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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

26 August 2019

IPO documents detail a Chinese AI leader's IP portfolio

Megvii's patent portfolio is heavily China-focused, but analysis suggests it could contain a gem

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 

29 August 2019

Five things to know about Globalfoundries’ big litigation play

TSMC is the target and nineteen other tech firms are in the crossfire. Here are the takeaways from a big chip sector dispute that’s taking on a trade war tinge

31 August 2019

Despite the difficulties, it is time to embrace arbitration as the best way to resolve licensing disputes

Resolving FRAND and SEP-related royalty stand-offs via the courts is inefficient, expensive and damaging to innovation. A new way forward has to be found

16 September 2019

Kyocera scores another auto deal in haptics push

Litigation filed in Germany helped the Japanese electronics firm add auto supplier Preh to a list of licensees which already includes Robert Bosch

30 August 2019

Why start-ups should get serious about patent protection

Only a small percentage of the world’s tech start-ups develop a patent portfolio of any depth, but failure to align IP strategy with long-term business objectives could cost companies millions down the line in litigation and licensing fees

23 May 2019

Benevolent despot or tyrant? <em>Alice v CLS Bank</em> five years on

In the five years since the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank International, patent owners, their advisers, the judiciary and legislators have all struggled to come to terms with its impact. With policymakers currently eyeing possible legislation on Section 101 of the US Patent Statute, the case continues to cast a long shadow on the IP market.

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.

08 May 2018

Broadcom hits Toyota with US patent suit, signalling auto licensing ambitions

Two months after its bid to buy Qualcomm ran aground, Broadcom has launched its first patent suit targetting the auto industry. Yesterday, the chipmaker filed both an infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas and an ITC complaint against…

06 July 2017

Five key takeaways from the big patent and business deal agreed by Nokia and Xiaomi

Yesterday, Nokia announced a patent cross-licence and sale agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which it said was part of a broader business cooperation agreement. No financial terms were disclosed, but we know that both sides will get a…

31 October 2017

JPO's IoT leadership; China's court revolution; R&D matters and much more from IPBC Asia Day Two

We have reached the end of IPBC Asia 2017 at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Delegates are enjoying one final cocktail at the closing reception before heading off to catch their trains and planes home. It’s been a highly successful event that attracted…

26 September 2017

Microsoft expands Azure IP Advantage to China, where it may be an even more unique offering

Last week, Microsoft announced that the suite of IP protections it offers cloud customers will become available in China for the first time beginning on 1st October. In a blog post, corporate vice president and chief IP counsel Erich Andersen…