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26 Feb 2015

Don’t bet against Apple turning the tables in its $500 million battle with NPE Smartflash

A Texas jury decision earlier this week awarding damages of $522 million against Apple for infringement of three patents owned by NPE Smartflash Technologies has rightly attracted a lot of headlines. It might be the world’s biggest company but a decision that could see the Cupertino giant pay out more than half a billion dollars is enough to grab anyone’s attention. However, as any observer of the US patent scene will tell you, it is going to be a long time before Apple is Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Feb 2015

We will pivot towards open source in wake of Alice, says Infosys IP chief

Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director of Indian software and IT services provider Infosys, raised some eyebrows in the IP-owning community recently when he seemingly derided the patent system and hinted that the company may be planning to ‘open up’ its patent portfolio in a move echoing that made by Tesla Motors in June last year. Sikka was quoted in an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) last month describing patents as “a scourge on the software Read more

Jack Ellis

25 Feb 2015

IAM’s benchmarking survey will provide a unique insight into the global IP market

In the week since we launched our IP benchmarking survey the response has been very encouraging.  Submissions have been flying in, but we want many more. The greater the number of respondents giving us their views on the current IP landscape, the better our final picture of it will be. So if you have not yet taken the time to take part, why not do so now? In order to get the best overview, we have created three unique surveys aimed at different sections of the IP market. One is Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

24 Feb 2015

Big names among those laid off from Alcatel-Lucent's IP group

IAM can reveal that Alcatel-Lucent has implemented a round of lay-offs inside its IP department. Among those departing are Craig Thompson, senior vice president of IP, and Ozer Teitelbaum, the company’s director of IP strategy. We understand that further lay-offs may follow. Thompson joined Alcatel –Lucent from Nokia in November 2012 to lead what was described at the time as “a new business unit managing one of the world’s largest portfolios of intellectual property Read more

Joff Wild

24 Feb 2015

IP Market 2.0 is going to be a lot more international than the previous US-centric one

We’re less than two months into 2015 and I have already made trips from the UK to the US and China. Along the way I have had a fair few conversations with various IP market participants about where things stand. The overall view is that change is occurring at a rate of knots. Oft-chronicled events in the US courts, the rise of the PTAB and the potential for further legislative patent reform, as well as significant developments in both Asia and, possibly, Europe, mean that the future Read more

Joff Wild

23 Feb 2015

Despite bias concerns, Chinese courts tow a similar line to their US counterparts on FRAND rates

In the wake of the US$975 million fine and other sanctions for anti-competitive patent licensing activities imposed on Qualcomm by the Chinese authorities earlier this month, there has been a surge in discussion about the country’s burgeoning antitrust framework and how it will impact on patent owners. While there is a feeling among many non-Chinese businesses that the system is protectionist and biased in favour of local entities, there is at least some evidence to suggest Read more

Jack Ellis

22 Feb 2015

If patent reform is about tackling bad plaintiff behaviour and poor quality, where is the evidence that either is a serious problem?

Last week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published an opinion piece headlined Innovation Act Needed More Than Ever As Patent Trolls Roll On. It claimed that figures recently released by Unified Patents show that patent trolls filed 250 cases in US courts in January, more than half the total for the month. “Congress should not be misled into thinking that problems with the patent system have gone away. With trolls going strong, we still need legislative patent reform,” the Read more

Joff Wild

20 Feb 2015

Goodlatte insists there is no fee-shifting presumption in the Innovation Act; but is he right?

Of all the provisions in the Innovation Act Mark 2, the one that concerns the shifting of attorneys’ fees remains politically the most sensitive. It motivates Republicans who, opponents claim, have ambitions for broader tort reform and worries Democrats with close connections to the powerful trial lawyers lobby. Last week the Subcommittee on the Courts, IP and the Internet (which is part of the House’s Judiciary Committee) held a hearing on “Examining recent Supreme Court Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Feb 2015

Foreign companies lining up to test China’s new IP courts

China’s annual weeklong shutdown for Lunar New Year festivities is well underway, but before IAM’s Hong Kong bureau takes its break we pass along some insight from Judge Wu Xielin and reflect on what it might portend for Chinese patent litigation in the Year of the Goat. The US-China Business Council recently invited Judge Wu, the newly minted head of the Shanghai IP Court, to deliver a briefing on the new body. Georgia Chiu of Hogan Lovells relayed his comments on the Read more

Jacob Schindler

19 Feb 2015

Apple, Samsung and Google the most frequent filers of IPR petitions, new research shows

The huge popularity of post-issuance proceedings has been one of the biggest changes in the patent market following the introduction of the America Invents Act in 2011. The uptake of inter-partes reviews (IPRs), in particular, has been well documented, but the identities of those filing the most IPRs has not been so frequently discussed. Today, we can change that. Pedram Sameni, the CEO and founder of Patexia, a crowd sourced IP platform, took a closer look at the data from the Patent Trial Read more

Joff Wild

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