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“No barriers, no fees”: China Mobile announces 5G royalty policy

World’s largest mobile operator pledges not to collect licence fees on 5G contributions which reports say have generated nearly 1,000 patent applications

“No barriers, no fees”: China Mobile announces 5G royalty policy
6 Dec 2018

China to blacklist "serious" patent infringers 

Days after announced trade truce, China’s government explains ‘social credit score’ consequences for IP infringers first floated three years ago. Penalties range from borrowing restrictions to air travel bans.

4 Dec 2018

New lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint and Verizon suggest ETRI is doubling down on US monetisation strategy

After setback in Huawei suit, latest court cases show the state-funded Korean research institute is behind massive licensing programme

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5 Dec 2018

Prior rights and registered intellectual property

This article explores whether exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and the scope of these rights across Russia. It also examines the benefits of trademark registration and describes some practical steps that both a prior user and a subsequent registrant can take to preserve its rights in a trademark. Read more

5 Dec 2018

Taiwan Supreme Court issues decision on unfair enrichment in patent infringement case

In this case brought before the Taiwan Supreme Court, the rights holder failed to enforce its intellectual property after a substantial period of time, giving the defendant reason to believe that it never would. Read more

4 Dec 2018

All the action from the final day of IPBC Asia 2018

This year's event in Shanghai has now come to an end. It's been a great couple of days, including the IP Asia Elite Gala Dinner and Awards held last night Read more

3 Dec 2018

IPBC Asia Day One report - all the highlights from another sell-out event

How Chinese courts will rule the patent world; Qualcomm's 5G licensing spree; don't jail trolls, says former supreme court judge; patent sales are on the up; plus a whole lot more from a wet, but spectacular, Shanghai Pudong Read more

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Designs

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12 Nov 2018

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’. Read more

26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

19 Oct 2018

Huawei’s smartphone ambition cannot be achieved without Honor

Speculation in China suggests that the mobile giant may spin-out one of its biggest-selling domestic sub-brands as an independent company Read more

2 Oct 2018

Will China’s leaders get to grips with the patent incentive problem?

A state media article blasts ‘fast food-style innovation’ as abandonments data paints a bleak picture. Read more

Finance

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12 Nov 2018

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’. Read more

29 Oct 2018

Fujifilm spins 900+ patents to Shenzhen firm in $28m deal

O-Film, which supplies camera modules to top smartphone brands, acquires a sizable IP portfolio as part of the deal. It will also take over the Japanese firm's Tianjin-based joint venture business focused on auto. Read more

26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

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. Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

27 Nov 2018

More deals to come, says Oppo IP chief after Nokia pact

Adler Feng (pictured) speaks exclusively to IAM after inking revenue-bearing licence with Finnish firm. We look at the main takeaways from the agreement announced yesterday Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

Law & Policy

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30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

22 Nov 2018

Chinese NPE claiming 3G patents takes aim at MediaTek and Coolpad

Shanghai Xuanpu appears to have risen from ashes of a state-backed semiconductor venture. Recent validity decisions mean its activities should be monitored by anyone implementing the TD-SCDMA standard in China   Read more

20 Nov 2018

Is the tide turning against pharmaceutical patentees in Australia?

A pair of recent decisions from the Federal Court of Australia suggest that it may be about to become more difficult for drug patent owners to prevail in requests for interlocutory injunctions. Read more

13 Nov 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations  

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week. Read more

Litigation

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30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

29 Nov 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political Read more

27 Nov 2018

Armed with Huawei patent NPE widens litigation campaign

New infringement suits filed by IP Edge affiliate against Acer, Mattel and HTC Read more

Market Developments

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30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

27 Nov 2018

More deals to come, says Oppo IP chief after Nokia pact

Adler Feng (pictured) speaks exclusively to IAM after inking revenue-bearing licence with Finnish firm. We look at the main takeaways from the agreement announced yesterday Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

Non practising entities

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30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

27 Nov 2018

Armed with Huawei patent NPE widens litigation campaign

New infringement suits filed by IP Edge affiliate against Acer, Mattel and HTC Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

Patent pools

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23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

16 Oct 2018

Licensing SEPs for the Internet of Things

Interconnectivity is the key to maximising IoT's potential - and that means finding effective ways to ensure access to the IP required to make it happen. Read more

15 Oct 2018

Haier’s battles with patent pools are not going well

An antitrust suit against MPEG-LA members was tossed out last month. Last week, a federal judge in California granted Via Licensing a damage award could grow substantially. Read more

25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

Strategy

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30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

29 Nov 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

Technology licensing

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27 Nov 2018

More deals to come, says Oppo IP chief after Nokia pact

Adler Feng (pictured) speaks exclusively to IAM after inking revenue-bearing licence with Finnish firm. We look at the main takeaways from the agreement announced yesterday Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

16 Nov 2018

IP Bridge earns first US litigation win

Jury verdict comes three years after the Japanese sovereign patent fund led by CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (pictured, centre) made Chinese mobile maker TCL its first US litigation target. Read more

Trademarks

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22 May 2018

Chinese company which raised $1.3 billion in IP-backed financing has Virginia factory site foreclosed

It would appear that the recipient of the largest ever IP-backed loan has come full circle to cautionary tale. Tranlin Paper, based in China’s Shandong Province, borrowed well over a billion dollars from the China Development bank in 2014 on the… Read more

18 May 2018

Suing a Chinese entity in the United States? Expect a two year wait to serve process

There are a host of challenges when it comes to trying to assert US patents against a Chinese legal entity. A recent court filing by Dutch telecom KPN, which is suing Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus in the District of Delaware, underlines what looks to be a… Read more

25 Mar 2018

Trump may have postponed his IP trade war with China, but both sides are still playing for very high stakes

Last Thursday, President Trump set out a series of measures that the US is set to pursue against China over alleged violations of American-owned intellectual property. They were wide-ranging, but perhaps not as deep or as far-reaching as some may… Read more

22 Mar 2018

Trademarks takeover notwithstanding, new-look SIPO may lose policy clout

Last week’s surprising news that SIPO will be reorganized as part of far-reaching consolidation across the country’s entire state bureaucracy underlined how suddenly reforms can take shape in a closed system such as China’s. There are still as many… Read more

Trade secrets

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29 Nov 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political Read more

13 Nov 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations  

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week. Read more

12 Nov 2018

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’. Read more

9 Nov 2018

Three perspectives on recent IP trade war developments

Last week the DOJ charged Jinhua and UMC with stealing Micron trade secrets. China sees an effort to cut off its tech progress, US sees a pattern of disrespect for IP and Taiwan is caught in the crossfire. Read more

Valuation

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30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

23 Nov 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi.  Read more

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