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05 March 2015

The Inventing America event showed opposition to the Innovation Act is bi-partisan and getting STRONGer

With competing bills in Congress and lobbying dollars pouring into the fight, it’s fair to say that the patent reform debate is heating up. Earlier this week a coalition of groups including the Association of American Universities, the Association…

03 March 2015

A letter to Congress on patent reform from 51 IP academics is powerful, but omits many key points

Yesterday a group of 51 prominent academics who specialise in the study of intellectual property wrote to members of the US Congress to argue that there is a large body of empirical evidence demonstrating that patent reform is necessary. “Over the…

01 March 2015

Deal with Ford is potentially very good news for IV and also indicates patents are coming to the fore in auto sector

To this observer, it’s slightly strange that there has not been more comment on the announcement made by Intellectual Ventures on 27th February that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Ford. Writing on the IV blog, president and COO…

26 February 2015

Don’t bet against Apple turning the tables in its $500 million battle with NPE Smartflash

A Texas jury decision to award damages of $533 million against Apple for infringing three patents owned by NPE Smartflash Technologies has rightly attracted a lot of headlines. It might be the world’s biggest company but a decision that may see the…

24 February 2015

IP Market 2.0 is going to be a lot more international than the previous US-centric one

We’re less than two months into 2015 and I have already made trips from the UK to the US and China. Along the way I have had a fair few conversations with various IP market participants about where things stand. The overall view is that change is…

23 February 2015

Despite bias concerns, Chinese courts tow a similar line to their US counterparts on FRAND rates

In the wake of the US$975 million fine and other sanctions for anti-competitive patent licensing activities imposed on Qualcomm by the Chinese authorities earlier this month, there has been a surge in discussion about the country’s burgeoning…

22 February 2015

If patent reform is about tackling bad plaintiff behaviour and poor quality, where is the evidence that either is a serious problem?

Last week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published an opinion piece headlined Innovation Act Needed More Than Ever As Patent Trolls Roll On. It claimed that figures recently released by Unified Patents show that patent trolls filed 250…

19 February 2015

Apple, Samsung and Google the most frequent filers of IPR petitions, new research shows

The huge popularity of post-issuance proceedings has been one of the biggest changes in the patent market following the introduction of the America Invents Act in 2011. The uptake of inter-partes reviews (IPRs), in particular, has been well…

17 February 2015

High-quality NPE-owned patents a key feature of the semiconductor industry, new report finds

A new report by technology consulting firm iRunway has thrown a spotlight onto the patent landscape in the semiconductor memory sector. It looked at the largest patent holders, the growing presence of NPEs and the increase in patent litigation over…

12 February 2015

The number of litigants in US patent suits drops to lowest level since 2009

Last week we ran a story on some analysis that Lex Machina had done on patent litigation levels in 2014 which showed that, by trying to take out the impact of the joinder rules in the America Invents Act, they might be even lower than previously…

11 February 2015

After yesterday's pharma IPR attack maybe Erich Spangenberg will next turn his hand to shareholder suits

Those of us who read the predictions for 2015 that Erich Spangenberg made on the IPNav blog on the final day of last year were probably not too surprised to find out yesterday that he has teamed up with activist shareholder and hedge fund owner Kyle…

10 February 2015

Despite setback in US case Marathon shows no sign of letting up the pace in 2015

There’s little doubt that the award for breakout PIPCO of the year 2014, at least in terms of share performance, went to Marathon Patent Group. The company’s stock price rocketed as it put in place a hugely significant deal with IPNav, began to…

03 February 2015

New Spherix shareholder RPX questions board's decision to reject Marathon approach

Shares in Spherix jumped today after it announced that it had been the subject of a bid from fellow public IP company (PIPCO) Marathon Patent Group. News of that offer coincided with confirmation that RPX had picked up a chunk of Spherix stock at…

02 February 2015

A senior team of deal-makers, technologists and lawyers departs Rockstar to start new firm

A team of senior Rockstar Consortium executives has left the firm to start an IP advisory business they are calling Marquis Technologies. They will be led by John Veschi, previously Rockstar’s CEO and before that chief IP officer of Nortel. Their…

30 January 2015

As new patent reform legislation heads for the House key senator makes the case for reform

Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the key legislators in the proposed patent bill that failed to reach the Senate floor last May, yesterday described the lowering of standards around fee shifting in patent…