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05 Mar 2015

NXP-Freescale merger underlines patent power shift in semiconductor sector

Barely a quarter of 2015 has passed and we have already seen four significant M&A events take place in the microchip industry. The latest (and largest of 2015, to date) was revealed at the start of this week, when the Netherlands’ NXP Semiconductors announced that it would buy US-based Freescale Semiconductor for $11.8 billion. The deal looks set to create one of the largest and most formidable patent portfolios in the industry. Using data from the US Patent Elite – IAM and Read more

Jack Ellis

04 Mar 2015

Our unique event for and about NPEs takes place in New York next week; just a handful of delegate places remain

There are now just a handful of delegate places let for NPE 2015 – The Business of Responsible Licensing, which is taking place in New York’s Financial District next Thursday, 12th March. Close to 200 people have now confirmed they will attend the event. Among them are senior executives from many of the best-known publicly and privately owned non-practising entities, as well as Washington DC insiders, investors, policy makers and law firm partners.  With patent Read more

Joff Wild

03 Mar 2015

A letter to Congress on patent reform from 51 IP academics is powerful, but omits many key points

Yesterday a group of 51 prominent academics who specialise in the study of intellectual property wrote to members of the US Congress to argue that there is a large body of empirical evidence demonstrating that patent reform is necessary. “Over the last five years,” they state, “academic researchers have published over two dozen empirical studies on patent litigation and its economic impacts … These studies have been conducted by researchers with diverse views and using Read more

Joff Wild

03 Mar 2015

Nokia devices making a comeback due to IP-based collaboration with Hon Hai

Last week, this blog reported on Hon Hai (Foxconn) chairman Terry Guo’s suggestion that the company had been guilty of profligate patenting. Henceforth, he said, Hon Hai’s focus will be on filing fewer applications of higher quality. Speaking during a Lunar New Year ceremony at Hon Hai’s Taipei headquarters, Guo also touched upon a number of other subjects, including the company’s relationship with Nokia. According to the Taipei Times, the chairman stated that Hon Read more

Jack Ellis

02 Mar 2015

Proposed Senate bill could provide valuable counterpoint to Goodlatte’s Innovation Act - UPDATED

A new patent bill is due to be introduced in the US Senate this week and looks set to give those who oppose the kind of broad-based reform proposed by the Innovation Act a piece of legislation to coalesce around. According to Politico, Senator Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plans to table the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth (STRONG) Act. This will include provisions concerning heightened pleading requirements, USPTO funding and demand letters. Notably, it Read more

Richard Lloyd

01 Mar 2015

Deal with Ford is potentially very good news for IV and also indicates patents are coming to the fore in auto sector

To this observer, it’s slightly strange that there has not been more comment on the announcement made by Intellectual Ventures on 27th February that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Ford. Writing on the IV blog, president and COO Adrienne Brown stated: “The deal provides Ford and its affiliates with a license to IV's patent portfolio of approximately 40,000 current IP assets in addition to future IV assets that may be acquired during the license term.” Read more

Joff Wild

27 Feb 2015

From across the Atlantic, Goodlatte’s fee-shifting plans look far less onerous than the UK’s “English rule”

One of the key differences of the American legal system compared with the UK one is the difficulty of claiming costs from the losing side in a lawsuit. Generally speaking, in the US you can’t do it; while in the UK you can - hence the term the “English rule”. There is not an absolute ban on recovering costs from the other side under US law – in patent suits, for example, they may be recoverable in ‘exceptional’ cases – but it is done far less Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Feb 2015

We have been filing too many patents, says Hon Hai boss

Hon Hai (Foxconn) chairman and founder Terry Guo gave some insight into his company’s falling patent application rate while speaking at a Lunar New Year ceremony in Taipei yesterday. Statistics from the Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) suggest that the manufacturer is not the only IP owner in the country that is rethinking its approach to patenting. According to the Taipei Times, Guo explained that Hon Hai’s drop in applications is the result of a deliberate and ongoing effort Read more

Jack Ellis

26 Feb 2015

Don’t bet against Apple turning the tables in its $500 million battle with NPE Smartflash

A Texas jury decision to award damages of $533 million against Apple for infringing three patents owned by NPE Smartflash Technologies has rightly attracted a lot of headlines. It might be the world’s biggest company but a decision that may see the Cupertino giant pay out more than half a billion dollars is enough to grab anyone’s attention. However, as any observer of the US patent scene will tell you, it is going to be a long time before Apple is actually obliged to hand Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Feb 2015

We will pivot towards open source in wake of Alice, says Infosys IP chief

Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director of Indian software and IT services provider Infosys, raised some eyebrows in the IP-owning community recently when he seemingly derided the patent system and hinted that the company may be planning to ‘open up’ its patent portfolio in a move echoing that made by Tesla Motors in June last year. Sikka was quoted in an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) last month describing patents as “a scourge on the software Read more

Jack Ellis

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