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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…

12 May 2015

“Those who really love it” – the very slanted views of patent witnesses called by Congress

One of the standout comments from last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the PATENT Act came from Senator Durbin. He remarked that the five witnesses called appeared divided between “those who love” the bill and “those who really love” it…

27 March 2015

China's lead in graphene patents will count for little if it does not result in products that come to market

Research released by the UK IP Office (UKIPO) this week reveals that Chinese entities own more graphene-related patents than those from any other country. However, the findings also underline the difficulties that Chinese IP owners seem to be…

20 March 2015

Microsoft USPTO patent assignments may indicate a change of monetisation strategy

In the Data centre section of each issue of IAM magazine, we include tables outlining the preceding two months’ top assignors and assignees of patents as recorded at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The data – which is provided by ktMINE – ranks…

30 April 2015

Despite quality and pendency initiatives, the JPO may continue to see a fall in the applications it receives

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently published its annual report for 2014. It reveals which companies and universities dominated in terms of JPO-issued patents last year - while also posing some difficult questions for the agency's pendency…

27 April 2015

LG steps up collaboration programme as Korean SMEs face daunting patent challenges at home and abroad

Back in February, this blog reported on LG Group’s plan to ‘open up’ a portion of its patent portfolio by making approximately 29,000 of its assets concentrated in the biotechnology, energy and cosmetics areas available to Korean SMEs. Now,…

17 April 2015

Europe and Asia controlled LED lighting landscape looks like fertile ground for patent licensing and litigation

Earlier this week, IAM reported on Philips' sale of the majority of its LED lighting unit Lumileds to a Chinese-led investment consortium. The deal - which is expected to complete during the third quarter of this year, subject to conditions and…

27 February 2015

We have been filing too many patents, says Hon Hai boss

Hon Hai (Foxconn) chairman and founder Terry Gou gave some insight into his company’s falling patent application rate while speaking at a Lunar New Year ceremony in Taipei yesterday. Statistics from the Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) suggest that the…

19 January 2015

China’s future lies in its intellectual capital, not mass patent filings, says Randall Rader

Released last month, the World IP Organisation’s 2014 World IP Indicators report shows that China’s State IP Office (SIPO) received 825,136 patent applications in 2013, making it the world’s largest patent office in terms of filings for the third…

16 January 2015

The fate of Hydis is a lesson in IP mismanagement for Korea’s tech companies

Korean thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel manufacturer Hydis Technologies looks likely to wrap up its operations with the loss of hundreds of jobs and the shutdown of manufacturing facilities, Business Korea reported…

03 July 2015

Appraiser puts $113 million price tag on steel company's intangibles; but will investors buy Chinese IP valuations?

Last week Sutor Technology Group announced that an independent valuation of the intellectual property owned by it and its subsidiaries had arrived at a figure of Rmb700 million (approximately US$113 million). The Chinese steel manufacturer and…

28 February 2017

It's clear that Tata gets the importance of IP, but it is one of the few Indian businesses which does

With over 650,000 employees worldwide and 2016 revenues of $100 billion plus, the Tata Group is among India’s biggest conglomerates. It is also one of the most IP-savvy. Speaking at the first-ever IPBC India, taking place today at the Taj Land’s End…

07 May 2018

India’s Supreme Court will hear Monsanto’s challenge to a recent ruling imperiling agri-tech patentability

India’s top court has agreed to review a shock decision which saw a key Monsanto patent struck down. The Supreme Court’s decision could have a major impact on innovators in the agricultural sector as it weighs whether or not certain plant…

06 April 2018

Volvo Cars’ new IP head looks to turn iconic brand into a powerful patent player

Of all the industries to have re-shaped the way they approach IP in recent years, arguably none has gone through as fundamental a change as the auto sector. Many of the leading manufacturers, such as Ford and Toyota, have become far more…

01 June 2018

Data sheds much-needed light on the trade secrets litigation landscape

New figures from litigation data provider Lex Machina show strong take-up following 2016's Defend Trade Secrets Act. More than 70% of trade secrets cases resolved at trial are won by plaintiffs.