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Launch of new zone represents a significant watershed for Unified Patents

Unified Patents today announced a significant expansion of its business with more than 40 companies signed up to a new patent zone focused on content delivery. The zone is the second that Unified has established after cloud storage, which was launched last year with 20 members including Google and NetApp. The new content delivery zone protects a range of technologies including content production, distribution, storage/management, personalization and security on everything from ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 August 2014 @ 5:38PM
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How damages awards in the US dwarf those in China

In the latest issue of IAM we chart the explosive growth of Lenovo’s patent portfolio and talk to some of the company’s key players about how they have reshaped its IP strategy. The Chinese tech giant’s IP acquisition activity has largely focused on the mature US market and has included picking up portfolios from Unwired Planet, NEC, and, if the deal wins regulatory approval, from Google in the shape of Motorola Mobility (though Google does retain the majority of ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 14 August 2014 @ 7:04PM
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Microsoft v Samsung shows why it pays to be cynical

At the start of this month it emerged that Microsoft and Samsung are embroiled in a dispute over royalty fees relating to Android patents, and that the former is taking legal action against the latter to recover payments that it believes should have been made. Put simply, Microsoft claims that the South Korean company has failed to pay on time for the use of its inventions; while Samsung is concerned about the impact of Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset unit. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 August 2014 @ 10:55AM
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A sorry tale at the USPTO which exposes the Obama Administration's failure of leadership in IP

Among the most depressing things about reading yesterday’s Washington Post story on an alleged cover-up of USPTO examiner abuse of home-working is knowing that it will give so many parties an excuse not to play their part in improving the US patent system, while providing more ammunition for others to knock it. For those who have not read it the gist of the story is that according to an internal investigation, set-up after complaints had been received from whistle-blowers, an ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 August 2014 @ 4:48PM
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Patent quality is essential to combat trolls; politicians and big companies hold the keys to success

On 7th August five US Senators wrote to Penny Pritzker, the Secretary of Commerce, to emphasise the importance of the USPTO granting high- quality patents. In their letter, senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Begich (D-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Tom Udall (D-NM) stressed that this issue above all others would help minimise the risks posed by what they described as “abusive patent trolling”. The five applauded efforts by the agency to improve the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 August 2014 @ 5:17PM
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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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As the smartphone wars peter out patent-sceptics have been proved wrong

Apple cannot win a patent war predicated on market exclusion. With the Android source code being open, Apple might just as well be fighting a Hydra – cut off one device from the market and two more will appear to replace it. Ultimately, Apple’s best course of action will most likely be to enter into licensing agreements with its competitors, which will not only result in significant revenues, but also push up the prices (or reduce the margins) on competitive products.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 August 2014 @ 11:49AM
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Rockstar, the Nortel NPE, could look very different in a few years' time

If consultancy and expert witness firm Elysium Digital has done its research correctly, John Veschi and the team that he leads at Rockstar have a few more years yet to maximise the value of the patents they manage. According to Elysium, the NPE – created by five of the six companies (Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) that were the successful bidders in the Nortel auction – has a portfolio that will remain active well into the 2030s. If the patents are as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 05 August 2014 @ 6:18PM
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ICAP to put 850+ Alcatel-Lucent patents and applications under the hammer in October

Alcatel-Lucent’s efforts to monetise its patent portfolio continue apace. In the wake of the company’s announcement that it has appointed Laura Quatela as executive vice-president of intellectual property, with a direct report to CEO Michel Combes, comes the news that it has retained ICAP Patent Brokerage to organise a sealed bid auction of more than 850 granted patents and applications on 9th October.  The assets are being split into 14 lots, each covering a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 03 August 2014 @ 3:25PM
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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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