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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

14 Oct 2014

Marathon becomes the latest NPE to move into the medtech space

IAM assistant editor Jack Ellis has put the following blog together. I am posting it due to a few technical issues ... Marathon Patent Group has made a move into the medical technology space after agreeing a $10 million deal to acquire three patent portfolios from MedTech Development LLC. The assets cover inventions relating to kyphoplasty, intervertebral inserts and heart valve replacements. Marathon – which enjoys a close relationship with IPNav - is not the first patent Read more

Joff Wild

13 Oct 2014

The US patent market is changing quickly and to the benefit of the big operating companies and NPEs

I am just back from a week in the US attending the annual meeting of the LES USA and Canada in San Francisco and spending some time in New York finalising arrangements for the IAM NPE event that will take place in the city early next year (either 5th or 12th March – final decision will be made by Friday at the latest). As ever, I had plenty of conversations and meetings during which many things were discussed. So, without breaking any confidences, here are a few observations that are Read more

Joff Wild

10 Oct 2014

Lemley: the case for Congressional patent reform is far weaker than it was a year ago

Yesterday, the IAM blog carried the first part of an interview with Professor Mark Lemley in which he talked about the reasons behind a sharp fall in patent litigaiotn activity in the US, the changing dynamics in the patent marketplace and the relationship between the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. In part two, among other things Lemley turns his attention to the need – or not – for Congress to address patent reform, the smartphone wars and the diverging patent interests Read more

Richard Lloyd

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