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29 May 2015

Asian companies flock to the PTAB, but China for once lags behind

An interesting piece of research has been carried out by Japanese IP service company NGB looking at the leading filers from Asia of inter partes reviews (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Using data from Lex Machina and Unified Patents, NGB…

29 May 2015

For $37 billion, a semiconductor patent powerhouse is born - with its nerve centre in south-east Asia

After several days of rumours, it was confirmed yesterday that Singapore-incorporated electronics components manufacturer Avago Technologies has made an offer to acquire US semiconductor company Broadcom for $37 billion in what the Wall Street…

28 May 2015

Ford is the latest automaker to ‘open’ its patents; but, as always, be sure to check the small print

Ford is ‘opening’ a portfolio of its patents relating to electric vehicle (EV) technology to “competitive automakers to accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles,” according to a press release from the US company…

26 May 2015

IAM benchmarking respondents offer more evidence of patent litigation shift from the US to Europe

The United States is now facing serious competition as the venue of choice for the resolution of multinational patent disputes, according to the findings of this year’s IAM IP Benchmarking survey. Although the country is still widely regarded as the…

24 May 2015

There is an intellectual dishonesty at the heart of the case for US patent reform that needs to be discussed

One notable aspect of the debate over whether there is a need for further legislative reform of the US patent system is that almost without fail those who call for new laws do so on the basis that only by making it harder for all patent owners to…

21 May 2015

PWC’s annual litigation report shows just how stacked the US patent system is against the small inventor

If you’re a regular patent market observer there’s probably not too much to surprise you in PWC’s latest patent litigation report. Covering 2014, it shows that the overall number of cases in the year was down, but that was already apparent from…

19 May 2015

There is nothing wrong with privateering; patent owners are entitled to maximise the value of their assets

In the last couple of years there have been several attempts to stymie privateering – the model by which operating companies sell patents to an NPE which then seeks to monetise them, usually through an assertion campaign. The original owner may…

18 May 2015

The USPTO has the power to create a much more equitable IPR process; and it should do so

Since the America Invents Act overhauled the re-examination process, we have written regularly about the impact that the new procedures, and inter partes reviews in particular, have had on the patent market. Essentially, they have become a new tool…

15 May 2015

Compulsory licensing is not just a risk factor in India and other emerging markets

The following is a brief extract from a letter which a national legislator sent to a member of the cabinet earlier this week: “I ask you to utilise federal law… to break the patents on these drugs to authorise third parties to manufacture or…

14 May 2015

Monetisation options outside the courtroom are growing, but their ability to deliver remains open to question

If you’re a patent owner, monetising your IP in the US may seem like a tough task right now. The traditional licensing route has become so mired in litigation and re-exam challenges that it is increasingly only open to the richest plaintiffs. And…

12 May 2015

“Those who really love it” – the very slanted views of patent witnesses called by Congress

One of the standout comments from last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the PATENT Act came from Senator Durbin. He remarked that the five witnesses called appeared divided between “those who love” the bill and “those who really love” it…

08 May 2015

More evidence that Chinese patent values could rise as Apple win shows increasing court focus on quality

On the sidelines of the INTA annual meeting in San Diego, IAM attended a seminar on the last year’s changes to trademark law in China. There was a nice bonus at the end, though, in the form of a discussion of patent litigation trends from Wan Hui Da…

07 May 2015

For small NPEs looking for growth Japan might provide the best opportunity

As keen readers of this blog will know, we have subscribed to the idea that a period of consolidation among NPEs, and publicly traded IP companies in particular, is going to be one of the trends in the patent market over the next few years. In March…

04 May 2015

Unwired Planet’s $1 million man could be the key to unlocking its potential

Last week Unwired Planet held its first quarterly investor call since it announced that Boris Teksler would be taking over as CEO. Not surprisingly Teksler’s hire, which will surely prove to be one of the most significant in the patent world in 2015…

01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL…