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Page 1 of 3 Archive - July 2011

Google makes big IBM swoop as the FT warns of the "Great Patent Bubble of 2011"

And so it begins … Just a few weeks after failing to buy the Nortel portfolio, Google has started to beef up its patent position with the purchase of over 1,000 patents from IBM. According to the SEO by the Sea website, the company recorded the acquisitions with the USPTO on the 12th and 13th of July. The patents are said to cover “a range of topics, from the fabrication and architecture of memory and microprocessing chips, to other areas of computer architecture ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2011 @ 2:35PM
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The WSJ is very wrong about China and patents, but very right about innovation there

Last October I wrote a piece for this blog entitled China's real challenge is innovation, not patents. It is currently the third most read story on the blog during the last 12 months. My argument was that while there has been a surge in patenting activity among Chinese entities over recent years, this actually tells us very little about the level of innovation taking place in the country. “In pure patent terms,” I wrote, “there is no point in looking for a Chinese ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 July 2011 @ 5:58PM
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Exclusive interviews with Chief Judge Rader, IV and Microsoft available to view online now

During the IP Business Congress in San Francisco last month IAM had an exclusive interview with Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). A video recording of the interview is now available to view online. Among the topics Rader discusses are: • His ambition to modernise the court’s filing system and the difficulties that this has presented. • The benefits of more en banc hearings at the CAFC. • Whether more ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 26 July 2011 @ 1:06PM
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Contrasting views of the CIPO role and how to measure CIPO performance

Just prior to this year’s IPBC in San Francisco we held the latest in what has become our regular pre-conference get-together of chief IP officers attending the event. As usual, they came together to play a series of CIPO-related innovation games designed by Luke Hohmann the founder and CEO of the Innovation Games Company. These games are an excellent way to get people thinking and talking about complex issues, and have also proved to be a very efficient way of collecting useful ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2011 @ 3:34PM
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Inside the Nortel patent auction - this is exactly what happened

Documents released by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice have revealed exactly what happened over the four days of the Nortel patent auction in June. They make for fascinating reading. In addition to Google (known as Ranger), four parties took part : Apple; Rockstar Bidco, consisting of Microsoft, EMC, Sony, Ericsson and RIM; Intel Corporation; and Norpax LLC, an offshoot of RPX Corp. Prior to the auction each of the four submitted an opening bid. The one from Intel was chosen to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2011 @ 4:14PM
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Apple reveals $2.6 billion Nortel payout and sets sights on InterDigital

Apple has confirmed that it was the driving force within the Rockstar Bidco consortium that purchased the Nortel patent portfolio in an auction held in New York at the end June. According to its recent 10-q filing: On June 27, 2011, the Company, as part of a consortium, participated in the acquisition of Nortel’s patent portfolio for an overall purchase price of $4.5 billion, of which the Company’s contribution will be approximately $2.6 billion. This asset acquisition is ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2011 @ 7:36AM
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Intellectual Ventures investors need patience; it's a long journey to financial returns

We have run quite a few stories focusing on Intellectual Ventures over recent weeks – but there does seem to be a fair amount of news coming out of the firm right now. And we also know that this blog’s readers do like a regular IV fix. So, the publication of an in-depth piece on IV in the latest issue of Forbes cannot really go without a mention. Written by Nathan Vardi, who also broke the news of Andre Lee’s departure from the firm last week, the article does not ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 July 2011 @ 12:58PM
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Canadians drop Nortel probe as InterDigital considers its own patent sale

Another potential obstacle in the way of the transfer of patents from Nortel to the six-company Rockstar Bidco consortium which successfully bid $4.5 billion for the bankrupt company’s portfolio in late June has now disappeared. This follows an announcement from the Canadian government that it will not seek to review the sale under the terms of the Investment Canada Act. "Based on the information provided by the investor and Nortel's 2010 audited financial statements, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2011 @ 8:06AM
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Europe falling further behind in innovation says new Commission report

If you are European and want to depress yourself, you could do a lot worse than read the Innovation Union Competitiveness Report 2011, published by the European Commission last month. It’s a huge piece of work, so to save you a bit of time, here are its main findings: • The EU is slowly advancing towards its 3% R&D target - but there is a widening gap between the EU and its world competitors notably due to weaker business R&D investment. • The economic ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2011 @ 9:17PM
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What the US Commerce Department Tweet didn't say about patent applications ...

The US Commerce Depatment put out a Tweet earlier today announcing that there had been 520,277 patent applications submitted to the USPTO during 2010. "Keep inventing America," it concluded. What the Tweet did not say is that in 2010, more patents were granted to non-US residents than to those in the US (111,822 to 107,792). As yet, there are no figures for the applications split, but last year overseas parties submitted 231,194, compared to 224,912 from the US itself. This ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2011 @ 5:03PM
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