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IP Five in 5 – Technology Cross-Licensing, a Trademark Victory and More


Welcome to this edition of IP Five in 5 – where we’ll cover the top five IP news stories in 5 minutes or less. Highlights from this week’s edition include Huawei and Ericsson’s cross-licensing deal, Caltech’s potential settlement with Apple and Broadcom, and Whirlpool’s trademark victory. 

Patent Spotlight

Huawei and Ericsson Ink Long-Term Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

Huawei and Ericsson have entered a long-term global patent cross-licensing deal encompassing essential patents for various standards like 3GPP, ITU, IEEE, and IETF standards spanning 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies. The agreement grants mutual worldwide access to patented, standardized technologies across their network infrastructure and consumer device sales.

Source: Huawei 

Alnylam Appeals COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Decision in Moderna Case

Amid its COVID-19 patent battles, Alnylam suffered a setback in one lawsuit against Moderna. After a Delaware court ruled on patent claims, Alnylam and Moderna agreed to a non-infringement judgment. Alnylam now disagrees and plans to appeal, as it seeks compensation for patent infringement.

Source: Fierce Pharma

Caltech Nearing Resolution in Patent Dispute with Apple and Broadcom

Caltech eyes settlement in a patent suit against Apple, Broadcom. A filed court document hints at a resolution over the Wi-Fi chip dispute after the previous $1.1 billion verdict was overturned. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Trademark Spotlight

Whirlpool Prevails Over Chinese Companies in Food Mixer Trademark Dispute

Whirlpool, the home appliances giant, secured a Court of Appeals block on rival food mixer sales. Two Shenzhen firms were found guilty of copying Whirlpool’s ‘iconic’ KitchenAid design. The Court also dismissed the argument questioning the validity of Whirlpool’s trademarks.

Source: World IP Review

Copyright Spotlight

Sony Music Resolves Copyright Case with Triller Over Music Usage

Sony Music withdrew its lawsuit against Triller, accusing the platform of unauthorized music use. The Manhattan federal court received notice that both companies agreed to permanently end the copyright dispute, preventing its reopening. Settlement details were not disclosed.

Source: U.S. News & World Report


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