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Japan is not there yet, but a change of approach in IP value creation is on its way

Slowly, but certainly, the corporate patent landscape in Japan is beginning to change. Established ways of operating - honed and followed successfully over many years - are now being questioned; the old model of patent accumulation and defensive use only is coming under pressure; what was once unthinkable is now starting to happen. Whisper it softly, don’t expect anything to happen quickly, but it could just be that a very Japanese revolution is about to get underway.    ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 April 2014 @ 7:34PM
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Chinese companies still struggle with patents, despite the surge in SIPO applications

According to the numbers page on China’s State IP Office (SIPO) website, in 2013 the office examined 355,000 patent applications and made 208,000 grants. Apparently, it takes SIPO 22.2 months to process an invention patent application from submission to final decision, which on the face of it makes it one of the world’s more efficient issuing authorities.  That said, the numbers page also reports that in 2013 SIPO received 825,000 invention patent applications, which ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 March 2014 @ 3:41PM
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Letter to Congress shows that the US VC community sees major risks in patent litigation reform

Yesterday the National Venture Capital Association, which represents organisations holding 90% of venture capital under management in the US, wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Chuck Grassley to express its views on current patent litigation reform measures currently being discussed in Congress.   The letter runs to four pages and addresses a range of issues: Fee shifting  - it opposes mandatory proposals as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2014 @ 11:07AM
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Patent values may soon rocket in Europe; and it will be European businesses paying up

Up to now, the patent marketplace has been firmly centred on the United States. The country’s huge importance for both B2C and B2B product and service sales, combined with its high-cost, high-risk, high-reward litigation system, mean that domestic and foreign tech-based companies operating there are well advised to ensure that they own robust patent portfolios to protect themselves from attacks by competitors. At the same time, non-practising entities employing a wide variety of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 March 2014 @ 2:35PM
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New IP reporting obligations for listed companies in India could be very good news

A recent development in India may be a catalyst for domestic companies in the country to begin engaging with intellectual property in way that up to now most of them have failed to do. A note I have just received from Safir Anand, a senior partner in the leading New Delhi IP law firm Anand and Anand, details recent moves by the Indian Security and Exchange Board to ensure greater transparency in, and reporting of, IP-related issues among publicly-quoted companies in the country:  ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 March 2014 @ 5:41PM
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Samsung and a study of pure altruism in Texas

In the world of patents Marshall is synonymous with one thing: it is home to the Eastern District of Texas Federal Court, that plaintiff friendly forum where non-Texan defendants - and, more especially, non-US defendants – struggle to prevail. It’s a venue that is particularly alluring to NPEs, PAEs and trolls, many of whom have registered offices in the town. But away from patents, Marshall has a population of 25,000 people and is very well-known for its annual ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 09 March 2014 @ 11:57AM
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Chinese company's $1.3 billion patent and trademark loan enters the IP deal pantheon

What could be one of the biggest-ever specifically IP-based transactions has recently been closed in China. According to the Conquering Innovation Fatigue blog, a trade publication called China Paper has reported that Quanlin Paper, a company based in the province of Shandong, secured a loan of RMB7.9 billion (approximately $1.3 billion) against a portfolio of trademark and patent rights. Virna Chung, IAM’s research manager in our Hong Kong office, has put together a rough ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 March 2014 @ 12:08PM
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Chinese companies have secured over $10 billion in patent-backed loans since 2008

Chinese companies secured over $4 billion (25.4 billion yuan) of credit against patent rights in 2013, according to a report published on the website of the country’s State Intellectual Property Office. The story, which is sourced to China IP News, states that this represents year on year growth of 80% and means that credit totalling 63.8 billion yuan ($10.38 billion) has been secured against patents by Chinese entities since SIPO launched a “pilot IPR pledge financing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 04 March 2014 @ 12:47PM
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Micron Technology supports anti-troll legislation in home state, despite creating a troll itself

Part 7,812 of this blog’s on-going series entitled “The Hypocrisy Of Operating Companies When It Comes To Patent Trolls” features Micron Technology.  The semiconductor company is among those leading efforts to introduce amendments to the Idaho Consumer Protection Act designed “to prevent bad faith assertions of patent infringement in the State of Idaho”. A statement of purpose which features the name of Mike Reynoldson, Micron’s government ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 02 March 2014 @ 7:32PM
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Maybe we should be grateful for the Supreme Court's lack of patent expertise

An article published by Inside Counsel states that IP suits will make up over 10% of those heard by the US Supreme Court during its current term, which comes to an end in June. On the IAM blog, we have previewed a number of the patent cases that the nine justices will decide – with several of them having the potential to bring about major changes to law and practice, in terms of issues such as the patentability of software and fee shifting. As a result, patent owners in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 February 2014 @ 6:06PM
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