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09 November 2015

US market dominance under serious threat and much more from IPBC Asia 2015 Day One

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 got underway today at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Over 550 delegates are in attendance, with a very strong showing of senior corporate IP managers working in Japanese companies and those based in…

09 February 2016

Internet of things is big change that licensing must accommodate, says Alfalahi as he prepares for new job

After the smartphone revolution the next step change in global connectivity is undoubtedly going to be the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Machine to machine connections which bring everything from simple household appliances to cars…

05 June 2015

Nothing personal, just business: SMEs must be pragmatic in China IP dealings

Last weekend’s LA Times ran an interesting profile focused on a US startup’s IP infringement woes, titled ‘For Solowheel maker, a patent rights nightmare in China’. At the centre of the story is Shane Chen, a Washington state inventor and…

16 April 2015

With limited spare cash Xiaomi must play smart to grow its patent hoard

Beijing-based robotics and transportation startup Ninebot has bought US competitor Segway – the manufacturer of the somewhat iconic, somewhat notorious, two-wheeled scooters known by the same name. Ninebot concurrently announced that a funding round…

03 March 2015

Nokia devices making a comeback due to IP-based collaboration with Hon Hai

Last week, this blog reported on Hon Hai (Foxconn) chairman Terry Guo’s suggestion that the company had been guilty of profligate patenting. Henceforth, he said, Hon Hai’s focus will be on filing fewer applications of higher quality. Speaking…

01 March 2015

Deal with Ford is potentially very good news for IV and also indicates patents are coming to the fore in auto sector

To this observer, it’s slightly strange that there has not been more comment on the announcement made by Intellectual Ventures on 27th February that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Ford. Writing on the IV blog, president and COO…

04 February 2016

Ericsson’s Alfalahi to leave CIPO role and head up new IoT licensing initiative

Ericsson announced yesterday that it is to launch an independently operated platform for licensing patents relating to Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The Swedish company’s CIPO Kasim Alfalahi will leave his current role to run the new entity. …

11 September 2018

‘No timeline’ for 5G rate disclosure, Huawei IP chief tells <em>IAM</em>

In an exclusive interview, Jason Ding explains why aggregate royalties may come down in the 5G era and suggests that announcing rates now would be jumping the gun.

18 October 2018

More change at the top for Blackberry's licensing operation

Legal function takes responsibility for monetisation as efforts to cash-in on a largely unencumbered portfolio increasingly turn to litigation

11 October 2018

Draft guidelines on 5G patent licensing draw stinging response from implementers

Six licensing principles have been made public by a group including Nokia, Ericsson and Qualcomm following work done with European standards organisations CEN and CENELEC 

29 November 2018

OPINION: It's time to sort out the connected car disconnect

TCL v Ericsson and Unwired Planet v Huawei send two very different messages to auto companies being approached by patent pools such as Avanci to take SEP licences, says Unified Patents' chief IP counsel Jonathan Stroud 

19 November 2018

Numbers confirm Baidu as China’s top AI patent player

The search firm is carrying the country's banner both domestically and overseas. Report also shows which foreign companies file the most in rapidly-expanding tech area

10 January 2019

Iancu-inspired subject matter guidance meets with industry approval, but may make Congressional action less likely

After heavy trailing by the USPTO Director, agency proposes new details on issue of abstract ideas just as the Supreme Court turns its attention to “blockbuster” 101 Fed Circuit case

15 January 2019

Coolpad CEO removed after lamenting lax IP enforcement in China

The executive who charted a new course for the company based in part on patent monetisation sounded disillusioned with China’s IP system days before his ouster

04 February 2019

New names added to <em>IAM</em>'s list of Asia-Pac's market-leading IP operations

The Asia IP Elite identifies companies and institutions in the region that have world class IP functions. Here we introduce the 18  latest additions and explain why they have made the cut