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Why Alibaba’s IPO could signal the beginning of a tectonic shift in the US IP marketplace

In one of the most anticipated IPOs in recent years, e-commerce group Alibaba debuts on the New York Stock Exchange today, with its stock selling at an initial price of $68 per share. The flotation is expected to raise $21.8 billion. Shares will be traded under the ticker symbol BABA. Alibaba is by no means the first Chinese company to trade on US markets. But it is surely the first US IPO of one to capture such widespread attention in the mainstream media. The internet ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 19 September 2014 @ 12:52PM
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A network of specialist IP courts for China gets government go-ahead

China’s legislature has approved a proposal for an IP specialist court with pilot venues in the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the province of Guangdong. This comes after the ruling Communist Party suggested that it would explore options for establishing such courts back in November last year. The Beijing News – in a story later quoted here by China IP Magazine (in Chinese) – reports that the country’s Supreme People’s Court last week ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 02 September 2014 @ 11:38AM
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The US economy benefits from China’s adventurous approach to IP financing

Quanlin Paper is to invest around US$2 billion in building a new paper mill complex in the US state of Virginia. According to the Governor of Virginia’s office, Quanlin’s investment amounts to the largest ever greenfield development project in the United States, and is slated to lead to the creation of 2,000 jobs by 2020. Quanlin – also known as Tralin Paper and Tranlin Paper – hit the IP newswires back in March when it emerged that the company had ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 8:14AM
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Gutierrez leaves Microsoft's IP group to oversee legal issues in company's move to the cloud

After eight years in charge of Microsoft’s worldwide IP group Horacio Gutierrez is today starting a new job at the company. Following an internal reshuffle instigated by general counsel Brad Smith, Gutierrez takes charge of the Products and Services Group in the Legal & Corporate Affairs (LCA) Department, where he will be responsible for overseeing the big move the company is currently making into the cloud. He will be replaced at the Innovation and IP Group by Erich ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 01 July 2014 @ 12:16AM
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IAM names the world's leading IP strategists

The  IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists, which identifies the world’s leading IP strategists, is now available online. The guide lists individuals that in-depth research has shown to possess the skill-sets necessary to work with IP owners to maximise the value of their patents, copyrights, trademarks and other rights. IAM researchers in the United States, Europe and Asia spoke to a wide range of senior corporate IP managers, as well as third-party ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 June 2014 @ 10:27AM
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At the INTA meeting in Hong Kong an IP legend announces his plans to sever all links with IP

The IAM team is currently in Hong Kong for the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association. It’s a huge event with well over 8,000 attendees. Following is an overview of what I picked up yesterday while walking around the exhibition hall and attending some of the sessions … Jeremy Phillips – There have not been many more influential figures in IP law and practice over the last 30 years or so than Professor Jeremy Phillips. The founder of Managing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 13 May 2014 @ 2:10AM
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New online platform attempts to plug crowdfunding’s IP protection gap

Last month saw the launch of KarmaKrowd, a new online crowdfunding platform that will offer IP and marketing expertise to inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The website’s inclusion of these services alongside its funding platform could significantly reduce some of the IP risks that the crowdfunding model presents both for SMEs looking for capital and for investors. Crowdfunding platforms act as online portals between those seeking ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 1:49PM
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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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Dyson’s choice: Risk losing to Samsung, or end up being labelled a ‘troll’

Samsung has filed suit against Dyson in the Seoul Central District Court and is seeking 10 billion won (around US$9.4 million) in compensation because, it states, it has suffered reputational damage as a result of “groundless” patent infringement claims made by the UK technology company. A spokesperson for the Korean company told the Korea Times that it had launched the suit because Dyson’s “previous litigation has hurt Samsung’s corporate image” ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 February 2014 @ 1:57PM
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