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22 Dec 2014

IP/Engine v Google, AOL et al - the most troubling patent case of 2014

Last Friday, our North America editor Richard Lloyd named his top 10 most important US patent stories of 2014. Squeezing in at number 10 was the CAFC’s decision in the IP/Engine v Google, AOL et al case, in which NPE Vringo saw patents it had asserted against the defendants ruled invalid by a CAFC panel on a 2-1 majority, despite these being upheld in the original jury trial and after a number re-examinations at the USPTO. Over the weekend Michael Gulliford, the founder and managing Read more

Joff Wild

19 Dec 2014

The most significant US patent stories of 2014

As the end of the year rapidly approaches I thought I’d take a look back at some of the momentous events that have shaped the US patent landscape over the last 12 months. With ongoing debate over patent reform, the Supreme Court hearing six patent cases in its last term and what looks like the end of the smartphone litigation wars (or at least the beginning of the end), 2014 has certainly been eventful. Anyway, without further ado, here is my take on the most significant stories to break Read more

Richard Lloyd

18 Dec 2014

Dennemeyer launches patent brokerage service and seeks to keep clients' feet on the ground

Luxembourg-based IP services company Dennemeyer has launched a patent brokerage service. Headed up by German attorney Malte Köllner, who joined the firm earlier this year, it becomes one of the relatively few European brokers in the market - though its principal stock in trade will be US assets. Dennemeyer has published a flyer which provides details of what it is offering, as well as general tips about selling patents: The following conditions should be met in order to increase the Read more

Joff Wild

18 Dec 2014

Why Indian patents may be worth more than we thought

Earlier this week, IAM reported on the Delhi High Court’s granting of an injunction against Xiaomi. The court’s order required the Chinese company to cease Indian imports and sales of its smartphones that may infringe on standards-essential patents (SEPs) belonging to Ericsson. On Tuesday, the court decided to allow Xiaomi to continue imports of its products featuring Qualcomm chipsets until a hearing on 8th January, on the condition that the Chinese company deposits 100 rupees Read more

Jack Ellis

16 Dec 2014

It is time to talk about the Patent Ogres

Here at IAM we have consistently argued that patent litigation in the US is heavily weighted in favour of deep pocket corporations. How could it be otherwise when it costs so much to enforce a patent? Our major criticism of the suggested legislative reforms that moved through the House of Representatives last year before stalling in the Senate earlier this year – and which look likely to resurface again next year – is that by making it even more expensive and more high-risk to Read more

Joff Wild

15 Dec 2014

India injunction highlights risks for Xiaomi as it expands beyond China

Ericsson has convinced the Delhi High Court to grant an ex parte injunction against Xiaomi in a dispute over standards-essential patents (SEPs). The temporary court order, issued last week, blocks Xiaomi and its exclusive distributor in India, Flipkart, from importing, manufacturing, advertising or selling devices that infringe the eight Ericsson patents at issue. An Ericsson representative told TechCrunch that the company has spent more than three years trying to discuss licensing patents Read more

Jacob Schindler

12 Dec 2014

EPO president defends his actions and achievements in the face of mounting criticism

EPO president Benoît Battistelli came out fighting today in an exclusive interview with IAM in which he tackled head on the controversy that has engulfed the office over the last few days. Speaking publicly for the first time since his decision last week to ban a member of the Boards of Appeal from EPO premises, Battistelli insisted that he had acted in accordance with the rules at all times and rejected claims that he has an authoritarian management style which has alienated large Read more

Joff Wild

12 Dec 2014

China’s Haier rejects Not Invented Here Syndrome to embrace open innovation

IAM reported last week on various indications that underline China's rapid development in the field of IP strategy. High-value IP and technology driven deals, the emergence of patent aggregation funds, the entry of foreign players, growing antitrust scrutiny of licensing and persistent talk of big-ticket disputes all point to a country where the IP marketplace is on the rise. Another signifier of a sophisticated IP economy is the prevalence of IP-based collaboration between different Read more

Jack Ellis

12 Dec 2014

Peter Detkin to stand down as Intellectual Ventures vice-chairman, but will continue top-level work at the firm

Peter Detkin is to stand down as vice-chairman of Intellectual Ventures, with effect from 1st January 2015. He announced the news to IV staff and investors on Thursday afternoon at the firm’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington State. Detkin is one of the four founders of Intellectual Ventures and last year was placed at number two by IAM in our first-ever list of the most influential players in the IP marketplace. Speaking about his decision exclusively to IAM, Detkin said that he Read more

Joff Wild

11 Dec 2014

The EPO must embrace transparency and move into the 21st century world - UPDATE

There’s big trouble at the European Patent Office, it seems. While we have been away in Shanghai for IPBC Asia, a number of European-based blogs – the IPKat, EPLaw, FOSS Patents and IP-Watch among them - have been reporting on a series of explosive developments at the agency. These include strike action by examiners, the suspension of a member of the office’s boards of appeal, an unprecedented letter from other boards members in response and a series of letters from European Read more

Joff Wild

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