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03 May 2016

Trade secrets come to the fore in the US and Europe with new legislation set to hit the statute books

Following the unusually swift and bipartisan passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act through Congress, the US is only a presidential signature away from a wide variety of civil trade secrets cases being litigated in federal courts for the first time…

18 April 2016

The $940 million trade secrets verdict against Tata couldn’t have come at a much worse time for India

Over the past few years, India has often found itself at the centre of the IP world’s thoughts. Typically, the attention paid has not been particularly positive. There is the country’s hard line on the patentability of software and pharmaceutical…

08 December 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

28 September 2015

Patent exceptionalism, another new IP leader and more from day 1 of the IPO annual meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 43rd annual meeting being held in Chicago, got underway in earnest today with more than 1100 delegates gathering in the Windy City to discuss many of the key trends currently gripping the IP market…

21 July 2015

Tsinghua's Micron bid looks doomed; Europe may be an easier prospect for Chinese companies after patents

Senior executives at Micron Technology have reportedly informed Tsinghua Unigroup that its $23 billion takeover bid is a non-starter, given the likelihood that US regulators would block the deal on national security grounds. As this blog reported a…

09 June 2015

Chinese industry’s foreign investment choices provide a ringing endorsement of the US patent system

The strong IP protections offered in the United States have attracted Chinese investment to the tune of billions of dollars, in turn creating tens of thousands of jobs for US residents, according to recent research. Released last month, ‘New…

08 June 2015

Boeing changes course as it looks to aggressively grow its licensing business

Boeing may have a world famous brand and have been a leader in the aerospace industry for almost 100 years, but it is not as well known when it comes to IP and the monetisation of its large portfolio. But having re-thought its IP strategy several…

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…

26 February 2015

We will pivot towards open source in wake of Alice, says Infosys IP chief

Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director of Indian software and IT services provider Infosys, raised some eyebrows in the IP-owning community recently when he seemingly derided the patent system and hinted that the company may be planning to ‘open up…