Region: Asia-Pacific

Ex-Samsung IP head’s involvement in NPE suit raises eyebrows

Court filings show Seungho Ahn, who led the Korean tech giant’s IP function until 2019, is closely involved in a patent assertion against his former employer

21 January 2022

For Taiwan firms, the time is now for patent monetisation

Recent moves by MediaTek, Asus and Acer all show that IP owners are seeking to boost returns

20 January 2022

Impending amendments set to rewrite Taiwan’s copyright regime

The amended Taiwanese Copyright Act, once passed, will have a transformative impact in introducing greater flexibility with regard to the economic rights of a work. It will also change the ways in which content is broadcasted.

19 January 2022

Supreme People’s Court issues fresh guidance on the technical field of prior art utility models

A longstanding legal battle between a Chinese machinery company and a patentee – starting with an invalidation request, and ending at the Beijing High Court – is forcing the government to answer questions around the classification of the technical field of a prior art.

19 January 2022

Japan mulls paying companies to keep sensitive patents under wraps

Economic security law proposed by Japanese government would place restrictions on disclosing patents related to sensitive technologies and innovations

19 January 2022

Copyright decision highlights the commercial hazards of using orphan works

Taiwan’s top court has clarified the scope of compulsory licensing in an attempt to safeguard consumers from becoming involved in copyright infringement disputes further down the line.

12 January 2022

Supreme People’s Court reaches first administrative decision on GUI design patent infringements

A fresh case reaffirms that the general principles employed in design patent infringement assessment also apply to GUI designs.

12 January 2022

Alibaba, Panasonic among first to join Access Advance VVC patent pool

Twenty-eight patent owners announced as charter participants in licensing platform launched last July

12 January 2022

Tencent, Vivo among biggest risers as Chinese patent grants continue to grow

The number of invention patents and utility models issued by the CNIPA both surged by more than 30% last year, while PCT filings levelled off

11 January 2022

Why the Illinois Northern District has become a hotbed of design patent injunctions

Lead counsel representing brands Oakley and Ugg explains how design rights help companies pursue copycats that have gotten savvier about trademark use

10 January 2022

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