IPBC Global 2015
NPE 2015


16 Dec 2014

It is time to talk about the Patent Ogres

Here at IAM we have consistently argued that patent litigation in the US is heavily weighted in favour of deep pocket corporations. How could it be otherwise when it costs so much to enforce a patent? Our major criticism of the suggested legislative reforms that moved through the House of Representatives last year before stalling in the Senate earlier this year – and which look likely to resurface again next year – is that by making it even more expensive and more high-risk to Read more

Joff Wild

15 Dec 2014

India injunction highlights risks for Xiaomi as it expands beyond China

Ericsson has convinced the Delhi High Court to grant an ex parte injunction against Xiaomi in a dispute over standards-essential patents (SEPs). The temporary court order, issued last week, blocks Xiaomi and its exclusive distributor in India, Flipkart, from importing, manufacturing, advertising or selling devices that infringe the eight Ericsson patents at issue. An Ericsson representative told TechCrunch that the company has spent more than three years trying to discuss licensing patents Read more

Jacob Schindler

12 Dec 2014

EPO president defends his actions and achievements in the face of mounting criticism

EPO president Benoît Battistelli came out fighting today in an exclusive interview with IAM in which he tackled head on the controversy that has engulfed the office over the last few days. Speaking publicly for the first time since his decision last week to ban a member of the Boards of Appeal from EPO premises, Battistelli insisted that he had acted in accordance with the rules at all times and rejected claims that he has an authoritarian management style which has alienated large Read more

Joff Wild

12 Dec 2014

China’s Haier rejects Not Invented Here Syndrome to embrace open innovation

IAM reported last week on various indications that underline China's rapid development in the field of IP strategy. High-value IP and technology driven deals, the emergence of patent aggregation funds, the entry of foreign players, growing antitrust scrutiny of licensing and persistent talk of big-ticket disputes all point to a country where the IP marketplace is on the rise. Another signifier of a sophisticated IP economy is the prevalence of IP-based collaboration between different Read more

Jack Ellis

12 Dec 2014

Peter Detkin to stand down as Intellectual Ventures vice-chairman, but will continue top-level work at the firm

Peter Detkin is to stand down as vice-chairman of Intellectual Ventures, with effect from 1st January 2015. He announced the news to IV staff and investors on Thursday afternoon at the firm’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington State. Detkin is one of the four founders of Intellectual Ventures and last year was placed at number two by IAM in our first-ever list of the most influential players in the IP marketplace. Speaking about his decision exclusively to IAM, Detkin said that he Read more

Joff Wild

11 Dec 2014

The EPO must embrace transparency and move into the 21st century world - UPDATE

There’s big trouble at the European Patent Office, it seems. While we have been away in Shanghai for IPBC Asia, a number of European-based blogs – the IPKat, EPLaw, FOSS Patents and IP-Watch among them - have been reporting on a series of explosive developments at the agency. These include strike action by examiners, the suspension of a member of the office’s boards of appeal, an unprecedented letter from other boards members in response and a series of letters from European Read more

Joff Wild

09 Dec 2014

The truth about a "foreign troll"; Qualcomm double whammy; top deal-making tips; and much more on IPBC Asia 2014 Day Three

It was the morning after the night before as Day Three of IPBC Asia 2014 got underway in Shanghai today. At yesterday evening’s gala dinner (a nine course banquet to be more accurate), a packed room paid tribute to the achievements of IAM’s Asia IP Elite, the Asia-Pacific region’s leading IP companies. We were delighted to have senior representatives from over 30 of the Elite in attendance, each of whom received a specially commissioned trophy. The recipients posed for our Read more

Joff Wild

08 Dec 2014

The state of play in Asia’s key IP markets, fewer licensing incentives and much more from Day Two of IPBC Asia 2014

Day Two of IPBC Asia 2014 gave the 450 or so delegates in attendance a full programme of plenary and breakout sessions to enjoy. Joining me (JW) in monitoring these and the discussions taking place during the breaks were IAM’s North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL), our Asia-Pacific editor Jack Ellis (JE) and Asia reporter Jacob Schindler (JS). Here are a few of the highlights … Guy’s guide to Asia - Shanghai is proving an excellent vantage point from which to survey the Read more

Joff Wild

07 Dec 2014

Asia’s elite IP companies discuss IP as a cost or a profit centre and plenty more besides on Day One of IPBC Asia

IPBC Asia 2014 got underway today at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong with a special session for the members of the IAM Asia IP Elite – entities based in the Asia-Pacific identified by us as having a world class approach to strategies focusing on the development of IP value. Around 50 senior managers from the Elite spent Sunday afternoon discussing the findings of a benchmarking survey they took part in that was undertaken by IAM between September and November. This covered a variety Read more

Joff Wild

06 Dec 2014

This year's IPBC Asia, starting tomorrow in Shanghai, is a truly Asian event

The IAM team has arrived in Shanghai from London, Hong Kong and Washington DC to prepare for IPBC Asia 2014, which begins tomorrow at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong. This is the second time we have held this event; the first one taking place in November last year in Singapore. We were delighted with the turnout for that one, but this year the numbers are even greater – with close to 450 delegates so far signed up to take part. Especially gratifying is the high turnout from big Asian Read more

Joff Wild


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