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19 February 2019

With Oppo deal, Ericsson gets crucial SEP validation in China

Securing a FRAND licence with the world’s fifth largest handset maker could be a shot in the arm for the Swedish company, which has struggled to get royalties out of Chinese firms like Xiaomi and TCL

19 February 2019

New Acacia chief IP officer charts a different course for the once mighty NPE

Supported by a healthy balance sheet, Marc Booth says the firm plans on a higher volume of smaller deals with three new areas identified for future growth

18 February 2019

Rolling the dice on eligibility

Congressional action is the only way to solve the uncertainty on section 101 of the US patent statute, argues Aaric Eisenstein of Personalised Media Communications

18 February 2019

Patent deals show how Indian startups can benefit from multinational research activity

An AI health-tech startup recently named one of the world's most promising had its roots in the re-organisation of Xerox's research centre in India

15 February 2019

PanOptis acquired by New York-based private equity business

The NPE, which bought Unwired Planet in 2016 and owns thousands of patents previously held by Ericsson and Panasonic, sold to Brevet Capital for an undisclosed sum

15 February 2019

Takeover wars intensify between listed IP firms in Australia

Aggressive move by the country’s largest public IP services group seems designed to thwart the merger of two smaller rivals. But further consolidation in the space still looks likely

15 February 2019

AbbVie’s Humira strategy to be scrutinised in first evergreening unclean hands challenge

In a Delaware case Boehringer Ingelheim accuses the Illinois company of improper conduct in deliberately constructing a patent thicket to protect against generic versions of its blockbuster drug.

14 February 2019

As 101 debate continues, Iancu offers clear message to Federal Circuit

With new guidelines set to reshape patent examination, the USPTO head makes the case for revisiting subject matter precedent

14 February 2019

The five key takeaways from the USPTO’s report on women and patents

Although female patentees are becoming more common – particularly in areas such as pharma and biotech – the rate of growth is slowing, suggesting that a lot more work needs to be done before equality between the sexes is achieved

14 February 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with

13 February 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco 

12 February 2019

AT&T’s portfolio is a treasure trove for buyers

The telecoms giant is building its presence in the secondary market with a host of companies now seeking out its high-quality patents  

12 February 2019

China’s domestic licensing market has plenty of room to grow

An annual survey conducted by CNIPA pegs the licensing rate of Chinese patents at 5.5%. That's not far off estimates of US patent utilisation

12 February 2019

New investment platform aims to break down barriers to capital for innovators

Former IV unit teams up with alternative asset business to give large and small innovators way of attracting finance on Blockchain-based initiative

11 February 2019

RPX strikes deal to acquire remaining patent portfolio of Creative subsidiary

The settlement deal ends litigation by the Singapore company’s ZiiLabs unit against Nvidia, and will net shareholders around $17.5 million