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30 Jan 2015

New issue of IAM out today with the truth about those "foreign patent trolls" being written about in the US press

A series of disingenuous and maybe even deliberately mendacious op-eds in the US press over the last 12 months have warned of the dangers to American innovators posed by so-called “state-sponsored patent trolls”: entities supposedly established by foreign governments essentially to extort money from innocent US companies by leveraging the patent system to their advantage. Among those named in the pieces are sovereign patent funds such as Korea’s Intellectual Discovery, France Read more

Joff Wild

30 Jan 2015

Patent reform will need wide multi-industry support to get on statute books, says former Senate IP counsel

Yesterday we published the first of a two-part interview with Aaron Cooper, former IP and antitrust counsel to Senator Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now of counsel at Covington & Burling, Cooper was closely involved in the development of the AIA and has a clear understanding of the legislative process in DC. In part two of our interview with him, Cooper discusses the debate around fee-shifting, the change in control of the Senate, and achieving a compromise. Where is the Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Jan 2015

A Senate insider’s guide to passing patent reform

There are few people who have been as close to patent reform in the US over the last decade as Aaron Cooper. For more than seven years Cooper worked for Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he was the committee’s chief counsel for IP and antitrust law. While on the Hill, he was closely involved in the development of the America Invents Act and in the early stages in the current round of reform. With the new Congress under way in Washington DC, the IAM blog Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Jan 2015

2014 was an unforgiving year for many PIPCO investors

Issue 70 of IAM will shortly be available to view online for subscribers, with hard copies hitting desks soon after. As this is our first edition for 2015, Data Centre takes a look back at the performance of publicly-traded IP company (PIPCO) stocks for the 12 months from 31st December 2013 to 31st December 2014. And it is not a pretty picture for many investors. Needless to say, IAM’s Data Centre only tracks the ups and downs of share price – and that alone is far from being Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Jan 2015

IAM blog highlights from the last week

There is nothing unusual about company boards getting involved in disputes with shareholders over aspects of corporate strategy; but until recently, IP has not been a subject of disagreement. Now that is beginning to change. On the IAM blog this week, we looked at a major bust-up between the directors of France’s Technicolor and its biggest investor over its patent monetisation strategy. As IP awareness increases among shareholders, we can expect to see more of this in the future, we Read more

Joff Wild

27 Jan 2015

Fortress-backed company expands patent offensive against Asian and US corporates

Andrea Electronics has filed a complaint at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that a slew of major companies have infringed five of its US patents relating to microphone noise cancellation technology. This is its latest push in a patent monetisation drive being part-funded by Fortress Investment Group’s IP Finance Group. The patents concerned are: 5,825,898: “System and method for adaptive interference cancelling” 6,049,607: “Interference Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Jan 2015

Patent pendency rates fall in Korea, but examiner workloads reach breaking point

The average patent examiner in Korea examined 207 applications last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the Korea IP office (KIPO). The office also revealed that pendency times were down to 11 months, with a target of 10 months set for this year. Overall, KIPO received more than 210,000 applications in 2014 and made around 130,000 grants. For the sake of comparison, I have tried to find statistics on workloads at the European Patent Office – where examiners seem to be Read more

Joff Wild

26 Jan 2015

To become a true IP leader, China must reverse its inventor exodus

A report from Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua from this week’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos suggests that China’s ability to retain its brightest homegrown inventors – as well as to attract those from overseas – is proof that it is coming of age as an innovation leader. However, data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) indicates that the country continues to suffer the most significant inventor brain-drain among the world’s Read more

Jack Ellis

26 Jan 2015

IP-savvy activist shareholders + declining patent values + tightening patent eligibility = potential trouble for public companies

The PIPCO sector has attracted its share of - sometimes less than sophisticated - investor interest and there are a number of investors that are active around privately-held licensing-based businesses. There are also various kinds of financial model employed to fund specific patent assertion campaigns. But what we have seen a lot less of is shareholders challenging operating company boards on the way they manage the IP under their control. Given that IP often accounts for a great deal of the Read more

Joff Wild

23 Jan 2015

The $130 million “anti-troll coalition” has the financial power to have a major say in the reform debate

A guiding principle for anyone observing the political process in Washington DC is, of course, to follow the money. In the patent world that is being given new meaning as the main players in the legislative reform debate swell the coffers of the US capital’s lobbyists. One new coalition is United for Patent Reform, a broad range of companies including tech giants Google, Facebook and Amazon, and representatives from more Main Street businesses including the National Read more

Richard Lloyd

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