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Huawei’s smartphone ambition cannot be achieved without Honor

Speculation in China suggests that the mobile giant may spin-out one of its biggest-selling domestic sub-brands as an independent company

Huawei’s smartphone ambition cannot be achieved without Honor
18 Oct 2018

Even as plaintiffs, Chinese firms must prepare for trade war rhetoric in US IP suits

Huawei sued a former employee for trade secrets theft in the Eastern District of Texas. The counter complaint is tailor-made for a Trump country jury.

15 Oct 2018

Haier’s battles with patent pools are not going well

An antitrust suit against MPEG-LA members was tossed out last month. Last week, a federal judge in California granted Via Licensing a damage award could grow substantially.

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11 Oct 2018

China may be reaching peak patent - or maybe not

On the face of it, the rise in annual filings by Chinese entities was the lowest since 1995 last year; but that may not be the full story. CNIPA points to a change in counting methodology, which only raises more questions. Read more

9 Oct 2018

UK judge reins in ZTE’s China counter-suit against Conversant

But IAM research shows the NPE led by Boris Teksler is facing a barrage of Chinese invalidity actions from both ZTE and its co-defendant Huawei. Read more

8 Oct 2018

New NPE suits will set up big validity battles in China

iPEL and another newly announced licensing entity are banking on pro-plaintiff China. How they fare will tell us more about whether the opportunity for foreign NPEs is a mirage. Read more

2 Oct 2018

Will China’s leaders get to grips with the patent incentive problem?

A state media article blasts ‘fast food-style innovation’ as abandonments data paints a bleak picture. Read more

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10 Sep 2018

Japanese suppliers see little alternative to litigation as challenges in China mount

Companies across the auto supply chain seek to stop infringement and prevent trade secret loss as China’s central government seeks to boost local players. Read more

3 Sep 2018

Chinese drone makers square up at ITC

Armed with an industry-leading patent portfolio, DJI faces competitor litigation while dealing with increasing attention from NPEs. Read more

24 Jul 2018

SIPO reorganisation still a work in progress, insiders say

The world’s biggest patent and trademark offices by annual application volume are combining. Functions should be integrated by the autumn, but similar deadlines have been pushed back already. Read more

8 Jun 2018

Guangdong’s IP docket surges 85% as IAM publishes a Shenzhen guide for patent insiders

The annual report on IP litigation statistics from China’s top court showed that patent suits continued to increase across the board – no surprise there for IAM readers. One of the more striking findings, however, was that litigation is growing… Read more

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25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

26 Jul 2018

Criminal charges against Shanghai patent trolls could lead to a broader NPE debate in China

The arrest of two individuals following a spree of patent assertions against pre-IPO Chinese tech companies is generating plenty of discussion among IP practitioners. It could lead to a national conversation on the role of NPEs. Read more

23 Jul 2018

Husband and wife accused of patent troll activity face criminal extortion charges in Shanghai

Two people have been charged in what could be China’s first criminal prosecution of alleged patent trolls. On 21st July, prosecutors in Shanghai announced a criminal case against a married couple who had obtained patent settlements with a series of… Read more

6 Jul 2018

$100 million NPE sets its sights on China and promises a big litigation play within a fortnight

The boss of an NPE that launched in late June with $100 million of funding has said that within the next two weeks it will be filing “extremely large patent infringement lawsuits in China, against a major consumer products manufacturer”. Brian… Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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11 Sep 2018

‘No timeline’ for 5G rate disclosure, Huawei IP chief tells IAM

In an exclusive interview, Jason Ding explains why aggregate royalties may come down in the 5G era and suggests that announcing rates now would be jumping the gun. Read more

27 Aug 2018

Huawei transferred hundreds of patents to Qualcomm in months after NDRC settlement

Chinese media question 2015 transaction as the two companies work to resolve an ongoing dispute involving withheld royalty payments. Read more

31 Jul 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts. Read more

24 Jul 2018

SIPO reorganisation still a work in progress, insiders say

The world’s biggest patent and trademark offices by annual application volume are combining. Functions should be integrated by the autumn, but similar deadlines have been pushed back already. Read more

Law & Policy

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28 Sep 2018

China’s Anti-monopoly Law as a weapon against foreigners

Patents have come under fire several times in the short history of China’s Anti-monopoly Law. The results point to careful industrial planning and significant risks for foreign IP owners Read more

28 Sep 2018

Still stymied by Chinese delays, patent plaintiffs seek alternatives to Hague Service Convention

Serving process to Chinese entities is taking up to two years. Efforts to use alternate means have had mixed results. Read more

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: China

Top legal experts in China provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

25 Sep 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue. Read more

Litigation

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1 Oct 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll Read more

28 Sep 2018

China’s Anti-monopoly Law as a weapon against foreigners

Patents have come under fire several times in the short history of China’s Anti-monopoly Law. The results point to careful industrial planning and significant risks for foreign IP owners Read more

28 Sep 2018

Still stymied by Chinese delays, patent plaintiffs seek alternatives to Hague Service Convention

Serving process to Chinese entities is taking up to two years. Efforts to use alternate means have had mixed results. Read more

25 Sep 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue. Read more

Market Developments

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1 Oct 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll Read more

25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

25 Sep 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue. Read more

21 Sep 2018

New firm backed by TCL is latest corporate foray into IP consulting services

Chinese electronics major’s general counsel will chair the new independent service provider. China is still showing strong demand for high-level IP strategy advice. Read more

Non practising entities

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1 Oct 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll Read more

28 Sep 2018

China’s Anti-monopoly Law as a weapon against foreigners

Patents have come under fire several times in the short history of China’s Anti-monopoly Law. The results point to careful industrial planning and significant risks for foreign IP owners Read more

25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

17 Sep 2018

When Vringo met China’s NDRC

It's not often you get a first-hand account from a foreign IP owner of being called to Beijing for a meeting with the National Development and Reform Commission, but in an IAM exclusive former Vringo chief IP officer David Cohen provides one Read more

Patent pools

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25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

27 Jul 2018

Validity rulings imperil Chinese SEP campaign after a homegrown defensive aggregator enters the mix

PRB invalidation setback for Guangdong-based Digital Rise could deal a fatal blow to its SEP assertion campaign against TV makers both foreign and domestic. Read more

29 Jun 2018

Tencent makes a splash in open source community by becoming a Linux Foundation platinum member

Chinese social media giant makes a big commitment to the Linux Foundation, becoming just the second Chinese firm to do so. Read more

25 Jun 2018

No settlement for Xiaomi and Ericsson in India, but the Chinese firm can sell MediaTek-powered devices there

Some recent statements by MediaTek CFO David Ku stirred rumours that Xiaomi and Ericsson had settled their patent dispute in India, but the Swedish telecom has confirmed to IAM that there is no truth to this. It means Xiaomi will head into its Hong… Read more

Strategy

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28 Sep 2018

China’s Anti-monopoly Law as a weapon against foreigners

Patents have come under fire several times in the short history of China’s Anti-monopoly Law. The results point to careful industrial planning and significant risks for foreign IP owners Read more

28 Sep 2018

Still stymied by Chinese delays, patent plaintiffs seek alternatives to Hague Service Convention

Serving process to Chinese entities is taking up to two years. Efforts to use alternate means have had mixed results. Read more

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: China

Top legal experts in China provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

Technology licensing

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1 Oct 2018

Man jailed for alleged patent extortion in Shanghai said to have once reached $300,000 settlement with Microsoft

More details emerge about the Shanghai-based individual who faces criminal action after licensing and litigation campaigns against pre-IPO companies. Family members deny charges and say he’s an inventor, not a troll Read more

28 Sep 2018

China’s Anti-monopoly Law as a weapon against foreigners

Patents have come under fire several times in the short history of China’s Anti-monopoly Law. The results point to careful industrial planning and significant risks for foreign IP owners Read more

25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

25 Sep 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue. 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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25 Sep 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue. Read more

24 Sep 2018

Inside Apple’s negotiations with a Chinese patent owner on the war path

The smartphone giant faces an infringement claim in Shanghai over Siri-related technology. Communications published by Chinese inventor show how the conflict developed. Read more

10 Sep 2018

Japanese suppliers see little alternative to litigation as challenges in China mount

Companies across the auto supply chain seek to stop infringement and prevent trade secret loss as China’s central government seeks to boost local players. Read more

10 Sep 2018

Chinese firm’s rare victory in trade secrets case holds lessons for other defendants

Qingdao metal manufacturer fended off ITC Section 337 complaint with fastidious R&D record keeping, among other factors Read more

Valuation

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25 Sep 2018

Huawei's Jason Ding named as the world's top IP dealmaker

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet Read more

24 Sep 2018

Inside Apple’s negotiations with a Chinese patent owner on the war path

The smartphone giant faces an infringement claim in Shanghai over Siri-related technology. Communications published by Chinese inventor show how the conflict developed. Read more

16 Jul 2018

Ericsson appeal brief sets stage for next chapter in epic SEP FRAND dispute with TCL

Ericsson has put together the CAFC brief for its appeal against the Central District of California federal court’s decision in its litigation with Chinese handset manufacturer TCL. Read more

5 Jun 2018

Coolpad hints at India suit against Xiaomi, but it may not have much ammunition there

Shenzhen-based Coolpad is seeking to keep up the pressure on Xiaomi as the start-up heads toward its initial public offering in Hong Kong. This time, chief IP officer Nancy Zhang has stated that Coolpad is open to expanding the pair's litigation… Read more

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Charles River Associates