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02 February 2018

Nokia forecasts significant licensing growth after a big year for its patent business team

Earnings season is in full swing and so far, of the licensing-heavy businesses to report, it’s Nokia that is arguably the standout performer. Many of the headlines on the Finnish company’s results purred about the strong licensing performance…

24 April 2018

Harsh US government sanctions put huge pressure on ZTE’s IP function to contain damage

One week after the US Department of Commerce announced tough penalties against ZTE in a long-running sanctions violation case, not much clarity has emerged about how exactly the seven year denial of US technology exports will impact the company. The…

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…

16 April 2018

Troubled Korean smartphone maker supplies Apple with more US rights

Apple has acquired a portfolio of 27 US patents from Korean smartphone maker Pantech, according to assignment records filed with the USPTO. The transfer follows the iPhone manufacturer’s purchase last summer of a package of 11 patents from Korean…

04 January 2018

Ruling in high-profile US FRAND case “highly biased in favour of infringers”, says Ericsson's CIPO

Speaking to the IAM blog Ericsson chief IP officer Gustav Brismark has made his first public comments on the judgment handed down by a California court just before Christmas in the Swedish telco’s high-profile FRAND licensing dispute with Chinese…

03 November 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital…

14 September 2017

With rumoured HTC smartphone unit acquisition, Google could bring a longtime patent ally into the fold

Three weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that Taiwan smartphone maker HTC has held takeover talks with Google, as the struggling business explores ‘strategic options’. More recently, several outlets have reported that a deal – either for the whole…

14 September 2017

Recent joiners Lenovo, Verizon and Conversant suggest Via’s LTE pool is picking up momentum

Patent pools in the wireless space have not enjoyed much success, but the recent news that Lenovo, Verizon and Conversant have signed up as licensors in Via’s LTE pool suggests that, at the very least, this licensing collective for fourth generation…

24 January 2017

IP strategy set to play an even bigger role in Xiaomi’s global expansion plans as Wang takes reins from Barra

Xiaomi’s vice president of global operations, Hugo Barra, will leave the company after the Chinese New Year festival later this month. Wang Xiang – senior vice president for strategic cooperation and the man that oversees Xiaomi’s IP function – will…

30 August 2016

Europe’s multi-billion dollar tax ruling against Apple throws treatment of IP assets into spotlight

The announcement today by the European Commission that Ireland must claw back €13 billion in tax revenues from Apple looks set to escalate the back and forth on the tax practices of major multinationals who use their economic leverage to benefit…

04 November 2016

NPE assertion comes to China as WiLAN subsidiary files SEP suit against Sony in Nanjing - UPDATED

This post has been updated to make clear that, contrary to information we originally received, Rouse is not representing WiLAN or Wireless Future Technologies Inc in this case. In a major development in the Chinese IP market, Wireless Future…

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…

12 April 2016

The $40 million Unwired Planet patent sale to Optis is far from a done deal

The announcement last week that Unwired Planet was selling its patent licensing business to Optis UP for up to $40 million provided another insight into the travails facing non-practising entities. Despite recent court successes in the UK and…

28 April 2016

Ericsson reveals the identity of its new chief IP officer

Gustav Brismark has been appointed as Ericsson’s new chief intellectual property officer. He takes over from Kasim Alfalahi, whose departure to run a new IoT licensing platforn was revealed earlier this year, and will formally assume his new…

08 March 2016

Major sanctions on ZTE may mean tough times ahead for US-Chinese tech collaboration

The US Department of Commerce has reportedly slapped tough restrictions on telecoms giant ZTE, in a move that could end many of its supplier relationships with US tech companies. Effective today, any company that wants to ship US-made hardware to…