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Look out for more IP deal-making activity in the smart-grid sector as big guns wade in

A high volume of M&A coupled with a major growth in patent filings in the smart-grid sector suggests that it has the potential to be a major area of IP litigation and transactional activity in the near future, according to analysis from Greentech Media. Like a traditional grid, a ‘smart grid’ is a network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. What makes it ‘smart’ is the incorporation of information and communications technology to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 08 August 2014 @ 6:14AM
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Alcatel-Lucent recruits former Kodak president to lead its patent monetisation drive

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that former Kodak president Laura Quatela is to join the company as its executive vice president of intellectual property. She will be leading its patent monetisation programme. In an indication of the importance Alcatel-Lucent attaches to Quatela’s role she will be one of very few heads of IP at a major company who reports directly to the CEO. “[Quatela’s] strong leadership background in patent monetisation in particular will be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 August 2014 @ 12:11PM
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It is tougher to get a US patent than some would have you believe; especially for SMEs

Inc. magazine reported this weekend on the findings of an academic study which suggest that large corporations are more likely than SMEs to be granted patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 'What is the probability of receiving a US patent?' – originally released back in January and due to be published in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology later this year – is authored by Michael Carley and Alan Marco of the USPTO and Deepak Hegde of New York ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2014 @ 10:54AM
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Why Taiwan’s companies may be sitting on an untapped goldmine

Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) launched an online database of telecommunications patents this week, with the hope that it will give companies based in the island a strategic edge in the marketplace, reports Want China Times. Named the Innovation Knowledge Platform, the database features translated and interpreted versions of 3,200 US patents and over 1,000 patent infringement case studies, with another 3,000 translated patents expected to be added ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 12:55PM
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China needs more patent agents, but as always quality is the big challenge

The number of individuals sitting China’s patent agent examination has increased by 26.4% in the last year, according to recently released statistics from the country’s State IP Office (SIPO). In 2014, 29,364 hopefuls will take the exam, the highest number since the qualification system was established. The SIPO statistics further state that 16,817 – 57.3% of the total – are first time applicants, as opposed to those taking re-sits. That amounts to a 28% rise ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2014 @ 11:21AM
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The US economy benefits from China’s adventurous approach to IP financing

Quanlin Paper is to invest around US$2 billion in building a new paper mill complex in the US state of Virginia. According to the Governor of Virginia’s office, Quanlin’s investment amounts to the largest ever greenfield development project in the United States, and is slated to lead to the creation of 2,000 jobs by 2020. Quanlin – also known as Tralin Paper and Tranlin Paper – hit the IP newswires back in March when it emerged that the company had ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 8:14AM
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Acacia deepens relationship with Renesas and gains greater access to Japanese company’s patents

Earlier this month, Renesas Electronics and Acacia Research announced that they will be expanding their existing strategic licensing partnership, which has seen the US NPE undertaking patent monetisation activities on behalf of the Japanese semiconductor company. According to a press release, Acacia will receive “broad and lengthy” access to Renesas’ global patent portfolio under the terms of the revised alliance. The Renesas patent portfolio is pretty hefty; in ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 July 2014 @ 10:56AM
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The launch of IPBC Japan reflects the country’s changing strategic approach to patents

As this blog has reported previously, there is a sea change taking place among Japanese companies when it comes to IP strategy. Traditionally introspective and focused on protecting their market share through volume filing, IP owners from the Land of the Rising Sun are reappraising the way in which they manage their patents – and are increasingly looking overseas for ways in which to leverage them to create corporate value. For some Japanese companies, this has meant ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 10:46AM
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In praise of Judge Koh’s ‘patent troll’ ban in GPNE v Apple

Judge Lucy Koh has barred Apple from using the term ‘patent troll’ – along with a host of similarly controversial and vague terms – in its defence against a Northern California patent suit brought by NPE GPNE Corporation. As reported by Forbes, ‘privateer’, ‘pirate’, ‘bounty hunter’, ‘bandit’, ‘shakedown’ and ‘corporate shell game’ are among the other terms proscribed by Koh, who is ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 03 July 2014 @ 5:01PM
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IBM, the world’s IP armourer, at it again with Pure deal

Earlier this month, flash data storage start-up Pure Storage announced that it had acquired around 150 granted patents and applications from IBM, in addition to entering into a cross-licensing agreement with the company. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Writing for Pure’s blog, CEO Scott Dietzen stated that while organically-developed IP is “essential” it is “sometimes insufficient to defend innovators from entrenched incumbents”, and ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 30 June 2014 @ 4:01PM
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