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26 November 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year

25 October 2019

GlobalFoundries’ patent attack on TSMC may have come too late  

In-depth analysis shows that the Taiwanese semiconductor business has not only bulked up its portfolio over the last decade, but also considerably improved its quality

26 August 2019

Three key IP takeaways from Bayer's $7.6 billion sale of its animal health unit

The German company's divestiture to Elanco is the latest example of a pharma giant fleeing non-core business areas - and it is unlikely to be the last

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. 

18 October 2016

Sanan Opto's $8.2 billion bid for Osram would give it significant patent clout – if it goes ahead

Sanan Optoelectronics’ rumoured €7.3 billion buyout of Osram could prove to be the largest Chinese takeover of a foreign patent portfolio yet. That is, if the proposal manages to clear the regulatory, political and competitive hurdles it is almost…

20 June 2016

Fresh off the biggest patent deal of the year so far, Midea eyes German robotics firm takeover

IAM has been covering the resources dedicated to intellectual property by Chinese home appliances maker Midea since at least 2012, but this year is shaping up to be the one in which the Guangdong-based company truly announces its arrival onto the…

23 June 2015

Apple’s revenue per patent leaves the other big US portfolio owners in the shade

In the latest issue of IAM we published a list, compiled by MDB Capital Group, of the 369 companies that as of the end of last year owned at least 1,000 active US patents. For anyone who closely follows the patent market the top 10 was a largely…

18 June 2015

US patent leadership may be over and the IP market is changing, but opportunities abound

Unsurprisingly, one of the key themes at this year’s IPBC in San Francisco was that the US market is in a state of serious flux. There was no consensus on whether the pendulum has swung too far against the interests of patent owners – your views on…

16 June 2015

Patent values about to climb, heroic inventors, the US's patent failure, hope for SMEs, and much more at the IPBC

The first full day of the IPBC Global in San Francisco is now done and dusted. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights from the sessions and from the conversations…

04 June 2015

Big in numbers, but low on price, WiLAN’s Qimonda purchase confirms depressed state of the patent market

A patents deal market desperately trying to rediscover some of its 2011 mojo this week witnessed WiLAN’s $33 million acquisition of the former Qimonda portfolio from Infineon Technologies. The portfolio covers a range of technologies including DRAM,…

13 March 2015

Patent reform on a knife-edge; Germany's growing appeal; PIPCO consolidation; and other highlights from NPE 2015

Yesterday, IAM hosted the NPE 2015 conference at the Convene Center in New York’s Financial District. Close to 200 delegates attended the event, including ,many senior leaders at public and private NPEs, inventors, investors, DC lobbyists, analysts…