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05 April 2018

For the first time this century Philips does not have a chief IP officer

Very quietly, something of a revolution has taken place at Philips. For the first time this century, the company’s IP function – Philips IP & Standards - is headed up by someone who has no long-term IP background and who is not labelled its chief IP…

10 January 2018

Ahead of the inaugural IPBC Europe in Amsterdam, an interview with ThyssenKrupp IP chief Stephan Wolke

In March, we introduce a new member of the IPBC family when we launch the inaugural IPBC Europe in Amsterdam. Designed specifically for European businesses, the event will provide key insights to executives at companies based in Europe which are in…

04 May 2017

After Nikon launches global infringement litigation campaign, defendants fight back with former IV patents

Over the last week a high-profile multi jurisdictional patent dispute has erupted between Nikon and ASML and Carl Zeiss. In a relatively rare sortie to the courts, the Japanese camera maker has filed 11 suits against Dutch semiconductor equipment…

23 June 2017

If you want to make a successful deal in China, leave your standard licence template at home

A lot of the activity going on in the China market is so-called soft licensing. Rather than showing up with claim charts in hand, Western technology executives are exploring ways that they can work together with Chinese partners. It’s certainly…

19 January 2017

State-led innovation success story for China is also a warning on trade secrets protection

Last week Chinese media trumpeted an apparent victory for government-led innovation, as a steel firm revealed that it has mastered the process of manufacturing ballpoint pen tips. Largely celebrated in China, the announcement has generated debate…

28 September 2015

More motions for fee-shifting are being filed but the rate at which they’re being awarded is steady

Fee-shifting may have been overtaken by the future of the IPR regime as the most sensitive topic on the US patent reform agenda, but it remains one of the most politically loaded parts of the proposed legislation. For Republicans who hunger for…

12 May 2015

When it comes to cutting Korea’s IP deficit, the country’s biggest high-tech players have the most work to do

The Bank of Korea and the Korean IP Office today released 2014 data for the country’s by-now notorious IP royalties deficit. Published jointly by the two national agencies for the first time, the in-depth statistics reveal details about how the…

13 April 2015

Philips LED deal shows that Chinese investors, as well as corporates, see the strategic power of IP assets

IAM readers keeping tabs on the LED industry will likely be aware of the recently announced deal which will see Philips sell the majority of its Lumileds lighting components unit to Chinese-led investment consortium GO Scale Capital for $3.3 billion…

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…

02 February 2015

In China, as elsewhere, it's big tech that dominates the patent grants league table

The People’s Daily and the Intellectual Property Publishing House – a media arm of China’s State IP Office (SIPO) – recently released statistics showing which entities were granted the most Chinese patents in 2014. The grant data below relates…

23 January 2015

The age of the IP-aware activist shareholder has arrived

Private equity firm Vector Capital has filed suit against Technicolor over allegations that the French company manipulated shareholder voting. This is the latest development in a long running dispute between the two over the future of Technicolor&…

07 July 2015

IP-backed lending activities may have had a role in creating China’s current financial malaise

As Europe reels from deepening financial turmoil, another potential economic catastrophe is unfolding on the other side of the world. For several months now, China’s capital markets have been experiencing chaos the likes of which has rarely been…

12 June 2018

Iancu makes 101 waves, US woes, GE CIO hails licensing revolution and more from IPBC Global 2018

The Monday plenary, breakout and bootcamp sessions at IPBC Global 2018 are now all done. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Bing Zhao and Adam…

08 June 2018

Potentially game-changing Ericsson 5G patent application moves closer to grant

What is quite possibly the longest patent application ever submitted continues on its merry way to grant. IAM understands that Ericsson has recently received a positive international preliminary report on patentability from the European Patent…

20 August 2018

Chinese battery maker picks up 100+ patents from Google

The buyer, Amperex Technology Limited, is facing a US patent suit and ITC investigation from LG Chem. The portfolio of former Motorola assets had been on the market since 2015.