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19 January 2018

Google takes a big step in China and Tencent joins the patent licensing world in major cross-licence deal

Google and Tencent have announced a patent cross-licence deal that they say will pave the way for future technology collaboration. The pact is said to be “long term” and covering “a wide range of products and technologies”. Beyond that there are no…

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…

03 March 2017

China relaxes rules on software patentability – and the United States loses more ground

Amended patent examination guidelines will come into force in China next month that look set to make it easier to obtain patent protection on certain software-related inventions in the country. The final revised rules announced by China’s State…

02 June 2016

Microsoft’s Xiaomi link-up shows patents as big deal value-added is gaining ground as a strategic approach

Whichever way you look at it, the deal between Microsoft and Xiaomi which was announced earlier this week has to go down as one of the most significant of the year so far. There are the terms of the deal itself – Xiaomi gets 1,500 patents from the…

08 April 2016

India’s tough new line on software patents could hamper plans for boosting its digital start-ups

Writing in the latest issue of IAM, I take a look at the current state of play with regards to IP policy in India. Since the election of prime minister Narendra Modi in 2014, the Indian government has pushed development of the IP system up the…

13 May 2016

Some hope for software patents in the US after the CAFC's Enfish decision, but this is no game-changer

Since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Alice, many in the US patent community have been searching for a case that provides greater clarity on the justices’ thinking or, at the very least, doesn’t simply see the Court of Appeals for the…

30 October 2015

Sogou’s assertion of patents against Baidu could be a landmark in the evolution of China’s IP market

Chinese internet and software company Sogou has sued domestic competitor Baidu for patent infringement in a development that underlines just how rapidly the Chinese IP marketplace is growing in sophistication. Sogou – a subsidiary of online…

13 October 2015

Although they did not drive the deal patents will be important for the new Dell/EMC business

Even in a very frothy deals market, Dell’s proposed takeover of EMC is one that stands out. At $67 billion it’s the largest tech transaction ever announced, with Dell seemingly eager to lessen its relative exposure to the declining PC market and…

12 November 2015

Recent moves by Chinese start-up drone builder DJI suggest that it is preparing for a better IP future

DJI – one of the leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones for commercial and recreational purposes – has made a couple of major announcements in the past few days. Both underline its efforts to expand its business and the…

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion…

26 June 2015

BlackBerry's deal with Cisco could mark the Canadian company's coming of age as a big patent licensor

No-one willingly pays to license patents is an old adage and a very accurate one. There are few to which it applies with more vigour than Cisco. So, the news a few days back that the company had entered into a cross-licensing agreement with…

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…

09 January 2015

Draft Indian IP strategy aims to kickstart patent market

India’s six-member IPR Think Tank recently made public the first draft of its much-anticipated proposal for a ‘National IPR Policy’ (you can read the document in full here). Earlier this week, IAM’s sister publication World Trademark Review analysed…

08 January 2015

HP cashes in on problematic Palm purchase once more as TCL targets resurrection

Chinese consumer electronics company TCL - a member of IAM's China IP Elite - has announced plans to launch a line of products under the Palm name, confirming rumours that it has acquired trademarks and other assets relating to the pioneering…

05 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part one

With the Christmas and New Year festivities now done and dusted, it’s time to crank up the juice and to get the IAM blog fully rocking and rolling once more. And what better way to do it than by revealing our IP personalities of 2014? As always,…