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18 June 2019

Below the radar, a changing of the guard at Apple

Long-time chief IP Counsel BJ Watrous quietly left the position at the end of last year to be replaced by former lead patent counsel

18 June 2019

Pfizer’s $11 billion Array purchase shows oncology assets continue to drive pharma transactions

The world’s largest life sciences company demonstrates that it is still a major presence in the M&A landscape, despite its stated focus on organic growth.

17 June 2019

Acacia patents asserted against Vivo, Oppo and other mobile firms in China

An entity with sub-licensing rights is litigating with the re-vamped PIPCO’s patents in China, and some early validity results are encouraging

14 June 2019

Toyota’s new IP chief explains ‘open patent’ hybrid strategy

In an exclusive sit-down with IAM at the automaker’s headquarters, Yosuke Iida says that its latest royalty-free licence scheme can help transform the company’s business – and the environment

13 June 2019

How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically

13 June 2019

Huawei’s $1 billion Verizon demand: politics or profit?

Ongoing royalty negotiations are revealed after US network operator reportedly notifies government. Why the conflict, which follows a 2016 dispute with T-Mobile, may alarm Nokia and Ericsson

12 June 2019

Group including Ericsson Nokia, InterDigital and Qualcomm releases SEP licence negotiation principles

Move designed to influence debate in Europe and comes on same day as implementers publish their own guidelines.  

11 June 2019

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival

07 June 2019

Deals with Samsung and Citrix show IV’s patents are still coveted

Assignments involving Korean tech giant and US software business demonstrate that it’s more than just NPEs that are interested in NPE assets

04 June 2019

IP3 deals platform makes key rule change to drum up more seller interest

Patent owners will not be required to take assets off the market after making submissions; this year's programme also features new sector focus areas

03 June 2019

Microsoft’s IP chief looks to build a future-proof patent strategy

Erich Andersen explains how the company’s IP vision has pivoted from a focus on direct monetisation to support of cloud computing and open source

03 June 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk

03 June 2019

Infineon significantly bolsters its patent portfolio with Cypress acquisition  

Consolidation in the chip industry continues as the deal brings together two players with plenty of experience in the secondary market

01 June 2019

3M’s IP head explains its business-focused patent strategy

Company employs a data-driven approach that ensures rights are tied to opportunities in emerging product areas or existing ones that analysis shows merit protection, says IP Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Rhodes

30 May 2019

AB InBev IP exec explains how he is helping to shift attitudes one six-pack at a time

With the giant brewer facing off against Heineken in court, Michael Swita sets out how innovation and patents are becoming a far bigger consideration in the industry