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12 February 2019

AT&T’s portfolio is a treasure trove for buyers

The telecoms giant is building its presence in the secondary market with a host of companies now seeking out its high-quality patents  

05 February 2019

TiVo might be about to split at a time when its licensing business has significant concerns

Latest report suggests that result of a strategic review will see the company's product and IP arms separate, but current courtroom tussle with Comcast means the timing is not great

04 February 2019

China drives growth in AI patent filings, but US still global leader for quality

Microsoft and Alphabet possess the strongest machine learning portfolios, but Chinese state-sponsored R&D and access to data has the potential to shift the power dynamics

31 January 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom

28 January 2019

New industry forum seeks to bridge licensor/licensee divide and chart a new course for next video codec

Apple, Canon, Dolby, Ericsson and InterDigital are among early backers of attempt to change the licensing dynamic for the VVC standard

26 January 2019

An investor's guide to stellar IP due diligence

Private equity funds, VCs and other financial players are beginning to appreciate the value of taking a deep dive into tech company patent holdings, but actually getting a timely and pertinent view is a challenging task 

25 January 2019

New Lyft acquisitions show once more that in the patent deals market AT&T is becoming IBM 2.0

In recent years, the telecoms giant has been involved in a number of deals with companies planning their initial public offerings, something that Big Blue has specialised in for years 

24 January 2019

Despite just $11 million of deals in three years, the IP3 patent buying programme is creating significant value

Participants in the scheme - such as Google, IBM and Microsoft - are getting something that is worth a lot more than the assets being offered for sale: market data 

22 January 2019

Drilling down: the high cost of ignoring patent type

While portfolio size is often used as an indicator of value, it is crucial to remember that patent type can be just as significant as the number of rights – especially when it comes to FRAND negotiations

11 January 2019

Anticipated tech unicorn IPO stampede may not mean a patent-buying bonanza

Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack among those planning to list or actively considering it, but in comparison to the past the numbers of assets being acquired is low

07 January 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way

04 January 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher

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

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.