Region: Asia-Pacific

The most important patent and IP business developments in China in 2021

A wide-ranging overhaul of the law, big moves on FRAND and a major departure were among the highlights of a busy year

20 December 2021

Crucial clauses in global IP transactions and the importance of local law advice

In this Q&A, three Gowlings WLG professionals provide practical advice from a local law perspective for IP transactions in three jurisdictions: Canada, China and the United Kingdom.

15 December 2021

How to assess infringement of patents involving usage environment features

The criteria for assessing the infringement of patents with usage environment features is ambiguous. To achieve consistency and interest balance, it is crucial to take account of factors such as the infringer’s intention to use.

15 December 2021

Chinese appliance maker scores $26 million win with patent bought from Toshiba

Sizeable damage award against top white goods maker Gree vindicates smaller rival’s strategy for playing IP catch-up through transactions

14 December 2021

US, China bring down hammer on low-quality IP filings

USPTO termination of 15,000 trademark applications and latest CNIPA numbers on patent crackdown illustrate growing pressure on unscrupulous actors in China

13 December 2021

The challenges keeping patent owners awake at night as they look ahead to 2022

IAM’s Global Leaders provide the inside scoop on some of the biggest difficulties they are helping their clients navigate, from patent eligibility to labour shortages

13 December 2021

China slowly becoming a more popular litigation venue for foreign patent plaintiffs

IAM/Rouse yearly review of Chinese patent litigation data reveals case numbers, win rates and the impact of the pandemic

10 December 2021

PepsiCo suffers big loss following David-vs-Goliath battle with Indian farmers

India revokes company’s exclusive right to potato variety used in Lay’s chips, in case that illustrates limits of country’s agricultural IP protections

10 December 2021

JPO to update SEP negotiation guide in 2022, commissioner says

Commissioner Kiyoshi Mori highlights 2018 document’s balance and the open, transparent process that went into its creation

09 December 2021

Why Open RAN’s closed standards setting body could be bad for wireless innovation

The Long Read: The O-RAN Alliance is touted as a key initiative for furthering 5G deployment. Elisabeth Opie and Haris Tsilikas say its exclusive membership structure raises both IP and antitrust issues

08 December 2021

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