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20 December 2018

MIT and Harvard lead the world’s research institutions in patent quality, but look out for the rise of China  

The research centres which produce the most world-leading assets are currently found in the US and Europe, but analysis shows that Chinese universities are beginning to catch up (Picture: MIT)

30 November 2018

Doing intellectual property the Dolby Labs way

For over half a century Dolby Labs has worked hard to ensure that the company’s IP strategy is always aligned with its overall business goals. Its success in doing this teaches valuable lessons.

29 November 2018

OPINION: It's time to sort out the connected car disconnect

TCL v Ericsson and Unwired Planet v Huawei send two very different messages to auto companies being approached by patent pools such as Avanci to take SEP licences, says Unified Patents' chief IP counsel Jonathan Stroud 

23 October 2018

Court of Appeals in London upholds <em>Unwired Planet v Huawei</em> to provide big boost to SEP holders globally 

Decision to confirm the original Birss judgment is likely to ensure that the UK becomes a major centre for the resolution of FRAND-related disputes

09 October 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei.

02 May 2017

InterDigital CEO hails Unwired Planet v Huawei decision “an extremely important development”

In the next issue of IAM we will be running a feature on InterDigital, a company which despite a tough climate for many licensing businesses has been a big growth story over the last five years. The wireless tech business currently has Samsung,…

20 December 2015

Good news for SEP owners, growing NPE interest, EPO turmoil, UPC progress & more - Europe's IP market in 2015

Following on from my colleagues identifying the big stories and trends in both the Asian and US IP markets in 2015, it is my job to do the same with Europe. Having spent a bit of time thinking about this, I can’t identify anything really huge that…

08 December 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

24 November 2015

Unwired Planet CEO praises judge’s technical knowledge after major UK court win against Samsung and Huawei

Yesterday Unwired Planet notched up a significant court victory in London in an infringement case against Huawei and Samsung. The NPE’s patent in question was found to be both valid and infringed by the Asian tech giants. The trial is one of a…

27 October 2015

How a $2.4bn acquisition by Qualcomm might undermine the IEEE’s controversial patent policy

Qualcomm’s acquisition this summer of CSR would at first glance seem to have few implications for the patent market.  The deal, which closed in August, saw the tech giant buy the much smaller British chipmaker for $2.4bn in a move that should…

04 October 2015

It's no surprise that Unwired Planet has decided to fight SEP suit against Huawei, Google and Samsung in London

Tomorrow Unwired Planet is scheduled to begin a series of face-offs against Huawei, Samsung and Google at the Patents Court in London. At issue are alleged infringements of five standard essential patents (SEPs) owned by the NPE that were…

04 September 2015

Hook-up with ARM would be a further landmark on Xiaomi’s path to patent security

Xiaomi has always invited comparisons to Apple, and its latest major initiative is straight out of the Steve Jobs playbook. The Beijing-based company appears intent on designing its own microprocessors, as Apple, Samsung and domestic rival Huawei…

12 June 2015

Microsoft, IBM, ARM, Shazam, BAE and leading NPEs get together to tackle patent market’s transparency troubles

IPBC Global 2015, being held next week at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will host the launch of the Open Registry of Patent Ownership (ORoPO) - a new project aimed at creating a more efficient global patent market by encouraging openness and…