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24 Oct 2014

IBM pays GlobalFoundries billions to take “thousands of patents” off its hands

What may turn out to be one of the largest patent deals ever was announced this week when IBM said that it would be divesting its semiconductor business – including “thousands of patents” – to contract chipmaker GlobalFoundries. IBM has gained something of a reputation as a serial patent seller, shrewdly using its intellectual property as a strategic tool to make cash, arm its allies and business partners, and reduce its own costs by cutting loose assets that it no Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Oct 2014

AIPLA meeting kicks off with Michelle Lee endorsement of patent reform moves in Congress

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) annual meeting opened this morning in Washington DC. IAM is on the scene to bring you the highlights today and tomorrow. All eyes on Lee after nomination for USPTO directorship - USPTO Deputy Director and recent nominee for the top post, Michelle Lee, kicked off proceedings with a speech outlining the progress made at the USPTO to reduce its backlog of patent applications, update its use of IT and detailing its commitment to Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Oct 2014

Acacia CEO bullish about the future as he outlines how big NPEs will prosper in IP Market 2.0

Acacia Research published its third quarter results yesterday. And they were not half bad, with revenues and profits up compared to the same time last year. In fact, things were good enough for the board of directors to say that the firm will pay stockholders a dividend of $0.125 a share on 28th November. While all that news is of direct interest to Acacia investors – especially after what was undoubtedly a pretty bleak 2013 – perhaps of greater import to the wider patent Read more

Joff Wild

21 Oct 2014

New study throws further light on IPRs and the patent ‘death squads’

A research paper analysing almost two years of results from inter-partes reviews published in the University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, has revealed just how fundamentally review procedures have changed since the America Invents Act came into force in 2012. Written by Unified Patents’ COO Shawn Ambwani and Brian Love, an assistant professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law, the paper (a summary of which can be found here) showed that IPRs are resolved far more Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Oct 2014

IAM's unique event for and about NPEs all set for 12th March 2015 in New York

We have now finalised all the arrangements for NPE15 – The Business of Responsible Licensing, our unique one-day conference designed for senior executives working at non-practising entities. The event will take place on 12th March 2015 at the Convene Conference Center, 32 Old Slip, New York City. With a limited capacity, we strongly advise early booking if you wish to come along.   NPE2015 is a high-end, content-led event designed to explore the many issues facing Read more

Joff Wild

20 Oct 2014

Top Chinese corporates unite to address their country’s IP strategist shortage

IAM was in Shenzhen last week to attend the opening of the China Enterprise IP Institute (CEIPI). The institute – which aims to be a commercially-focused training ground for Chinese IP business strategists – has received considerable backing from local corporate IP executives in terms of both funding and knowhow. Shenzhen, as most readers of this blog will know, was a small village on mainland China's border with Hong Kong that became the country’s first special Read more

Jack Ellis

17 Oct 2014

Better late than never for Michelle Lee, but as USPTO director she faces a series of major challenges

The news that Michelle Lee has been formally nominated by the Obama Administration to be the next Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office is no surprise. It’s been widely trailed and she has effectively been auditioning for the role for the last year or so. There are also no doubts as to her credentials: Lee had a long and distinguished career in private practice and corporate IP, served two terms on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, and has a background in Read more

Joff Wild

16 Oct 2014

As Qualcomm faces potentially massive licensing fine, Intel looks for a safer route into China

Intel has invested $1.5 billion to take a significant ownership stake in Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, two of China’s largest and fastest-growing manufacturers of microchips. The deal – which Reuters reports as having been finalised in late September – saw the US company partner with Tsinghua Unigroup, an investment vehicle controlled by Tsinghua University. Unigroup – which Reuters describes as being “government-affiliated” – Read more

Jack Ellis

16 Oct 2014

How do you teach experience? When it comes to UPC judges Europe has to find a way

A court is only as effective as its judges and users of Europe’s new Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime will be looking for evidence that the individuals assigned to hear cases in whatever location are of the highest quality – not just in terms of intellect, but also (and crucially) in terms of their knowledge of patent law and practice. In his latest dispatch, Bristows partner Alan Johnson explains why, as things stand, there are serious concerns this may not be the case, even Read more

Joff Wild

15 Oct 2014

New banking group launches with focus on improving patent quality

The Clearing House, a banking industry group representing more than 20 US and international financial institutions, has formed the Patent Quality Initiative, a project aimed at eliminating bad patents through better prior art searching, research and filing IPRs. The move reflects the rise in patent infringement cases involving financial institutions and their increased sophistication as significant patent holders. It is also notable given the increased convergence in the banking sector as tech Read more

Richard Lloyd

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