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We are taking a break; see you again on 1st September

It’s raining in England and the thermometer is falling, so it’s time for the IAM blog to take its annual summer holiday. I will be recharging my batteries for the next two weeks watching the storms roll in off the English channel down in beautiful Devon, while Jack Ellis in Hong Kong and Richard Lloyd in Washington DC chase down stories and build their contact books. They will be posting from time to time; but we'll be back again properly from ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 August 2014 @ 10:29AM
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From the US, progress towards creating Europe’s new unified patent system is looking good

In June and July this blog ran a series of pieces written by Alan Johnson, a partner at UK law firm Bristows, looking at issues surrounding the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe, as well as at some of the strategic decisions that those who file patents in Europe need to be thinking about now as they prepare for the new system to come into being – as it undoubtedly will. Earlier this week I got an email from John Pegram, a senior principal with Fish & ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 August 2014 @ 10:58AM
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Microsoft v Samsung shows why it pays to be cynical

At the start of this month it emerged that Microsoft and Samsung are embroiled in a dispute over royalty fees relating to Android patents, and that the former is taking legal action against the latter to recover payments that it believes should have been made. Put simply, Microsoft claims that the South Korean company has failed to pay on time for the use of its inventions; while Samsung is concerned about the impact of Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset unit. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 August 2014 @ 10:55AM
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A sorry tale at the USPTO which exposes the Obama Administration's failure of leadership in IP

Among the most depressing things about reading yesterday’s Washington Post story on an alleged cover-up of USPTO examiner abuse of home-working is knowing that it will give so many parties an excuse not to play their part in improving the US patent system, while providing more ammunition for others to knock it. For those who have not read it the gist of the story is that according to an internal investigation, set-up after complaints had been received from whistle-blowers, an ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 August 2014 @ 4:48PM
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Patent quality is essential to combat trolls; politicians and big companies hold the keys to success

On 7th August five US Senators wrote to Penny Pritzker, the Secretary of Commerce, to emphasise the importance of the USPTO granting high- quality patents. In their letter, senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Begich (D-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Tom Udall (D-NM) stressed that this issue above all others would help minimise the risks posed by what they described as “abusive patent trolling”. The five applauded efforts by the agency to improve the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 August 2014 @ 5:17PM
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As the smartphone wars peter out patent-sceptics have been proved wrong

Apple cannot win a patent war predicated on market exclusion. With the Android source code being open, Apple might just as well be fighting a Hydra – cut off one device from the market and two more will appear to replace it. Ultimately, Apple’s best course of action will most likely be to enter into licensing agreements with its competitors, which will not only result in significant revenues, but also push up the prices (or reduce the margins) on competitive products.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 August 2014 @ 11:49AM
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Rockstar, the Nortel NPE, could look very different in a few years' time

If consultancy and expert witness firm Elysium Digital has done its research correctly, John Veschi and the team that he leads at Rockstar have a few more years yet to maximise the value of the patents they manage. According to Elysium, the NPE – created by five of the six companies (Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) that were the successful bidders in the Nortel auction – has a portfolio that will remain active well into the 2030s. If the patents are as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 05 August 2014 @ 6:18PM
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The latest issue of IAM is now available for all subscribers to access online

Issue 67 of IAM has now been published and is available to subscribers online. Hard copies of the magazine should be hitting desks within the next week or so. To whet your appetites, following is the list of contents: Cover story Building a white-hat brand in the patent industry With policy makers, business groups and the public demanding action to curb abuses in the patent industry, companies must now differentiate themselves from the taint of patent trolls, developing a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 04 August 2014 @ 5:05PM
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ICAP to put 850+ Alcatel-Lucent patents and applications under the hammer in October

Alcatel-Lucent’s efforts to monetise its patent portfolio continue apace. In the wake of the company’s announcement that it has appointed Laura Quatela as executive vice-president of intellectual property, with a direct report to CEO Michel Combes, comes the news that it has retained ICAP Patent Brokerage to organise a sealed bid auction of more than 850 granted patents and applications on 9th October.  The assets are being split into 14 lots, each covering a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 03 August 2014 @ 3:25PM
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Leading companies, NPEs and intermediaries discuss creation of IP marketplace standards

LES USA and Canada has taken the first steps towards creating what could become a series of best practice standards relating to the IP marketplace. At a day-long workshop meeting held in Chicago on Tuesday a group of 40 senior representatives from major operating companies, non-practising entities and intermediaries discussed possible plans to codify recognised good behaviours and processes in IP monetisation negotiations and transactions, and to share their thoughts on how LES should ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 7:07PM
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