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07 December 2018

“No barriers, no fees”: China Mobile announces 5G royalty policy

World’s largest mobile operator pledges not to collect licence fees on 5G contributions which reports say have generated nearly 1,000 patent applications

07 December 2018

Boston Scientific enhances its patent portfolio with BTG acquisition

An in-depth analysis shows that the American medical device manufacturer may not gain much in terms of quantity from its $4 billion purchase, but that the British healthcare company’s IP assets will boost its peripheral interventional offerings

06 December 2018

China to blacklist "serious" patent infringers

Days after announced trade truce, China’s government explains ‘social credit score’ consequences for IP infringers first floated three years ago. Penalties range from borrowing restrictions to air travel bans.

06 December 2018

Former Google dealmaker becomes latest senior player to exit tech giant

John LaBarre's move to a biotech start-up follows previous departures of Allen Lo and Jeremiah Chan to Facebook, and is further evidence of the narrowing IP strategy gap between high-tech and the life sciences  

28 November 2018

Can Dan McCurdy rescue RPX?

Just months after a private equity takeover, RPX has appointed an industry veteran as its new CEO. But with a declining financial performance and questions remaining over the future of its discovery business, Dan McCurdy (left) will need all of his experience to turn around one of the patent market’s most iconic businesses.

27 November 2018

More deals to come, says Oppo IP chief after Nokia pact

Adler Feng (pictured) speaks exclusively to IAM after inking revenue-bearing licence with Finnish firm. We look at the main takeaways from the agreement announced yesterday

26 November 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year. 

23 November 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi. 

22 November 2018

Chinese NPE with a Taiwanese owner is going after MediaTek in China

Shanghai Xuanpu appears to have risen from ashes of a state-backed semiconductor venture. Recent validity decisions mean its activities should be monitored by anyone implementing the TD-SCDMA standard in China  

22 November 2018

IP risk management goes mainstream and some see big bucks ahead

Insurance products relating to patents and other rights are not new, but they have never really taken off. Now, though, the industry's heavy hitters are moving in and things could be about to change.

20 November 2018

DJI acquired US patents from Microsoft amid litigation fight with competitor

Assignment of 30 patents followed announcement of the Chinese firm's participation in the Azure IP Advantage programme. The two companies are also collaborating on AI and machine learning for drones.

20 November 2018

Re-conceptualising IP risk management

The scale and size of the risks associated with IP-facing companies is significant and rising. The ISO standard for risk management helps to re-conceptualises it.

19 November 2018

Numbers confirm Baidu as China’s top AI patent player

The search firm is carrying the country's banner both domestically and overseas. Report also shows which foreign companies file the most in rapidly-expanding tech area

13 November 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week.

13 November 2018

Red Hat’s patents will help IBM build cloud presence, exclusive analysis reveals

The open source business’s portfolio is not big, but should bolster Big Blue’s attempts to bridge the gap with Amazon, Google and Microsoft in a space that is rapidly growing in importance.