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26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion…

25 May 2015

Patent reform could do terrible damage to our many successful programmes, says Columbia's tech transfer chief

Orin Herskowitz is head of technology transfer at Columbia University, one of the most respected and successful university licensing operations in the United States. His role not only means that he is plugged into the steady stream of new technology…

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…

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…

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…

11 May 2015

If companies did not infringe NPE patents, the cost they incurred from NPE litigation would be much lower

Yesterday this blog took a look at the huge difference in the amount of costs incurred by operating companies in the US as the result of NPE litigation put forward by Boston University professors James Bessen and Michael Meurer on the one hand, and…

10 May 2015

The cost of NPE disputes in the US and the $16.8 billion gap between RPX and Bessen & Meurer

In June 2012, James Bessen and Michael Meurer published their frequently-cited paper “The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes”, with its headline grabbing claim that US companies “accrued $29 billion of direct costs in 2011” as a result of NPE assertions…

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…

24 April 2015

Despite increasing head winds Qualcomm’s high-quality patents continue to bring home the bacon

The transcript of Qualcomm’s recent investor call to discuss its latest quarterly results is a must-read for anyone in the licensing business. The giant chipmaker remains a pretty good bellwether for the market and has faced recent challenges over…

23 April 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice,…

17 April 2015

Inventergy’s difficulties say much about the current problems afflicting the licensing market

Alarm bells were recently set ringing about the future of public IP company (PIPCO) Inventergy when the following paragraph appeared on page 14 of its annual report: Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon our ability to…

14 April 2015

Technicolor’s IP head poached by NPE; finance chief chosen as successor

Boris Teksler – current senior executive vice president and president of the Technology Business Group at Technicolor – has been appointed chief executive officer at Nevada-based NPE Unwired Planet. He will take up his new position on 1st June. …