Intellectual Property Roundup

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IBM Granted Most U.S. Patents in 2015, Study Finds (Reuters)
For the 23rd year in a row, IBM was granted the most U.S. patents having been granted 7,355 utility patents in 2015. Some companies, like Microsoft and Panasonic, dropped in the rankings because they assigned some of their patents to their newly formed holding companies.

Trolls Made 2015 One of the Biggest Years Ever for Patent Lawsuits (Ars Technica)
According to Unified Patents, 2015 has the most patent lawsuits than any other year except 2013 if only district court cases are measured.  If disputes resolved through “inter partes review” are also included, 2015 had the most patent disputes overall.

SoundCloud and Universal Music Agree to Licensing Deal (New York Times)
SoundCloud and Universal Music Group agreed to a licensing deal which will give SoundCloud access to Universal’s catalog so that artists can profit from advertisements when their songs are played on SoundCloud.

WIPO Domain Name Dispute Filings Rise 4.5% in 2015 (GigaLaw)
Since the launch of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 1999, the number of domain name complaints has reached the third-highest level.  In 2015, the number of complaints rose by 4.5 percent.

For Hoverboards at CES, Patents are a Marquee Feature (Bloomberg)
At the Consumer Electronics Show, patents were also on display after U.S. Marshals conducted a raid during the show on a Chinese company that manufactured a version of the popular “hoverboard.”

Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.