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27 January 2020

Another big name exit from the Microsoft IP team revealed

Chief patent counsel and key dealmaker Micky Minhas announces his departure, while his former boss Erich Andersen is named as TikTok’s general counsel

27 January 2020

Toyota IP Solutions will help company realise more from its annual $9bn R&D spend, says senior counsel

In an exclusive interview, Fred Mau says launch of new licensing and tech transfer programme is part of a more proactive approach to technology and innovation outreach for the Japanese automaker

24 January 2020

Oblon rules roost once more as the US’s top patent prosecution outfit

We reveal which US law firms secured most grants for their clients in 2019 overall and by 10 industry categories, as well as the fastest growers

24 January 2020

Beijing IP Court hands loss to local company targeted by Trump

Radio vendor Hytera failed to make antitrust claims stick to Motorola Solutions as trade secrets and patent battle continues

23 January 2020

LOT loses its first member, but another auto leader signs up

Major supplier backs out just months after joining; however, Toyota confirmed as new member adding another major carmaker to the defensive network’s ranks

21 January 2020

InterDigital throws spotlight on its licensing practices in groundbreaking transparency push

Wireless SEP licensor releases treasure trove of information including details of its portfolio, royalty rate structure and its commitment to using arbitration to settle disputes

20 January 2020

MPEG LA forms new patent pool covering dominant wireless charging technology

The Qi portfolio will offer licences to IP rights owned by a quartet of companies, including Philips and Robert Bosch

18 January 2020

How Sonos’s case against Google could help shift the US patent narrative

Coverage of the speaker pioneer’s suit highlights shift in the way the general media engages with IP issues

17 January 2020

Ford’s challenge is to maintain current levels of innovation  

New ranking celebrates the US automaker’s advances in autonomous driving, but there are more obstacles to overcome

16 January 2020

What IP owners need to know about the US-China trade deal

There are significant gains for branded pharma in the agreement. But in several other areas, China has made commitments it already meets

16 January 2020

Breaking: EPO Board of Appeal upholds invalidation of Broad’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent

Surprise move means Enlarged Board will not now be asked to consider key questions that were referred to it yesterday

16 January 2020

Viability of sham litigation suits on the line in AbbVie appeal

The award of $448 million in antitrust damages against the company in case brought by the Federal Trade Commission is also at stake.

16 January 2020

SEP FRAND policy rewrite designed to bring predictability, says senior legal adviser to USPTO head

Guiding principle behind pre-Christmas statement was need for uniform rules for all patents, Nicholas Matich explained at ABA event, where he also spoke about new agency 101 initiative following SCOTUS refusal to hear key eligibility case

15 January 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape

15 January 2020

The IBM patent selloff continued right up until its decision to join LOT Net

USPTO records show that Big Blue off-loaded hundreds of assets to Xperi late last year in its latest major deal