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Chinese firms turn tables in solar patent battle

South Korea’s Hanwha Q-Cells looks to be coming up short in a big ITC case, and now a state-owned Chinese rival is going on the offensive

Chinese firms turn tables in solar patent battle
New data points to big jump in NPE patent assertions in the auto sector
27 May 2020

New data points to big jump in NPE patent assertions in the auto sector

Along with headline suits targeting the likes of Daimler and Tesla, the numbers point to much broader activity involving OEMs and suppliers

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new <em>IAM</em> benchmarking report finds
27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals

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27 May 2020

China's legislature urged to crack down on patent trolls – and malicious infringers

Gree Electric chairwoman Dong Mingzhu, a National People’s Congress deputy for Guangdong, proposed a number of measures aimed at curbing NPE activity Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

26 May 2020

India’s growing docket of high-tech litigation on hold

Nokia, Philips and Fractus are among the patent owners with active cases targeting major Chinese companies Read more

25 May 2020

Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber all back new AST patent buying initiative

Decision to drop into the market outside of the usual IP3 programme comes amid growing signs of assertion ativity Read more

22 May 2020

Uber's four key principles for efficient invention harvesting

The company's IP legal director explains how its technology programmes provide a winning formula for maximising patent value while keeping costs under control Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

21 May 2020

Addition of Samsung to patent pool adds to Via’s grip on the advanced audio space

Outfit's head points to ongoing deal activity despite covid-19 crisis as he eyes possible opportunities in video Read more

21 May 2020

The guide to effective NAND patent investigation

A deep dive into the portfolios of top US rights owners in the space reveals how – and when – waveform and protocol analysis should be used to support evidence of use Read more

21 May 2020

Jail time for trade secret theft in China’s first dispute over 5G intellectual property

Convictions for former ZTE researchers show the country’s big telecom players can make trade secret thieves pay – something foreign companies very rarely achieve in China Read more

20 May 2020

IBM, LG and Nokia among top patent sellers in bumper Q1 for deals

Intellectual Ventures divestments continue to dominate the market while other NPEs seek to bolster their portfolios Read more

20 May 2020

Consultancy backed by TCL bets on more outsourced corporate IP work in China

Shenzhen-based Purplevine IP is helping to manage overseas licensing and litigation for TCL and other clients – a task its vice president tells IAM just a handful of Chinese companies can handle in-house Read more

19 May 2020

Huawei, Facebook, Capital One and Walmart see huge jumps in patent filings

New data from IPO points to some big-name players restocking their portfolios as economic crisis looms Read more

19 May 2020

Top 50 PCT representative firms revealed

Japan’s Shiga International Patent Office is number one on the list, with Fish & Richardson and Epping Hermann Fischer leading for the US and Europe respectively Read more

19 May 2020

EPO plant patent change after president’s intervention raises major concerns

The enlarged board’s decision that plants produced by biological processes are unpatentable has shocked the IP profession and came after office head António Campinos asked it to look again at previous ruling Read more

19 May 2020

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back a new model for video licensing

The MPEG-5 EVC standard, developed by the trio alongside Divideon, is constructed on base tools chosen for low IP risk. Features built on top can be switched on or off at will to avoid licensing hang-ups Read more

18 May 2020

Aon takes a big step forward in IP insurance

On the back of two years of growth, firm launches its own underwriting platform in a space that it claims is "starting to mature" Read more

18 May 2020

Why blockchain IP applications may struggle to compete with local cryptographic solutions

Rights holders would do well to consider alternative technologies before rushing ahead with distributed ledgers Read more

18 May 2020

Taiwan company’s monetisation push continues with memory patent deal

Kingpak Technologies seeds a new NPE campaign targeting the three major producers of DRAM chips Read more

15 May 2020

WiLAN makes huge IBM chip patent acquisition

Deal comes after Acacia’s blockbuster Yahoo! transaction and shows big ticket NPEs see secondary market opportunities in current climate Read more

15 May 2020

Hoffmann Eitle named top EPO filer for 2019

German and UK firms dominate the list of firms filing most published patent applications for clients at the agency last year Read more

15 May 2020

Chair pledges smooth functioning of Indian appeal board as critics call for its abolition

Justice Manmohan Singh outlines plan for the understaffed tribunal to take up hundreds of matters virtually, as government continues to stonewall on new appointments Read more

14 May 2020

New data shows PTAB pendulum swing towards patent owners

Board’s growing use of procedural denials is helping to drive down institution rate but, claims one observer, its decisions run counter to the AIA Read more

14 May 2020

Patent cliff fears drive through 2020’s second largest pharma deal

Despite an M&A slowdown amid coronavirus uncertainties, Alexion Pharmaceuticals has splashed out more than $1 billion in the face of imminent threats to its IP position in the US and Europe Read more

14 May 2020

Huawei's push into auto will put it at centre of licensing discussions in China

The Shenzhen-based telecommunications firm unveiled an alliance with nearly all of China's top automakers aimed at getting 5G into vehicles Read more

13 May 2020

The hedge fund-backed patent taking aim at Quibi looks solid, but not spectacular

Lawsuit against the billion dollar video streaming start-up is set to keep the headline writers busy and, according to IAM analysis, could have been in the works for a long time Read more

13 May 2020

Japan to screen foreign stakes in key firms, citing need to protect tech

Unveiling a list of core firms that includes many of the country’s top IP owners, finance minister Taro Aso stated that “technology and patents” must be safeguarded Read more

12 May 2020

We need answers on AI and inventorship - and soon, says DABUS pioneer

Rejected at the UKIPO, the EPO and now the USPTO, the two patent applications highlight how laws are lagging reality and potentially harming the innovation process as lines between human and machine powered inventions blur Read more

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