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07 November 2017

In highly unusual move, Samsung targets fellow pool member’s HEVC patents as dispute escalates

A fight between Samsung Electronics and a fellow member of MPEG LA’s HEVC patent pool escalated late last month as the Korean tech giant launched four inter partes reviews (IPR) against patents owned by Ibex PT Holdings. All of the patents targeted…

07 November 2017

Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues

Transactions recorded in recent weeks show Seiko Epson picking up its divestment activity again, sending portfolios in the direction of Microsoft, IP Bridge and an unknown holding company. But despite the summer spurt of activity, the deals we know…

19 December 2017

Technicolor in “advanced stages” of talks to sell off patent licensing business, CEO says

Yesterday, Technicolor told investors that it is negotiating a “strategic transaction” relating to its patent licensing business. In a subsequent call with analysts, CEO Frederic Rose suggested that that transaction would take the shape of an…

28 March 2016

Rovi plus Tivo with a bit of IV thrown in would create a powerful licensing force in a growing market

There’s no doubt that over the last few years Rovi has been ramping up its IP strategy. Last year it made its debut in our list (put together by MDB Capital Group) of those companies with at least 1000 active US patents as its total number of assets…

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 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…

07 September 2015

Technicolor lures Patel from Rovi to be the company's first-ever chief IP officer

European licensing powerhouse Technicolor has made a major new appointment. Arvin Patel - who was previously the senior VP of IP and licensing at Rovi, and before that worldwide head of IP strategy at IBM - has joined the French company as its chief…

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 September 2018

The EPO should rule on SEPs, say top European auto patent players

The heads of IP at Swedish auto maker Volvo Car Corporation and Swiss wireless communications supplier u-blox AG believe that the agency must play a central role in deciding on mobile technology standard essential patents 

27 July 2018

Validity rulings imperil Chinese SEP campaign after a homegrown defensive aggregator enters the mix

PRB invalidation setback for Guangdong-based Digital Rise could deal a fatal blow to its SEP assertion campaign against TV makers both foreign and domestic.

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. 

01 November 2018

We are top in the 5G standards process and that will feed through to patents, claims Ericsson

“It is clear that, no matter which viewpoint one takes, Ericsson is the leader in 3GPP and has influenced the technology in 5G over the years more than any other contributor,” company states in new report

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

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

28 January 2019

For Samsung Electronics, patents increasingly help close deals

Recent assignments show the Korean conglomerate transferring US patent rights to Nokia, TiVo and Philips against the backdrop of licence deals and strategic business partnerships