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Special offer for IAM blog readers: 30% off IPBC Asia 2014 tickets

Even though the IAM blog is taking its summer break, the team here is still hard at work – we promise! Preparations for this year’s IPBC Asia – the number-one event focusing on strategic IP management and value creation in the Asia-Pacific region – are well under way, and we are currently bringing together a roster of world-class corporate, intermediary and investment community speakers for what promises to be a first-rate conference. You can view further ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 26 August 2014 @ 11:08AM
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IV faces up to a much more challenging market

With the announcement yesterday that it was cutting 19% of its workforce, 2014 is shaping up to be something of an annus horribilis for Intellectual Ventures. The cuts to the NPE’s global staff equate to around 130 personnel and come after an initial, smaller round of staff cuts was announced at the start of this year, and after a number of original investors dropped out of the latest round of fundraising. IV has also seen setbacks in its litigation strategy, including ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 20 August 2014 @ 6:55PM
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Launch of new zone represents a significant watershed for Unified Patents

Unified Patents today announced a significant expansion of its business with more than 40 companies signed up to a new patent zone focused on content delivery. The zone is the second that Unified has established after cloud storage, which was launched last year with 20 members including Google and NetApp. The new content delivery zone protects a range of technologies including content production, distribution, storage/management, personalization and security on everything from ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 August 2014 @ 5:38PM
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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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Another hit to the USPTO

This is clearly not a great time for the USPTO. Earlier this week we reported on a Washington Post article that detailed evidence of an alleged cover-up of patent examiner abuse of home-working practices at the patent office. Now new research from the University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University has shown that as USPTO examiners become more senior, they have less time to review patent applications and tend to approve those of more questionable merit due to time ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 15 August 2014 @ 4:00PM
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How damages awards in the US dwarf those in China

In the latest issue of IAM we chart the explosive growth of Lenovo’s patent portfolio and talk to some of the company’s key players about how they have reshaped its IP strategy. The Chinese tech giant’s IP acquisition activity has largely focused on the mature US market and has included picking up portfolios from Unwired Planet, NEC, and, if the deal wins regulatory approval, from Google in the shape of Motorola Mobility (though Google does retain the majority of ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 14 August 2014 @ 7:04PM
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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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