Asia-Pacific

Ant Group and Qualcomm to headline IPBC China next week

Two-day agenda will cover themes including life science disputes in China, country’s efforts to become a standards leader and building a world-class in-house IP team

Ant Group and Qualcomm to headline IPBC China next week
China patent term extensions create new pitfalls for pharma innovators
30 Nov 2021

China patent term extensions create new pitfalls for pharma innovators

Life sciences IP professionals must work closer than ever before with regulatory teams to ensure eligibility for lucrative exclusivity add-ons

Taiwan lens maker turns to patent enforcement amid rising competition
30 Nov 2021

Taiwan lens maker turns to patent enforcement amid rising competition

Lawsuit against Lenovo’s Motorola Mobility signals shift in company’s strategy as it turns to its patent portfolio for value creation opportunities

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1 Dec 2021

Tommy Hilfiger successfully appeals the CNIPA’s refusal of its stripe logo mark

A case involving international fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger highlights important strategic considerations for applicants trying to register trademarks with similarities to the flags of foreign countries. Read more

29 Nov 2021

EPO voted best for patent quality once more

Europe leads the way among the IP5, say IAM readers in our annual benchmarking survey, but service standards have slipped Read more

29 Nov 2021

As Micron and UMC settle long-running dispute, all eyes in China are on the US chipmaker’s next move

Taiwan’s UMC will pay an undisclosed sum to end a long, complex and remarkably successful IP enforcement campaign by the Idaho semiconductor firm Read more

29 Nov 2021

CNIPA's draft patent examination guidelines: what is coming down the pipeline?

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Designs

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29 Nov 2021

Recent validity trends at China's Patent Office

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8 Nov 2021

More than half a million Chinese patent applications swept up in quality crackdown so far

Reports say CNIPA identified 545,000 ‘abnormal’ patent applications in the first half of 2021 under new system set up to flag bogus filing activity Read more

20 Oct 2021

Facing pressure at home, Chinese vaping giant goes on IP offensive

Shenzhen-based Smoore Technology has become a success story in the US market, and now asks the ITC to exclude dozens of North American companies for patent and design infringement Read more

27 Sep 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 Read more

Finance

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13 Oct 2021

Former Nortel and BlackBerry patents land with smartphone maker Honor

Transaction marks first outside patent acquisition since company was spun out from Huawei last year Read more

4 Oct 2021

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 Read more

24 Sep 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” Read more

23 Sep 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 Read more

Frand/SEPS

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25 Nov 2021

Latest patent sale by Chinese lab shows hot demand for 5G assets

Research outfit Shanghai Langbo has found customers among both operating companies and licensing firms for its recent patent output Read more

22 Nov 2021

Chinese law should do more to encourage joint patent licensing, says adviser to country's IP courts

Professor Cui Guobin says that both patent owners and implementers want greater clarity around pools and antitrust law Read more

13 Nov 2021

A balanced FRAND approach is in China’s best interests

Saturday Opinion: Country must avoid pitfalls if it is to achieve its goal of wielding greater influence on global SEP issues, argues IAM China editor Bing Zhao Read more

30 Oct 2021

How next-generation patent pools can encourage adoption of new streaming tech

Saturday Opinion: Video codec licensing platforms must be inclusive, efficient and avoid the siren song of content distribution fees, argues Access Advance CEO Pete Moller Read more

Law & Policy

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29 Nov 2021

One-on-one with KIPO commissioner Kim Yong Rae

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29 Nov 2021

Benchmarking the IP5

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24 Nov 2021

How to deal with China's new crackdown on bad-faith patent filings and other examination changes

The Long Read: New guidelines in the works at the CNIPA will continue the fight against 'irregular' applications, make utility models harder to get and heighten the risk of litigation in the software space, write Aaron Wininger of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA and Austin Chang of Beijing East IP Read more

22 Nov 2021

Chinese law should do more to encourage joint patent licensing, says adviser to country's IP courts

Professor Cui Guobin says that both patent owners and implementers want greater clarity around pools and antitrust law Read more

Litigation

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29 Nov 2021

Recent validity trends at China's Patent Office

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23 Nov 2021

Groundbreaking open-source rulings could mean big changes for China’s software industry

Recent copyright infringement judgments in Shenzhen and Guangzhou could upend common practices for commercial software developers Read more

19 Nov 2021

Why CNIPA could be the go-to venue for Chinese patent linkage plaintiffs

Pharma patentees face difficult choices under the country’s new early dispute resolution framework Read more

18 Nov 2021

Nobel laureate’s troubles are a cautionary tale about the importance of university tech-transfer support

Tasuku Honjo’s recent patent battles highlight the potential IP dangers of academic collaborations Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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25 Nov 2021

Latest patent sale by Chinese lab shows hot demand for 5G assets

Research outfit Shanghai Langbo has found customers among both operating companies and licensing firms for its recent patent output Read more

15 Nov 2021

Xperi highlights recent China deal as it seeks to "re-establish" its chip licensing business

Licence pact with Yangtze Memory heralds new applications for a technology that’s core to the company’s semiconductor holdings Read more

12 Nov 2021

New Huawei transaction with top US patent asserter revealed

Dozens of communications patents changing hands in latest monetisation move from Chinese telecoms giant Read more

25 Oct 2021

Oppo, Huawei were most prolific patent challengers in China last year

Exclusive invalidation statistics from IncoPat show the busiest companies on the offensive and the defensive at the CNIPA Read more

Patent Pools

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22 Nov 2021

Chinese law should do more to encourage joint patent licensing, says adviser to country's IP courts

Professor Cui Guobin says that both patent owners and implementers want greater clarity around pools and antitrust law Read more

2 Nov 2021

Key takeaways from Merck’s landmark covid IP licensing deal with the Medicines Patent Pool

The agreement is the first granting non-exclusive and royalty free rights to sub-licensees of a covid therapeutic or vaccine Read more

30 Oct 2021

How next-generation patent pools can encourage adoption of new streaming tech

Saturday Opinion: Video codec licensing platforms must be inclusive, efficient and avoid the siren song of content distribution fees, argues Access Advance CEO Pete Moller Read more

16 Oct 2021

What we’ve learned from an eventful fortnight in auto IP

Saturday Opinion: Litigation is heating up, big antitrust questions remain unanswered and there’s more to the rising conflict than just wireless SEPs Read more

Strategy

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29 Nov 2021

JPO leadership seeks to keep innovation on track

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29 Nov 2021

Benchmarking the IP5

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22 Nov 2021

Chinese law should do more to encourage joint patent licensing, says adviser to country's IP courts

Professor Cui Guobin says that both patent owners and implementers want greater clarity around pools and antitrust law Read more

18 Nov 2021

Nobel laureate’s troubles are a cautionary tale about the importance of university tech-transfer support

Tasuku Honjo’s recent patent battles highlight the potential IP dangers of academic collaborations Read more

Technology Licensing

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18 Nov 2021

Nobel laureate’s troubles are a cautionary tale about the importance of university tech-transfer support

Tasuku Honjo’s recent patent battles highlight the potential IP dangers of academic collaborations Read more

15 Nov 2021

Xperi highlights recent China deal as it seeks to "re-establish" its chip licensing business

Licence pact with Yangtze Memory heralds new applications for a technology that’s core to the company’s semiconductor holdings Read more

12 Nov 2021

New Huawei transaction with top US patent asserter revealed

Dozens of communications patents changing hands in latest monetisation move from Chinese telecoms giant Read more

10 Nov 2021

Chongqing is home to latest Chinese court asked to set global FRAND rate

The dispute between Oppo and Nokia has brought big-ticket global patent litigation to one of China’s biggest cities Read more

Trade Secrets

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23 Oct 2021

Talks over covid vaccine IP waiver appear increasingly futile

Saturday Opinion: The prospect of an international agreement on the proposed suspension of TRIPS now appears vanishingly small Read more

22 Oct 2021

What to know about Baosteel: the Chinese giant behind Japan’s biggest patent dispute

The state-owned firm has moved up the value chain despite its limited overseas patent holdings, but it is no stranger to high-stakes IP legal fights abroad Read more

1 Oct 2021

TSMC has catalogued more than 140,000 trade secrets since 2013, company says

Chipmaker has operated a trade secret registration system for eight years, and is now looking to shore up management practices among its suppliers Read more

3 Sep 2021

Korean Intellectual Property Office inaugurates “tech police” unit to combat overseas IP leakage

A division devoted to IP investigations has been beefed up and charged with stopping the flow of trade secrets across borders Read more

Valuation

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2 Nov 2021

Key takeaways from Merck’s landmark covid IP licensing deal with the Medicines Patent Pool

The agreement is the first granting non-exclusive and royalty free rights to sub-licensees of a covid therapeutic or vaccine Read more

19 Oct 2021

Ericsson turns in strong licensing quarter with Apple renewal looming

Continued impact of Samsung deal pushes Swedish company’s royalty take near $300 million – but executives warn upcoming re-negotiations could produce temporary disruption again Read more

4 Oct 2021

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 Read more

27 Sep 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 Read more