Energy and natural resources

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’.

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor
1 Nov 2018

We are top in the 5G standards process and that will feed through to patents, claims Ericsson

“It is clear that, no matter which viewpoint one takes, Ericsson is the leader in 3GPP and has influenced the technology in 5G over the years more than any other contributor,” company states in new report

22 Oct 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets.


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10 Sep 2018

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 Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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


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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


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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

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

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