Technology Licensing

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

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

20 Mar 2019

Patent abuse in China – could solutions be worse than the problem?

US-China rows over trade secrets have made headlines the world over and highlighted Big Tech’s frustration with aspects of the Chinese IP regime. It is unclear whether any suggested solutions will assuage concerns

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19 Mar 2019

Exclusive: Ericsson IP chief Brismark exits company

As rollout of 5G gets underway Swedish telecoms giant is looking for a new, permanent head of its $1 billion licensing business Read more

19 Mar 2019

China budges on much-maligned tech transfer regulations

With a stroke of a pen yesterday, the State Council did away with some of the country’s most onerous tech transfer rules. Now it’s up to IP owners to negotiate smart deals with their newfound leeway 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

14 Mar 2019

Foxconn CEO: Microsoft’s real target is Huawei

In a furious response to a lawsuit filed last week, Terry Gou accused the American company of bullying Taiwanese businesses to avoid damaging its relationships in mainland China, where its real licensing quarrels are Read more

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7 Mar 2019

Lone inventor takes on Huawei in case that exposes the deep disparities in the US patent system

Portuguese national says he has sold his house to hire an attorney to go after the Chinese company over alleged IP theft – a huge leap of faith given US assertion realities 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

27 Feb 2019

The search to find 2019’s entrants into the IP Hall of Fame continues

Your chance to nominate someone to join last year’s inductees Richard Linn, Ella Cheong and Kevin Rhodes in the pantheon of all-time greats Read more

13 Feb 2019

IPBC Global 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of the series so far

Senior decision makers from a wide range of companies are already confirmed to attend as demand for tickets exceeds the rate for last year's sell-out event in San Francisco  Read more

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12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up Read more

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

7 Mar 2019

More technology transfer needed for effective climate change mitigation  

Patent focus has shifted to energy storage as cost-effectiveness achieved for wind and solar power, but the failure to address the role of IP hinders transfer mechanisms     Read more

4 Mar 2019

Pharma patent licensing surge falters

High asset valuations and a loss of momentum in the oncology space seem to be behind a sharp fall in transactions 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