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China’s patent attorney profession set to grow as focus shifts to quality

The numbers sitting the annual qualification exam have been rising, but previous threshold requirements, such as foreign language proficiency and work experience, have been lowered

China’s patent attorney profession set to grow as focus shifts to quality
10 Aug 2019

A No Deal Brexit now looks unavoidable, so plan accordingly

Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister has totally changed the trajectory of the UK's departure from the EU and IP owners' strategies should reflect that

9 Aug 2019

New survey – IP litigation is increasingly global and, after a few down years, spending is going through the roof again

Study from Morrison & Foerster finds average large company outlay on lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion

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6 Aug 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend Read more

5 Aug 2019

China seeks to boost IP lending

Companies staked patents and trademarks to borrow $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019. CNIPA and China’s banking regulator want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze Read more

2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

30 Jul 2019

Indian messaging app leads hike in domestic patent filings

Annual figures released by the country’s patent office also showed that it rapidly ramped up its ability to process examinations Read more

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17 Jun 2019

IPBC Global 2019 – Day One highlights

All the big stories from the first full day of the world’s pre-eminent conference about IP value creation Read more

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

3 Jun 2019

Deloitte makes major IP play with acquisition of top advisory

Big Four firm closes deal to acquire UK-based ClearView in a further sign that IP value creation is moving to the centre of the corporate agenda  Read more

1 Jun 2019

A rotten Apple standard

In a blistering opinion piece, former Vringo chief legal officer David Cohen accuses the iPhone giant of deliberately plotting to destroy SEP licensing Read more

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26 Jul 2019

China patent filings fell in 2019's first half

New applications for Chinese invention patents fell by more than 9% in the first six months of the year, CNIPA reports, but foreign filings are still ticking upward Read more

8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

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