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Oppo got one last bite of Intel portfolio days after auction was announced

Intel signed off on sale of 58 US patent rights to Chinese company one week after it confirmed it would auction off its full smartphone portfolio, a process that has now been halted

Oppo got one last bite of Intel portfolio days after auction was announced
15 Jul 2019

Huawei escalates patent fight with US defence company in new district court suit

Latest case against L3 Harris Technologies shows that the Chinese tech giant is prepared to leverage its IP rights amidst increasingly tense geopolitical climate

15 Jul 2019

Canadian antenna firm scores Delhi injunction win

Court borrows from past wireless cases to institute a deposit scheme for the first time in a non-SEP case. The defendant will need to shell out 10% of its past sales in India to avoid sales disruption in latest pro-plaintiff decision

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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

11 Jul 2019

China’s venture community knows patents don’t equal innovation

The CEO of a hot AI startup, a top China-focused VC and Lenovo’s CIO shared their views on patents, innovation and trade tensions at one of Asia’s largest tech events Read more

10 Jul 2019

Influencer marketing in Russia: legal traps and pitfalls

According to a recent report, almost half of all Russian millennials use blogs and social media to learn about luxury brands. However, influencer marketing has raised many questions among brand owners, as well as legal concerns, since Russian laws support a broad interpretation of advertising and discourage indirect advertisements. Read more

9 Jul 2019

LCD patent deal shows development of China’s internal patent market

Advisory firm led by ex-Tencent IP chief helps two Shenzhen-listed panel makers link up for a patent deal amidst growing litigation activity in the space Read more

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

Finance

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28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

12 Jun 2019

IAM and sister publication GDR launch major data event

The Data Business Congress will take place in San Jose, CA, next February with the focus on the capture, protection, management, exploitation and monetisation of one of the pivotal assets of the 21st century Read more

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners Read more

17 Jun 2019

Acacia patents asserted against Vivo, Oppo and other mobile firms in China

An entity with sub-licensing rights is litigating with the re-vamped PIPCO’s patents in China, and some early validity results are encouraging Read more

13 Jun 2019

How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically Read more

Law & Policy

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4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

1 Jul 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future Read more

27 Jun 2019

Huawei has reaped $1.4 billion in licence fees since 2015, white paper says

The Chinese company also revealed its royalty outflow – $6 billion since it took its first licence in 2001, 80% of which has gone to US companies Read more

25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners Read more

Litigation

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5 Jul 2019

Taiwan chip packaging firm gears up for IP skirmishes

Kingpak, a specialist automotive imaging, recently picked up former Round Rock assets in its first patent purchase. It’s also supplying the firepower for a new US litigation campaign Read more

4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

27 Jun 2019

Huawei has reaped $1.4 billion in licence fees since 2015, white paper says

The Chinese company also revealed its royalty outflow – $6 billion since it took its first licence in 2001, 80% of which has gone to US companies Read more

25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners Read more

Market Developments

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

4 Jul 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back Read more

2 Jul 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents Read more

1 Jul 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future Read more

Non practising entities

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5 Jul 2019

Taiwan chip packaging firm gears up for IP skirmishes

Kingpak, a specialist automotive imaging, recently picked up former Round Rock assets in its first patent purchase. It’s also supplying the firepower for a new US litigation campaign Read more

28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

23 Jun 2019

Rubio’s Huawei proposal should worry US tech, pharma companies

Letting the executive branch neutralise patents whose owners it doesn’t like would weaken the US patent system and invite retaliation by China Read more

17 Jun 2019

Acacia patents asserted against Vivo, Oppo and other mobile firms in China

An entity with sub-licensing rights is litigating with the re-vamped PIPCO’s patents in China, and some early validity results are encouraging Read more

Patent pools

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28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

Strategy

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

2 Jul 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents Read more

1 Jul 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future Read more

28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

Technology licensing

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2 Jul 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents Read more

1 Jul 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future Read more

27 Jun 2019

Huawei has reaped $1.4 billion in licence fees since 2015, white paper says

The Chinese company also revealed its royalty outflow – $6 billion since it took its first licence in 2001, 80% of which has gone to US companies Read more

20 Jun 2019

US tells WTO to hit pause on China IP complaint

Suspension of the probe may not herald a broader deal, but it does underscore the significant legislative concessions China has made on tech transfer and other IP issues 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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2 Jul 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents Read more

20 Jun 2019

US tells WTO to hit pause on China IP complaint

Suspension of the probe may not herald a broader deal, but it does underscore the significant legislative concessions China has made on tech transfer and other IP issues Read more

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

14 Jun 2019

Toyota’s new IP chief explains ‘open patent’ hybrid strategy

In an exclusive sit-down with IAM at the automaker’s headquarters, Yosuke Iida says that its latest royalty-free licence scheme can help transform the company’s business – and the environment Read more

Valuation

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

28 Jun 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP Read more

13 Jun 2019

How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically Read more

13 Jun 2019

Huawei’s $1 billion Verizon demand: politics or profit?

Ongoing royalty negotiations are revealed after US network operator reportedly notifies government. Why the conflict, which follows a 2016 dispute with T-Mobile, may alarm Nokia and Ericsson Read more

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