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Page 1 of 3 Archive - November 2012

More details of Qimonda's 7,500 patent sell-off revealed

I have received some more information about the proposed sell-off of 7,500 patents and applications owned by bankrupt semiconductor company Qimonda. Late last week, you will recall, I wrote a piece speculating that this could be the biggest direct patent sale there has ever been, while stating that it was doubtful it would raise the amounts the Nortel and AOL patents generated. Nothing in the information I now have leads me to change my mind on that, but maybe I am wrong. It seems ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2012 @ 12:00PM
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When it comes to the EU patent it seems that what was intolerable yesterday is fine today

Last week, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament seemed to give the green light to a compromise rewriting of the regulation governing the creation of the EU unitary patent. Previously, it had maintained that a deal done by European ministers in June, at the insistence of the UK government, recommending the removal of articles 6 to 8 of the regulation, could not stand. Now, however, the committee has agreed to their removal and their replacement by a new Article ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 November 2012 @ 7:08AM
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For the patent-hungry, Rockstar offers the perfect Christmas gift

If you know someone looking for a potentially lucrative patent for Christmas, then you should consider dipping into the recently published Rockstar winter catalogue to see if there is anything in there which might tickle their fancy. Rockstar Winter 2012 Sales Prospects has been sent out to a range of prospective buyers, one of whom has kindly forwarded it to me. According to the executive summary: Rockstar  periodically  identifies  certain  ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 November 2012 @ 2:31PM
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David Kappos will leave a much better USPTO than he found

To say that everything at the US Patent and Trademark Office was transformed under the leadership of David Kappos would be an exaggeration. But it would not be a huge one. For there is absolutely no doubt that from the day he took his oath of office in August 2009, the former head of IP at IBM, who has today announced that he will be standing down in the new year, demonstrated a sureness of touch, a mastery of detail and a level of leadership that few of his predecessors – the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2012 @ 6:52PM
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Over 400 high-level delegates have signed up to attend the first-ever IPBC China

The inaugural IPBC China gets underway at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing next Sunday evening, 2nd December, with the opening drinks reception. That will be followed on Monday and Tuesday by two full days of plenary and breakout sessions, featuring over 50 world class speakers; while on Monday evening we hold a gala dinner, during which we will be honouring China’s IP Champions – domestic Chinese companies which exclusive IAM research has found have IP strategies that ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 November 2012 @ 12:53PM
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What looks like the biggest patent sale ever could well be a damp squib

One of the biggest patent divestments in history got underway last week with the news that 7,500 patents and applications held by Qimonda AG have been put up for sale as part of the company’s on-going bankruptcy proceedings.  According to the press release announcing the move: “The IP rights relate to inventions that are relevant for the semiconductor, computer and communications industry.” The release then goes on to quote the man running the insolvency ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 November 2012 @ 11:14AM
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Transparency in the patent market is crucial, says Kappos

In a speech earlier this week, David Kappos told software patent critics that the US IP system is “the envy of the world”, but that the patent marketplace needs more transparency. Speaking at the Center for American Progress thinktank in Washington DC, the USPTO Director argued that innovations in software must be eligible for patent protection as they are so closely intertwined with innovations in hardware. “What amount of venture capital would [a] team of ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 23 November 2012 @ 11:27AM
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Patents reveal the unstoppable rise and rise of China's semiconductor industry

UBM TechInsights has produced a detailed study of the patenting activities of what it identifies as China’s 30 leading semiconductor companies. It also explores what the current IP landscape tells us about their overall business strategies. And what is clear is that even though up to now Chinese businesses have not made a major mark on the $300 billion plus a year global semiconductor market, that is most definitely going to change. If you are involved in the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 November 2012 @ 7:46AM
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More questions than answers in the strange case of Rockstar’s Apple assignments

News agency Yonhap reported last week that 1,024 patents and applications have been transferred from NPE Rockstar to Apple over the past six months. According to the bulletin, 695 of the assets in question are US-registered patents and the rest are applications. Back in May, Wired reported that, of the approximately 6,000 patents that Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, RIM, EMC and Sony jointly acquired from Nortel following the June 2011 auction of the bankrupt telecom ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 20 November 2012 @ 3:26PM
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Major breakthrough in EU patent negotiations set to be announced - UPDATED

I have just received this press release from UK law firm Bristows: Tonight following a special meeting of the JURI Committee of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Commissioner Barnier is expected to announce a major breakthrough in the long-running saga of the creation of a Unitary European Patent and Unified Patent Court.  The announcement will herald agreement between Council and the European Parliament leading to the adoption of new legislation to create the new system by ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 November 2012 @ 4:44PM
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