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Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack
22 Aug 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing

19 Aug 2019

For high-cost, high-value patents, fixed-fee procurement could be the answer

A subscription model to cover the application process may well be the best way to make increased expenditure on securing portfolio-enhancing rights more palatable

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17 Aug 2019

China’s focus on rare earth materials patents may spell trouble for the US

The country’s filings in this vital area have skyrocketed over the past decade, but analysis shows that they lack quality and international cover Read more

16 Aug 2019

It’s time for standards bodies to step up

The IP director of China’s Telecommunications Development Industry Alliance argues that 5G technology must not fall victim to geopolitics and patent gamesmanship Read more

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

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1 Aug 2019

Users like the EPO’s services - but there is still room to improve, according to new report

The annual assessment of the office’s performance finds that that satisfaction rates are up, but timeliness remains a problem Read more

26 Jul 2019

Switzerland once again named as the world’s most innovative country

New research finds that Europe is ahead of the rest when it comes to the quality of innovations and also leads in filing international patents Read more

25 Jul 2019

Big CAFC decision gives operating companies that transfer patents to NPEs plenty to consider

The Lone Star ruling squarely puts entities that try to monetise their IP by transferring it to third-parties at risk of being joined in any subsequent litigation Read more

25 Jul 2019

Big CAFC decision gives operating companies that transfer patents to NPEs plenty to consider

The Lone Star ruling squarely puts entities that try to monetise their IP by transferring it to third-parties at risk of being joined in any subsequent litigation Read more

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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

29 Jul 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2 Read more

22 Jul 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be Read more

12 Jul 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo Read more

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1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more