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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…

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…

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&…

09 April 2018

Despite patent pools comeback video compression market shows licensees still have much to consider

As IAM has covered over the last few years, patent pools appear to be gaining in popularity, in part because the tough licensing environment has encouraged patent owners in particular to seek out ways to make the dealmaking process much more…

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…

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…

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.

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 

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

07 January 2019

Canon sues TCL over TVs equipped with Roku operating system

Rare assertion against a major technology company comes after Canon IP boss Kenichi Nagasawa told IAM he sees US enforcement becoming more challenging and wilful infringement on the rise