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04 October 2015

It's no surprise that Unwired Planet has decided to fight SEP suit against Huawei, Google and Samsung in London

Tomorrow Unwired Planet is scheduled to begin a series of face-offs against Huawei, Samsung and Google at the Patents Court in London. At issue are alleged infringements of five standard essential patents (SEPs) owned by the NPE that were…

28 March 2016

Rovi plus Tivo with a bit of IV thrown in would create a powerful licensing force in a growing market

There’s no doubt that over the last few years Rovi has been ramping up its IP strategy. Last year it made its debut in our list (put together by MDB Capital Group) of those companies with at least 1000 active US patents as its total number of assets…

05 November 2015

CEO decision to stay is best bit of news in momentous year for WiLAN

Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard not to see the announcement yesterday that Jim Skippen will stay on as CEO of WiLAN as anything other than very good news for the NPE. Skippen announced earlier this year that he was going to step down but…

01 September 2015

“That’s the Silicon Valley in me” – why Unwired Planet’s new CEO took the risky decision to jump ship to an NPE

It has been three months since Boris Teksler took over as CEO and president of Unwired Planet. After a career that has included stints at HP, Apple and, most recently, Technicolor, his move to an NPE, particularly in the current challenging climate,…

27 November 2015

Ericsson locks down a global patent licence agreement with iBall thanks to Delhi High Court injunction

Ericsson’s campaign to sign up licensees among smartphone sellers in India has been one of the country’s biggest patent stories over the last two years, and its battles in the High Court of Delhi have produced some of the region’s most interesting…

20 November 2015

This is the era of clever money in the patent investment market – and there’s a lot available

Earlier this week we held our inaugural Patent Law and Policy event in Washington DC. As the name suggests the majority of the day was focused on how debates over patent reform, recent case law and the popularity of the new post-issuance review…

20 January 2015

No smartphone patent war in China yet, but don’t be surprised if one does erupt

Chinese electronics company Oppo caused a small stir at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month with its accusation that Polaroid’s ‘Selfie’ smartphone copied its own rotating camera design. It is tempting to see this as…

08 January 2015

HP cashes in on problematic Palm purchase once more as TCL targets resurrection

Chinese consumer electronics company TCL - a member of IAM's China IP Elite - has announced plans to launch a line of products under the Palm name, confirming rumours that it has acquired trademarks and other assets relating to the pioneering…

05 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part one

With the Christmas and New Year festivities now done and dusted, it’s time to crank up the juice and to get the IAM blog fully rocking and rolling once more. And what better way to do it than by revealing our IP personalities of 2014? As always,…

07 May 2015

For small NPEs looking for growth Japan might provide the best opportunity

As keen readers of this blog will know, we have subscribed to the idea that a period of consolidation among NPEs, and publicly traded IP companies in particular, is going to be one of the trends in the patent market over the next few years. In March…

04 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

30 April 2015

New Senate bill pushes patent reform a step closer to consensus, but there is a long way to go

The latest attempts to introduce new legislative patent reform in the US took its most significant step yesterday when the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act was introduced in the Senate. With the backing of Senate…

23 April 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice,…

14 April 2015

CIPO role could be up for grabs in Nokia/Alcatel hook-up

Nokia has not been far from the business pages in recent days with news first breaking that it was considering a sale of its maps business and then, this week, that it is in merger talks with Alcatel-Lucent. As both companies have undergone…

29 June 2015

NPE assertion campaign using LG patents may mark the dawn of a new reality for Korean corporates

An entity named Evolved Wireless last week launched lawsuits against a number of major companies claiming that they are infringing several of its patents which were previously owned by LG Electronics. The assertion campaign could well signal a new,…