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26 October 2017

European Commission DGs square up in crucial fight over SEP licensing guidelines

A battle is waging inside the European Commission over the wording of a Communication due to be issued at the end of next month on transparency in SEP/FRAND licensing. The text is scheduled to include a list of what the Commission considers to be…

12 October 2017

There'll be no easy bedding-in for António Campinos at the EPO; he'll have to hit the ground running

The news that António Campinos has been chosen to succeed Benoît Battistelli as president of the European Patent Office should not have come as a huge surprise to IAM’s readers. We predicted it might happen back in July. But the speed of the…

19 September 2017

The US's BigTech elite will find it tough to set the patent agenda in Europe

Google is set to appeal the European Commission’s decision to impose a €2.4 billion fine after a finding that the company had abused its dominant position by manipulating search results to favour its own comparison shopping site. In a press release…

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…

12 September 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on…

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

01 August 2017

Above and beyond

The IP Hall of Fame Academy selected four outstanding individuals to be the induction class of 2017

28 July 2017

Conversant's London SEP suit underlines Europe’s growing appeal for FRAND licensing disputes

The growing status of London’s High Court as a venue of choice for licensing disputes involving standard essential patents (SEPs) was reinforced this week when Conversant filed a lawsuit against ZTE and Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giants…

22 June 2017

The UPC will not get started in 2017 and don't bet too much on it happening in 2018 either

It’s been a big political week in the UK. On Monday, David Davis, the government minister overseeing the Brexit process, finally had his first formal meeting with Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the EU27, so beginning the discussions around…

20 June 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market…

12 June 2017

A new injunction remedy emerges in the UK’s first-ever FRAND/SEP case

Back in April in the High Court in London, Justice Colin Birss issued the UK’s first-ever FRAND/SEP-related decision in the Unwired Planet v Huawei case. The detailed reasoning that Birss provided in his judgment, as well as the FRAND rates that he…

06 June 2017

Our latest benchmarking survey provides some reasons for US IP market optimism; but only some

The headline from IAM’s most recent benchmarking survey (published in the latest issue) that sentiment in the US market seems to be improving might have been enough to have some patent owners spluttering into their cornflakes. Thanks to the ongoing…

29 May 2017

ZTE litigation chief says NPEs shifting to Germany and China; details company's plans to hit back

Appearing at a recent conference in Taiwan, ZTE’s top patent litigator Oliver Hu suggested that the shift of NPE litigation from the US to Germany and, eventually, China is now well underway. Hu also elaborated on ways for Chinese companies to use…

24 May 2017

Day Three INTA Barcelona report - CPA planning for change, .sucks momentum, top in-house teams and more

The INTA 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to an end after five action-packed days in Barcelona. Here’s the final round-up of what has been going on from World Trademark Review reporters Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), and me, Joff Wild (JW).   …

22 May 2017

Day Two at INTA Barcelona - Strikes, Brexit, fake news, more Brexit and a whole lot more

Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Reporters from our…