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16 May 2019

Tech push in oil and gas sector could fuel more patent activity

Saudi Aramco claims victory in PTAB showdown as Korean refiner faces second IP setback in as many weeks

01 July 2019

Slump at the PTAB continues with first half numbers showing big drop in new reviews

Data suggests PTO director Iancu’s IPR reforms are continuing to bite; while despite jump in Q2, district court litigation remains broadly flat for first six months of 2019

08 July 2019

Intel, Alphabet and Qualcomm among big fallers as largest US IP owners cut back on patenting

Latest ranking from IPO of top 300 companies shows an overall decline in the market as the mantra of quality over quantity continues to take effect

19 July 2019

Operating company dominance of the patent deals market continues, latest data reveals

Analysis by AST shows Qualcomm, Samsung and TSMC all active, and volumes in line with recent quarterly averages; software still the leading sector in terms of number of transactions

22 July 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be

01 August 2019

Users like the EPO’s services - but there is still room to improve, according to new report

The annual assessment of the office’s performance finds that that satisfaction rates are up, but timeliness remains a problem

05 August 2019

China seeks to boost IP lending

Companies staked patents and trademarks to borrow $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019. CNIPA and China’s banking regulator want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze

19 August 2019

For high-cost, high-value patents, fixed-fee procurement could be the answer

A subscription model to cover the application process may well be the best way to make increased expenditure on securing portfolio-enhancing rights more palatable

22 August 2019

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

27 August 2019

Armed and dangerous - how patents help Unicorns to fight back

Tech-rich start-ups that do not develop portfolios are vulnerable to attack - as recent Houlihan Lokey analysis of pre-IPO software businesses' IP positions revealed 

09 September 2019

Latest patent deal numbers reveal that, for the first time in a decade, software has lost its lead

Healthcare and pharma takes top spot by number of transactions, with Industrial following in second place; while IBM was the biggest seller in Q2

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…