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Sonos, the connected speaker company, announced last week that it had reached a settlement with Denon, so drawing a line under almost four years of litigation. Although the terms of the agreement remained confidential, it’s fair to say that the run of things in court has largely gone Sonos’s way since it sued D&M Holdings (an investment company that owned Denon) in US district court for alleged infringement of at least four of its patents.    Late last year Sonos scored a key victory in a jury trial which ruled that three of its patents in suit were valid and that...
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There will be no changes to the $3 to $15 per car royalty fees licensees are asked to pay to access the patents that form the Avanci auto patent platform, the firm has told IAM.  “As we add new patent owners to the Avanci platform, the price the licensees pay for a licence will not increase,” Luke McLeroy, vice president of business development, said. “In fact, after publishing our rates in December of 2017, Avanci added four patent owners to the platform and the price didn’t increase. This is the case even if all standard essential patent owners join the platform.” McLeroy was speaking...
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Recent USPTO records show that Sony has transferred a portfolio of over one hundred US patents to an affiliate of NPE PanOptis, a part of the Marconi Group. The Japanese company already participates in the Avanci and Velos patent pools, and its link-up with PanOptis underlines Marconi’s diverse offering. Sony assigned 135 US patent rights to Plano-based Wi-Fi One LLC on 26th January, but the transaction was not recorded until last month. Wi-Fi One is just one of the vehicles controlled by PanOptis, the NPE founded by Leslie Ware which became part of the Marconi Group in February 2017. The assignment document only...
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More patents related to artificial intelligence and blockchain technology were filed in China than in any other country in 2017, it has been revealed. With much of this growth being linked to a booming start-up scene, it looks like the playing field for these technologies is slowly but surely shifting east. China’s start-up scene has rapidly caught up the US’s, according to a recently released Global Start-up Ecosystem report by Oakland-based firm Startup Genome. A comparison has found that over the last six years, the share of start-up funding into Asia-Pacific countries has grown – especially in China – while the US...
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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu was back on Capitol Hill earlier this week for an appearance before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. With the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute, the proposed change to the claim construction standard in post-issuance proceedings and ongoing concern around uncertainty in the law on what constitutes patent eligible subject matter, there was certainly plenty for the members of Congress to grill him on.  It was notable therefore that in his opening statement the first issue that Iancu addressed was the USPTO’s fee-setting authority. Under the America Invents Act (AIA) the agency was given...
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An affiliate of a top South Korean tech university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), is currently locked in a US patent litigation battle with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries and Samsung. A recent flap over the ownership of the underlying right reveals the missed opportunities that led to KAIST monetising the right, and underlines why universities in the country are changing their approach to patenting. KAIST IP US LLC, a university monetisation vehicle, filed the lawsuit in late 2016 accusing the three global chipmakers of infringing a single patent. The case was accompanied by a parallel complaint in South Korea. US...
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Japan is regarded by Swedish companies as a highly innovative country and an important market. In a seemingly deliberate strategy to attract more companies to do business in Japan, statistics show that the number of patents granted at the Japan Patent Office has increased rapidly since 2010.
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The Executive Yuan has passed a draft amendment to Articles 4, 37 and 40 of the Patent Attorney Act. The amendment removes a provision which prevents those with disabilities from being patent attorneys or agents.
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The IP Court recently rejected jurisdiction in a case regarding regulatory data protection. However, on appeal the district court found that the case concerned data exclusivity rights and the protection of unrevealed data, which is within the scope of IP courts.
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With viral marketing using social media hashtags on the rise, some practitioners predict an increase in the use of the merely informational refusal for trademark applications. Brand owners should be aware of what this involves and how to avoid it.
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