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Australian patent reforms survive last-ditch Senate opposition

A bid to retain the innovation patent system was defeated, but legislators agreed to a six-month extension of its phaseout and instructed the government to study SME patent issues

Australian patent reforms survive last-ditch Senate opposition
16 Oct 2019

WIPO report: US patent filings dip for first time since 2009

The number of grants also drops while UK sees worrying fall in applications; but study has good news for EPO President Campinos

16 Oct 2019

Tencent dips back into patent market with third IBM deal

Chinese internet giant faces NPE litigation in the US and upstart Chinese rivals that are getting smart on patents

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15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

14 Oct 2019

India's patent office appeal board paralysed again

Delhi court refuses to extend chairman’s tenure, leaving the body with just one expert on staff and a growing backlog Read more

12 Oct 2019

China’s IP ascent is not written in stone

Trade war is one reason why the country may end up being less friendly to patent owners than it once promised to be - but it’s not the only one Read more

11 Oct 2019

Data reveals strong growth in the number of female inventors, but there is still a long way to go

A report by the UK IP Office finds more women named on patents than ever before – but also that they remain woefully under-represented. We present the top takeaways from a very timely study Read more

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2 Oct 2019

Huawei reportedly launches IP attack on Chinese handset maker

Shenzhen Transsion, the dominant mobile phone seller on the African continent, said to have come into IP conflict with Huawei shortly before going public Read more

25 Sep 2019

South Korean president uses 2 millionth patent grant to call for tech independence

Moon Jae-in (centre) made the comments amid an international dispute with Japan. He also said IP can help prevent conglomerates from seizing technology from smaller firms Read more

18 Sep 2019

Why China’s new patent amendments may take time to raise damages

The Fourth Amendment to the Patent Law provides for bigger statutory awards and would let judges quintuple awards for punitive purposes Read more

11 Sep 2019

Five things to watch for from Japan’s new IP policy leadership

The new commissioner of the JPO and top cabinet advisor on IP will both address IPBC Asia in Tokyo in some of their first appearances in front of a global audience Read more

Finance

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24 Sep 2019

Sony worries company split would lead to higher IP fees

Concern about parting with its image sensor business and IP portfolio illustrates a problem for Japanese companies seeking to restructure Read more

11 Sep 2019

Five things to watch for from Japan’s new IP policy leadership

The new commissioner of the JPO and top cabinet advisor on IP will both address IPBC Asia in Tokyo in some of their first appearances in front of a global audience Read more

10 Sep 2019

Chinese investors dig into IP portfolios

Research reports in China increasingly highlight companies whose claims to innovation may not jibe with their patent portfolios Read more

2 Sep 2019

Sinda may test the market for Chinese IP firm takeovers

A report says the patent filing powerhouse is attracting private equity interest at a possible valuation of around $300 million Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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28 Sep 2019

The US is gifting 5G patent leadership to others

Policy confusion and problematic court decisions mean that the shape of the IP landscape in this pivotal technology is being determined elsewhere Read more

27 Sep 2019

Huawei’s FRAND strategy: move cases to China

The company wants to shift disputes to its home jurisdiction and persuade courts there to set a low, China-specific rate Read more

23 Sep 2019

Nanjing judge sets Chinese SEP rate in dispute between Conversant and Huawei

Chinese court has had its say on royalties - and it looks like the telecoms giant has got exactly what it was looking for Read more

21 Sep 2019

Huawei’s 5G spinoff bluff shows why export ban will hurt US tech firms

CEO Ren Zhengfei doesn’t think another company can build a business around Huawei’s 5G technology stack. Not only will the company's predicament not help US tech firms, it is actively hurting them Read more

Law & Policy

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10 Oct 2019

Shenzhen government to launch China’s latest IP fund

But the details suggest authorities understand limitations of IP subsidies and financialisation Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

28 Sep 2019

The US is gifting 5G patent leadership to others

Policy confusion and problematic court decisions mean that the shape of the IP landscape in this pivotal technology is being determined elsewhere Read more

27 Sep 2019

Huawei’s FRAND strategy: move cases to China

The company wants to shift disputes to its home jurisdiction and persuade courts there to set a low, China-specific rate Read more

Litigation

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11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

7 Oct 2019

US, Japan suits point to new IP Bridge licensing campaigns

The patent fund got leadership earlier this year, but willingness to litigate in its own name and work with assertion entities appears unchanged    Read more

3 Oct 2019

Chip foundries bring high-stakes patent litigation to Singapore

TSMC hits back against Globalfoundries with countersuits in the US, Germany and Singapore. The headline grabbing dispute takes place as the Lion City attempts to lure more cases with legal reforms Read more

Market Developments

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9 Oct 2019

IBM has the world's most valuable patent portfolio, new analysis claims

Samsung, Canon, Microsoft and Bosch round-out the top five who, between them, are said to own assets worth well in excess of $35 billion Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

3 Oct 2019

Chip foundries bring high-stakes patent litigation to Singapore

TSMC hits back against Globalfoundries with countersuits in the US, Germany and Singapore. The headline grabbing dispute takes place as the Lion City attempts to lure more cases with legal reforms Read more

Non practising entities

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11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

7 Oct 2019

US, Japan suits point to new IP Bridge licensing campaigns

The patent fund got leadership earlier this year, but willingness to litigate in its own name and work with assertion entities appears unchanged    Read more

4 Oct 2019

KT Corp lines up corporate patent sales with Samsung the latest customer

Korean telco has started selling patents to other operating companies in the last two years, after previous deals focused on the NPE sector Read more

Patent pools

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7 Oct 2019

US, Japan suits point to new IP Bridge licensing campaigns

The patent fund got leadership earlier this year, but willingness to litigate in its own name and work with assertion entities appears unchanged    Read more

11 Sep 2019

Five things to watch for from Japan’s new IP policy leadership

The new commissioner of the JPO and top cabinet advisor on IP will both address IPBC Asia in Tokyo in some of their first appearances in front of a global audience Read more

6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

30 Aug 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform in June and July Read more

Strategy

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9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

4 Oct 2019

KT Corp lines up corporate patent sales with Samsung the latest customer

Korean telco has started selling patents to other operating companies in the last two years, after previous deals focused on the NPE sector Read more

2 Oct 2019

Huawei reportedly launches IP attack on Chinese handset maker

Shenzhen Transsion, the dominant mobile phone seller on the African continent, said to have come into IP conflict with Huawei shortly before going public Read more

Technology licensing

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11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

9 Oct 2019

Intel can’t knock out Chinese state lab’s chip patent

Invalidation efforts in both China and the United States have come up short as the US chip giant faces Chinese infringement claims Read more

8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

7 Oct 2019

US, Japan suits point to new IP Bridge licensing campaigns

The patent fund got leadership earlier this year, but willingness to litigate in its own name and work with assertion entities appears unchanged    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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8 Oct 2019

New wave of company blacklistings in the US will accelerate Chinese tech’s inward turn

Eight Chinese entities – including leaders in AI, facial recognition and data forensics - added to Bureau of Industrial Security entity list Read more

1 Oct 2019

Largan follows up record trade secrets win with patent campaign

Taiwanese maker of smartphone lenses is now wielding patents against not just a rival supplier but its end customer HP Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

23 Sep 2019

With no sign of trade war compromise, DOJ official attacks Chinese system that “encourages and rewards IP theft”

Comments by Deputy Assistant Attorney General in interview also suggests that the US will continue to take a more proactive approach to policing security risks in telecoms networks   Read more

Valuation

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10 Oct 2019

Shenzhen government to launch China’s latest IP fund

But the details suggest authorities understand limitations of IP subsidies and financialisation Read more

9 Oct 2019

IBM has the world's most valuable patent portfolio, new analysis claims

Samsung, Canon, Microsoft and Bosch round-out the top five who, between them, are said to own assets worth well in excess of $35 billion Read more

24 Sep 2019

Sony worries company split would lead to higher IP fees

Concern about parting with its image sensor business and IP portfolio illustrates a problem for Japanese companies seeking to restructure Read more

23 Sep 2019

Nanjing judge sets Chinese SEP rate in dispute between Conversant and Huawei

Chinese court has had its say on royalties - and it looks like the telecoms giant has got exactly what it was looking for Read more

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