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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

20 August 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today 

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

12 August 2019

How TD Bank embraced patents to ensure it maximised the benefits of the fintech revolution

The Canadian institution is among the industry players to have transformed its approach to IP, but the banking sector still has a fight on its hands to keep up with the tech giants

09 August 2019

Chinese radio firm recently hit by ITC ruling is latest Trump target

Shenzhen-based Hytera, which makes two-way radios, joins Huawei on proposed list of banned government suppliers. It is already dealing with an ITC import ban won by rival Motorola Solutions

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

30 July 2019

Indian messaging app leads hike in domestic patent filings

Annual figures released by the country’s patent office also showed that it rapidly ramped up its ability to process examinations

25 July 2019

Rubio’s new Huawei proposal is more nuanced, but should still worry US patent owners

The measure would not stop the company from enforcing patents outright, but it would severely hamper buying and selling activity

24 July 2019

The companies that lead the race for blockchain patents revealed

IBM and NChain are the only non-Chinese entities that feature in the nine-strong list of first tier applicants

22 July 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be

18 July 2019

Biometric patent conflict escalates in China

Shenzhen-based Goodix supplies more fingerprint sensors to more phones than any other company. But it is now litigating with two of its biggest rivals in Chinese courts

12 July 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo

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

03 July 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market

28 June 2019

AmEx turns to Sony for key IP hire

Payments giant brings in new chief IP counsel in another big name patent move