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US companies lead European 3D printing patent boom

GE, United Technologies and Siemens top ranking of EPO filers, while Chinese applicants are conspicuous by their absence

US companies lead European 3D printing patent boom
Foxconn and Sharp – a patent strategy marriage made in heaven
10 Jul 2020

Foxconn and Sharp – a patent strategy marriage made in heaven

The extent to which Taiwan’s patent heavyweight has slashed its holdings, expanded its technology coverage and monetised its Japanese acquisition’s assets is revealed in this week’s data analysis

CEO of Chinese R&D lab speaks after latest SEP sale
10 Jul 2020

CEO of Chinese R&D lab speaks after latest SEP sale

Langbo Communication Technology CEO Yang Lin says deals with Sisvel and Harfang IP will help support business as it prepares to monetise its core patents in the 5G era

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9 Jul 2020

Huawei, Oppo and BOE lead first half patent filing jump in China

CNIPA mid-year press conference also reveals PCT filings on track to increase in 2020, despite greater business risks overseas for Chinese firms Read more

8 Jul 2020

Supreme Court clarification on hybrid technical features chosen as exemplary case

The Supreme People’s Court has selected as an exemplary case a 2019 ruling in which the IP Tribunal clarified that if a technical feature defines or implies a specific structure of an invention solution, it is not a functional feature in principle, even though it defines a function (or effect) that it can achieve. The ruling is expected to help establish a unified jurisprudence on ascertaining functional features in patent infringement lawsuits in China. Read more

7 Jul 2020

China’s Supreme Court resurrects voice assistant patent asserted against Apple

Decision could re-activate a long-running campaign by a Shanghai company which first went after Siri in 2012 Read more

6 Jul 2020

Pharma linkage provisions headline proposed Chinese patent reforms

New amendments look set to cement a key feature of the US-China trade deal Read more

Designs

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26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

18 Jun 2020

Patent filings strong in China, but too early to declare “V-shaped” recovery

Despite a shutdown which hit China before anywhere else, the country’s patent office has received more applications than at this time last year Read more

12 May 2020

Gree win highlights value proposition of Chinese utility models

One of China’s biggest filers and willing enforcers hands rival a setback in Guangdong Higher People’s Court Read more

9 May 2020

Patent dealmaking cannot escape the effects of worsening Sino-US relations

Despite the improving Chinese IP environment and trade deal commitments, long-term personal relationships are likely to be increasingly important in getting transactions over the line Read more

Finance

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6 May 2020

UK parliament committee warned on China’s plans for Imagination Technologies

Imagination owner explains that licensing IP is not the same as transferring it, but freshly resigned CEO claims that only diligent management oversight can prevent key trade secret loss Read more

27 Apr 2020

Struggling solar company Hanergy owes millions in fees to patent agencies

Beijing-based service providers stung by common practice of covering clients’ patent fees and invoicing them later Read more

7 Apr 2020

Chinese investors spark IP fears with plans for British chip firm

UK government called on to investigate as Chinese backer moves to take up board seats, but the time to worry about IP ownership may be past Read more

5 Mar 2020

US display startup pledges patents to Chinese backer

Flexible OLED pioneer Kateeva is pivoting to China after mass layoffs. An IP security agreement recorded at the USPTO suggests its newest backer has links to China’s semiconductor 'Big Fund' Read more

Frand/SEPS

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26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

19 Jun 2020

Nokia’s patents give it plenty of choices

A data-driven look at the Finnish giant’s position in the market and how its portfolio looks to potential buyers Read more

16 Jun 2020

US firms free to work with Huawei on 5G standards

Despite standards body’s assurances of ‘business as usual’, Trump administration’s reversal indicates that some companies were burdened by rules Read more

Law & Policy

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

19 Jun 2020

BYD spins out chipmaking arm in latest self-sufficiency push from China

Automaker’s IP team should be prepared for more IP risks in auto and semiconductor as it seeks to challenge car chip makers like Infineon. Read more

16 Jun 2020

US firms free to work with Huawei on 5G standards

Despite standards body’s assurances of ‘business as usual’, Trump administration’s reversal indicates that some companies were burdened by rules Read more

Litigation

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3 Jul 2020

Eight things you need to know about software copyright litigation in China

A new study shows that foreign companies do not often choose enforcement, but those which do enjoy high win rates and comparatively big damages awards Read more

2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

30 Jun 2020

Study: Chinese patent office invalidates half of NPE rights

New research from Clarivate finds that NPEs fare slightly worse than average in patent validity challenges, with fewer than one-third keeping all claims Read more

26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

Market Developments

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

30 Jun 2020

Study: Chinese patent office invalidates half of NPE rights

New research from Clarivate finds that NPEs fare slightly worse than average in patent validity challenges, with fewer than one-third keeping all claims Read more

26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

22 Jun 2020

China-focused NPE iPEL notches first public settlement

Deal with Extreme Networks comes as company promises to escalate campaign against Netgear. The California-based licensing firm owns hundreds of former Huawei and ZTE patents Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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30 Jun 2020

Study: Chinese patent office invalidates half of NPE rights

New research from Clarivate finds that NPEs fare slightly worse than average in patent validity challenges, with fewer than one-third keeping all claims Read more

29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

22 Jun 2020

China-focused NPE iPEL notches first public settlement

Deal with Extreme Networks comes as company promises to escalate campaign against Netgear. The California-based licensing firm owns hundreds of former Huawei and ZTE patents Read more

Patent Pools

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18 Jun 2020

New Ericsson report highlights 5G forces set to shape patent monetisation market

China powers ahead, but covid-19 has affected roll-out in some major markets, while ongoing rise of video highlights need for efficient licensing approach Read more

4 Jun 2020

Oppo buys SEP applications from Korean research entity, gearing up for the future of streaming

“We want to prepare for next generation of video codec as early as possible” an Oppo executive tells IAM Read more

19 May 2020

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back a new model for video licensing

The MPEG-5 EVC standard, developed by the trio alongside Divideon, is constructed on base tools chosen for low IP risk. Features built on top can be switched on or off at will to avoid licensing hang-ups Read more

14 May 2020

Huawei's push into auto will put it at centre of licensing discussions in China

The Shenzhen-based telecommunications firm unveiled an alliance with nearly all of China's top automakers aimed at getting 5G into vehicles Read more

Patents Law

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2 Jul 2020

Door “wide open” for software patents in China, but enforcement could be another matter

Chinese courts are more cautious than the patent office, Tsinghua professor cautions, and it could be some time before we know how software-friendly they are Read more

30 Jun 2020

Study: Chinese patent office invalidates half of NPE rights

New research from Clarivate finds that NPEs fare slightly worse than average in patent validity challenges, with fewer than one-third keeping all claims Read more

29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China Read more

26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

Strategy

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30 Jun 2020

Study: Chinese patent office invalidates half of NPE rights

New research from Clarivate finds that NPEs fare slightly worse than average in patent validity challenges, with fewer than one-third keeping all claims Read more

29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

19 Jun 2020

Nokia’s patents give it plenty of choices

A data-driven look at the Finnish giant’s position in the market and how its portfolio looks to potential buyers Read more

Technology Licensing

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29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China Read more

25 Jun 2020

China could become centre stage in InterDigital patent dispute with Lenovo

PC maker’s countersuit provides latest opportunity for Chinese courts to weigh on local FRAND issues as a global ruling is sought elsewhere Read more

22 Jun 2020

China-focused NPE iPEL notches first public settlement

Deal with Extreme Networks comes as company promises to escalate campaign against Netgear. The California-based licensing firm owns hundreds of former Huawei and ZTE patents Read more

19 Jun 2020

Nokia’s patents give it plenty of choices

A data-driven look at the Finnish giant’s position in the market and how its portfolio looks to potential buyers Read more

Trade Secrets

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29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China Read more

26 Jun 2020

China’s top IP judge suggests mechanisms for anti-suit injunctions needed

Luo Dongchuan, president of the Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal, also says authorities should study measures to speed up cases Read more

15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

11 Jun 2020

Would-be Chinese Foxconn challenger is a quiet new IP player

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise Read more

Valuation

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12 Jun 2020

Royalty Pharma’s $2 billion IPO target shows importance of patent monetisation in life sciences

The company’s public offering comes after years of growth and demonstrates the changing dynamics of an industry in which smaller R&D entities are becoming increasingly significant players Read more

4 Jun 2020

Oppo buys SEP applications from Korean research entity, gearing up for the future of streaming

“We want to prepare for next generation of video codec as early as possible” an Oppo executive tells IAM Read more

1 Jun 2020

Acacia audio patents stand up to CNIPA scrutiny

A small portfolio being asserted against Chinese mobile companies has come through the ringer almost unscathed Read more

2 May 2020

It’s a downturn Jim, but not as IP owners know it

Patent rights may fare well in a recession but this is a global market unlike any other we have seen before Read more

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