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19 August 2019

NPE asserts embattled Japanese billionaire’s gaming patent against Sony

The PlayStation maker is accused of infringing a US patent listing ‘pachinko king’ Kazuo Okada as inventor. Japan’s Universal Entertainment, which ousted Okada in 2017, could be poised to benefit

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

15 August 2019

IP service providers announce launch of consulting businesses in further sign that advisory space is evolving

DOAR and Techson spot opportunities in a highly fragmented market; with increasing complexity external advisers are only going to become more important  

14 August 2019

In the shadow of MPEG-2

Positioned as platforms for cooperative risk mitigation, patent pools have enjoyed mixed success - perhaps because there are so many of them

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  

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

07 August 2019

Image, ownership and an app made in St Petersburg

The IP issues raised by the use of FaceApp have been largely ignored. They should not be

06 August 2019

Record-breaking pharma M&A value disguises plummeting deal-making activity

Abundant biotech funding seems to be empowering small- and medium-sized IP rights holders and driving down acquisition and licensing volume

05 August 2019

China seeks to boost IP lending

Companies staked patents and trademarks to borrow $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019. CNIPA and China’s banking regulator want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze

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

03 August 2019

Life sciences IP – the major developments in July

All the big pharma and biotech patent stories from last month in our regular monthly round-up

02 August 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand

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

Expect Pfizer set to focus on more oncology opportunities following off-patent drug purge

After $12 billion Upjohn deal with Mylan, CEO Bourla says company is on the hunt for early- and mid-stage cancer assets