Energy and natural resources

Chinese firm’s rare victory in trade secrets case holds lessons for other defendants

Qingdao metal manufacturer fended off ITC Section 337 complaint with fastidious R&D record keeping, among other factors

Chinese firm’s rare victory in trade secrets case holds lessons for other defendants
25 Jun 2018

Supreme Court global damages ruling comes as a boost to licensors, but its application will be key

The decision in Western Geco v ION Geophysical Corp could be a boon to licensors, as a 7-2 majority ruled that they can recover profits lost overseas as a result of US patent infringement.

1 Jun 2018

Data sheds much-needed light on the trade secrets litigation landscape

New figures from litigation data provider Lex Machina show strong take-up following 2016's Defend Trade Secrets Act. More than 70% of trade secrets cases resolved at trial are won by plaintiffs.


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17 Apr 2018

Supreme Court predicted to rule in favour of patent owners over damages abroad in case that could have major ramifications

For many observers of US patent law the current Supreme Court term essentially boils down to one case. But as we wait for the ruling in Oil States on the constitutionality of inter partes review, the justices had another case to hear yesterday on… Read more

30 Mar 2018

China’s biggest public research body holds public patent auction, showing it will focus relentlessly on monetisation

Last week, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) held its first public patent auction, which saw a selection of 932 patents go under the gavel. The rights were listed online roughly two weeks prior to the 21st March sale. In the event, the most… Read more

11 Feb 2018

GE Ventures licensing head explains the company's new, collaborative approach to IP value creation

Pat Patnode explains how GE's approach to licensing creates opportunities for collaboration and accelerates the rollout of breakthrough technologies. Read more

14 Nov 2017

In what looks to be a PTAB first, Saudi Arabia's national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival

The world’s largest oil and gas company Saudi Aramco has filed an inter partes review (IPR) against a Korean petrochemical business in what is a highly unusual move by one of the energy majors. The Saudi national oil giant, which produces 12.5… Read more


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20 Nov 2015

BYD suit against Apple in Shenzhen shows why China is a business risk and a patent assertion opportunity

Patently Apple has the story of legal wrangling that has been going on between Apple and Chinese company BYD in both the US and China since at least May. Unlike past patent problems for Apple in China, this one is with a supplier and assembler of… Read more

2 Nov 2015

Novel patent licensing strategies could help safeguard Taiwanese manufacturing's fragile market share

Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a Taiwanese manufacturer of silicon wafers for use in the solar cell industry, announced recently that it is offering one of its core patents for licensing on a royalty-free basis. The proposal comes at a time… Read more