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22 May 2019

Nobel Laureate loses court battle over immunotherapy patents worth billions

Dana-Farber Institute pledges to license cancer treatment methods more widely after inventorship triumph

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

17 July 2019

Despite huge potential, patent operations at Chinese universities lag international standards

Technology transfer and commercialisation are buzzwords in China and attract more attention everyday. But before widespread IP-based private-public partnerships develop, there are significant systemic hurdles to overcome

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

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

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

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 

09 September 2019

Latest patent deal numbers reveal that, for the first time in a decade, software has lost its lead

Healthcare and pharma takes top spot by number of transactions, with Industrial following in second place; while IBM was the biggest seller in Q2

01 December 2017

The future of technology transfer

Universities and other non-profit research institutions play a vital role in the US innovation economy, and are key to institutions realising value from their discoveries. But as both technology and the IP landscape grow increasingly complex, they face steep challenges

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.