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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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From the US, progress towards creating Europe’s new unified patent system is looking good

In June and July this blog ran a series of pieces written by Alan Johnson, a partner at UK law firm Bristows, looking at issues surrounding the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe, as well as at some of the strategic decisions that those who file patents in Europe need to be thinking about now as they prepare for the new system to come into being – as it undoubtedly will. Earlier this week I got an email from John Pegram, a senior principal with Fish & ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 August 2014 @ 10:58AM
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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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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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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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Leading companies, NPEs and intermediaries discuss creation of IP marketplace standards

LES USA and Canada has taken the first steps towards creating what could become a series of best practice standards relating to the IP marketplace. At a day-long workshop meeting held in Chicago on Tuesday a group of 40 senior representatives from major operating companies, non-practising entities and intermediaries discussed possible plans to codify recognised good behaviours and processes in IP monetisation negotiations and transactions, and to share their thoughts on how LES should ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 7:07PM
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Before exercising the right to opt-out of Europe's new UPC regime there will be plenty to consider

Over the last seven weeks Bristows partner Alan Johnson has provided IAM blog readers with a strategic overview of some of the major issues all patent owners in Europe, as well as potential defendants in patent infringement suits, must be aware of with regards to the soon-to-be-introduced – and totally game-changing – unified patent court (UPC) regime. What will be clear to all those who have read Alan’s pieces is that even now there is a great deal of potentially ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 11:57AM
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Company goes on patent attack just months after receiving financing from Fortress IP group

Back in February this blog ran a story about the IP Finance Group of Fortress making a $4 million loan to Andrea Electronics, secured against the company’s patents. At the same time the group – which is headed up by former RPX president Eran Zur – paid $3 million to get an on-going stake in the audio electronics company’s IP monetisation programme. Now, it seems, that programme is getting underway. Last Friday, 25th July, Andrea filed patent infringement ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 July 2014 @ 2:33PM
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For NPEs that know what they are doing the current patent environment is far from hostile

Acacia’s share price is heading north so far today after the NPE revealed its second quarter results yesterday and talked through them during a conference call with analysts. They showed the firm enjoying one of its best ever quarterly performances; one that, said CEO Matt Vella “bears testament to the high return on investment potential, time- and risk-adjusted, of Marquee portfolios”, before adding that there is more to come. You can read the full transcript of the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 5:28PM
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