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20 August 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today 

20 August 2019

Apple leads the way at the PTAB; on one measure, though, Samsung stands out

Tech giants have flocked to file IPRs, but petitions should be seen in the context of district court litigation

19 August 2019

Court rules against patent owner in “troll” defamation suit, pointing to problems over definition

Opinion from Supreme Court of New Hampshire means victory for financial bodies who were accused of “defamatory smear campaign” in attempt to destroy licensor 

15 August 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations

12 August 2019

With money on hand Acacia claims it is “uniquely positioned” to take advantage of dislocated IP market

As its comeback continues, NPE allocates $20 million for new acquisitions this year - but with more than $160 million on its balance sheet it is well placed to re-build portfolio  

12 August 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show

10 August 2019

A No Deal Brexit now looks unavoidable, so plan accordingly

Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister has totally changed the trajectory of the UK's departure from the EU and IP owners' strategies should reflect that

08 August 2019

Pinterest picks up package of former Yahoo! assets

Deal with licensing entity Excalibur came shortly after social media company’s billion-dollar IPO

08 August 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs

06 August 2019

Seeking to prod Xiaomi licence, IPCom touts UK sales disruption for HTC

The German licensing firm - which recently filed a new High Court complaint against Beijing-based Xiaomi - says the Taiwanese company voluntarily pulled a model from British outlets when confronted with evidence of infringement

06 August 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend

05 August 2019

Immersion has declared itself litigation free, but Acacia spots an opportunity

Leader in touchscreen technology agrees settlement with Motorola; a swollen cost base, though, is prompting activist investors to push for change

02 August 2019

A US judge pitched his district as a hub for patent cases and it looks like plaintiffs heard him

So far this year Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas is the sixth busiest in terms of the number of new case assignments; the top five is dominated by Delaware-based justices  

02 August 2019

How the Huawei ban and trade dispute are impacting major licensing players

Executives from Qualcomm and InterDigital explained some of the effects US-China tensions are having on their businesses in earnings calls this week. Huawei also gave an update

01 August 2019

Canon assigns patents to Samsung Electronics

The transaction of OLED-related rights appears to be a very rare disposal for the third biggest US patent holder, which earlier this year did a deal through the LOT Network