China

Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight

In Federal Circuit brief the court's former chief judge, the ex-USPTO head and the influential Republican Senator make plain why they believe the EDTX anti anti-suit injunction should stand

Michel, Iancu and Tillis take aim at “power grab” by China in Ericsson v Samsung fight
Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales
9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers

Another big-ticket Nokia licensing deal announced
7 Apr 2021

Another big-ticket Nokia licensing deal announced

Finnish company concludes multi-year cross-licence agreement with Lenovo that includes a balancing payment

Latest

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5 Apr 2021

China’s chip space has many big domestic patent portfolios, but few with global reach

Numbers from country’s Semiconductor Industry Association show that only a handful of top locally-listed chip firms have obtained sizable US IP holdings Read more

3 Apr 2021

Beware the flow of money into China’s transactions space

Saturday Opinion: Encouraging patent deals and lending through metrics and incentives could lay a trap for those who want a higher-quality patent system Read more

2 Apr 2021

BOE Technology’s patent portfolio explosion gives it a lot of firepower

The Chinese company's IP stockpile has quadrupled in size over the last decade - a necessary expansion for an increasingly influential global tech player Read more

2 Apr 2021

Guangzhou IP Court can hear antitrust complaint against Sisvel, Supreme People’s Court rules

China’s apex court rejected a jurisdictional appeal by the licensing company, paving the way for a potentially impactful antitrust and IP decision to be made in Guangzhou Read more

Designs

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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

5 Oct 2020

Arm’s patents will help Nvidia in many of the world’s high-growth industries

The proposed tie-up would significantly improve the US company’s IP cover in a number of key areas – but would not come consequence free Read more

Finance

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5 Jan 2021

LG Electronics hooks up with IP Bridge as fund looks beyond Japan

Licensing business that shed state sponsorship last year partners with Korean patent powerhouse in latest acquisition Read more

24 Sep 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective Read more

11 Sep 2020

New licensing entity picks up portfolios from Samsung, Kyocera and TCL

Japan-based LLC’s first monetisation move is a licensor spot in Via’s LTE pool Read more

27 Aug 2020

Ant Group touts strong patent position as it unveils business to investors

Filing documents detail IP strategy of the Alipay operator, which is preparing what could be the biggest IPO in history Read more

Frand/SEPS

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23 Mar 2021

Some believe Open RAN may lessen 5G infrastructure dependence on Huawei, but patent data suggests it's not as simple as that

While the US and other countries are seeking out alternatives to the small pool of providers, the numbers point to familiar faces dominating parts of the landscape Read more

16 Mar 2021

Huawei announces 5G patent licensing rates capped at $2.50 per handset

Chinese company also reveals that it expects to collect over $1.2 billion in royalty revenue between 2019 and 2021 Read more

10 Mar 2021

Assertions show how LG’s patent portfolio can support a post-handset business

LG Electronics earned a German SEP infringement win against TCL shortly after settling US litigation with Hisense. Both are important Chinese competitors in the TV space Read more

3 Mar 2021

Betting on video, ByteDance ramps up global patent filings

Given TikTok owner’s heavy investments in next-gen video standards, it may be building one of China’s most valuable IP portfolios Read more

Law & Policy

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22 Mar 2021

Chinese patent office changes tack, reporting grants but not applications

With a crackdown on ‘abnormal’ patenting underway, it looks like CNIPA has stopped providing monthly updates on filing numbers Read more

18 Mar 2021

Hundreds of thousands of patent applications could disappear in Chinese crackdown on 'abnormal' filing

CNIPA is reportedly contacting applicants over suspect applications, and many are opting to withdraw them voluntarily Read more

26 Feb 2021

China’s top court hands out record trade secrets award

The $25 million ruling comes in a clash between two of the world’s biggest producers of vanillin, a synthetic alternative to vanilla Read more

22 Feb 2021

US must up its game in 5G’s hidden standards battlefield to counter Chinese threat, says prominent Republican lawmaker

As America slept, claims Senator Tom Cotton, Huawei "shaped intellectual property rights standards in ways that bolstered its bottom line and strengthened its market position” Read more

Litigation

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29 Mar 2021

Japanese display lab looking toward China for next patent payday

Semiconductor Energy Lab settles US case against BOE and promptly targets China Star Optoelectronics, another major panel maker Read more

26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

10 Mar 2021

Assertions show how LG’s patent portfolio can support a post-handset business

LG Electronics earned a German SEP infringement win against TCL shortly after settling US litigation with Hisense. Both are important Chinese competitors in the TV space Read more

Market Developments

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26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

25 Mar 2021

Europe is seeing a boom in pharma and biotech patenting

A surge in life sciences applications offset a disappointing performance in other areas, the latest EPO statistics suggest Read more

20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

19 Mar 2021

IP analytics unicorn emerges with Softbank, Tencent backing

Singapore-based PatSnap says its latest round of fundraising pushed its valuation north of $1 billion Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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25 Feb 2021

IV taps local partners to roll out licensing programme aimed at Chinese SMEs

Intellectual Ventures is just the latest big IP market player to set its sights on China, with a new programme COO Arvin Patel says is the first of its kind Read more

23 Feb 2021

More patent dealing in China's competitive display sector

Patent assignment links panel maker TCL CSOT to a close rival and patent litigation opponent Read more

10 Feb 2021

Wave of litigation against Netgear signals evolving NPE threat in China

Chinese entities file slew of suits with patents linked to Huawei and licensing firm iPEL Read more

4 Feb 2021

Unified Patents arrives in China with a focus on video

PTAB specialist firm launches its first validity challenge in China, targeting a streaming right owned by Korean licensor Read more

Patent Pools

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15 Jan 2021

Oppo’s patent focus: smaller deals, younger rights and future standards

Shanghai-based R&D firm Langbo inks its first patent sale to a major Chinese buyer after a pair of deals with foreign NPEs Read more

2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

8 Oct 2020

Xiaomi’s Paul Lin: video implementers must work together to avoid standard dysfunction

Company’s IP strategy chief says cost of codec licensing not justified by the state of the technology Read more

Patents Law

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31 Mar 2021

The five 'value' factors likely to drive Chinese patent filing in the coming years

The goals set in China’s latest Five-Year Plan could shape overseas filing activity and may encourage more IP-based lending Read more

29 Mar 2021

Japanese display lab looking toward China for next patent payday

Semiconductor Energy Lab settles US case against BOE and promptly targets China Star Optoelectronics, another major panel maker Read more

26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

25 Mar 2021

New IAM report names the companies that own the biggest US, Chinese and European patent portfolios

Samsung, Robert Bosch and Huawei take the top spots in the world’s most important markets, exclusive data and analysis shows Read more

Strategy

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26 Mar 2021

Filings show Chinese gene sequencer BGI has paid out millions in legal fees battling Illumina over patents

Financial figures disclosed as supplement to IPO prospectus, in latest sign regulators are wary of waving through companies facing major overseas IP litigation Read more

20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

9 Mar 2021

Covid-19 patent landscape confusion is a big concern for life sciences organisations

Providing new insights into recent filings, but patent landscape uncertainties may pose dangers in the wake of the pandemic Read more

22 Feb 2021

Huawei projects big smartphone production cut for year ahead and that matters for licensors

Company insists it won’t sell off handset business entirely, but its procurement plans suggest we’ll see further fragmentation in market at a time when there are already concerns around royalty streams for patent owners Read more

Technology Licensing

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20 Mar 2021

China’s IP world is set for a big shift to auto

Huawei, ZTE and other leading domestic high-tech players are moving in and they will help shape the landscape for transactions, litigation and licensing Read more

16 Mar 2021

Huawei announces 5G patent licensing rates capped at $2.50 per handset

Chinese company also reveals that it expects to collect over $1.2 billion in royalty revenue between 2019 and 2021 Read more

9 Mar 2021

Covid-19 patent landscape confusion is a big concern for life sciences organisations

Providing new insights into recent filings, but patent landscape uncertainties may pose dangers in the wake of the pandemic Read more

25 Feb 2021

IV taps local partners to roll out licensing programme aimed at Chinese SMEs

Intellectual Ventures is just the latest big IP market player to set its sights on China, with a new programme COO Arvin Patel says is the first of its kind Read more

Trade Secrets

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26 Feb 2021

China’s top court hands out record trade secrets award

The $25 million ruling comes in a clash between two of the world’s biggest producers of vanillin, a synthetic alternative to vanilla Read more

4 Jan 2021

All the China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Wuhan injunction drama was far from the only big IP news to come out of China over the festive period Read more

24 Nov 2020

Criminal trade secrets law in China targets foreigners with extra penalties

Likely a response to recent US prosecutions of Chinese nationals, the measures mean foreign companies in China should tread with caution Read more

10 Nov 2020

Big Tech is on notice in China, too

New rules for the internet sector call out long-standing business practices and look at data, technology and IP ownership Read more

Valuation

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19 Mar 2021

IP analytics unicorn emerges with Softbank, Tencent backing

Singapore-based PatSnap says its latest round of fundraising pushed its valuation north of $1 billion Read more

26 Jan 2021

A big buyer two years ago, Chinese company on entity list moves portfolio off its books

O-Film, a smartphone supplier that has counted Apple among its clients, spins 900+ assets to a related party as its business comes under pressure Read more

22 Jan 2021

Chinese lidar manufacturer paid $20 million upfront plus ongoing royalties to settle Velodyne dispute

Hesai Photonics Technology reveals monetary details of settlement, which also involves ongoing royalty payments through 2030 Read more

14 Jan 2021

Subsidies still matter in China’s patent world, but focus is shifting overseas

USPTO report on non-market patent incentives shows how Chinese applicants are being encouraged to obtain more foreign rights Read more