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25 Jul 2017
Firms like us may be active in China, says NPE CEO litigating there, but "trolls" are not likely to thrive

One of several active NPE suits in China we’re following involves Apple and an entity named GPNE, who took their US dispute all the way to the Federal Circuit in an eventual win for the iPhone maker. Now, in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, Hawaii-based GPNE is asking a court to award it $130 million in damages – an unprecedented sum by Chinese standards. A few weeks...

24 Jul 2017
Interim royalties may soon be a regular feature of Chinese patent litigation, and implementers will set the price

The legal environment around SEP and FRAND issues is developing very rapidly in China, and a new set of guidelines released by the Beijing Higher People's Court adds yet more new ideas to the mix. In some areas, the document borrows from overseas principles like those set forth in the ECJ's Huawei v ZTE decision, while in others it appears to show more deference to...

21 Jul 2017
Leading corporate IPR filers like Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and LG have very different outcomes

Five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) came into force one of the defining elements of the US patent market has been the degree to which major operating companies have used inter partes reviews (IPRs) to challenge patents that are being asserted against them. The zeal with which the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google have turned to the PTAB has meant that IPR proceedings...

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