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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…

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…

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…

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…

31 March 2015

Asian companies lead the way in royalty-free patent licence strategies

Seoul-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Korean port city of Changwon that will see it share its patents and knowhow relating to liquefied natural gas (LNG)…

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 –…

10 February 2015

Foreign SMEs may fare better than the big boys enforcing their patents in China

It is no secret that some Western rights holders feel that China’s legal and regulatory systems are stacked against them. Such sentiments will be especially acute with yesterday’s announcement that Qualcomm has been fined $975 million and forced to…

12 March 2015

Fujifilm’s IP dynamism is securing its future – and could save human lives along the way

A drug developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm has shown some efficacy in the treatment of patients infected with the extremely contagious – and usually deadly – ebola virus, according to recent reports. The compound – Favipiravir – is manufactured by…

11 February 2018

GE Ventures licensing head explains the company's new, collaborative approach to IP value creation

Pat Patnode explains how GE's approach to licensing creates opportunities for collaboration and accelerates the rollout of breakthrough technologies.

17 February 2017

Intellectual Ventures’ deal involving Dominion Harbor is firm’s biggest ever disposal

Intellectual Ventures has sold a portfolio of around 4,000 former Kodak patents to Dominion Harbor in another sign that the IP giant is actively seeking to slim down its holdings. This is the fourth deal that IV has done with Dominion, including…

26 June 2018

Car giants and China’s IP leaders among notable gainers in latest IPO US patent ranking

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) released its annual ranking yesterday of the 300 companies that received the most US patents in 2017. There was no change at number one as IBM held onto its customary position at the top of the pile…

15 July 2018

A game-changing patent case in China may be about to begin - or not

A new US NPE launches with bold claims about asserting in China. Its timing might prove problematic.