Avanci hikes 4G rate; Ericsson nixes Apple in Colombia; China targets SEP owners; Samsung wins with Vidal Fintiv change; World’s biggest TM portfolios; plus much more

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The Long Read

After a month of reflection following a highly-successful IPBC Global, which was attended by 600 delegates in Chicago, IAM reporters pick out the biggest stories that emerged over the event’s three days. Read more here

MONDAY 11 July

A Colombian court has become the first to issue a meaningful decision in the global Ericsson v Apple dispute, banning the US tech giant from importing and selling 5G iPhones and iPads. Read more here

Zebra’s recent agreement to pay $360 million to end a dispute with Honeywell is just the most recent in a string of settlements the company has reached as a defendant in patent cases. Read more here


The outcome of the Optis v Apple FRAND trial in the UK will have important consequences for international SEP strategies and could further boost the country’s position as a litigation venue. Read more here

Avanci has announced that it will be increasing the cost-per-vehicle of its 4G patent licence to $20 for new licensees from 1 September. Read more here

Borg Warner’s chief IP officer believes that auto companies need to end their current non-engagement with the standards-setting process. Read more here


The UK government has outlined plans to simplify the country’s design system, following a recent call for views on the existing framework. Read more here

A number of patent-related bills have been tabled in both houses of the US Congress, but as things stand none of them look close to getting onto the statute books. Read more here


The EU IP Office has identified five key technology trends it is prioritising during 2022, including quantum computing and blockchain, smart contracts and NFTs. Read more here

A recently published Board of Appeal ruling reveals a very different EPO approach to inventorship than the one adopted by countries such as the US, UK and Australia. Read more here

Samsung has become one of the first patent challengers to beat back a Fintiv discretionary denial by utilising new guidance from USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. Read more here

FRIDAY 15 July

SEP holders are among those targeted in new regulations on compulsory licensing that have been proposed by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. Read more here

Two biopharma companies will split $1.3 billion, plus hundreds of millions of dollars in potential milestone payments, in Royalty Pharma’s latest drug revenue rights purchase. Read more here

A new data report reveals the 50 companies with the biggest active trademark portfolios in China, Europe and the United States. Read more here


Some US courts are not allowing people unvaccinated against covid-19 to sit on juries hearing patent cases. This should concern both plaintiffs and defendants. Read more here

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