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30 October 2017

New licensing vehicle will be offering a slice of 12,000 former Nokia patents for just $100,000

Earlier this month we broke the story of how a large portfolio of Nokia patents had been acquired by Provenance Asset Group LLC, which is led by Dan McCurdy and Tim Lynch of Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM). Now, based on exclusive interviews with…

26 October 2017

As US tech weighs in on 301 probe of China, Republicans in congress propose more powers for CFIUS

As the US Trade Representative’s Section 301 investigation of China’s intellectual property policies continues, it has attracted a significant amount of feedback from the tech sector. In comments submitted before and after a public hearing held this…

12 October 2017

5G SEPs – how can early implementers predict aggregate royalties?

There has been tremendous growth in the mobile telecommunications industry since the standards development organisation known as the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) was formed in 1988 to promote greater harmonisation…

01 October 2017

Trump hones in on China, but would do well to look closer to home

The Trump administration’s probe into Chinese IP practices that are allegedly harming US interests may be politically charged but is being welcomed by many tech companies. However, it may be US developments which are giving Chinese entities a helping hand

19 September 2017

Microsoft v Motorola judge criticises recent UK Unwired Planet SEP licensing decision

US district court judge James Robart has taken aim at the decision handed down by Justice Colin Birss in the high profile London High Court SEP/FRAND case of Unwired Planet v Huawei, decided earlier this year. Speaking at the annual IPO meeting in…

31 August 2017

Haier’s antitrust suit against MPEG LA licensors suggests Chinese rate debate is far from over

This post has been updated with details of the New York State Court case Chinese appliance maker Haier has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the Northern District of New York against MPEG LA and six licensors that are part of its ATSC patent pool…

01 August 2017

A special anniversary at a time of rapid change

From June 18 to 20 2017, the 10th IPBC Global took place in Ottawa, with more than 500 senior IP leaders in attendance. Over the three days of the event a wide range of topics came up for discussion under the general theme of intellectual property in the age of convergence. The conference confirmed that the IP market is changing. The US-based confrontations which were once such a feature of the landscape have given way to a more collaborative approach to value creation, on a much more international stage. Business models and attitudes are evolving rapidly – and come 2020 it could all look very different again

01 August 2017

Rights holders need to keep faith in standard-essential patents

Despite uncertainty over the value of standard-essential patents, careful analysis of major patent markets around the world shows that they can still pay off for rights holders

18 July 2017

FTC head criticises application of US antitrust laws against owners of standards essential patents

While patent owners in the US in recent years have become accustomed to change in the legal environment courtesy of the Supreme Court and Congress, some have also had to contend with the much broader application of competition laws by local…

19 June 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights…

12 June 2017

Sharp asks California court to terminate licence with Hisense, saying Chinese partner is damaging its brand

On Friday, I wrote about how the IP team at Foxconn is getting value out of the massive Sharp patent portfolio through spin-offs and patent sales. But investing in certain technologies and divesting others is only one aspect of chairman Terry Gou’s…

02 May 2017

InterDigital CEO hails Unwired Planet v Huawei decision “an extremely important development”

In the next issue of IAM we will be running a feature on InterDigital, a company which despite a tough climate for many licensing businesses has been a big growth story over the last five years. The wireless tech business currently has Samsung,…

20 April 2017

Qualcomm reveals $150 million dispute with licensee as it provides more detail on Apple lawsuit

There was plenty to discuss yesterday on Qualcomm’s call with analysts concerning the company’s latest quarterly results. On the positive side the company is in the final stages of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and reported that it is seeing…

14 April 2017

“The decision of the decade” – US reaction to the UK’s landmark Unwired Planet FRAND judgment

Last week’s judgment from London’s High Court in Unwired Planet v Huawei has elicited a lot of interest from the patent licensing community in the US. Despite the fact that patent disputes between various players in the mobile sector have hardly…

31 March 2017

Saving the special relationship

Trade tensions between the United States and China could cast a large shadow over the way that IP business is carried out by companies from both nations