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For NPEs that know what they are doing the current patent environment is far from hostile

Acacia’s share price is heading north so far today after the NPE revealed its second quarter results yesterday and talked through them during a conference call with analysts. They showed the firm enjoying one of its best ever quarterly performances; one that, said CEO Matt Vella “bears testament to the high return on investment potential, time- and risk-adjusted, of Marquee portfolios”, before adding that there is more to come. You can read the full transcript of the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 5:28PM
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The new UPC regime is not yet in place, but all patent-related deals in the EU must factor it in

Because they remain unclear the transitional provisions relating to the forthcoming EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) are fraught with potential dangers. However, the practical exercise of the opt-out that the provisions envisage is in theory extremely simple: if you do not want your existing patents to be litigated under the UPC, you can register that fact and they will continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of national courts. In the real world, of course, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 July 2014 @ 12:05PM
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China needs more patent agents, but as always quality is the big challenge

The number of individuals sitting China’s patent agent examination has increased by 26.4% in the last year, according to recently released statistics from the country’s State IP Office (SIPO). In 2014, 29,364 hopefuls will take the exam, the highest number since the qualification system was established. The SIPO statistics further state that 16,817 – 57.3% of the total – are first time applicants, as opposed to those taking re-sits. That amounts to a 28% rise ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2014 @ 11:21AM
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If US patent reformers are successful they will create a regime that only benefits the big boys

Over on the IP Watchdog blog Gene Quinn has published a fascinating interview with Ray Niro, one of the US’s leading patent litigators and the senior partner of a firm that has won a particularly strong reputation for winning big awards for its clients – many of which are non-practising entities. Because of the types of client that Niro represents a lot of people do not like him or his firm. Do an internet search for either and the term “troll” pops up with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2014 @ 11:23AM
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Europe’s UPC transitional provisions mess means complete uncertainty for one and all

We learned last week from Bristows partner Alan Johnson that the transitional provisions relating to Europe’s forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime are something of a mess. This week, we find out that things could be even worse than previously explained. Basically, at this stage no patent owner in Europe – actual or prospective – can plan with any certainty, because as yet there are just too many issues up in the air. Simply put, as of now no-one can say ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 2:26PM
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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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Real patent trolls don’t use the US courts – it’s way too expensive

If you need further confirmation of the expensive minefield that is patent litigation in the US then PwC’s latest annual study is worth a look. Many of it key findings will be familiar – patent cases up again, number of patents granted on the rise, median damages awards down (to $4.3m), and the most popular venues for plaintiffs Texas Eastern, Delaware, Virginia Eastern and Wisconsin Western. For the first time, however, the Big 4 accountant looked at appeals to the ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 15 July 2014 @ 6:27PM
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Conversant launches new anti-patent troll campaign

Despite the deep divisions that exist over patent reform, perhaps the one element where most members of the patent community agree change needs to happen, is over the frivolous demand letters that some bad actors send to demand licensing fees, particularly from small businesses.   Although a more comprehensive patent reform bill failed in the US Senate in May, last week the House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, which is an arm of the ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 14 July 2014 @ 6:12PM
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The USPTO Director fiasco reflects a failure of leadership at the White House

While the heads of most of the globe’s major issuing authorities are civil servants who often do not have any background in IP, the post of Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office is different. It comes with the title of Under-secretary of Commerce and is very much a political appointment that by and large is handed to someone with long experience of working in senior IP positions in private practice, industry, or both. USPTO directors are not only expected to oversee ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 July 2014 @ 11:18AM
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The transitionary regime for Europe's new patent litigation system - a dangerous mess

Up to now those reading the articles on Europe’s unified patent court (UPC) on the IAM blog, put together exclusively for us by Bristow’s partner Alan Johnson, might have assumed that the new system is going to be a very favourable one for plaintiffs. But while this may turn out to be the case, there is one big elephant in the room that could change the picture completely. In the article below Alan looks at the transitional provisions that will apply as the new regime ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 July 2014 @ 2:12PM
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