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If Alice v CLS is the game-changer some believe, software patent values may be about to collapse

When the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v CLS  back in June it would be fair to say that many of the initial reactions canvassed by IAM were generally pretty muted and along the lines of not a huge amount has happened. Now, however, it looks like a strain of thought is emerging in the US that, in fact, the decision was a game-changer and that software patent protection in the country has been seriously eroded. Certainly, that is the view of Gene Quinn over on the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 September 2014 @ 3:42PM
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New white paper provides further information on IP market best practice standards initiative

The LES (USA and Canada) has published a white paper which sets out some of the issues around the potential for creating best practice standards for IP licensing and other marketplace activities. It follows up on a focus group meeting in Chicago in late July organised by LES and attended largely by senior representatives from operating companies, NPEs and intermediaries at which the idea was first discussed in-depth. Written by Bill Elkington of Rockwell Collins, who is co-chair of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 September 2014 @ 6:20PM
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The potential in the Japanese market is unmatched almost anywhere else in the world

If there was an over-riding takeaway to come out of the IPBC Japan event we held last week in Tokyo it is that big Japanese companies are now very seriously engaging with the whole notion of IP value creation. We had senior representatives from over 40 of the country’s biggest businesses with us at the Okura Hotel, operating across a wide variety of industry sectors, and they listened very carefully indeed to what was discussed in the sessions that took place. It’s been ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 09 September 2014 @ 3:31PM
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London to play host to debate on patent value and valuations

If you are in London on 16th September you should come along to a discussion on the subject of "Patents and Value" which will see lawyer Neil Wilkof, a regular contributor to the IP Finance and IPKat blogs, swap views and perspectives with myself, IAM editor Joff Wild. The event is being hosted in the centre of town (Holborn) by patent and trademark attorney firm EIP. It will run from 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm, and will be followed by refreshments.  Among other things we ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 September 2014 @ 3:37PM
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Japan's one trillion yen IP trade surplus, but maybe it could be a whole lot more

The first-ever IPBC Japan got underway this morning at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo. We have just over 200 delegates with us for the one-day event, 70% of whom come from operating companies. It’s a great turn-out and we have already heard some fascinating presentations from and discussions among our speakers. It is impossible to report on everything that has happened, so following – in usual IPBC reporting format – are a few bullet points highlighting some of the issues ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 04 September 2014 @ 8:37AM
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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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