a married couple who had obtained patent settlements with a series of…

22 July 2018

Five years after its founding, IP Bridge reflects Japan’s changing approach to patents

Sovereign fund remains trailblazer in market that continues to open up to IP monetisation

19 July 2018

Despite Samsung settlement management of former BlackBerry patents changes hands

Earlier this week a judge in the Eastern District of Texas officially dismissed the lawsuit between Samsung and Fundamental Innovation Systems International (FISI) after the pair settled their dispute. FISI had accused the tech giant of infringing…

06 July 2018

$100 million NPE sets its sights on China and promises a big litigation play within a fortnight

The boss of an NPE that launched in late June with $100 million of funding has said that within the next two weeks it will be filing “extremely large patent infringement lawsuits in China, against a major consumer products manufacturer”. Brian…

03 July 2018

Fortress-affiliated entity doubles down on litigation campaign against Intel

VLSI Technology, an entity with apparent ties to Fortress’s IP Group, has launched a second infringement lawsuit against Intel, accusing the chipmaker of infringing five patents. Filed late last week in district court in Delaware, it follows another…

22 June 2018

Qualcomm, France Brevets and IP Europe join forces to create a new funding initiative for European SMEs

A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was…

21 June 2018

Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for…

12 June 2018

Iancu makes 101 waves, US woes, GE CIO hails licensing revolution and more from IPBC Global 2018

The Monday plenary, breakout and bootcamp sessions at IPBC Global 2018 are now all done. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam…

07 June 2018

Intellectual Ventures, Amex veterans to launch blockchain-powered IP trading platform

New start-up Operem hopes to launch IP exchange by year's end after closing series A funding round in April. CEO Tim Londergan says the project can lure financial investors into the IP world. 

05 June 2018

Coolpad hints at India suit against Xiaomi, but it may not have much ammunition there

Shenzhen-based Coolpad is seeking to keep up the pressure on Xiaomi as the start-up heads toward its initial public offering in Hong Kong. This time, chief IP officer Nancy Zhang has stated that Coolpad is open to expanding the pair's litigation…