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14 May 2019

Rakuten continues patent dealing as it seeks to disrupt Japanese telcos

Internet firm known best for e-commerce has picked up patent rights from the likes of Verizon and AT&T, but its new cloud-only mobile network puts it head to head with IP rich incumbents

14 May 2019

Why it's time for Europe to move beyond 5G's tired developers v implementers patent narrative

With European Parliament elections next week, and a new Commission in the Autumn, it is vital that policymakers are allowed to focus on what is really important: finding ways to build a true European digital innovation ecosystem

03 June 2019

Microsoft’s IP chief looks to build a future-proof patent strategy

Erich Andersen explains how the company’s IP vision has pivoted from a focus on direct monetisation to support of cloud computing and open source

07 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks 

06 May 2019

Patent quality, not quantity, is what really counts when it comes to standards essentiality

Misleading headlines about Chinese ownership of 5G SEPs have the potential to distort perceptions and damage business and policy decision-making

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

16 July 2019

The IP impact of IBM's Red Hat acquisition remains uncertain

Big Blue is betting that it can grow its presence in the cloud space with the help of the open source leader, but in patent terms the pair are hardly kindred spirits

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

29 July 2019

Big German win for Nokia in its ongoing patent battle with Continental and Daimler

Munich court hands down unprecedented order preventing the auto supplier from applying for a US anti-suit injunction that would stymy the Finnish company's litigation in Germany 

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

16 August 2019

It’s time for standards bodies to step up

The IP director of China’s Telecommunications Development Industry Alliance argues that 5G technology must not fall victim to geopolitics and patent gamesmanship