Semiconductors

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court

Filings against Daimler and BMW follow court actions against Toyota and VW - and it could only be a matter of time before others start to get more assertive

Broadcom’s lawsuits against the auto industry escalate, but other patent owners stay out of court
25 Mar 2019

Siemens patent filings climb, but quality over quantity is the name of the game  

The German industrial and manufacturing company recently topped the charts as the number one filer at the EPO. A look at its portfolio shows a focus on innovation and high-value assets

25 Mar 2019

Qualcomm wins JFTC reversal, but faces other questions on Asian competition front

After nine years of legal manoeuvring, the US chipmaker has won approval for its licensing practices in Japan. But in other parts of the region, antitrust doubts remain

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22 Mar 2019

Patent hookup with Philips bolsters Mediatek’s voice tech strategy

The Taiwanese chipmaker made its first third party acquisition in five years, picking up a portfolio related to speech recognition and audio processing from the Dutch company Read more

21 Mar 2019

Chinese state research lab wants Intel to pay for chip tech

Recent PTAB filings by Intel reveal it’s being sued in China by a government-run R&D lab for infringing patents related to FinFET transistors Read more

18 Mar 2019

Ericsson, Nokia, Philips and Qualcomm call on USPTO to support Delrahim over injunctive relief policy change

Late last year, DOJ antitrust chief announced plan to withdraw support for a 2013 joint statement his department made with the office urging courts to take a cautious approach to granting injunctive relief in cases involving the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms Read more

15 Mar 2019

With PTAB petition 10,000 approaching, the US patent system has spawned a $1 billion industry

The signing of the America Invents Act changed the face of US patent practice in a way that very few who steered the legislation through Congress had anticipated Read more

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12 Mar 2019

Europe’s patent landscape in six charts 

The EPO’s annual report for 2018 was published today and shows that filing levels are up, grants have surged, the US leads, China slows and Siemens is number one Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

28 Feb 2019

How brokered patent sales fared in 2018

An infographic displaying the key elements of a market in which bounce back ability is the name of the game Read more

14 Feb 2019

The five key takeaways from the USPTO’s report on women and patents

Although female patentees are becoming more common – particularly in areas such as pharma and biotech – the rate of growth is slowing, suggesting that a lot more work needs to be done before equality between the sexes is achieved Read more

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15 Mar 2019

Bangalore’s top tech firms offer qualified praise for patent office progress

Heading toward elections, the Indian government is touting its record on IP system reforms. Rights holders acknowledge progress but say they have concerns about patent quality Read more

11 Mar 2019

Operating companies ramp up their US patent deal-making, but NPEs see big drop

Microsoft and Facebook feature among leaders as transactions involving software assets in Q4 of 2018 hit highest level since 2010 Read more

8 Mar 2019

IP Bridge approaches milestone transition to private backing

The public-private INCJ is getting ready to exit in the IP business run by Shigeharu Yoshii (pictured, centre). The patent fund operator’s second act will tell us much about Japan’s IP market Read more

5 Mar 2019

Dominion Harbor CEO discusses China strategy re-think

NPE boss says the decision to set up a licensing team in Beijing last year is starting to pay off. The acquisition of 1,000 new patents from Panasonic announced yesterday is a further boost Read more

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30 Jan 2019

Apple v Qualcomm is the global patent fight for our times

Why Qualcomm’s winning of an injunction in China against Apple is another sign that the patent market is drifting inexorably eastwards. With the country’s answer to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit opening at the start of this year, rights holders have even more reason to turn to Chinese courts. Read more

30 Nov 2018

After years of setting the patent agenda Silicon Valley is now playing defence

The USPTO director’s explicit rejection of the ‘troll’ narrative and the departure of key Congressional backers mean that big technology companies find themselves in the unusual position of not being in control of the US IP policy-making narrative. Read more