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28 August 2019

SEP licensing lessons from the recent past

The landscape around SEPs is producing inefficiencies for licensees, licensors and other interested parties. A new approach is needed

28 August 2019

Gilead set for high-stakes PTAB clash with the US government over HIV patents

The company’s attack on rights held by the Department of Health and Human Services has significant commercial, political and even strategic IP implications

24 August 2019

Adversaries no more - licensors look to make deals, not settlements

In its day, the IPNav model was hugely successful in generating cash, but successful licensing in the here and now requires a different, less confrontational approach

23 August 2019

Canon’s portfolio might be shrinking but it’s still world class    

Analysis shows that the Japanese company has cut down its filing activity and ramped up its abandonment rate, while there has been a recent litigation spike, too

23 August 2019

Chinese smartphone trio to collaborate on file sharing standard

In a first, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo are enabling cross-brand functionality similar to Apple’s AirDrop on their devices. But Huawei, the country's Android leader, is not taking part

22 August 2019

New data points to possible shift in plaintiffs’ litigation tactics

While the number of new infringement suits has fallen dramatically in recent years the number of patents being asserted has dropped by a much smaller margin

21 August 2019

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons

Why the IBM approach to IP deal making that was so successful in the 1990s should still be front and centre for prospective licensor's today 

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