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Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit

Bitmain’s trade secrets complaint against MicroBT in Beijing follows failed patent assertion attempt

Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit
Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight
12 Apr 2021

Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight

In Federal Circuit brief the court's former chief judge, the ex-USPTO head and the influential Republican Senator make plain why they believe the EDTX anti anti-suit injunction should stand

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute
12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday

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9 Apr 2021

Sony’s strategy for IP success makes it rare among Japanese businesses

The company’s creative use of patents over the years has enabled multiple acquisitions and helped underpin a major business transformation Read more

9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

8 Apr 2021

Netlist uses IP leverage for $40 million licence with SK hynix and a key supply agreement

On top of a patent deal, the companies agree a purchase deal covering up to $600 million in products from the Korean business Read more

8 Apr 2021

Time is running out to help choose the IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2021

Nomination process has just a week to go, then the Academy makes its picks Read more

Designs

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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

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3 Apr 2021

Beware the flow of money into China’s transactions space

Saturday Opinion: Encouraging patent deals and lending through metrics and incentives could lay a trap for those who want a higher-quality patent system Read more

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

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2 Apr 2021

Guangzhou IP Court can hear antitrust complaint against Sisvel, Supreme People’s Court rules

China’s apex court rejected a jurisdictional appeal by the licensing company, paving the way for a potentially impactful antitrust and IP decision to be made in Guangzhou Read more

23 Mar 2021

Some believe Open RAN may lessen 5G infrastructure dependence on Huawei, but patent data suggests it's not as simple as that

While the US and other countries are seeking out alternatives to the small pool of providers, the numbers point to familiar faces dominating parts of the landscape Read more

17 Mar 2021

Japanese government to weigh SEP licensing questions again

New group includes big names from the corporate IP world, representing Japanese stakeholders from both the auto and the electronics industries Read more

16 Mar 2021

Huawei announces 5G patent licensing rates capped at $2.50 per handset

Chinese company also reveals that it expects to collect over $1.2 billion in royalty revenue between 2019 and 2021 Read more

Law & Policy

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8 Apr 2021

Practitioners stunned after Indian government shutters IP appeal board with immediate effect

Lawyers and rightsholders decry lack of consultation after Modi government preempts Parliament to abolish IPAB by decree Read more

3 Apr 2021

Beware the flow of money into China’s transactions space

Saturday Opinion: Encouraging patent deals and lending through metrics and incentives could lay a trap for those who want a higher-quality patent system Read more

22 Mar 2021

Chinese patent office changes tack, reporting grants but not applications

With a crackdown on ‘abnormal’ patenting underway, it looks like CNIPA has stopped providing monthly updates on filing numbers Read more

18 Mar 2021

Hundreds of thousands of patent applications could disappear in Chinese crackdown on 'abnormal' filing

CNIPA is reportedly contacting applicants over suspect applications, and many are opting to withdraw them voluntarily Read more

Litigation

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7 Apr 2021

Another big-ticket Nokia licensing deal announced

Finnish company concludes multi-year cross-licence agreement with Lenovo that includes a balancing payment Read more

6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents Read more

2 Apr 2021

Guangzhou IP Court can hear antitrust complaint against Sisvel, Supreme People’s Court rules

China’s apex court rejected a jurisdictional appeal by the licensing company, paving the way for a potentially impactful antitrust and IP decision to be made in Guangzhou Read more

1 Apr 2021

Panasonic on the attack in latest sign of auto supply chain conflict

Japanese company brings West Texas suit against Canada’s Magna International, a rival seller of ADAS systems for vehicles Read more

Market Developments

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26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

24 Mar 2021

Korean royalty gap widens as tech giants pay more patent fees

Country’s central bank says conglomerates’ patent licensing obligations drove big swing in national balance of IP payments Read more

20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

19 Mar 2021

IP analytics unicorn emerges with Softbank, Tencent backing

Singapore-based PatSnap says its latest round of fundraising pushed its valuation north of $1 billion Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents Read more

24 Mar 2021

Korean royalty gap widens as tech giants pay more patent fees

Country’s central bank says conglomerates’ patent licensing obligations drove big swing in national balance of IP payments 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

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

Patent Pools

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17 Mar 2021

Japanese government to weigh SEP licensing questions again

New group includes big names from the corporate IP world, representing Japanese stakeholders from both the auto and the electronics industries Read more

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

Patents Law

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8 Apr 2021

Practitioners stunned after Indian government shutters IP appeal board with immediate effect

Lawyers and rightsholders decry lack of consultation after Modi government preempts Parliament to abolish IPAB by decree Read more

7 Apr 2021

Panasonic sells portfolio of wireless patents to Apple

Even after a string of disposals over the years, the Japanese company’s IP team has plenty of value creation opportunities in front of it Read more

7 Apr 2021

Another big-ticket Nokia licensing deal announced

Finnish company concludes multi-year cross-licence agreement with Lenovo that includes a balancing payment Read more

6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents Read more

Strategy

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2 Apr 2021

BOE Technology’s patent portfolio explosion gives it a lot of firepower

The Chinese company's IP stockpile has quadrupled in size over the last decade - a necessary expansion for an increasingly influential global tech player Read more

26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

25 Mar 2021

How Sony is revamping its patent portfolio to suit a fast-changing business

Executive vice president Toshimoto Mitomo tells IAM how the company’s IP department has supported the conglomerate’s shift from electronics-first company to entertainment powerhouse Read more

20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

Technology Licensing

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7 Apr 2021

Another big-ticket Nokia licensing deal announced

Finnish company concludes multi-year cross-licence agreement with Lenovo that includes a balancing payment Read more

3 Apr 2021

Beware the flow of money into China’s transactions space

Saturday Opinion: Encouraging patent deals and lending through metrics and incentives could lay a trap for those who want a higher-quality patent system Read more

2 Apr 2021

Guangzhou IP Court can hear antitrust complaint against Sisvel, Supreme People’s Court rules

China’s apex court rejected a jurisdictional appeal by the licensing company, paving the way for a potentially impactful antitrust and IP decision to be made in Guangzhou Read more

25 Mar 2021

How Sony is revamping its patent portfolio to suit a fast-changing business

Executive vice president Toshimoto Mitomo tells IAM how the company’s IP department has supported the conglomerate’s shift from electronics-first company to entertainment powerhouse Read more

Trade Secrets

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11 Mar 2021

Taiwan’s Largan walks away from IP fight with record damage award, CEO apology and big ownership stake in rival

Recent PTAB filings, however, suggest that the lens maker’s conflict with US tech company HP continues Read more

3 Mar 2021

Samsung, LG and South Korea’s trade secrets dilemma

The long read: Few countries are more focused on the threat of IP leaks to China than South Korea. But when it comes to shoring up legal protections for trade secrets, senior leaders have put on the brakes, anticipating threats to key industry players and national technology goals 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

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

Valuation

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3 Apr 2021

Beware the flow of money into China’s transactions space

Saturday Opinion: Encouraging patent deals and lending through metrics and incentives could lay a trap for those who want a higher-quality patent system Read more

19 Mar 2021

IP analytics unicorn emerges with Softbank, Tencent backing

Singapore-based PatSnap says its latest round of fundraising pushed its valuation north of $1 billion Read more

17 Mar 2021

Japanese government to weigh SEP licensing questions again

New group includes big names from the corporate IP world, representing Japanese stakeholders from both the auto and the electronics industries Read more

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

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