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31 Oct 2014

China doubles R&D spend – but that doesn’t mean its innovation dilemma is solved

Chinese businesses raised their spending on research and development by 46% over the past year, according to the findings of a newly released study from PwC which attempts to rank the world’s most innovative companies. By comparison, companies headquartered in North America increased their R&D investment by just 3.4%, while their European counterparts saw a rise of 2.5%. The study – Global Innovation 1000 2014 – also found that Japanese companies spent 14% less on Read more

Jack Ellis

30 Oct 2014

Promising numbers from WiLAN even if the market doesn’t think so

Back in May we wrote about the conclusion of WiLAN’s strategic review and the steps that the public IP company (PIPCO) intended to take to re-shape its business. Having scouted the market for possible buyers, it was clearly an important turning point for WiLAN. Its third quarter results, which were announced Wednesday (just hours after publicising a patent deal with Rohm, as reported by IAM here), are really the first indication of the progress that the company has made, The market Read more

Richard Lloyd

30 Oct 2014

UPC consultation offers a final chance to make a difference on vital EU patent litigation issues

A public consultation on the 17th draft Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is due to take place on 26th November in the German town of Trier.  Although this may seem a somewhat dry and legalistic subject, it is actually a vital one. How the EU’s unitary patent will be enforced will have a fundamental affect on all patentees – current and future – operating in the EU, as well as actual and potential defendants. Entire business strategies could hinge on Read more

Joff Wild

30 Oct 2014

Another major Japanese corporate takes the privateering plunge

Japan’s ROHM Semiconductor has entered into an agreement with Wi-LAN which will see it transfer a portfolio of patents to the Canadian firm. This is the latest deal in which a Japanese technology company – traditionally a very conservative bunch when it comes to aggressive IP monetisation – has teamed up with an NPE in an effort to improve returns from its patents. According to a press release, Wi-LAN will be taking “full ownership” of a patent portfolio from Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Oct 2014

NPE suits down a massive 35% in the third quarter of the year as Alice and the AIA take their toll

Further evidence of a dramatic slowdown in patent litigation activity in the United States is provided today in data published by Unified Patents, the entity whose business is based on helping SMEs fight frivolous patent suits. According to the research, which covers the third quarter of this year (June to September),  there was a 23% drop in the number of suits filed compared to the second quarter, and a 27% year-on-year reduction.   The findings come just weeks after data Read more

Joff Wild

28 Oct 2014

Domestic patent applications drop again in Taiwan – and that could be good news

The Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) saw the fifth consecutive quarterly drop in patent applications from domestic entities between April and June this year, the China Post reports. Despite retaining its top spot as Taiwan’s most prolific patent filer, Hon Hai Precision Industry (trading as Foxconn) submitted 73% fewer applications in 2014 Q2 than it did one year ago, according to TIPO statistics; while Taiwan Semiconductor’s (TSMC) filings were almost 58% down. In fact, only two of the Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Oct 2014

IAM Strategy 300: one week left to submit nominations

For nearly two months now, IAM has been accepting nominations for the 2015 edition of the IAM Strategy 300, the definitive guide to the world’s leading IP strategists. The nomination process closes on Monday November 3, so you have just one week to submit nominations if you have not already done so or would like to make a few more. It’s a very quick process, which this year is made even easier because we have extended our eligibility guidelines to include anyone involved in IP Read more

Tim Lince

27 Oct 2014

Patent brokers feel the pinch as deal volumes and prices fall, while clients become more demanding

One subjects that frequently crops up in conversations with various parts of the IP market these days is how tough life is currently for patent brokers in the US. In the next issue of IAM, which comes out at the start of December, we will be adding a few figures to the anecdotes, when we publish the third edition of our annual survey of the brokered patent market (previous editions accessible here and here). As ever this has been put together for us by Richardson Oliver Law Group, which for Read more

Joff Wild

24 Oct 2014

New RPX initiative, a change at the top, 101 legislation and more from day two of the AIPLA meeting

The AIPLA’s annual meeting got underway yesterday in Washington DC. Once again today IAM has been there following the action. Here are some of the highlights: New RPX initiative announced - On one of the morning’s panels looking at defensive patent pools, RPX’s Dan McCurdy announced an interesting new initiative that the aggregator is due to launch in the next couple of months aimed at bringing greater transparency to the part of the patent deals market which involves Read more

Richard Lloyd

24 Oct 2014

IBM pays GlobalFoundries billions to take “thousands of patents” off its hands

What may turn out to be one of the largest patent deals ever was announced this week when IBM said that it would be divesting its semiconductor business – including “thousands of patents” – to contract chipmaker GlobalFoundries. IBM has gained something of a reputation as a serial patent seller, shrewdly using its intellectual property as a strategic tool to make cash, arm its allies and business partners, and reduce its own costs by cutting loose assets that it no Read more

Jack Ellis

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