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03 November 2016

Japanese SPF sends message that it is more than just a patent assertion entity with new drug discovery collaboration

IP Bridge (IPB) – the company that operates Japan’s sovereign patent fund (SPF) – announced last week that it has signed a drug discovery deal with Kyushu University, indicating that it is aiming beyond straight monetisation activities to fulfil its…

11 March 2016

Start-ups that file for patents are 35 times more likely to be successful than those which don’t, new research reveals

Another piece of research has highlighted the value that start-ups receive from patent filings. The paper, “A new view of the skew: A quantitative assessment of the quality of American entrepreneurship”, is from four academics at the Massachusetts…

19 April 2016

Vice-president of $30bn Chinese state investment vehicle talks patents at IPBC Korea

The investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University was featured in IAM’s list of IP personalities of the year of 2015 for its role as a centrepiece of the Chinese government’s efforts to develop stronger domestic capabilities in sensitive…

14 July 2015

Tsinghua’s $23 billion Micron buyout would secure China a powerful position in semiconductor patents

Tsinghua Unigroup, an investment firm affiliated with Beijing’s Tsinghua University, has offered $23 billion to purcahse Idaho-based chipmaker Micron Technology in what would be the largest Chinese acquisition of a US business to date. The deal - if…

09 October 2015

Tsinghua Holdings - China's high-tech acquisition machine - steams ahead with Western Digital investment

Chinese firm Unisplendour is paying $3.78 billion to take a 15% equity stake in US hard disk drive maker Western Digital. Unisplendour’s parent, Tsinghua Holdings, has been making numerous acquisitions and investments of late in an effort to gain…

23 March 2015

Chinese legislators miss the point on inventor remuneration

One of the outcomes from this month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing was the publication of a new draft of the country’s ‘Law for Promoting Science and Technology Achievements’ (LPSTA). While the law drew fire from some…

10 May 2015

The cost of NPE disputes in the US and the $16.8 billion gap between RPX and Bessen & Meurer

In June 2012, James Bessen and Michael Meurer published their frequently-cited paper “The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes”, with its headline grabbing claim that US companies “accrued $29 billion of direct costs in 2011” as a result of NPE assertions…

28 April 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case –…

30 January 2015

New issue of IAM out today with the truth about those "foreign patent trolls" being written about in the US press

A series of disingenuous and maybe even deliberately mendacious op-eds in the US press over the last 12 months have warned of the dangers to American innovators posed by so-called “state-sponsored patent trolls”: entities supposedly established by…

17 September 2018

Patent controversy embroils South Korean biotech claiming key CRISPR IP

Questions emerge about whether ToolGen properly acquired foundational gene editing patents, and how much government support founder Kim Jin-soo received for his breakthrough invention.

17 October 2018

CRISPR: the anatomy of a patent landscape

A deep dive into a potentially game-changing technology provides important insights not only for patent professionals, but also for their colleagues in various other business-critical roles

16 January 2019

New collaboration between leading IP brands set to boost global patent transactions

IAM Market teams up with Richardson Oliver Insights to deliver new tranche of assets to its IP buying, selling, licensing and tech transfer platform being offered by top brokers

13 December 2018

It's Spangenberg v Zur in a patent clash for the ages

The battle over revenue share in licensing of multi-million dollar asset comes to light after Fortress brings infringement suit against Amazon

04 December 2018

All the action from the final day of IPBC Asia 2018

This year's event in Shanghai has now come to an end. It's been a great couple of days, including the IP Asia Elite Gala Dinner and Awards held last night

04 December 2018

New lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint and Verizon suggest ETRI is doubling down on US monetisation strategy

After setback in Huawei suit, latest court cases show the state-funded Korean research institute is behind massive licensing programme