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Slowly and quietly, Shopify’s patent strategy is evolving

Canada’s tech darling is finally creating a meaningful portfolio on the back of a surging market capitalisation, but it still lags rivals – actual and potential  

Slowly and quietly, Shopify’s patent strategy is evolving
21 Feb 2020

Three takeaways as China's biggest internet patent battle is put on hold

Sogou has won on several patent infringement counts against larger rival Baidu, but the four-year-old fight is still not over with a clash in China’s IP appeals court delayed due to Covid-19

20 Feb 2020

IP policy to take centre stage as Trump visits India 

Modi cabinet approves memorandum of understanding on IP policy issues ahead of the American president’s visit next week, but it may not address the reforms multinationals are hoping for

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19 Feb 2020

So much more than a container: protection of packaging as a trademark in Russia

An effective way to fight counterfeit goods is by extending existing IP protection to a product’s packaging – here is everything rights holders need to know about filing an application to do this in Russia. Read more

19 Feb 2020

Huawei seeks to leverage invalidations in InterDigital dispute

The US-based licensing company faces an onslaught of invalidity actions at China's Patent Office, with about half of the decisions still to come Read more

18 Feb 2020

Tell us what you think of the latest developments in the global IP market

IAM's annual IP benchmarking survey opens today Read more

18 Feb 2020

Chinese chipmakers clash over fingerprint recognition tech

A dispute over biometrics continues to ensnare two companies backed by China’s big government chip fund Read more

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22 Jan 2020

As IP litigation soars in China the focus falls on courts’ capacity to cope

New suits have grown exponentially since 2015 while under pressure judges find themselves highly coveted law firm recruitment targets Read more

18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

11 Dec 2019

China’s top IP court delivers novel patent ruling as first term nears end

The Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal gave the final word on both validity and infringement in a case involving LG Electronics – a first in China’s bifurcated system Read more

5 Dec 2019

The search for the world's leading IP strategists is on

IAM is currently seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 edition of the Strategy 300 - our unique guide to the men and women who excel in the creation of IP value Read more

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10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

13 Dec 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts  Read more

5 Dec 2019

The search for the world's leading IP strategists is on

IAM is currently seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 edition of the Strategy 300 - our unique guide to the men and women who excel in the creation of IP value Read more

29 Nov 2019

IP market news highlights

IAM’s biggest autumn reads Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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15 Feb 2020

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt across the global IP market

The race to patent a treatment for coronavirus in China is heating up, but its spread could be the story that affects every other story in tech this year Read more

12 Feb 2020

US play for Nokia or Ericsson no long-term 5G solution, says Qualcomm engineering chief

Speaking at an event in Washington DC, Susie Armstrong claims that if policymakers want to help they should support a strong IP system and clarify rules on American participation in standards setting Read more

8 Feb 2020

The inconvenient truth is that the West gifted China its 5G leadership

A lack of foresight and a complete absence of joined up thinking in both the US and Europe have handed Huawei and others huge advantages in a technology space that is set to change the world Read more

6 Feb 2020

Huawei makes good on Verizon lawsuit threat following $1b demand letter

The Chinese telecom is asserting 12 patents against the US carrier in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas Read more

Law & Policy

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15 Feb 2020

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt across the global IP market

The race to patent a treatment for coronavirus in China is heating up, but its spread could be the story that affects every other story in tech this year Read more

14 Feb 2020

In surprise reversal, Indonesia to scrap patent working requirement

Sweeping economic reform package backed by president Jokowi will deliver a big win for patent owners in Southeast Asia’s biggest market Read more

12 Feb 2020

US play for Nokia or Ericsson no long-term 5G solution, says Qualcomm engineering chief

Speaking at an event in Washington DC, Susie Armstrong claims that if policymakers want to help they should support a strong IP system and clarify rules on American participation in standards setting Read more

8 Feb 2020

The inconvenient truth is that the West gifted China its 5G leadership

A lack of foresight and a complete absence of joined up thinking in both the US and Europe have handed Huawei and others huge advantages in a technology space that is set to change the world Read more

Litigation

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17 Feb 2020

PTAB decisions may derail Taiwan company’s litigation campaign 

ITRI spinoff CyWee has been “basically bankrupted by some of the largest companies in the world”, according to its counsel in an IPR case Read more

12 Feb 2020

US play for Nokia or Ericsson no long-term 5G solution, says Qualcomm engineering chief

Speaking at an event in Washington DC, Susie Armstrong claims that if policymakers want to help they should support a strong IP system and clarify rules on American participation in standards setting Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

7 Feb 2020

China’s top chip foundry is latest target of US NPE

It is the second time SMIC, said to do one-third of its sales with American customers, will contend with former AMD patents in US courts Read more

Market Developments

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15 Feb 2020

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt across the global IP market

The race to patent a treatment for coronavirus in China is heating up, but its spread could be the story that affects every other story in tech this year Read more

14 Feb 2020

Help to choose the IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2020

Nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding, long-term contribution to the IP world Read more

14 Feb 2020

In surprise reversal, Indonesia to scrap patent working requirement

Sweeping economic reform package backed by president Jokowi will deliver a big win for patent owners in Southeast Asia’s biggest market Read more

13 Feb 2020

TSMC surge fuels increase in patenting by Taiwanese companies

Alibaba continues to outpace semiconductor players as the biggest patent filer from outside the island Read more

Non practising entities

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17 Feb 2020

PTAB decisions may derail Taiwan company’s litigation campaign 

ITRI spinoff CyWee has been “basically bankrupted by some of the largest companies in the world”, according to its counsel in an IPR case Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

3 Feb 2020

After massive IBM transfer, new NPE goes on offensive against Chinese drone maker

Daedalus accuses DJI of infringing three patents as it starts to assert against lengthy list of unlicensed companies  Read more

Patent pools

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31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

29 Jan 2020

Very quietly, Sisvel and Samsung agree another patent pool deal

Luxembourg-based firm secures the South Korean giant as both licensee and licensor in its DVB-T2 programme Read more

28 Jan 2020

Shanghai research group to license SEPs through Sisvel

Langbo Communications Technology CEO Yang Lin tells IAM he’s hoping to build “China’s InterDigital” Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Strategy

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14 Feb 2020

It’s a tight race for autonomous driving patent leadership

New analysis gives unparalleled insight into the key players in self-drive technologies and shows Waymo, Toyota, GM and Ford vying for top spot Read more

13 Feb 2020

TSMC surge fuels increase in patenting by Taiwanese companies

Alibaba continues to outpace semiconductor players as the biggest patent filer from outside the island Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

10 Feb 2020

Gilead downplays Chinese lab’s coronavirus patent

“Too early to discuss” compulsory licensing of remdesivir, US company says as it continues clinical trials of antiviral in Wuhan Read more

Technology licensing

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17 Feb 2020

PTAB decisions may derail Taiwan company’s litigation campaign 

ITRI spinoff CyWee has been “basically bankrupted by some of the largest companies in the world”, according to its counsel in an IPR case Read more

15 Feb 2020

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt across the global IP market

The race to patent a treatment for coronavirus in China is heating up, but its spread could be the story that affects every other story in tech this year Read more

14 Feb 2020

Five keys to successful technology licensing with the not-for-profit community

Huge amounts of innovation in the university and wider research worlds remain untapped but there are some clear tips to follow as companies search for new sources of value Read more

10 Feb 2020

Gilead downplays Chinese lab’s coronavirus patent

“Too early to discuss” compulsory licensing of remdesivir, US company says as it continues clinical trials of antiviral in Wuhan 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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14 Feb 2020

Help to choose the IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2020

Nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding, long-term contribution to the IP world Read more

6 Feb 2020

Iancu makes US concerns about possible Chinese WIPO leadership clear 

USPTO head tells Washington DC event that the next head of the organisation must come from a country that “respects intellectual property rights” Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

6 Feb 2020

Huawei makes good on Verizon lawsuit threat following $1b demand letter

The Chinese telecom is asserting 12 patents against the US carrier in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas Read more

Valuation

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14 Feb 2020

It’s a tight race for autonomous driving patent leadership

New analysis gives unparalleled insight into the key players in self-drive technologies and shows Waymo, Toyota, GM and Ford vying for top spot Read more

12 Feb 2020

Patent transfer sets stage for possible Ant Financial IPO

Assets assigned to the Alipay operator financed Alibaba’s purchase of a 33% stake in what could be one of the biggest Asian listings ever Read more

7 Feb 2020

Johnson & Johnson takes the patent lead in medtech innovation

The company has surpassed other healthcare powerhouses and kept Apple and Alphabet at bay, but a robust portfolio does not guarantee smooth sailing Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

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