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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…

27 March 2015

IBM has sold over 15,000 patents since 1991; Google is its biggest customer

There is no doubt that IBM has been a trailblazer in IP value creation – first as a pioneering patent and technology licensor beginning in the 1990s; and, more recently, as a significant source of patents for other companies looking to bolster their…

09 April 2018

Despite patent pools comeback video compression market shows licensees still have much to consider

As IAM has covered over the last few years, patent pools appear to be gaining in popularity, in part because the tough licensing environment has encouraged patent owners in particular to seek out ways to make the dealmaking process much more…

05 April 2018

Microsoft unveils new initiative to govern IP created in customer collaborations

Microsoft has announced the launch of a Shared Innovation Initiative which will help govern the company’s approach to co-created technology and the IP that arise from customer collaborations. The move is further evidence of the emphasis the…

27 July 2018

Validity rulings imperil Chinese SEP campaign after a homegrown defensive aggregator enters the mix

PRB invalidation setback for Guangdong-based Digital Rise could deal a fatal blow to its SEP assertion campaign against TV makers both foreign and domestic.

13 July 2018

BT assertion against Fortinet shows how cyber security is becoming big patent business

Rare court action from giant telco is further sign of growing monetisation activity in one of hottest areas in tech.

20 August 2018

Chinese battery maker picks up 100+ patents from Google

The buyer, Amperex Technology Limited, is facing a US patent suit and ITC investigation from LG Chem. The portfolio of former Motorola assets had been on the market since 2015.

25 September 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue.

28 October 2018

Storm clouds over Silicon Valley

After years of dictating the patent narrative in the US - and reaping the rewards - BigTech now finds itself on the back foot as it loses friends in the executive and Congress. Will the courts be next? 

01 November 2018

We are top in the 5G standards process and that will feed through to patents, claims Ericsson

“It is clear that, no matter which viewpoint one takes, Ericsson is the leader in 3GPP and has influenced the technology in 5G over the years more than any other contributor,” company states in new report

01 November 2018

Soon-to-be-released USPTO examination guidance looks like being good news for applicants

Changes on patent eligible subject matter will lead to fewer 101 rejections, says the agency's Silicon Valley chief at IAM's Software IP event in San Francisco

11 October 2018

Third IV fund has not been sold, says VP, but it does have a major new investor

Mathan Ganesan confirms that the firm will continue to monetise the 3,000 patents in the fund and that the deal indicates overall market conditions are improving

23 November 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi. 

03 December 2018

Facebook’s IP evolution extends beyond high-profile hires and deal making

New research highlights growth in social media giant’s portfolio and extent of its own patent filing strategy 

07 January 2019

Canon sues TCL over TVs equipped with Roku operating system

Rare assertion against a major technology company comes after Canon IP boss Kenichi Nagasawa told IAM he sees US enforcement becoming more challenging and wilful infringement on the rise