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Purchase of Alphabet rights marks rare patent acquisition for Japan’s Softbank

Assignment records show that despite parent company’s vast backing for startups, Softbank Corp and its affiliates have not often come into the possession of significant third-party portfolios

04 October 2021

What patent owners need to know about financing life sciences disputes

The Long Read: Companies in the life sciences sector have increasing options when seeking outside investment in IP enforcement campaigns, writes Michael Gulliford. But unique legal considerations and risk factors call for careful structuring of deals

29 September 2021

Patent litigation finance moves into the mainstream, but splits opinion as it does so

Financiers and plaintiffs lawyers say funding gives patent owners a fighting chance to see a case through a big settlement or verdict but others are critical

27 September 2021

Ranking as Asia’s most innovative economy highlights South Korea’s need for IP value creation

World-beating R&D and patent rates propel country to top of Asia for the first time in annual WIPO study, but Global Innovation Index also shows areas where IP professionals can help it improve further

27 September 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system.

25 September 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP”

24 September 2021

BlackBerry patent sale price agreed, deal 80% certain this quarter, says company's CEO

John Chen expresses frustration at the time the transaction is taking to get over the line as IAM learns new details of its structure

23 September 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners

23 September 2021

Open source is fundamental to crypto, so we must protect it, says Square counsel

In an exclusive interview, Max Sills explains why the firm has joined the OIN and provides an update on the Crypto Open Patent Alliance

14 September 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public

10 September 2021

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