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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

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

14 January 2020

Conversant case illustrates gauntlet facing SEP plaintiffs in China

The Chinese IP office knocked out several claims from the sole patent owned by the NPE that was deemed essential and infringed in a recent Nanjing FRAND ruling

14 January 2020

IBM signs up with the LOT Network

Decision to join follows the acquisition of open source giant Red Hat and is a major boost to the defensive patent operator

09 January 2020

Conversant receives timely UK boost before Supreme Court has its say

Unwired Planet judge rules that ZTE and Huawei infringed two of the NPE’s patents while a third was ruled invalid

09 January 2020

NPE’s litigation move may be a sign of things to come in the healthcare sector

Move by Parallax Health Sciences is an indication that patent assertion plays could increasingly affect life sciences companies as their use of digital technologies increases

06 January 2020

After action packed 2019 Immersion starts the year with aggressive push by familiar activist investor

Viex Capital calls for appointment of five new directors citing failure to implement credible business plan, irresponsible governance and value destroying compensation practices 

06 January 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday

03 January 2020

Huawei to join HEVC Advance in first major pool sign-up

Previously unaffiliated, the Chinese company is set to come on board as a licensor and licensee

03 January 2020

Big drop in new PTAB cases, smaller decline in US district court patent suits

Numbers for 2019 point to big fall among most frequent filers of IPRs, indicating that reforms introduced by USPTO director Andrei Iancu are having an impact

20 December 2019

Unified Patents sells majority stake to private equity firm

Defensive player's CEO Kevin Jakel hails milestone that sees Boston-based investor offer significant boost to expansion plans 

17 December 2019

US NPE leverages China litigation to secure Xiaomi deal

Acacia sub-licensor scored a global deal with smartphone maker as key rights neared expiration

13 December 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts 

13 December 2019

A tricky jobs market leaves licensing professionals with fewer options

A long-term decline in monetisation businesses at several operating companies means that senior opportunities are becoming scarcer