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23 October 2017

Maxell expands its monetisation drive, targeting Blackberry and Asus in new US suits

Hitachi unit Maxell Ltd filed five US patent suits this month following on the Huawei and ZTE campaigns it launched last year. The breadth of the companies and industries on the defendant side in this latest offensive suggest that a significant…

09 May 2017

Alice blow means Asian university’s pioneering US patent enforcement drive may be over

A Northern California district court has granted a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case brought by an affiliate of Seoul-based Sungkyunkwan University after finding one of the asserted claims invalid. The court’s decision represents a…

04 September 2017

After four years in the role, Brian Hinman set to stand down as Philips chief IP officer

Brian Hinman, chief IP officer at Philips, will be leaving the company in the middle of this month, IAM can reveal. The departure is entirely amicable and has been driven by Hinman’s desire to be closer to and spend more time with his family. Since…

01 September 2017

Unfair competition complaint in Beijing IP Court adds to Apple’s IP legal load in China

Apple probably has one of the busiest local IP teams in China – in addition to fending off NPE litigation there, it is preparing a validity challenge to the patent that was the subject of the country’s first SEP injunction. Now the Beijing IP Court…

02 November 2015

Novel patent licensing strategies could help safeguard Taiwanese manufacturing's fragile market share

Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a Taiwanese manufacturer of silicon wafers for use in the solar cell industry, announced recently that it is offering one of its core patents for licensing on a royalty-free basis. The proposal comes at a time…

25 June 2015

Indian companies remain worryingly indifferent about filing patents at home

India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications has released its most recent annual report for 2013-2014. The statistics look promising in terms of improved service levels at the office; but when…

21 June 2015

The rise and rise of Apple, Google and Qualcomm as US patent superpowers

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) has a very handy resource on its website: a top 300 list (200 up to and including 1997) of entities awarded US patents for every year since 1984. For the stats-obsessed and tragic like yours truly…

15 June 2015

Networking, reform, Japanese influx, NPE worries and much more as IPBC Global kicks off

The opening reception for this year’s IPBC Global took place on Sunday evening at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – are covering the event and below are a few…

12 June 2015

Microsoft, IBM, ARM, Shazam, BAE and leading NPEs get together to tackle patent market’s transparency troubles

IPBC Global 2015, being held next week at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will host the launch of the Open Registry of Patent Ownership (ORoPO) - a new project aimed at creating a more efficient global patent market by encouraging openness and…

29 September 2015

Study reveals the most active borrowers and lenders in US patent-backed financing

Recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura provides a fascinating analysis of trends in patent-backed financings over the past few years. In terms of lenders, US banks dominate; while the list of top loanees is largely comprised of US operating…

08 May 2015

It’s not just big pharma that wants to see IPR reform in US patent legislation

For over an hour yesterday, as the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the recently introduced PATENT Act unfolded, it seemed like we were in patent fantasyland. Except for some predictable comments from the deputy general counsel of pharma giant…

16 July 2015

The Innovation Act is pulled, but uncertainty lingers and that’s bad for business

The Innovation Act was dramatically pulled from consideration last night just days before a vote on it was expected in the House of Representatives. It is now unlikely that the proposed legislation will be considered again until after the summer…

23 March 2015

Patents give Kodak a second chance – and what could be more American than that?

How will we come to view Kodak? The iconic US company emerged from bankruptcy in 2013 after it had missed the digital photography revolution and crumbled into technological irrelevance. On Sunday it was the subject of a New York Times article which…

13 February 2015

LG has as much to gain from its open innovation drive as Korea’s SMEs

LG Group – one of South Korea’s largest chaebol (conglomerates) and parent of companies including LG Electronics, LG Chem and LG Display, among others – announced last week that it would ‘open up’ part of its patent portfolio for use by third…

27 April 2018

South Korea and China set the global standard for gender equality in patent filing

IAM hosted IPBC Korea in Seoul yesterday, and the event coincided with World Intellectual Property Day, the theme of which this year was “Powering change: women in innovation and creativity”. As it turns out that was a very appropriate (if…