Technology Licensing

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons

Why the IBM approach to IP deal making that was so successful in the 1990s should still be front and centre for prospective licensor's today 

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons
21 Aug 2019

US removes 5G work exemption from Huawei ban

The Commerce Department extended Huawei’s temporary licence yesterday, but it dropped a provision that allowed technology sharing as part of 5G standards development

20 Aug 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today 

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19 Aug 2019

NPE asserts embattled Japanese billionaire’s gaming patent against Sony

The PlayStation maker is accused of infringing a US patent listing ‘pachinko king’ Kazuo Okada as inventor. Japan’s Universal Entertainment, which ousted Okada in 2017, could be poised to benefit Read more

16 Aug 2019

Autonomous driving leader files infringement cases against Chinese operators

Inventor David Hall is the CEO of Velodyne LiDAR and has put IP at the heart of the business. Litigation will be a test for how strong that model is Read more

16 Aug 2019

It’s time for standards bodies to step up

The IP director of China’s Telecommunications Development Industry Alliance argues that 5G technology must not fall victim to geopolitics and patent gamesmanship Read more

15 Aug 2019

Patent injunctions in India – a year of innovation

In the year following India’s first-ever final judgment in a SEP case, courts are increasingly experimenting with the injunction regime as a way to protect patentees’ rights Read more

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3 Aug 2019

Life sciences IP – the major developments in July

All the big pharma and biotech patent stories from last month in our regular monthly round-up Read more

23 Jul 2019

It's security, stupid - why it's time to see the wood from the trees in the FTC's case against Qualcomm

If the US chipmaker’s recent court defeat stands then the US risks ceding to China a central role in the development of 5G and future wireless technology Read more

17 Jul 2019

Despite huge potential, patent operations at Chinese universities lag international standards

Technology transfer and commercialisation are buzzwords in China and attract more attention everyday. But before widespread IP-based private-public partnerships develop, there are significant systemic hurdles to overcome Read more

10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

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14 Aug 2019

In the shadow of MPEG-2

Positioned as platforms for cooperative risk mitigation, patent pools have enjoyed mixed success - perhaps because there are so many of them Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

9 Aug 2019

NASA’s portfolio is the definition of lean and mean

The iconic agency – which celebrated the 50th anniversary of putting the first man on the moon last month - is highly selective with the innovations it patents and constantly reviews holdings to eliminate deadweight Read more

8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs 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