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12 June 2018

Iancu makes 101 waves, US woes, GE CIO hails licensing revolution and more from IPBC Global 2018

The Monday plenary, breakout and bootcamp sessions at IPBC Global 2018 are now all done. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam…

24 May 2019

The 1,000 Club: lifting the lid on the IP-owning elite

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent 1,000 counts down every entity that owns at least 1,000 US grants, with breakdowns by country and industry, to reveal the biggest movers.

31 March 2019

The owners of the biggest patent portfolios in the United States revealed

The IAM/ktMINE Patent 100 is back to give the latest rundown on the companies that own the largest patent portfolios in the United States. While Samsung retains a vice-like grip on the top spot, there is much to analyse further down the rankings as we see new players entering the 100, different sectors doubling down on their patenting efforts and some notable fallers.

30 March 2018

China’s biggest public research body holds public patent auction, showing it will focus relentlessly on monetisation

Last week, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) held its first public patent auction, which saw a selection of 932 patents go under the gavel. The rights were listed online roughly two weeks prior to the 21st March sale. In the event, the most…

05 March 2018

Canon and Hitachi US patent suits show dramatically different IP enforcement strategies at work

Canon may have surprised some observers when it sued 31 separate defendants in a single day last week in the US. It is a famously conservative company, and head of IP Kenichi Nagasawa has long been a vocal critic of both NPE activity and the large…

30 October 2017

All change in auto, collaboration challenges, a mega bank loves IP and much more from IPBC Asia Day One

The first full day of IPBC Asia 2017, taking place at the palace Hotel in Tokyo, has come to an end. The 530 delegates attending the event have been treated to a number of insightful presentations and have enjoyed any number of stimulating…

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,…

07 July 2017

Top Chinese appliances IP chief says more patent litigation is coming to the industry - and not just in China

Appliance giants Gree Electric and Midea are contesting one of China’s biggest competitor suits this summer, as their fierce rivalry in the air conditioning space spills into the patent courts. In an exclusive interview with IAM, Midea’s new head of…

26 June 2017

In a tough patent market, another Taiwanese OEM goes to Texas to extract value from its patent portfolio

Qisda is a major publicly-listed contract manufacturer in Taiwan, appearing among the top 10 global original design manufacturers (ODMs). It has been relatively quiet on the patent front compared to some of its peers, but a recent spate of…

16 January 2017

Patents and know-how power new GE move into China battery market

For US technology companies doing business in China, joint venture arrangements are perennially near the top of the list of IP concerns. The common perception is that increased pressure on foreign partners to transfer technology to local partners is…

08 December 2015

It’s not all bad news in the IP market; things may be getting better (in parts, at least)

After the first day of this year’s IP Dealmakers Forum it was hard to pick the appropriate phrase to accurately describe the general sentiment. “Things might just be improving,” was probably the prevailing view, at least in some parts of the market…

31 July 2015

The companies that abandon most US and EPO patents – and shoulder much responsibility for raising quality

In the latest issue of IAM magazine – available for subscribers to view online from today – Matthew Beers and Maria Lazarova of Ocean Tomo take a deep-dive look at patent abandonments data from both the USPTO and EPO. The full article contains a…

06 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part two

Yesterday, we revealed the identities of the first six of our IP personalities of 2014. Today, we name the final six - once again in alphabetical order. As previously explained, at IAM we define a “personality” in very broad terms. You don’t have to…

28 April 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case –…