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09 January 2018

Former “stupid patent of the month” acquired in latest IP3 auction

When might a stupid patent, not actually be that stupid? Perhaps when it ends up being bought at auction by some of the world’s most sophisticated IP-owning businesses. Well, that is exactly what has just happened with regards to an asset once named…

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…

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…

29 January 2018

Coolpad CEO makes good on patent threats with broadside against Xiaomi

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad announced late Friday night that it has sued larger rival Xiaomi for infringing three Chinese invention patents. The cases will play out in the city where Coolpad is headquartered, at the Shenzhen Intermediate People…

26 April 2018

Shored by an explosive growth in filings, Huawei wields the strongest portfolio in China: exclusive data analysis

Huawei falls below the global average in terms of the quality of its patents, but it beats all of its domestic rivals when it comes to portfolio strength, new research commissioned by IAM reveals. A look at the data shows that the Chinese mobile…

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…

22 March 2018

Trademarks takeover notwithstanding, new-look SIPO may lose policy clout

Last week’s surprising news that SIPO will be reorganized as part of far-reaching consolidation across the country’s entire state bureaucracy underlined how suddenly reforms can take shape in a closed system such as China’s. There are still as many…

23 February 2018

How Samsung and Huawei have fared in 42 Chinese patent cases against each other so far

The patent and FRAND dispute between Huawei and Samsung is taking place in both the United States and China. But the speed of the judicial machinery in the latter has made Huawei’s home turf more immediately relevant. That has the Korean company…

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…

05 September 2017

New case against ZTE shows Fortress may be a far tougher licensor than struggling PIPCOs

Last week INVT SPE, the vehicle established by Fortress to monetise the portfolio previously owned by the NPE Inventergy, filed an infringement suit against ZTE in district court in New Jersey. The case is the third that INVT has filed since it took…

31 July 2017

The $2 billion Apple licensing deal validates Nokia's portfolio and its strategy; expect more to follow

If you were looking for clues as to why Apple is fighting its patent battle with Qualcomm so intensely, you might find some in the latest quarterly results announced by Nokia. These reveal a one off payment of over $2 billion to the Finnish company…

15 June 2017

E Ink and Huawei latest Asian companies to go shopping for AT&T patents

Assignment records indicate that the last six months have seen AT&T continue to record a steady stream of patent assignments to other operating companies. Huawei and E Ink are the latest members of the IAM Asia IP Elite to acquire assets from the…

21 September 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual…

27 March 2017

Ericsson 5G royalty play may be less generous than originally thought; but it's definitely smart

The week before last, Ericsson chief IP officer Gustav Brismark gave an interview to Bloomberg in which he revealed the royalty rates the company would be asking for in relation to patents covering 5G technology in the mobile communications sector…

14 February 2017

Already immersed in a FRAND war, Huawei is attacked by NPE wielding Ericsson and Panasonic SEPs

Already embroiled in a standards licensing dispute with competitors Ericsson and Nokia, Huawei now faces battle on a new front after NPE PanOptis sued the Chinese company for alleged infringement of its standard-essential patents (SEPs). PanOptis…