Intellectual Property News Recap
Interesting and Relevant IP-Related News
Softbank is Eyeing Uber
AND THEY HAVE INTERESTING IP THEY CAN SHARE
This year has been somewhat difficult for Uber, with London suspending Uber’s license to operate, plus the ongoing stolen IP suit with Waymo. This comes as the company is investing heavily in their self-driving tech as they look to move away from their drivers. To help kick-start their future, it looks like Uber is potentially going to get investment from Softbank.
Why it Matters
Aside from the obvious cash injection that would come with Softbank’s investment, there may be additional benefits in the form of partnerships and know-how exchanges with their other investments. This would allow Uber to benefit from the IP in many of the relevant tech companies Softbank has investments in or even owns outright. Examples include Boston Dynamics whose Robotics tech may be of use to self-driving cars, or even ubereats; Brain Corps, whose AI is an obvious fit for self-driving cars; Nauto, a self-driving cars startup. There could well be an IP angle to this deal which could help Uber.
RPX Expanding into China
WILL NPES HAVE A HOME IN CHINA?
As we reported back in June 2016, NPEs were moving away from the US as their assertion jurisdiction of choice. Since then, the US has taken further measures to be less attractive to NPEs, such as removing the ability to choose the court and to require detailed evidence of infringement in case filing. Meanwhile, Europe is yet to begin the UPC system, so NPEs may be waiting for this before they fully take advantage of Europe’s licensing opportunities. A further development, revealed to IAM by RPX, is the Maturing of Chinese IP systems via the launch of 3 specialist courts. As a result, RPX is looking to invest in more resources focussed on China.
Why it Matters
As NPEs expand their business model into new territories, new companies will find themselves targeted. For companies whose business in some ways actually depends on an NPE threat, this also creates a new market for them, as they can provide their anti-NPE services to companies looking to defend themselves against the growing threat.
Apple’s Purchase brings over 100 cutting-edge tech patents
DEPTH SENSITIVITY MIGHT COME WITH YOUR NEXT iPHONE
There is tense competition for market share in the smartphone industry, and companies are always looking to find an edge over their competitors. Cameras are seen by many as a key differentiator, which is probably why Apple recently purchased imaging tech company InVisage, a US semiconductor research firm known for their image sensor tech. Patentlyapple have had a look at their patent portfolio to see what could be brought to Apple’s products. Their patented tech includes quantum dot imaging sensors for smartphones, depth sensitive imaging and much more.
Why it Matters
The player that sits behind much of the camera battles is Sony, who at present supplies Apple with their camera tech in Apple’s iDevices. This likely costs Apple a lot of money. By bringing camera tech in-house via an innovative firm, they could be able to take a bigger slice of their own revenues.
Other IP News Stories
- Where is the value and opportunity in the patent industry?
- Federal Circuit affirms PTAB invalidation of Uniloc patent which wasn’t invalid in 65 district court cases
- Broadcom Announces Bid Valued at $130 Billion to Buy American Semiconductor Giant Qualcomm
- The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses
- Facebook’s Efficient Infringement of Social Media Platforms Continues to Impact Snap Shareholders
- Bullish or Bearish on the 2018 Patent Market?
- Tax Bill Proposes Repeal of Capital Gains Treatment for Patents
- How IP Took a First-Time Inventor from Shark Tank to $30M in Sales
- Choosing Between Patents and Trade Secrets, A Discussion Worth Revisiting
- Is the patent licensing market dead?
- Patent-Based Financings: Unlocking Licensing Revenues While Mitigating IP Monetization Risks
- Facebook drops efficient infringement clause from its React software license
- New Patent Shows How The Foldable Galaxy X Interface Would Work
- Validation of European patents in Tunisia
- Apple Acquired InVisage with well over 100 Patents on Quantum Dot Technology for Advanced Cameras and Beyond
- Comcast’s Blockchain Patent Filing Highlights Customer Data Use Case
- US is contributing to Asia’s rise as an IP powerhouse, says Qualcomm licensing supremo
- Five big patent talking points raised by Broadcom’s proposed buy-out of Qualcomm
- All eyes on the ITC as decision looms on case that could open the door to SEP injunctions in the US
- Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues
- European Commission on verge of upending long-established mobile communications licensing practices
- Looking at overseas growth to make up for sluggish US market, RPX contemplates Chinese move
- Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup
- As court battle rages on, Midea and Gree team up to build IP “firewall” for Chinese industry
- Intellectual Discovery plans sale of its venture capital unit later this year
- PTAB invalidates targeted advertising patents, preserving billions in Google ad revenue
- IV Divestitures Figure Prominently in the Campaigns of Four of 2017’s Most Prolific NPEs
- Second Week of October Sees Recordings of Patent Transfers to IPVal, IP Bridge, Unwired Planet, and a New Yates NPE
- AST hires former Yahoo! dealmaker for drive to expand membership base
- In what looks to be a first for the PTAB, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival
- Deals with Fujifilm and an NPE suggest recently-reorganised Maxell is focused on patent profit
Other Tech News Stories
- Uber sets sights on 2019 IPO
- Driverless shuttle gets hit by a car during first day
- Niantic is making a Harry Potter version of Pokémon Go
- VW and Google team on quantum computing for transportation
- Tesla acquires automated manufacturing supplier
- Waymo is testing self-driving cars on roads without safety drivers
- SoftBank will up its stake in Sprint
- Uber confirms SoftBank deal is nearly done
- Apple, Tesla and a ton of other companies report earnings
- BMW, Ford, VW, Daimler form joint venture on EV charging
- Tesla might swap out vehicle computers to make its autonomous features smart enough to satisfy regulators
- Didi Chuxing will build its own EV charging network in China
- Virgin creates a separate company for government space contracts
- Toyota believes AI is truly the future for cars – and in a “Her” way
- Can a Piece of Tinfoil Really Fix Your Wi-Fi Problems?
- Self-driving shuttle bus in crash on first day
- BitTorrent inventor announces eco-friendly bitcoin competitor Chia
- E-wallets can now be used as prepaid cards
- Qualcomm to reject Broadcom’s $130bn takeover bid