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22 February 2018

An exclusive look at Uber’s patent position as purchases ramp up and Waymo dispute settles

At one point the world’s most valuable start-up, Uber has made a concerted drive – especially in the last two years – to expand its patent portfolio as it eyes a 2019 target for going public. Against this backdrop, as well as news of its recent…

20 February 2018

Sharp and Hisense bury patent hatchet and move to resolution of acrimonious dispute

A conflict over use of the Sharp brand name in the US market for televisions has pitted the Foxconn-owned display maker against Chinese licencee Hisense in IP and commercial lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions since last June. Now, disclosures…

16 February 2018

Arrest of senior Indian patent office officials raises serious questions about system's integrity

The top official in the Indian Patent Office’s Chennai branch was detained along with one colleague earlier this month on charges of graft. While digital technologies and transparency initiatives have generally made India’s IP granting authorities…

01 February 2018

Building an IP risk management framework for innovation leaders

Identifying and mitigating IP risk needs to be part of any corporate strategy. To this end, Tata Consultancy Services has developed a robust framework that can be applied across industries

28 January 2018

Dolores Hanna RIP

As the 2018 IP Hall of Fame induction process gets underway, we are sad to report that Dolores Hanna, one of the Hall's 2008 inductees, died earlier this month at the age of 90. The first female president of the International Trademark…

23 January 2018

DC insiders predicting Iancu confirmation vote before mid-February

Almost two months since his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington DC insiders are predicting (and, for many, hoping) that there will be a full Senate vote to confirm Andrei Iancu as the next head of the USPTO by the…

17 January 2018

Creating a world class innovation infrastructure – lessons from the best of the best

When companies invest to ensure their innovation is of the highest quality, the goods and services they provide ultimately become the better for it - with us all as the beneficiaries. The most successful innovators stand out from others by…

08 January 2018

Barcelona court issues fast-track injunction protocol for Mobile World Congress 2018

The Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering of companies in the mobile communications industry, is taking place in Barcelona this year from 26th February to 1st March. Businesses from around the world will be there, exhibiting current…

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