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BLOG: Pfizer liable for £500 million NHS damages if court bid is unsuccessful, says study

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:46:00 GMT

There could be more at stake for Pfizer in its UK Supreme Court pregabalin patent dispute than was previously thought. A recently-released study argues that if the pharma company loses the case, it will be liable to pay the National Health Service (NHS) £502 million in compensation. The study highlights a danger for pharma innovators: if they are unsuccessful in seeking to maintain or enforce patents, they could be sued by third-party healthcare providers seeking to recoup excess prescribing costs. Such an approach is already established government policy in Australia; and, if it were to become more common in other markets, such...

BLOG: China’s cabinet releases IP reform master plan as IP litigation surges 40% in 2017

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:49:00 GMT

At a press conference on Wednesday, China’s leading IP jurist, Supreme People’s Court vice-president Tao Kaiyuan, announced that 2017 saw a 40% jump in IP-related litigation in the country. The figure for new first-instance cases for all categories of rights nationwide was 213,480. Justice Tao also made the first public comments on a new roadmap for IP reforms unveiled this week by the very highest level of the Chinese state. Surging past the 200,000 mark for the first time, Chinese IP cases have more than doubled in four years. That is about 18 times greater than the total figure for new patent, trademark...

BLOG: Native American tribe to appeal PTAB ruling against use of sovereign immunity to avoid IPRs

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:17:00 GMT

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has confirmed it will appeal the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) decision denying the tribe’s motion to terminate the series of inter partes reviews filed by a group of generics manufacturers against patents that the tribe took ownership of last year. The move sets the stage for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to eventually weigh in on what has become one of the highest profile patent stories of recent years. Here’s the full text of the tribe’s statement which was issued late yesterday afternoon: The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council strongly disagrees with...

BLOG: Big business risks make narrowing the royalty gap difficult for Korean corporates

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:06:00 GMT

South Korea’s deficit in intellectual property rights not only remained in the red in 2017, but widened compared to the 2016, new figures from the Bank of Korea show. But its largest surplus in IP payments was still with China - totalling $ 1.98 billion. Last year, South Korea imported $14.06 billion of intellectual property and exported $12.07 billion. The deficit grew to $1.99 billion from $1.66 billion in 2016. The United States remained the largest recipient of Korean IP payouts, netting a total of $4.66 billion compared to $4.94 billion the year before. Korean media indicated the rise of the...

BLOG: Major changes and improvements are coming to the IAM platform in the middle of March

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:12:00 GMT

From 15th March a substantial re-engineering of the IAM platform will offer subscribers even more detailed analysis of and insight into developments in the global IP market; while also providing exclusive early access to the 2018 rankings tables for the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. Our focus is always to enhance subscriber value and on 15th March, as well as early access to the latest Patent 1000 rankings, increased content will be moving to the subscriber-only area of the IAM platform. In addition, our recently expanded editorial team will be delivering unique new data and research reports that will explore key global...

REPORT: Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Over $43 billion-worth of counterfeit goods are sold in Russia each year – and this figure is escalating. The Internet and social media have transformed this sector by offering greater anonymity and less risk of prosecution for buyers and sellers alike.

BLOG: Via and Sisvel launch new mobile platforms as patent pools continue to respond to rapidly evolving market

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:24:00 GMT

Via Licensing and Sisvel have both announced the launch of multi-generational wireless patent pools bringing their previous 3G and 4G offerings under one umbrella. The new pools are designed to make things simpler for licensees particularly as, thanks to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more companies from outside of the mobile space are looking to integrate wireless technology into their products. The news could also help both pools gain momentum in a wireless sector where historically collaborative licensing platforms have struggled. What's more, with the rollout of 5G expected to begin in earnest this year they offer...

BLOG: Chinese IP market is not the Wild East many patent owners believe it to be, new study shows

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:21:00 GMT

Update: IAM reached out to Professor Can Huang, a co-author of the study, who has clarified that not all the deals analysed in the study are between different companies, as the data takes into account all the deals registered and published by the SIPO which includes within-group transactions. Huang therefore recommends the results be interpreted with caution until a revised version of the study is released. Recent research into patent transaction modes – that is, the licensing, sale and internal use of patents together – in China shows that corporate decision-making in the country is being driven by most of the same...

BLOG: Not just Samsung: Microsoft and Tencent also among targets of Chinese NPE wielding former Huawei patents

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:02:00 GMT

Last November, IAM reported that Samsung Electronics, already locked in a high-stakes litigation battle with Huawei, was also facing multiple NPE suits in Chinese courts. One of the NPE plaintiffs was Shenzhen Dunjun Technology, and it was asserting a patent originally assigned to none other than Huawei. A search of Chinese court rulings reveals that this suit was not necessarily a one-off connected to the Samsung-Huawei dispute. Dunjun’s assertions go back several years, and include very large companies, both foreign and domestic. According to an article published in the Chinese media, Dunjun is a licensing company set up in 2014, whose executive...

BLOG: Like Facebook, Google and Alibaba before it, Dropbox goes shopping at IBM in the run-up to IPO

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Dropbox filed the necessary paperwork for an upcoming IPO late last week, putting it on track to become the latest tech unicorn to go public. It is also on the long list of high-profile, multi-billion dollar start-ups that have acquired patent assets from IBM in the years leading up to a listing. The file sharing business acquired 63 US patents and applications from IBM in 2016 in a transaction that was recorded on the USPTO assignment database last September. It has also bought assets from Intellectual Ventures, file-sharing rival SugaSync and, in a 2014 deal, picked up a portfolio of 105 US...

BLOG: Panasonic spins another chip portfolio to Xperi in latest NPE hookup

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:25:00 GMT

Xperi picked up a portfolio of chip patents from Panasonic last December, according to USPTO assignment records. It was the second small-scale transaction between the two in the space of about one year. For the publicly traded licensing company formerly known as Tessera, it is the latest in a series of portfolios sourced from Japan, Inc. Assignment documents show that Tessera Advanced Technologies Inc acquired nine granted patents as part of the December, 2017 deal: five from the US, four from Japan and one from China. The patents appear to be related to various semiconductor technologies, and are packaged along with a...

BLOG: Patents on CRISPR-related technology are going to become a lot harder to obtain, expert predicts

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:29:00 GMT

A life sciences patent expert is warning that obtaining CRISPR IP rights is set to become much more difficult. Improved knowledge of the gene-editing technology’s wide-ranging potential applications, he claims, means that it will be harder for future applicants to establish the non-obviousness of their CRISPR innovations. The argument was made by Jacob S Sherkow – a New York Law School associate professor and expert on the relationship between patent law and scientific developments – writing in the first issue of CRISPR Journal, a newly-formed, peer-reviewed publication launched last month. His article The CRISPR Patent Landscape: Past, Present, and Future traces some of...

BLOG: Alibaba and Oppo become first mainland firms on Taiwan’s patent leaderboard as island halts four year filings slide

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:35:00 GMT

New figures released by the Taiwan IP Office show that mainland Chinese firms are playing a greater role than ever in the local patent environment. Both resident and non-resident firms upped their filing rates in 2017 as the island managed to reverse several years of falling applications. Among the biggest corporate TIPO users, invention patent filings increased by nearly 25%. The last year in which Taiwan patent applications increased year-over-year was 2012, when they reached a peak of 51,189. The headline figure from 2017 was well below that figure – coming in at 46,122 – but it did represent 5% growth over a...

BLOG: Now Blackberry has embraced monetisation, the only question is who follows Facebook as a licensing target

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:56:00 GMT

The lawsuit that Blackberry filed against Facebook alleging that the social media giant and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram infringe seven of its patents shows one thing very clearly: the Canadian company is deadly serious about IP monetisation. Ever since it realised that its best days as a device maker were behind it and turned its attention to the possible value in its patent portfolio, Blackberry has been busy knuckling down to make its patents sweat. In the last few years it has filed infringement suits against Avaya, BLU and Nokia. It has agreed licensing deals with Cisco and Canon, and sold assets...

BLOG: Exclusive analysis of InterDigital’s new industry-leading portfolio following Technicolor acquisition

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:26:00 GMT

Following news of InterDigital’s proposed acquisition of the Technicolor patent licensing business, IAM delves into each company’s patent holdings in a special analysis piece. With data and insight provided exclusively to us by leading IP analytic services, we explore the key strengths of each portfolio and the compatibility between the two; we also provide a summary of the most important IP-related events for both companies over the last five years. Patent portfolio breakdown Using data from ktMINE, below is an overview of the InterDigital and Technicolor portfolios – by number of US and worldwide patent grants and top five patent classifications – as...

BLOG: Pickup of patents from former Yahoo! portfolio is latest acquisition move by Samsung Electronics

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:29:00 GMT

Altaba, the holding company that was formed to sell off former Yahoo! assets, has transferred a patent portfolio to Samsung Electronics, in what looks to be its second small-scale disposal. USPTO records show that the transfer was made in late February. The assignment includes nine US patents and two applications. If there are any foreign counterparts involved, they’re not mentioned in the documentation. A brief review of the titles suggest that they cover inventions related to augmented reality (AR) technologies (“Reconfiguring reality using a reality overlay device”; “Virtual notes in a reality overlay”). The move is the first made by Altaba since it...

EVENT: AIPLA 2018 Spring Meeting

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Global IP law practitioners from law firms, corporations and institutions involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law will convene at the AIPLA 2018 Spring Meeting. Register now to take part in two-and-a-half days of thought-provoking CLE educational sessions led by some of IP law’s foremost authorities. Starbucks’ Vice President & Assistant General Counsel Intellectual Property and Technology Phyllis T Turner-Brim will be the keynote speaker at this dynamic conference event.

BLOG: Take a deep dive into the decision-making processes of IP business leaders at IPBC Global 2018

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:51:00 GMT

Have you ever wondered how IP leaders at companies such as Ericsson, Starbucks, Mastercard and Uber make big decisions?  Making the right call at the right time is crucial - whether you are seeking to build or defend an IP position – yet not everyone gets it right. But in today’s fast-paced, unforgiving business world, getting it wrong can cost companies money, market share, time, momentum and a whole lot more. IPBC Global 2018, which is taking place in San Francisco from 10th to 12th June has two plenary sessions designed to explore how the most senior corporate IP executives approach the decision-making...

REPORT: Invalidity attack blocks precautionary injunction demand

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The Istanbul IP Court recently rejected a crucial precautionary injunction demand of a patent owner on the grounds that the demand required a full trial due to the pending invalidation action against the patent.

REPORT: Fight against data scraping: legal redress?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Do businesses have any legal redress against web scrapers for extracting data from their own websites? The Chinese courts have answered in the affirmative and provided two routes for protection – namely, copyright infringement and unfair competition.

REPORT: Secondary transmission or display of work may qualify as fair use

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The draft amendment to the Copyright Act is considered its most extensive revision in nearly 20 years. Under the revised act, protection for rights holders will not only increase, but will harmonise with social interests to safeguard the public’s right to use copyrighted work.

REPORT: Tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to PTAB proceedings

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

A panel of three administrative patent judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) unanimously agreed that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to PTAB proceedings in Mylan v Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.

REPORT: Parallel importation: Constitutional Court narrows scope of protection

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The Constitutional Court has clarified Russia’s stance on national and regional exhaustion of rights. While it seems that infringement by reason of parallel importation is a constitutionally sound cause of action, it can now be asserted only in limited cases with remedies that are inconsequential.

REPORT: Legal privilege for patent attorneys before Danish courts

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

After more than 10 years of effort from Danish IP and industry associations, patent attorneys may finally be given legal privilege before the Danish courts.

REPORT: Supreme Court rules on weak marks and likelihood of confusion

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Italy’s highest court has confirmed that even minor modifications or additions can be sufficient for a later trademark to avoid likelihood of confusion with an earlier trademark that is considered weak.

BLOG: It looks like Andrei Iancu will have a familiar face as his deputy at the USPTO

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:39:00 GMT

As the new USPTO director Andrei Iancu finds his feet at the agency (he was officially sworn in at the end of February) he has a to-do list as daunting as any facing the head of one of the world’s big five IP offices. In no particular order it includes: possible reform of the PTAB; preparing a contingency plan should the Supreme Court find inter partes reviews (IPRs) unconstitutional; offering guidance on patent eligible subject matter as the Federal Circuit continues to make sense of the Supreme Court’s rulings; representing the US IP system overseas; and, restoring faith in a US patent system which some feel has...

BLOG: From biggest threat to no sweat: Japanese corporates no longer fear NPEs, but new challenges emerge

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:05:00 GMT

Five years ago, had you asked any Japanese head of IP what kept them up at night, you could have been sure that one of the first answers would be the threat posed by US-based NPEs.  Ask them the same question now, and you will get a very different answer. In their heyday, NPEs often saw companies from Japan with big product businesses as easy prey: they were conservative, defensive and did not like confrontation; so accuse them of patent infringement and the likelihood is that they would pay to make the threat of litigation go away. That’s why Japanese businesses were...

BLOG: Dominion Harbor turns again to IV as it buys portfolio of former American Express patents

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:54:00 GMT

Dominion Harbor has bought a portfolio of almost 1,000 former American Express patents from Intellectual Ventures in the latest major deal between the two. The transaction follows a deal involving more than 1,200 former NEC assets which was announced last month and last year’s acquisition by Dominion of around 4,000 former Kodak patents. IV has ramped up its sales over the last year and announced in April last year that it was stopping buying new assets for its third patent fund. As it has focused on slimming down its portfolio, Dominion has become its best customer buying more than 6,000 assets in...

BLOG: Canon and Hitachi US patent suits show dramatically different IP enforcement strategies at work

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:10:00 GMT

Canon may have surprised some observers when it sued 31 separate defendants in a single day last week in the US. It is a famously conservative company, and head of IP Kenichi Nagasawa has long been a vocal critic of both NPE activity and the large corporations that enable it. But while Canon typically eschews litigation with large competitor companies, it has been consistent in using its patent portfolio – one of the world’s largest – against smaller firms threatening its printer cartridge business. In all, 48 firms are named in an ITC complaint Canon filed on 28th February - 14 of these...

BLOG: All the big patent news in February for life sciences businesses - a special IAM round-up

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:05:00 GMT

We are pleased to present the first of what will become a monthly round-up of patent-related news, developments and insights of special importance to the life sciences sector. This first report covers a range of hot topics, from a big setback for Allergan at the PTAB and a ground-breaking study of CRISPR patents, to the latest deal-making activity. Legal radar: Allergan sovereign immunity strategy rejected – Allergan’s effort to make patents relating to its Restasis dry-eye treatment exempt from Patent Trial and Appeal Board cancellation proceedings by transferring them to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe suffered a serious blow last week. The board ruled...

BLOG: InterDigital more than doubles patent portfolio with acquisition of Technicolor licensing business

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:00:00 GMT

InterDigital confirmed last night that it was buying Technicolor’s licensing business in a transaction valued at $475 million. Once completed the deal will draw a line under the French company’s licensing operation which has long been one of the most prominent in the IP value creation market. According to the terms of the deal, InterDigital is paying $150 million upfront while Technicolor will also receive 42.5% of all future cash receipts from InterDigital’s new licensing efforts in the consumer electronics field. Here’s how a release broke down the other parts of the deal: InterDigital will acquire Technicolor’s portfolio of more than 21,000 patents...

BLOG: Of the big Supreme Court patent cases the wait for a decision in Oil States is one of the longest

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:39:00 GMT

In late November 2017, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in Oil States Energy Servies v Greene’s Energy Group, undoubtedly one of the most consequential patent cases that it has heard in the last decade. Such has been the impact of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on patent owning rights and litigation strategy, that for private practice lawyers, in-house IP counsel, other senior IP executives - and, of course, the administrative patent judges and senior staff of the USPTO - a ruling from the court that the inter partes review (IPR) process is unconstitutional would be huge. Some of the...

BLOG: Mohawk Restasis deal could backfire on all pharma patent holders, not just Allergan

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:34:00 GMT

Last week saw a further backlash against Allergan’s 2017 Saint Regis Mohawk deal, with the introduction of proposed legislation to eliminate sovereign immunity as grounds for exemption from cancellation hearings before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The tabling of the bill suggests that the pharma company’s effort to shield its patents from the inter partes review has been a political, as well as a legal, failure. And, while Allergan’s ploy was unique among life sciences innovators, it seems to have further inflamed wider controversies surrounding pharmaceuticals patents that currently looms large in American politics. The Preserving Access to Cost Effective Drugs...

BLOG: Southeast Asian markets hold opportunities for tech transfer and licensing, but don't count on quick wins

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:48:00 GMT

A quick glance at the list of attendees for today’s IPBC Southeast Asia event in Singapore confirms that major multinational technology companies are keenly interested in how this fast-growing part of the world is developing. In part, that is because many have extensive R&D and manufacturing operations in the region; but local firms are also increasingly seen as potential partners technology licence and transfer deals, as delegates heard today. GE is one multinational that has made partnerships and technology transfer a major pillar of its IP strategy in recent times. In an IAM article last month, the president of GE Ventures’ licensing operation Pat...

BLOG: Former Microsoft and IBM licensing heavyweight makes a sudden exit from Sonos

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:01:00 GMT

Senior licensing executive Tanya Moore is leaving Sonos after little over a year at the audio business. Her departure comes as something of a surprise given that the company has continued to enjoy considerable success in its litigation against rival speaker manufacturer Denon and looked set to capitalise on its strong IP position in the rapidly evolving audio market.  Moore was hired in early 2017 as the company’s first chief licensing officer. With Sonos looking to sharpen its focus on IP value creation she was a direct report to CEO Patrick Spence. A well-known figure in the licensing community, she had...

BLOG: Only a few days left to claim your chance to win a free IPBC Global delegate place

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:04:00 GMT

There is not much time remaining to complete IAM’s annual IP benchmarking survey, which closes on 18th March. Those who do will be entered into a draw to win a complimentary delegate place at this year’s IPBC Global in San Francisco in June. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete, and your participation will help us to shine a light on the issues currently facing the IP profession – whether relating to patent transactions and litigation, IP office performance or the political climate – and how these have changed year-on-year. If you work for an IP-owning company, please click...

BLOG: New study reveals what kinds of patents win at IPR. It’s good news for biotech, bad news for semiconductors

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Patents in the biotechnology and organic chemistry, computer architecture, and e-commerce spaces are much more likely to survive the IPR process than those in other technology areas, new research has revealed. Semiconductor patents, on the other hand, fare the worst. What’s more, universities and small entities have a lower rate of success when compared to others. Released earlier this month, the study – Assessing Patent Strength Using Data-Driven Inputs: Characteristics Of Patents And Patent Owners That Drive Success In Inter Partes Review – was conducted by a team at US law firm Robins Kaplan comprising lawyers and professionals in the data analytics...

BLOG: SIPO to take over trademark duties in major consolidation of IP authority in China – agency will also cover antitrust

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:45:00 GMT

China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) will be combined with the country’s trademark office as part of a massive bureaucratic overhaul across the whole of Chinese government. The re-organised IP office will be part of a new agency which will consolidate IP, antitrust and various other regulatory powers. The broad strokes of the changes are laid out in a top national reform plan that was announced at the fourth plenary session of the first session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress yesterday. The reform plan proposes integrating the intellectual property responsibilities of SIPO, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (which oversees...

BLOG: Inside the Chinese patent explosion - the foreign companies that lead the way; the utility model opportunity

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:03:00 GMT

Following a vote by the National People’s Congress last Sunday abolishing the rule that limits the Chinese president’s number of consecutive five year terms in office to two, Xi Jinping is set to be at the country’s helm for a long time to come. In charge since 2012, Xi has overseen China’s continued rapid transformation into a major player on the global stage; so that it is now the world’s second largest economy behind only the United States. With an average GDP growth of 8.2% over the last 10 years, more than four times the US rate of 1.8%, China is by far...

REPORT: EPO opposition: popular technologies and opposition behaviour of parties by nationality

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

While the absolute number of European Patent Office oppositions continues to grow, opposition appears to be used by the same types of party, at least in terms of nationality.

BLOG: If Trump really wants to protect Qualcomm’s long-term prospects perhaps he should get on the phone to Apple

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:40:00 GMT

President Trump’s decision yesterday to effectively block Broadcom’s $117 billion proposed takeover of Qualcomm on national security grounds confirmed what had become increasingly apparent in recent days – that the US authorities had taken a dim view of the deal and the prospect of a foreign company buying America’s undoubted leader in wireless technology. On Sunday the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) wrote to both companies to raise concerns over the offer on grounds of national security. That followed another CFIUS letter last week, again to both companies, which questioned what a deal might mean for Qualcomm’s position in...

BLOG: How IP leaders like Tata, Reliance and Intel do more with less to create maximum IP value

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:56:00 GMT

Even among the largest global patent owning companies, most IP executives will have plenty of experience operating in an IP function with less budget than they would like in an ideal world. This is as true in India as it is anywhere else. A news item from yesterday illustrates a key dilemma perfectly. The country’s biggest patent filer is the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), a national R&D organisation with 38 member labs. Despite its central role in the innovation system it is facing significant budget shortfalls, if this latest account is to be believed. The head of one regional...

BLOG: Iancu admits concerns over PTAB perception problems; says eligibility and predictability will be key priorities

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:58:00 GMT

This blog is a condensed version of an interview with new USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. You can read the complete version in issue 89 of IAM which is out in early April.  New USPTO Director Andrei Iancu has called for greater predictability in the US patent system and has admitted that there is a perception problem with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) among the IP community. In his first interview with a specialist IP title since he took office in February, Iancu covered a wide range of topics including the need for greater guidance over patent eligible subject matter and concerns...

BLOG: Dolby settles with Oppo, but its SEP battles in India are not quite over

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:14:00 GMT

Documents filed with the Delhi High Court show that Dolby Laboratories called off a dispute with Oppo last December after more than a year of litigation. For the US-based licensor of audio standards technology, the Oppo deal followed on two settlements with Indian defendants during the course of 2017. Dolby made its first patent assertions in India in 2016, with Oppo and Vivo as its initial targets. In October that year, Delhi High Court Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw laid out an interim royalty payment regime requiring both defendants to deposit 34 rupees ($0.52 at today’s rates) with the court per device sold....

BLOG: Uber’s patent transactions head explains how the company built its portfolio through savvy deal-making

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:22:00 GMT

Over the last couple of years Uber has emerged as one of the leading corporate players in the secondary patent market. Having hired former Motorola and Google IP executive Kurt Brasch in 2016, the ride-sharing company significantly ramped up its buying activities, picking up assets from the likes of AT&T, HP Enterprise and, most recently, from Microsoft. You can see a deep dive into Uber’s patent position from our data specialist Tim Au here.   With a mandate to acquire assets in a market widely seen as particularly friendly to buyers, it might appear that the mandate that Brasch and his colleagues...

BLOG: Win a free delegate place at IPBC Global by taking part in the IAM benchmarking survey

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:27:00 GMT

Responses have been flowing in since the 2018 IAM benchmarking survey was launched two weeks ago. If you haven’t done so already, try to find 15 minutes to have your say on the critical issues and trends currently affecting the global IP market in areas such as transactions, patent quality, patent office performance, policy and litigation. Your participation will help to shine a light on the challenges facing the IP community – and how these have developed year-on-year. And to say thank you, we will enter all respondents into a draw to win a free delegate place at this year’s IPBC Global. There...

BLOG: InterDigital sees revenue boosted by LG deal and forecasts big benefits from new US tax law

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:58:00 GMT

InterDigital announced its 2017 financials yesterday and while they didn’t match last year’s blockbuster performance, the company still saw total income of a little over $530 million. Although that was down from $665.9 million in 2016, its licensing agreement with LG Electronics signed in December helped boost recurring revenues for the fourth quarter to $99.1 million (up from $93.6 million year-on-year). The drop in the top line left investors unimpressed as the share price dropped below $70 before climbing back towards $74. In addition to announcing its results, InterDigital highlighted what looks set to be a significant benefit for patent licensing businesses from...

BLOG: Drug pricing white paper allays pharma patent fears, but innovators should remain vigilant

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

A recent report from the US president’s executive office on reducing drug prices makes reassuring reading for innovators concerned about the future of pharmaceutical patents under the Trump administration. In contrast to comments previously made by the president and his new health secretary Alex Azar, the paper robustly defends innovators’ IP rights, while recommending regulatory and insurance reforms, as well as a clamp down on foreign “free-riding”, to lower medical costs. But branded pharmaceuticals companies should not become complacent: data presented in the report underscores the urgency drug pricing issues have acquired in the minds of the US electorate – an urgency...

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

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:37:00 GMT

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 worried – as this blog reported earlier in the month, Samsung has asked a judge in California’s Northern District to prevent Huawei from enforcing an injunction it earned in January from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. While the Chinese court order has not come into effect, it could do so “within months” if and when avenues for appeal run...

BLOG: RPX says it is evaluating “strategic alternatives” and forecasts sharp decline in business

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Yesterday, defensive patent aggregator RPX announced its fourth quarter and full financial year 2017 results, and revealed what readers of this blog have known for several weeks: a “for sale” sign has been erected by the firm - or, as the company put it in a press release: “The Board of Directors is conducting a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to maximise shareholder value.” Last month, RPX began meeting with possible buyers, raising the prospect of an acquisition which could result in the company being taken private. The process is in its very early stages and yesterday board chairman Shelby...