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What we’ve learned from an eventful fortnight in auto IP

Saturday Opinion: Litigation is heating up, big antitrust questions remain unanswered and there’s more to the rising conflict than just wireless SEPs

What we’ve learned from an eventful fortnight in auto IP
Nippon Steel seeks injunction against Toyota and $350 million in shock Tokyo patent lawsuits
15 Oct 2021

Nippon Steel seeks injunction against Toyota and $350 million in shock Tokyo patent lawsuits

Steelmaker files litigation against an important customer over parts sourced from Baosteel, a rival supplier from China

Chinese semiconductor upstart steps into IP spotlight in patent licence deal with Xperi
14 Oct 2021

Chinese semiconductor upstart steps into IP spotlight in patent licence deal with Xperi

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co, based in Wuhan, is just five years old but has emerged as the country’s memory chip champion

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13 Oct 2021

CNIPA’s assessment of novelty and inventiveness for transdermally administered ibuprofen could pave way for future similar decisions

Many patentees of pharmaceutical preparations find it difficult to defend the validity of their inventions before the China National IP Administration. However, a deep dive into the claims of a pharmaceutical preparation for ibuprofen provides some useful pointers. Read more

13 Oct 2021

Former Nortel and BlackBerry patents land with smartphone maker Honor

Transaction marks first outside patent acquisition since company was spun out from Huawei last year Read more

11 Oct 2021

China’s goals for 6G: self-reliance, but a single global standard

Both government and industry are pushing for an independent tech supply chain, but have called on industry not to walk away from a single unified standard for wireless Read more

8 Oct 2021

Sharp-Oppo patent dispute ends with cross-licence deal

Global agreement means a Chinese court’s first attempt to set a global FRAND rate will not go ahead Read more

Designs

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31 May 2021

China's new patent law: the big picture

Changes taking effect this week will strengthen patent rights on balance, but also include measures to tackle abusive litigation Read more

19 Feb 2021

Africa’s mobile phone king ramps up IP filings

Shenzhen-based Transsion has dedicated more resources to patents since its 2019 IPO, but still lags far behind rivals Read more

23 Jan 2021

Rebooting IP engagement with China need not mean giving up ground on key concerns

The patent world functions better when its two most powerful players have a constructive, though competitive, relationship Read more

21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda Read more

Finance

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24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

31 Aug 2021

Alibaba deploys tool to provide price guidance for patents going under the hammer

Intangio, developed by valuation specialists Inngot and IP services firm Rouse, is helping insolvency practitioners set a data-driven reserve price for patent assets at bankruptcy auctions Read more

Frand/SEPS

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24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

17 Sep 2021

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study

Japanese research group highlights nine technologies that could prove important to the next-generation wireless standard Read more

14 Sep 2021

NTT Docomo seals global wireless SEP licence with Oppo

Japanese telecom provider inks a litigation-free deal with another major Chinese smartphone player Read more

9 Sep 2021

Oppo asserts wireless patents against Nokia in China and Germany

Reports indicate that the Chinese company’s response to worldwide Nokia campaign involves patents declared essential to the 5G standard Read more

Law & Policy

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5 Oct 2021

IP concerns appear low on Biden administration’s China agenda

Remarks by US Trade Representative Katherine Tai outlining new US approach to China almost entirely neglect IP issues that were the centrepiece of Trump 301 investigation Read more

30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

20 Sep 2021

Have your say on patent office service and quality

A new benchmarking survey from IAM will reveal how perceptions of the world’s top patent offices are changing Read more

Litigation

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30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

22 Sep 2021

TCL obtains audio, video patents from Philips in rare external acquisition

In latest sale to Chinese firm, Philips assigns portfolio of varied technologies – but litigation between the two has so far been unaffected Read more

20 Sep 2021

Belgian materials giant doubles down on IP enforcement in Asia

Umicore has brought a complaint at South Korea’s ITC equivalent and filed a fresh suit in China seeking $39 million from a local competitor Read more

Market Developments

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30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

25 Sep 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system. Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

20 Sep 2021

Have your say on patent office service and quality

A new benchmarking survey from IAM will reveal how perceptions of the world’s top patent offices are changing Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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13 Sep 2021

IP spin-offs continue as Toshiba mulls reorganisation

Recent assignments to NPEs and operating companies show that company’s patent portfolio remains a key asset as the conglomerate considers its strategic options Read more

9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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25 Aug 2021

What you need to know about sending a patent infringement warning letter in China

With quintuple damages for wilful IP violations now available, putting parties on notice may well pay dividends - however, there are dangers too Read more

19 Aug 2021

A defensive strategy for China can help multinationals avoid bad faith patent litigation

Companies can take steps to reduce the chance that they’re targeted with a low-quality patent Read more

Patent Pools

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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29 Jul 2021

Tencent’s VVC move underlines role China will play in development of the technology’s patent landscape

Chinese companies have been heavily engaged in the new standard and look set to own key elements of the IP, while also being early adopters in their product offerings Read more

23 Jul 2021

Sisvel ties-up Oppo deal after multi-jurisdictional patent dispute settles

Pair bring to an end litigation that spanned three continents and also involved rights owned by Mitsubishi Electric Read more

16 Jul 2021

What Huawei’s VW patent deal means for the IP market

The auto industry could find that taking advantage of Avanci’s collective model while forging a bilateral arrangement with the Chinese giant is a potent combination Read more

Patents Law

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30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

25 Sep 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system. Read more

24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

Strategy

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30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

25 Sep 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system. Read more

24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

Technology Licensing

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30 Sep 2021

New Chinese iPhone manufacturer inks patent licence deal with 3M as it continues to face US legal threats

Luxshare has pursued Chinese legal challenges and gotten more involved in dealmaking in response to its first serious patent litigation threat, filed in the US last year Read more

25 Sep 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system. Read more

24 Sep 2021

ZTE licensing head: we're actively seeking financial return from our patent portfolio

In an exclusive interview, Marco Tong declines to comment on company’s reported suit against a Chinese phone maker this week, but says ZTE will “reluctantly use enforcement” if implementers “continuously disrespect others’ IP” Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

Trade Secrets

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17 Aug 2021

New US lawsuit represents much more than just an IP risk for Huawei

Trade secret claims in California lawsuit cast shadow over Chinese company’s work in Pakistan – state media in China sees ‘ulterior motive’ Read more

12 Aug 2021

Chinese court enforces trade secret arbitration award of over $100 million against Chinese company

Dow and Johnson Matthey welcome enforcement action, which comes on the heels of a civil trade secrets litigation win in a different Chinese court last year Read more

11 Aug 2021

Chip company’s copyright win in China shows promise of shifting evidence burden in IP cases

Court in Hangzhou gets tough on a Chinese company that refused to provide its source code for infringement analysis on national security grounds Read more

6 Aug 2021

What’s behind the new patent litigation offensive from China’s top EV battery maker

Poached customers and trade secret worries underpin CATL’s patent suits against a domestic Chinese competitor Read more

Valuation

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25 Sep 2021

A more robust internal licensing market would boost China’s IP development

Saturday Opinion: Recent signs point toward more patent licensing negotiations between Chinese tech companies. That’s good news for the country’s IP system. Read more

23 Sep 2021

Beijing targets $54 billion in cross-border IP royalty flow by 2025

A new high-level policy calls for growth by a metric that includes not just royalty receipts but also payments to foreign IP owners Read more

31 Aug 2021

Alibaba deploys tool to provide price guidance for patents going under the hammer

Intangio, developed by valuation specialists Inngot and IP services firm Rouse, is helping insolvency practitioners set a data-driven reserve price for patent assets at bankruptcy auctions Read more

12 Aug 2021

mRNA IP will be hot property beyond the pandemic

$3.2 billion Sanofi deal is unlikely to be the last as Big Pharma seeks to consolidate its position in the cutting-edge field Read more