IAM has just published the findings of its 2017 benchmarking survey. According to the results, the patent market remains at a low ebb – but IP professionals are beginning to see the emergence of green shoots.
Patent prices are down, and patent enforcement is an affair that seems to grow more complicated with each passing week (with respect to the United States, at least). Many in the business are now looking to China to pick up the slack in the patent marketplace.
Xiaomi is perhaps the one Chinese company that has made the most headlines over the past couple of years regarding its patent-buying activities.
Samsung Electronics owns the world’s largest portfolio of patents relevant to ‘internet of things’ (IoT) technologies, while Qualcomm’s takes top spot in terms of quality, according to recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura.
In its report, Relecura concedes that “the definition of IoT is fuzzy”; fleet management
Defensive patent aggregator Allied Security Trust (AST) is relaunching its Industry Patent Purchase Promotion (IP3) after the success of the scheme’s inaugural run last year. For 2017, however, the programme will be managed slightly differently in order to better cater to AST’s members and enhance opportunities for prospective vendors to get involved.
Intellectual Ventures (IV) was the top buyer of brokered patents in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data from ROL Group, a Californian IP law and strategy firm and an IAM Market vendor. This ratcheting-up of buying activity represents a return to sorts for IV, which has been a much quieter participant in the secondary market of late as compared to times gone by.
The secondary market in patents hit its lowest value in years over the course of 2016, though it remained robust with operating companies emerging as the keenest buyers, according to research from California-based IP strategy and law firm ROL Group.
In a major deal announced last week Intellectual Ventures (IV) will transfer over 1,000 patent families that had originally been assigned to Kodak to Dominion Harbor.
Back in July, IAM Market’s Knowledge Centre reported on the acquisition of Longitude Licensing – the Irish firm formed in 2013 to manage and monetise the patents of bankrupt Japanese semiconductor company Elpida. The buyer was private equity player Vector Capital, which also owns IP strategy consultancy IPVALUE and possesses a stake in seasoned technology licensor Technicolor.