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How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically

How Apple uses patents to win
13 Jun 2019

Huawei’s $1 billion Verizon demand: politics or profit?

Ongoing royalty negotiations are revealed after US network operator reportedly notifies government. Why the conflict, which follows a 2016 dispute with T-Mobile, may alarm Nokia and Ericsson

11 Jun 2019

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival

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12 Jun 2019

Amends to the Trademark Law could put an end to bad-faith filings

The amendments of 23 April 2019 to the Trademark Law will come into effect on 1 November 2019. These changes are a promising next step in the Chinese government’s stand against bad-faith filings and trademark infringement in China. Read more

7 Jun 2019

China overhauls criminal IP enforcement

Food and drug authorities will take responsibility for criminal IP investigations, as government re-shuffle continues. It’s good news for pharma IP owners – others may have questions Read more

6 Jun 2019

Siemens asserting Chinese wireless patents against four local mobile firms

Following successful invalidation petitions lodged by Vivo against the German company, industry sources tell IAM that Oppo, Xiaomi and Meizu also face SEP assertions in specialised IP courts Read more

3 Jun 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk Read more

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10 May 2019

Bringing video game IP to China: big risks, big payoff

Nintendo has reached a deal with Tencent to bring its lucrative IP to China. It is well-positioned to succeed where other game companies have faltered Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

30 Apr 2019

Subsidy cuts will spark tech and patent competition in China's crowded EV market

Beijing is slashing handouts for electric vehicle purchases, setting up a reckoning for domestic competitors in a crowded market. Technology will be crucial to survival, and IP strategy will be more important than ever 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

Finance

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27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

30 Apr 2019

Subsidy cuts will spark tech and patent competition in China's crowded EV market

Beijing is slashing handouts for electric vehicle purchases, setting up a reckoning for domestic competitors in a crowded market. Technology will be crucial to survival, and IP strategy will be more important than ever 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

FRAND/SEPS

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

21 May 2019

Huawei in crisis: what it means for the IP market

Harsh US sanctions are on hold for 90 days, but uncertainty now clouds the whole supply chain. For the company's and China's goal of greater tech self-sufficiency, there is no turning back  Read more

Law & Policy

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

24 May 2019

New options for enforcing trade secrets in China

New reforms have significantly strengthened trade secret protection in China, providing rights holders with a welcome boost. Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

Litigation

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

28 May 2019

US biotech aims to curb China’s genomics leader with pair of European lawsuits

Shenzhen BGI was once the biggest purchaser of Illumina’s gene sequencing machines. Now the two are on opposite sides of an expanding patent battle Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

24 May 2019

New options for enforcing trade secrets in China

New reforms have significantly strengthened trade secret protection in China, providing rights holders with a welcome boost. Read more

Market Developments

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

23 May 2019

China reacts to ‘lose-lose’ trade war escalation

IP owners in China see plenty of uncertainty ahead in no-win scenario of escalating technology tensions Read more

22 May 2019

Next up on Trump's trade war radar: drones and cameras

US authorities are considering Huawei-style export bans targeting Chinese firms including DJI and Hikvision, according to reports. Both have past IP ties with big American tech firms Read more

Non practising entities

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

Patent pools

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27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

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

Strategy

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30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations Read more

28 May 2019

US biotech aims to curb China’s genomics leader with pair of European lawsuits

Shenzhen BGI was once the biggest purchaser of Illumina’s gene sequencing machines. Now the two are on opposite sides of an expanding patent battle Read more

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

Technology licensing

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27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre) Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

23 May 2019

China reacts to ‘lose-lose’ trade war escalation

IP owners in China see plenty of uncertainty ahead in no-win scenario of escalating technology tensions Read more

22 May 2019

Next up on Trump's trade war radar: drones and cameras

US authorities are considering Huawei-style export bans targeting Chinese firms including DJI and Hikvision, according to reports. Both have past IP ties with big American tech firms 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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24 May 2019

New options for enforcing trade secrets in China

New reforms have significantly strengthened trade secret protection in China, providing rights holders with a welcome boost. Read more

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain Read more

23 May 2019

China reacts to ‘lose-lose’ trade war escalation

IP owners in China see plenty of uncertainty ahead in no-win scenario of escalating technology tensions Read more

22 May 2019

Next up on Trump's trade war radar: drones and cameras

US authorities are considering Huawei-style export bans targeting Chinese firms including DJI and Hikvision, according to reports. Both have past IP ties with big American tech firms Read more

Valuation

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7 May 2019

Faraday Future seeks lifeline from $1.25 billion IP valuation

Cash-strapped electric vehicle start-up hopes to attract much-needed funding after Houlihan Lokey estimate of the value of its portfolio, which includes tech, patents and trademarks  Read more

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

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