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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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Don’t be surprised to see a new patent war break-out in 3D printing space

Although it is new and relatively untested, don’t be surprised if further down the line there is patent litigation in the 3D printing space akin to what has been seen in the mobile devices sector over recent years. This was one of the key takeaways at a conference held yesterday in Washington DC that focused on the IP issues being posed by this rapidly evolving technology. According to Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner partner John Hornick most people are yet ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 September 2014 @ 5:09PM
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The AIA is 3 today and there’s only one winner for what has been its biggest impact

Three years ago today President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act into law, heralding the first major shake-up of US patent law in over 50 years. To mark the occasion we thought we would ask a range of people in the market what the AIA's biggest impact has been. The result was unanimous - the new post-grant proceedings at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been the gamechanger. Given that almost 2000 post-AIA petitions have been filed with ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 16 September 2014 @ 7:53PM
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Gilead shakes hands with generics to make the most of tough Indian IP market

US biotechnology company Gilead Sciences has announced licence deals with Indian drugmakers that will see generic versions of one of its headline products sold at lower prices in emerging markets. The arrangement between Gilead and the generic producers marks the latest example of how IP owners in the life sciences industries are trying to overcome the difficult political, judicial and regulatory environments they have faced in India and other developing countries of late. Gilead ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 September 2014 @ 2:09PM
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Intel acquires more patents to boost its smartphone strategy

We’ve known for several yeas that Intel’s focus on the secondary patent market is to bolster its patent portfolio in the mobile space as the company struggles to establish a foothold in the smartphone sector. In 2011 the chipmaker lost out to the Rockstar consortium in the bidding for the Nortel portfolio. It followed that setback soon afterwards, though, with the 2012 acquisition of a large portfolio from InterDigital for $375 million and last week it was announced that ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 15 September 2014 @ 7:12PM
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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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China’s anti-trust regime poses serious challenges for foreign IP owners

China premier Li Keqiang has indicated that his country’s authorities are to step up efforts to address the perceived intellectual property abuses of both domestic and foreign entities. But while IP owners will be pleased to hear that infringers could face tougher penalties, they should also be aware that their own activities may come under far closer antitrust scrutiny than was previously the case. Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin earlier this week, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 September 2014 @ 10:09AM
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Trade secrets in Congress; AST update; an IP marriage; Lustig leaves IV - Day 3 at the IPO

The 42nd annual IPO meeting drew to a close in Vancouver today with more than 900 delegates enjoying a varied programme of panel sessions and the keynote lunchtime address from Hon Mr Justice Marshall Rothstein of Canada’s Supreme Court. As the IAM blog often does at conferences, here’s a short round-up of some of the highlights. Congressional action: Given the current paralysis around most pieces of legislation in the US Congress, any bill that might actually pass this ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 10 September 2014 @ 4:57AM
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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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