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China’s quiet patent player

Vivo is firmly in the same smartphone sales tier as companies like Oppo and Xiaomi, but it has pursued a low-key IP strategy very different to that of its chief rivals

China’s quiet patent player
18 Apr 2019

As Apple and Qualcomm reach a deal, five takeaways from the IP story of the year

The prize of certainty, the big question over Huawei and America’s search for a 5G champion comes to a close

18 Apr 2019

Why Ericsson’s licensing practices are under investigation in China

Executives at some of the country's leading domestic mobile manufacturers open up about the reasons they believe an anti-trust investigation of the Swedish company is merited

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16 Apr 2019

Breaking – Apple and Qualcomm agree settlement

News of six year licence, chipset supply deal, and payment from iPhone maker send chip giant’s shares soaring Read more

16 Apr 2019

How Europe and China handle blockchain patents

As this disruptive technology attracts increasing interest, key issuing authorities are developing different ways of handling applications that read on it Read more

16 Apr 2019

Huawei leverages patent transactions for peace and profit

Recent assignments showcase different ways Huawei reaps value from patent deals: one sealing its settlement with Samsung, another arming America’s most prolific NPE Read more

15 Apr 2019

China is investigating Ericsson’s patent licensing business, company confirms

A surprise inspection at the Swedish giant’s Beijing office sets the stage for the first big IP probe by China’s new super-regulator Read more

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Designs

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5 Apr 2019

Another Chinese mobile giant approaches IPO light on patents and facing potential trouble as a result

Shenzhen-based Transsion is a dominant market player in Africa, but a light IP portfolio might complicate its ambitious expansion plans Read more

1 Apr 2019

Shenzhen implements tough new IP enforcement rules

Regulations in the special economic zone once known primarily as a den of piracy will allow fast-track administrative injunctions and impose stiff penalties on repeat infringers Read more

28 Mar 2019

Why Randall Rader believes the Chinese CAFC is a gamechanger

The new IP tribunal shows that China is accepting its responsibilities as a world leader in IP policy, says the former US Federal Circuit chief judge.     Read more

7 Mar 2019

Lone inventor takes on Huawei in case that exposes the deep disparities in the US patent system

Portuguese national says he has sold his house to hire an attorney to go after the Chinese company over alleged IP theft – a huge leap of faith given US assertion realities Read more

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7 Mar 2019

Lone inventor takes on Huawei in case that exposes the deep disparities in the US patent system

Portuguese national says he has sold his house to hire an attorney to go after the Chinese company over alleged IP theft – a huge leap of faith given US assertion realities Read more

11 Feb 2019

Huawei owns the future and that’s why it’s here to stay

Deep pockets, a strong commitment to R&D and a world class 5G patent portfolio mean that whatever its current difficulties the Chinese telecoms business is set to be a major player for the long term Read more

14 Jan 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity Read more

12 Nov 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’. Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

5 Apr 2019

Another Chinese mobile giant approaches IPO light on patents and facing potential trouble as a result

Shenzhen-based Transsion is a dominant market player in Africa, but a light IP portfolio might complicate its ambitious expansion plans Read more

1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

1 Apr 2019

Even as the storm clouds gather, Huawei’s enviable IP position means that it cannot be ignored in 5G

Storm clouds are gathering over the most talked about company in the telecoms sector but as we embark on a new era of mobile technology, Huawei still enjoys a number of notable advantages. Read more

Law & Policy

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9 Apr 2019

'Reverse patent trolls' plague big pharma in China

The high invalidation rate for life science patents in China has created a headache for drug companies and a money-making opportunity for enterprising individuals Read more

1 Apr 2019

Shenzhen implements tough new IP enforcement rules

Regulations in the special economic zone once known primarily as a den of piracy will allow fast-track administrative injunctions and impose stiff penalties on repeat infringers Read more

1 Apr 2019

Even as the storm clouds gather, Huawei’s enviable IP position means that it cannot be ignored in 5G

Storm clouds are gathering over the most talked about company in the telecoms sector but as we embark on a new era of mobile technology, Huawei still enjoys a number of notable advantages. Read more

31 Mar 2019

Charting China’s changing pharma patent landscape

China’s healthcare sector is booming and while the patent system has developed considerably in recent years, pharmaceutical companies should still think carefully about how to protect their rights. Read more

Litigation

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

2 Apr 2019

How the global IP market looks from the heart of China's high-tech industry

An inside look at Huawei’s patent buying strategy, TCL’s safeguards against over-investment, Baidu’s IP shift and much more from IPBC Shenzhen Read more

1 Apr 2019

Shenzhen implements tough new IP enforcement rules

Regulations in the special economic zone once known primarily as a den of piracy will allow fast-track administrative injunctions and impose stiff penalties on repeat infringers Read more

1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

Market Developments

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

9 Apr 2019

'Reverse patent trolls' plague big pharma in China

The high invalidation rate for life science patents in China has created a headache for drug companies and a money-making opportunity for enterprising individuals Read more

2 Apr 2019

How the global IP market looks from the heart of China's high-tech industry

An inside look at Huawei’s patent buying strategy, TCL’s safeguards against over-investment, Baidu’s IP shift and much more from IPBC Shenzhen Read more

1 Apr 2019

Amazon, United Technologies and Huawei among the big climbers in 100 largest US portfolio owners

As two of the world’s largest tech businesses aggressively grow their patent stockpiles a new entrant from China is the one to watch Read more

Non practising entities

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

9 Apr 2019

'Reverse patent trolls' plague big pharma in China

The high invalidation rate for life science patents in China has created a headache for drug companies and a money-making opportunity for enterprising individuals Read more

1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

31 Mar 2019

Bad faith in China: unique solutions for unique problems

As the Chinese authorities continue to promote the rapid development of the country’s IP market, they are also investing more efforts into countering various forms of patent market abuse. Read more

Patent pools

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

1 Apr 2019

Even as the storm clouds gather, Huawei’s enviable IP position means that it cannot be ignored in 5G

Storm clouds are gathering over the most talked about company in the telecoms sector but as we embark on a new era of mobile technology, Huawei still enjoys a number of notable advantages. Read more

7 Mar 2019

More technology transfer needed for effective climate change mitigation  

Patent focus has shifted to energy storage as cost-effectiveness achieved for wind and solar power, but the failure to address the role of IP hinders transfer mechanisms     Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

Strategy

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

9 Apr 2019

'Reverse patent trolls' plague big pharma in China

The high invalidation rate for life science patents in China has created a headache for drug companies and a money-making opportunity for enterprising individuals Read more

5 Apr 2019

Another Chinese mobile giant approaches IPO light on patents and facing potential trouble as a result

Shenzhen-based Transsion is a dominant market player in Africa, but a light IP portfolio might complicate its ambitious expansion plans Read more

2 Apr 2019

How the global IP market looks from the heart of China's high-tech industry

An inside look at Huawei’s patent buying strategy, TCL’s safeguards against over-investment, Baidu’s IP shift and much more from IPBC Shenzhen Read more

Technology licensing

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12 Apr 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team Read more

11 Apr 2019

A deep dive into the Toyota portfolio

After the Japanese auto giant’s announcement that it will make 24,000 patents available for licensing royalty-free, we look at its assets reading on vehicle-electrification technologies Read more

5 Apr 2019

Another Chinese mobile giant approaches IPO light on patents and facing potential trouble as a result

Shenzhen-based Transsion is a dominant market player in Africa, but a light IP portfolio might complicate its ambitious expansion plans Read more

2 Apr 2019

How the global IP market looks from the heart of China's high-tech industry

An inside look at Huawei’s patent buying strategy, TCL’s safeguards against over-investment, Baidu’s IP shift and much more from IPBC Shenzhen 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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28 Mar 2019

Why Randall Rader believes the Chinese CAFC is a gamechanger

The new IP tribunal shows that China is accepting its responsibilities as a world leader in IP policy, says the former US Federal Circuit chief judge.     Read more

20 Mar 2019

Patent abuse in China – could solutions be worse than the problem?

US-China rows over trade secrets have made headlines the world over and highlighted Big Tech’s frustration with aspects of the Chinese IP regime. It is unclear whether any suggested solutions will assuage concerns Read more

19 Mar 2019

China budges on much-maligned tech transfer regulations

With a stroke of a pen yesterday, the State Council did away with some of the country’s most onerous tech transfer rules. Now it’s up to IP owners to negotiate smart deals with their newfound leeway Read more

26 Feb 2019

Two years of trade war spotlight have done little to change views of IP environment in China

But American Chamber of Commerce in China survey does reveal that IP concerns are affecting US firms' business plans, and ‘cautious pessimism’ is the new normal Read more

Valuation

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4 Feb 2019

China drives growth in AI patent filings, but US still global leader for quality

Microsoft and Alphabet possess the strongest machine learning portfolios, but Chinese state-sponsored R&D and access to data has the potential to shift the power dynamics Read more

31 Jan 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom Read more

4 Jan 2019

In licensing battle with Qualcomm, Apple is now in a very unfamiliar position

When it fought the smartphone wars, the iPhone giant was riding the crest of a sales wave; the current dispute, though, is being conducted as times get tougher Read more

30 Nov 2018

How a Chinese court would have decided the Unwired Planet appeal

Previous FRAND-related rulings indicate judges in China could set a global rate, would adopt the hard-edged non-discrimination obligation and would consider the parties' negotiation behaviours when reaching their decisions  Read more