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23 April 2018

Taiwanese start-up widens assertion drive in the wake of 2017 Apple settlement

At last week’s IPBC Taiwan conference, managing IP costs emerged as a key theme of conversation – with some suggesting that financial pressure could lead to more monetisation activity. One firm that has recently opted to go down the monetisation…

13 January 2015

New numbers confirm IBM’s never-ending US patent carousel

One of these years IBM is not going to be the number one recipient of US patents and will find itself in a public relations firestorm. According to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, in 2014 the company received a record 7,534 US patents, more than 2,500…

28 April 2015

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of patents,” Google tells the market

Whatever you think of the possible motives, you can’t fault Google for trying. The search giant launched another initiative yesterday targeted at solving what it terms the “NPE problem”: the fact that 70% of the patents that are litigated by non…

05 April 2018

Microsoft unveils new initiative to govern IP created in customer collaborations

Microsoft has announced the launch of a Shared Innovation Initiative which will help govern the company’s approach to co-created technology and the IP that arise from customer collaborations. The move is further evidence of the emphasis the…

12 January 2017

WiLAN ramps up litigation over Siri patents with Amazon among the targets

WiLAN has stepped up its campaign against the growing personal digital assistant market filing six lawsuits before and after Christmas against a series of big tech companies including Amazon and HTC over patents that underpin Siri, the popular…

10 August 2018

Microsoft leads in machine learning with Alphabet in hot pursuit – but the field remains wide open

Two US tech giants currently own the most – and the highest quality – patents relating to machine learning. State and university research labs in China have also made a strong showing, and experts say anyone could still end up on top.

03 August 2018

More litigation and licensing opportunities will be result of tech players’ disruption

New report pegs aerospace, fintech and auto as three sectors where litigation risk is increasing. UK-based analytics provider Aistemos also predicts greater collaboration across industries.

27 September 2018

Renesas announces major move into IP licensing

The Japanese chip-maker, emerging from years of control by a public-private rescue fund, is aiming to diversify its revenue streams. The goal is to earn $90m from selling chip designs in 2025.

10 January 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate

20 February 2019

"4IR is all-encompassing" says Centrica IP chief ahead of IPBC Europe in Paris

Charles Clark, who has been with the energy multinational since 2016, talks strategy for a new industrial era in an exclusive interview with IAM in advance of the event, taking place at the end of March

29 January 2019

How Microsoft’s patent portfolio reinforces its position as a market leader

A deep dive into the software company’s portfolio shows that it is developing particular strength in the cloud and AI, though overall quality may be falling

30 January 2019

Winners of the inaugural Global IP Awards named at gala dinner in London

Law and attorney firms from around the world recognised for their outstanding work in litigation, prosecution and transactions during 2018

14 January 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity

04 February 2019

Taiwan touts trade secret protection as patent filings remain level 

IP office director states that even TSMC, the island's top patentee, relies on trade secrets to protect 90% of innovations

11 March 2019

Operating companies ramp up their US patent deal-making, but NPEs see big drop

Microsoft and Facebook feature among leaders as transactions involving software assets in Q4 of 2018 hit highest level since 2010