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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

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  

04 December 2018

New lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint and Verizon suggest ETRI is doubling down on US monetisation strategy

After setback in Huawei suit, latest court cases show the state-funded Korean research institute is behind massive licensing programme

03 December 2018

Facebook’s IP evolution extends beyond high-profile hires and deal making

New research highlights growth in social media giant’s portfolio and extent of its own patent filing strategy 

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

27 November 2018

Armed with Huawei patent NPE widens litigation campaign

New infringement suits filed by IP Edge affiliate against Acer, Mattel and HTC

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. 

23 November 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption.

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  

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.

19 November 2018

Flurry of infringement lawsuits underline Fortress’s growing power in the assertion market

Eran Zur-led group targets a string of big tech companies - including Apple, Google and Microsoft - with patents picked up from NPE Uniloc

17 November 2018

Open source practices to support in-house innovation

How to ensure that the use of open source packages does not run contrary to corporate IP policies.

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.