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22 November 2017

Time is running out for IAM Strategy 300 nominations

There is not much time left to make a nomination for the 2018 edition of IAM Strategy 300, so if you know a world-leading IP strategist who deserves recognition, then please nominate them here before the closing date of 29th November. Since 2009,…

17 November 2017

“I have serious concerns about where the patent system is heading,” Senator Coons tells IAM event

Earlier this week we held our third annual Patent Law and Policy event in Washington DC. With the approach to patents in the new administration slowly taking shape, the Supreme Court continuing to have its say in key areas, the PTAB celebrating five…

06 October 2017

Aqua Products almost certainly guarantees PTAB will be at top of new USPTO Director’s to-do list

In emails and conversations with a series of IPR specialists this week in the wake of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) decision in Aqua Products v Matal, “this is a mess!” was a common response. The long judgment – all 148…

05 October 2017

Patents previously owned by NXP asserted against Intel by entity with possible ties to Fortress

Earlier this week a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Intel in district court in Northern California by a company called VLSI Technology LLC. The chip giant stands accused of infringing eight VLSI patents which relate to semiconductor…

05 October 2017

Former Cisco IP executive gets top patent role at Google

Google has a new head of patents. Michael Lee, who joined the company from Cisco in January, has been appointed to the role following Allen Lo’s exit in August. Lee had been lead counsel for mobile at Google, having previously spent eight years at…

03 October 2017

IAM 86 now published - we name the individuals driving the global IP market in 2017

Issue 86 of IAM has now been published and is available to subscribers online. Inside this issue, we name our IAM Market Makers of 2017. This is our annual assessment of who we believe the main drivers of the global IP market are: the individuals…

07 November 2017

Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues

Transactions recorded in recent weeks show Seiko Epson picking up its divestment activity again, sending portfolios in the direction of Microsoft, IP Bridge and an unknown holding company. But despite the summer spurt of activity, the deals we know…

06 November 2017

European Commission on verge of upending long-established mobile communications licensing practices

A fundamental change to SEP licensing related to mobile communications technology is on the verge of being proposed by the European Commission. According to IP Europe – a coalition of IP intensive, R&D companies including Orange, Ericsson and Nokia …

03 November 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital…

17 October 2017

The pro-patent lobby in the US finally seems to be getting its act together and so the narrative is changing

There’s no doubt that in the PR wars that have been fought over the US patent system throughout the last decade, there has only been one winner. The powerful constituency in big tech that has lobbied for far-reaching changes, which some observers…

17 October 2017

AIPPI report - Patents and populism; Unwired Planet lessons for US; why trial lawyers struggle at PTAB

The populist wave gaining traction in many parts of the world is undoubtedly filtering through to IP policies. The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year, for example, threw the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court projects into question, while…

22 September 2017

Korea's new antitrust boss says he'll target patent abuse in the IoT realm

Over the past few years, South Korea’s antitrust regulator has been one of the toughest on issues of intellectual property. Now, the leader of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) says the body is about to start an inquest focused on how patents…

21 September 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual…

04 May 2017

After Nikon launches global infringement litigation campaign, defendants fight back with former IV patents

Over the last week a high-profile multi jurisdictional patent dispute has erupted between Nikon and ASML and Carl Zeiss. In a relatively rare sortie to the courts, the Japanese camera maker has filed 11 suits against Dutch semiconductor equipment…

02 May 2017

Japanese business method grants surge in another example of Asia picking up the USPTO's slack

Japan has gone from being one of the most difficult major jurisdictions in which to patent business methods over the past two decades to one of the easiest, according to recent data from the Japan Patent Office (JPO). This is the latest indication…