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24 August 2019

Adversaries no more - licensors look to make deals, not settlements

In its day, the IPNav model was hugely successful in generating cash, but successful licensing in the here and now requires a different, less confrontational approach

23 August 2019

Canon’s portfolio might be shrinking but it’s still world class    

Analysis shows that the Japanese company has cut down its filing activity and ramped up its abandonment rate, while there has been a recent litigation spike, too

22 August 2019

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

22 August 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing

21 August 2019

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons

Why the IBM approach to IP deal making that was so successful in the 1990s should still be front and centre for prospective licensor's today 

21 August 2019

US removes 5G work exemption from Huawei ban

The Commerce Department extended Huawei’s temporary licence yesterday, but it dropped a provision that allowed technology sharing as part of 5G standards development

20 August 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today 

19 August 2019

NPE asserts embattled Japanese billionaire’s gaming patent against Sony

The PlayStation maker is accused of infringing a US patent listing ‘pachinko king’ Kazuo Okada as inventor. Japan’s Universal Entertainment, which ousted Okada in 2017, could be poised to benefit

15 August 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations

15 August 2019

IP service providers announce launch of consulting businesses in further sign that advisory space is evolving

DOAR and Techson spot opportunities in a highly fragmented market; with increasing complexity external advisers are only going to become more important  

14 August 2019

In the shadow of MPEG-2

Positioned as platforms for cooperative risk mitigation, patent pools have enjoyed mixed success - perhaps because there are so many of them

12 August 2019

With money on hand Acacia claims it is “uniquely positioned” to take advantage of dislocated IP market

As its comeback continues, NPE allocates $20 million for new acquisitions this year - but with more than $160 million on its balance sheet it is well placed to re-build portfolio  

08 August 2019

Pinterest picks up package of former Yahoo! assets

Deal with licensing entity Excalibur came shortly after social media company’s billion-dollar IPO

08 August 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs

07 August 2019

Image, ownership and an app made in St Petersburg

The IP issues raised by the use of FaceApp have been largely ignored. They should not be