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02 January 2018

The IAM IP personalities of 2017 - part one

The mince pies have all been eaten, the decorations are down, the hangovers have been slept off, just about – and now the IAM blog is back for 2018. We get things going as we always do at the start of a new year by naming our IP personalities for…

22 December 2017

The most read IAM blog stories of 2017 revealed as we take a break. See you at the start of 2018!

We are taking a short break on the IAM blog to celebrate the Christmas and New Year, and to recharge our batteries after what has been an extremely busy 2017. Since the start of January, Google Analytics tells me, we have had just over 154,000…

21 December 2017

Top patent market players and IAM's editorial team make their predictions for 2018

In a patent world as uncertain as this one - characterised by turmoil in the US, a lack of clarity over the UPC in Europe and China’s inexorable rise as an IP super power - predicting what will happen in 2018 seems almost destined to end in failure…

05 December 2017

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi…

01 December 2017

Honouring Asia’s elite IP businesses

The rising number of companies in IAM’s Asia IP Elite group is testament to Asia’s growing interest in IP value creation. All were honoured at a special dinner during IPBC Asia in Tokyo, with a select few receiving awards for their achievements over the past year

01 December 2017

Asia’s first $500 billion company can in part thank a diverse IP value creation strategy for its success

In the hottest Hong Kong IPO in a decade, shares of China Literature surged over 90% in their trading debut earlier this month. The wild success of Tencent’s digital publishing business with investors is just the latest success for the Shenzhen…

01 December 2017

<strong>IP strategist:</strong> Managing IP risk proactively

IP risk management is not just about avoiding lawsuits – it is about preserving your company’s market share in critical technology segments

30 November 2017

Asian IP threats and opportunities high on the agenda for corporate Australia and New Zealand

Corporates from Australia and New Zealand ignore IP issues in Asia’s developing countries at their peril, delegates to IPBC Australasia heard today. Speakers from both local and international companies made clear that it hardly matters whether…

29 November 2017

Five questions for Andrei Iancu’s USPTO Director Senate confirmation hearing, which takes place today

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to hold Andrei Iancu’s confirmation hearing for USPTO Director today. Iancu will appear alongside three nominees for federal judgeships so it remains to be seen how much time the senators will have to question…

27 November 2017

As merger talk continues, exclusive analysis of the Qualcomm and Broadcom patent positions

Following Broadcom’s surprise unsolicited $130 billion offer for Qualcomm earlier this month – and the subsequent unanimous rejection by Qualcomm’s board of directors – it looks as if the will they, won’t they of a potential merger of two of the…

20 November 2017

Shenzhen customs go to bat for Huawei & ZTE by blocking export of 260,000 patent-infringing products

According to a report from Xinhua news agency, a special IP enforcement campaign is being undertaken by customs authorities at a national level in China. One particular initiative, in the high-tech hub of Shenzhen, is of particular interest given…

09 November 2017

Five big patent talking points raised by Broadcom's proposed buy-out of Qualcomm

Broadcom electrified the tech world earlier this week when it made a $130 billion offer for Qualcomm. The advance looks set to be rebuffed by the Qualcomm board, but it seems likely that this is a story that will run for a while yet. Given the…

13 October 2017

Australia’s listed companies neglect intellectual assets at their peril, claims new report

Next month, the IAM team will be returning to Melbourne for another edition of IPBC Australasia. The speaking faculty we have lined up includes a wide range of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), including Treasury Wine Estates,…

12 October 2017

EU trademarks 2.0

Trademark practice in the European Union is undergoing an important overhaul. Under the trademark reform package, both the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436/EU) and the EU Trademark Regulation (207/2009) have changed on several essential subjects…

12 October 2017

Effective use of Community design protection

Design protection has taken on an increasingly important role in recent years, since appearance and exterior shape now play a fundamental role in the success of a product. Designs are now relevant to a wide range of products involving industry,…