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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

15 August 2019

Patent injunctions in India – a year of innovation

In the year following India’s first-ever final judgment in a SEP case, courts are increasingly experimenting with the injunction regime as a way to protect patentees’ rights

15 August 2019

IP service providers announce launch of consulting businesses in further sign that advisory space is evolving

DOAR and Techson spot opportunities in a highly fragmented market; with increasing complexity external advisers are only going to become more important  

08 August 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs

06 August 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend

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

02 August 2019

How the Huawei ban and trade dispute are impacting major licensing players

Executives from Qualcomm and InterDigital explained some of the effects US-China tensions are having on their businesses in earnings calls this week. Huawei also gave an update

01 August 2019

Canon assigns patents to Samsung Electronics

The transaction of OLED-related rights appears to be a very rare disposal for the third biggest US patent holder, which earlier this year did a deal through the LOT Network

30 July 2019

Asian companies will drive growth in semiconductor IP

Patent filings in the industry have dropped off globally, but the market is expected to rev up soon with companies like Samsung and BOE leading the way

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

29 July 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2

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