Asia-Pacific

The search for 2021’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame is underway

Nomination process now open with a new category introduced in memory of Todd Dickinson

The search for 2021’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame is underway
Japan records 6% decline in patent filings for 2020
1 Mar 2021

Japan records 6% decline in patent filings for 2020

Preliminary figures also show a drop in PCT filings naming JPO as the receiving office

India is staring at some of the biggest opportunities in global IP
27 Feb 2021

India is staring at some of the biggest opportunities in global IP

Decision to abolish troubled patent board is the right one, but policymakers should double down on reform

Latest

View all
26 Feb 2021

Inside the patent holdings of the companies at the cutting edge of battery technology

LG Chem, Toyota, Samsung SDI and Panasonic lead in the predominant area of lithium-ion, but solid-state is still ripe for disruption Read more

26 Feb 2021

China’s top court hands out record trade secrets award

The $25 million ruling comes in a clash between two of the world’s biggest producers of vanillin, a synthetic alternative to vanilla Read more

25 Feb 2021

IV taps local partners to roll out licensing programme aimed at Chinese SMEs

Intellectual Ventures is just the latest big IP market player to set its sights on China, with a new programme COO Arvin Patel says is the first of its kind Read more

24 Feb 2021

Shanghai releases China’s first local anti-unfair competition regulations

In welcome news for business owners, Shanghai has enforced the first local anti-unfair competition regulation in China. The rules are designed to improve business relations by providing more clarification on acts that are damaging or cause confusion among consumers. Read more

Designs

View all
19 Feb 2021

Africa’s mobile phone king ramps up IP filings

Shenzhen-based Transsion has dedicated more resources to patents since its 2019 IPO, but still lags far behind rivals Read more

23 Jan 2021

Rebooting IP engagement with China need not mean giving up ground on key concerns

The patent world functions better when its two most powerful players have a constructive, though competitive, relationship Read more

18 Jan 2021

Half of Japanese companies plan to curb patent filings, JPO says

Patent applications yet to follow trademarks and designs in return to pre-covid levels Read more

21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda Read more

Finance

View all
8 Jan 2021

South Korea's Intellectual Discovery is in the process of becoming a big league, mainstream NPE

A year after a major capital infusion and a change of leadership, the firm has notched some notable settlements in the US and laid the groundwork for new assertion campaigns Read more

5 Jan 2021

LG Electronics hooks up with IP Bridge as fund looks beyond Japan

Licensing business that shed state sponsorship last year partners with Korean patent powerhouse in latest acquisition Read more

2 Nov 2020

Leaders of the world’s patent deals pack

The countdown of this year's IAM Market Makers - our annual ranking of the 40 most influential players in the global IP market - begins today with places 40 to 21 Read more

24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

Frand/SEPS

View all
24 Feb 2021

Ericsson, Samsung spar over venue and FRAND in Wuhan court hearing

Arguing for reversal of an anti-suit injunction passed last December, Swedish company suggests “broad, severe and global” ruling could amount to forced tech transfer Read more

22 Feb 2021

US must up its game in 5G’s hidden standards battlefield to counter Chinese threat, says prominent Republican lawmaker

As America slept, claims Senator Tom Cotton, Huawei "shaped intellectual property rights standards in ways that bolstered its bottom line and strengthened its market position” Read more

22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

12 Feb 2021

Chinese patent office appears much more dangerous if you're a foreign SEP owner

Statistics show that smartphone companies challenging foreign SEPs were top users of invalidation procedures in 2020, and did far better than average Read more

Law & Policy

View all
22 Feb 2021

US must up its game in 5G’s hidden standards battlefield to counter Chinese threat, says prominent Republican lawmaker

As America slept, claims Senator Tom Cotton, Huawei "shaped intellectual property rights standards in ways that bolstered its bottom line and strengthened its market position” Read more

5 Feb 2021

End of Chinese patent subsidies will be big test for the market

China rolls out new policy to terminate patent subsidies, but its impact on innovation and quality won’t be immediate Read more

4 Feb 2021

UK plan to join CPTPP raises questions about European Patent Organisation membership

On the face of it, the Comprehensive and Permissive Trans Pacific Partnership’s provisions on the grace period run contrary to those that apply in the EPC Read more

1 Feb 2021

“It’s really embarrassing” - LG and SK feel the political heat ahead of US trade secrets decision

South Korean PM’s comments show that IP enforcement does not happen in a vacuum Read more

Litigation

View all
24 Feb 2021

Ericsson, Samsung spar over venue and FRAND in Wuhan court hearing

Arguing for reversal of an anti-suit injunction passed last December, Swedish company suggests “broad, severe and global” ruling could amount to forced tech transfer Read more

12 Feb 2021

Ford CEO weighs in on “really embarrassing” South Korean battery trade secrets fight

With the auto giant set for a high-profile roll out of several new electric vehicles, the dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation is once again in the spotlight Read more

12 Feb 2021

Chinese patent office appears much more dangerous if you're a foreign SEP owner

Statistics show that smartphone companies challenging foreign SEPs were top users of invalidation procedures in 2020, and did far better than average Read more

10 Feb 2021

Wave of litigation against Netgear signals evolving NPE threat in China

Chinese entities file slew of suits with patents linked to Huawei and licensing firm iPEL Read more

Market Developments

View all
22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

19 Feb 2021

Africa’s mobile phone king ramps up IP filings

Shenzhen-based Transsion has dedicated more resources to patents since its 2019 IPO, but still lags far behind rivals Read more

18 Feb 2021

Apple Car rumours stoke brand anxiety for Asian carmakers

Licensing not the only area of IP tensions caused by the convergence of the high-tech and auto sectors Read more

10 Feb 2021

Wave of litigation against Netgear signals evolving NPE threat in China

Chinese entities file slew of suits with patents linked to Huawei and licensing firm iPEL Read more

Non-Practising Entities

View all
23 Feb 2021

More patent dealing in China's competitive display sector

Patent assignment links panel maker TCL CSOT to a close rival and patent litigation opponent Read more

10 Feb 2021

Wave of litigation against Netgear signals evolving NPE threat in China

Chinese entities file slew of suits with patents linked to Huawei and licensing firm iPEL Read more

9 Feb 2021

New lawsuit shows strategic value of Samsung's patent buying programme

With over 21,000 patents to choose from in big OLED battle, Samsung Display is making use of rights it bought from Seiko Epson eight years ago Read more

4 Feb 2021

Unified Patents arrives in China with a focus on video

PTAB specialist firm launches its first validity challenge in China, targeting a streaming right owned by Korean licensor Read more

Patent Pools

View all
15 Jan 2021

Oppo’s patent focus: smaller deals, younger rights and future standards

Shanghai-based R&D firm Langbo inks its first patent sale to a major Chinese buyer after a pair of deals with foreign NPEs Read more

14 Dec 2020

The last 12 months have been good for patent owners, say global IP leaders

Exclusive Panels Report for IAM focuses on key issues, including: portfolio management, litigation, monetisation, the regulatory environment and strategic priorities Read more

6 Nov 2020

Budget pressures accelerate Japan Inc’s IP strategy re-think

Leading lights from Canon, Hitachi and NTT among those who will discuss the way forward at virtual IPBC Japan conference Read more

2 Nov 2020

Leaders of the world’s patent deals pack

The countdown of this year's IAM Market Makers - our annual ranking of the 40 most influential players in the global IP market - begins today with places 40 to 21 Read more

Patents Law

View all
24 Feb 2021

Ericsson, Samsung spar over venue and FRAND in Wuhan court hearing

Arguing for reversal of an anti-suit injunction passed last December, Swedish company suggests “broad, severe and global” ruling could amount to forced tech transfer Read more

23 Feb 2021

More patent dealing in China's competitive display sector

Patent assignment links panel maker TCL CSOT to a close rival and patent litigation opponent Read more

22 Feb 2021

US must up its game in 5G’s hidden standards battlefield to counter Chinese threat, says prominent Republican lawmaker

As America slept, claims Senator Tom Cotton, Huawei "shaped intellectual property rights standards in ways that bolstered its bottom line and strengthened its market position” Read more

22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

Strategy

View all
22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

19 Feb 2021

Africa’s mobile phone king ramps up IP filings

Shenzhen-based Transsion has dedicated more resources to patents since its 2019 IPO, but still lags far behind rivals Read more

18 Feb 2021

Apple Car rumours stoke brand anxiety for Asian carmakers

Licensing not the only area of IP tensions caused by the convergence of the high-tech and auto sectors Read more

3 Feb 2021

Japanese chemical giants score patent litigation wins in China

Two of country’s top industrials got successful results in the market that constitutes their number one business challenge Read more

Technology Licensing

View all
24 Feb 2021

Ericsson, Samsung spar over venue and FRAND in Wuhan court hearing

Arguing for reversal of an anti-suit injunction passed last December, Swedish company suggests “broad, severe and global” ruling could amount to forced tech transfer Read more

22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

19 Feb 2021

Dialog’s patents will boost Renesas’ fast growing licensing business

The purchase of the UK chipmaker will contribute to the monetisation programme’s potential, particularly within circuit technologies Read more

29 Jan 2021

Mired in a FRAND and patent fight with Samsung, Ericsson forecasts big quarterly hit to licensing revenues

CEO assures investors that company will maximise value of its portfolio Read more

Trade Secrets

View all
12 Feb 2021

Ford CEO weighs in on “really embarrassing” South Korean battery trade secrets fight

With the auto giant set for a high-profile roll out of several new electric vehicles, the dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation is once again in the spotlight Read more

1 Feb 2021

“It’s really embarrassing” - LG and SK feel the political heat ahead of US trade secrets decision

South Korean PM’s comments show that IP enforcement does not happen in a vacuum Read more

4 Jan 2021

All the China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Wuhan injunction drama was far from the only big IP news to come out of China over the festive period Read more

24 Nov 2020

Criminal trade secrets law in China targets foreigners with extra penalties

Likely a response to recent US prosecutions of Chinese nationals, the measures mean foreign companies in China should tread with caution Read more

Valuation

View all
26 Jan 2021

A big buyer two years ago, Chinese company on entity list moves portfolio off its books

O-Film, a smartphone supplier that has counted Apple among its clients, spins 900+ assets to a related party as its business comes under pressure Read more

22 Jan 2021

Chinese lidar manufacturer paid $20 million upfront plus ongoing royalties to settle Velodyne dispute

Hesai Photonics Technology reveals monetary details of settlement, which also involves ongoing royalty payments through 2030 Read more

19 Jan 2021

Six life sciences IP dealmaking trends to watch out for in 2021

Despite a turbulent 2020 for pharma transactions, it is possible to discern a few patterns for activity in the market this year Read more

14 Jan 2021

Subsidies still matter in China’s patent world, but focus is shifting overseas

USPTO report on non-market patent incentives shows how Chinese applicants are being encouraged to obtain more foreign rights Read more

Find an expert