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10 April 2017

Interest groups gear up for fight with Trump administration over USPTO budget

A group of IP advocacy groups, industry bodies and companies have written to President Trump to highlight the impact of the ongoing government hiring freeze on the USPTO and, more broadly, on US innovation. In one of his first actions after…

26 May 2017

Another case confirms US university IPR immunity, but doubts emerge over how long loophole can survive

In January a PTAB decision gave state universities in the US the kind of protection that other patent owners have only been able to dream about in recent years. In an inter partes review (IPR) brought by Covidien against a patent owned by the…

03 March 2017

China relaxes rules on software patentability – and the United States loses more ground

Amended patent examination guidelines will come into force in China next month that look set to make it easier to obtain patent protection on certain software-related inventions in the country. The final revised rules announced by China’s State…

08 March 2017

Don’t miss your chance to win a free delegate place at this year's IPBC Global

There is now just over one week left in which to participate in our IP benchmarking survey and be in with a chance of winning a complimentary delegate place at IPBC Global taking place in Ottawa in June. For more than one month we have been…

06 December 2016

Injunctions, trolls, booming markets, award winners and much more on IPBC Asia 2016 Day Two

The second day of IPBC Asia 2016 in Shanghai has just come to an end and the event is over – with delegates enjoying a final networking opportunity in the closing drinks reception. Once again, the IAM editorial team – Editor Joff Wild (JW), Asia…

25 November 2016

The post-Brexit vote future of Europe's unitary patent system is set to become much clearer on Monday

The UK’s position on the Unified Patent Court system is set to be revealed on Monday, according to multiple reports currently circulating here. It is believed that Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the country’s IP minister, will provide the other EU member…

25 November 2016

Conversant reaps ethical licensing reward in bounce-back Panasonic acquisition

Conversant IP Management has acquired a patent portfolio from Panasonic, according to an assignment recorded with the USPTO earlier this week. The transfer represents a new foray into the Japanese patent marketplace for the Canadian NPE after its…

24 November 2016

China's great leap forward in patenting does not equate to a surge in innovation

Another year goes by; and there's another announcement from WIPO to the effect that China’s lead on the rest of the world in terms of patent filings continues to increase. And, on the back of this, as usual there are also a host of news…

06 September 2016

New survey explores perceived quality gaps between the USPTO and EPO, and identifies user priorities

The benchmarking surveys of IAM's readership that we have been publishing since 2010 consistently show the European Patent Office to offer the highest quality patents and the best service to applicants among the IP5 issuing authorities. Over the…

30 August 2016

Europe’s multi-billion dollar tax ruling against Apple throws treatment of IP assets into spotlight

The announcement today by the European Commission that Ireland must claw back €13 billion in tax revenues from Apple looks set to escalate the back and forth on the tax practices of major multinationals who use their economic leverage to benefit…

08 November 2016

WiLAN must navigate its local relationships with added care as it wades deeper into the Asian patent market

WiLAN announced yesterday that it has acquired a third patent portfolio from Panasonic in a further expansion of the two companies’ licensing partnership. While the deal underlines the level of confidence and trust that WiLAN has been able to secure…

04 November 2016

NPE assertion comes to China as WiLAN subsidiary files SEP suit against Sony in Nanjing - UPDATED

This post has been updated to make clear that, contrary to information we originally received, Rouse is not representing WiLAN or Wireless Future Technologies Inc in this case. In a major development in the Chinese IP market, Wireless Future…

02 June 2016

Microsoft’s Xiaomi link-up shows patents as big deal value-added is gaining ground as a strategic approach

Whichever way you look at it, the deal between Microsoft and Xiaomi which was announced earlier this week has to go down as one of the most significant of the year so far. There are the terms of the deal itself – Xiaomi gets 1,500 patents from the…

16 September 2016

UN panel recommends stricter patentability rules and compulsory licensing to improve access to medicine

A United Nations taskforce released its much-anticipated report on patient access to medicines this week. In the run-up to the report’s publication, many IP owners expected that the role of patents in the drug industry would very much be in the…

03 October 2016

Automakers in Korea and Japan embrace defensive patent aggregation, but Chinese companies hold out

This blog has noted that one of the big themes in Asia’s automaking industry this year has been a significant move by Japanese and Korean brands to join defensive patent alliances. It’s a strategic shift for the industry that in many ways is being…