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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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Lenovo pursues a policy of organic growth as well as acquisitions

Lenovo didn’t make it onto the recent US Patent 100, a ranking of the companies with the largest patent portfolios which is published in the latest issue of IAM. However, given its recent acquisition activity and its own internal growth that may not be the case next year. Last Friday the Chinese tech company announced that it was buying a portfolio of 3800 mobile patent families from Japanese tech giant NEC. The portfolio includes standard essential patents for 3G and LTE ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 08 April 2014 @ 8:25PM
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Patent study reveals the companies best placed to profit from LED boom

An upcoming report from IP analytics firm iRunway has shed light on which companies are leading the field in light-emitting diode (LED) patent holdings. LED lighting has a broad array of uses, with the technology potentially having applications in areas including commercial, residential and street lighting, digital communications, and displays for televisions, personal computers and mobile devices, among others. According to the study – a pre-release copy of which can be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 08 April 2014 @ 12:26PM
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Wi-LAN is the latest PIPCO to build for a future beyond telecoms patents

Wi-LAN announced on Tuesday that it has obtained a portfolio of patents relating to automotive headlight technology. The acquisition follows Panasonic’s transfer of 900 semiconductor-related patents to the Canadian NPE late last year. These two deals are further examples of a publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) seeking to diversify beyond its core area of technological expertise to enhance its patent monetisation opportunities and provide a more attractive proposition for ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 03 April 2014 @ 3:06PM
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More patents in Canada’s oil industry could mean more collaboration, not less

Canadian energy companies are filing four times as many patents relating to oil and gas technology today than they were 10 years ago, Reuters reported last week. Comment in the Reuters piece mainly focuses on the development being very bad news. "This has had the effect of slowing a lot of innovation down and a lot of meaningful practical day-to-day improvements have been delayed," Merle Johnson, chief operating officer at Connacher Oil and Gas, told the news agency, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 31 March 2014 @ 1:18PM
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Merck signposts a new strategy for patent owners in India

US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co – known as Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) outside of North America – has entered into an alliance with generic drug maker Cipla to co-market one of its antiretroviral treatments in India, Bloomberg reports. The strategy might prove a template for other pharmaceutical originators hoping to navigate an increasingly hostile environment in the country. Under the proposed deal, MSD will market its HIV treatment Raltegravir – sold ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2014 @ 1:31PM
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Tessera transformation into monetisation pure-play on track thanks to Asian patent deals

Tessera Technologies finalised one major deal last week and looks set to complete another as it continues on its path towards becoming a patent monetisation pure-play. Last Thursday, the company announced that it has agreed a settlement with Renesas Electronics and will drop pending litigation with the Japanese semiconductor company. As part of the agreement, Renesas will take new multi-year licences to Tessera’s patent portfolio. In addition, it has transferred over 200 US ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 27 March 2014 @ 1:13PM
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Jay Walker firm plans new, budget approach to patent licensing

Later this year Patent Properties, a company that develops and monetises the inventions of Jay Walker, the founder of Priceline.com and the owner of hundreds of US patents, plans to launch the US Patent Utility, an attempt to bring a mass-market approach to patent licensing. Speaking exclusively to IAM, Patent Properties’ CEO Jon Ellenthal claimed that because the licensing model in the US is broken the vast majority of patents are not exploited, while the court system acts ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2014 @ 9:54AM
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Unwired Planet’s $100 million deal with Lenovo nets Ericsson a handy return

Shares in Unwired Planet skyrocketed in value by over 70% overnight after news broke that the publicly-traded NPE had agreed a patent sale and licensing deal with Lenovo worth $100 million. The portfolio concerned consists of 21 patent families relating to 3G, LTE and other mobile communications technologies. Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese company has also been granted a licence to Unwired Planet’s existing patent holdings. Lenovo’s deal with Unwired Planet ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 21 March 2014 @ 1:52PM
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Another patent licensing business commits itself to an ethical, transparent approach

Finjan, a tech company known for developing and licensing its own cyber security software, has announced today that it is committing itself to a series of licensing best practices “in an effort to establish benchmarks for the intellectual property industry that will ensure candid, transparent and consistent business practices in licensing”. The firm has published a seven point action plan that covers areas such as encouraging greater transparency in patent negotiations, ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 20 March 2014 @ 12:58PM
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