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Huawei is weathering the sanctions storm

The company’s annual results show that it continues to invest heavily in R&D and patents amidst financial pressures stemming from its US blacklisting

Huawei is weathering the sanctions storm
China data reveals scale of smartphone market disruption
31 Mar 2020

China data reveals scale of smartphone market disruption

Early indicators show the extent of China's smartphone slowdown, but analysts say the supply chain and market in the country are already showing signs of recovery

Facebook acts like a social media platform but thinks like a tech titan
27 Mar 2020

Facebook acts like a social media platform but thinks like a tech titan

The IP community expected a re-vamped patent strategy from the Silicon Valley giant after it poached key members of Google’s patent team a few years back. Lo and Chan haven’t disappointed.

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1 Apr 2020

Pilot project to improve administrative complaint process for infringement disputes will shake up China’s IP system

For the last few years, the Chinese government and the China National IP Administration (CNIPA) have been promoting the enforcement of patent rights through administrative actions. In November 2019 CNIPA published a notice announcing the launch of a project to refine the system of handling administrative complaints with regard to patent infringement. Read more

30 Mar 2020

China Trademark Firm of the Year: Chang Tsi & Partners

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30 Mar 2020

China Patent Firm of the Year: Han Kun Law Offices

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25 Mar 2020

Huawei picks up patents from IV spinoff, NPE

Chinese company continues to add to its portfolio, making acquisitions in the fields of augmented reality and Internet of Things Read more

Designs

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7 Mar 2020

Daren Tang must seize Asia’s first chance to run the global IP system

After a bruising WIPO director-general election process, Singaporean nominee’s first priority should be to build bridges between the US and China Read more

18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

11 Dec 2019

China’s top IP court delivers novel patent ruling as first term nears end

The Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal gave the final word on both validity and infringement in a case involving LG Electronics – a first in China’s bifurcated system Read more

3 Dec 2019

China rolls out blacklist for patent offenders

New initiative could strengthen rights holders’ tools for compelling enforcement of Chinese court decisions – a continuing challenge Read more

Finance

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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

13 Dec 2019

LOT’s expanding membership in China indicates rising NPE worry

In addition to the big names, defensive network is attracting China-focused companies that have never faced assertion in US courts Read more

29 Nov 2019

IP market news highlights

IAM’s biggest autumn reads Read more

28 Nov 2019

Troubled Chinese tech firm seeks to re-assure creditors with patent transfer

One week after missing bond payments, display company says its top shareholder will assign it core patent rights Read more

Frand/SEPS

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10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

4 Mar 2020

IP market news highlights

A rundown of some of the top news stories on the IAM platform in December, January and February. Read more

4 Mar 2020

The top 10 patent market developments of 2019

Asset sales, trade wars and new names at the top made last year transformative for IP owners. Read more

2 Mar 2020

Oppo to license SEPs through Avanci platform

The Chinese smartphone maker has bought hundreds of patents from Ericsson and other wireless players in recent years Read more

Law & Policy

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16 Mar 2020

Donation is no defence to patent infringement in China

A company’s announced plans to give away a patented antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 would not protect it from infringement claims under Chinese law, but it could make a court less likely to award injunctive relief Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

7 Mar 2020

Daren Tang must seize Asia’s first chance to run the global IP system

After a bruising WIPO director-general election process, Singaporean nominee’s first priority should be to build bridges between the US and China Read more

4 Mar 2020

IP market news highlights

A rundown of some of the top news stories on the IAM platform in December, January and February. Read more

Litigation

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24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

23 Mar 2020

Settlement deal ends Casio assertions in China

The Japanese company had battled Shenzhen-based rival Appotronics in Chinese courts over competing projector technology Read more

18 Mar 2020

Hytera’s big court loss underlines DTSA risk to Chinese firms

Case provides an early confirmation that the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 will be interpreted to reach actions in foreign countries Read more

16 Mar 2020

Donation is no defence to patent infringement in China

A company’s announced plans to give away a patented antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 would not protect it from infringement claims under Chinese law, but it could make a court less likely to award injunctive relief Read more

Market Developments

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24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

18 Mar 2020

Hytera’s big court loss underlines DTSA risk to Chinese firms

Case provides an early confirmation that the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 will be interpreted to reach actions in foreign countries Read more

16 Mar 2020

Donation is no defence to patent infringement in China

A company’s announced plans to give away a patented antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 would not protect it from infringement claims under Chinese law, but it could make a court less likely to award injunctive relief Read more

13 Mar 2020

Hytera: TRO in Motorola trade secrets case could hamper coronavirus response

US company that won $764m jury verdict last month says it can meet global demand with interoperable radio products Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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12 Mar 2020

Patent acquisitions to fuel Didi’s autonomous push

The Chinese ride-sharing giant has spun out its self-driving technology unit, and armed it with patents from both internal and external sources Read more

6 Mar 2020

Small Chinese vendors in new NPE’s crosshairs

Patent previously linked to prolific litigator Brian Yates is deployed against four Alibaba.com traders from China Read more

4 Mar 2020

IP market news highlights

A rundown of some of the top news stories on the IAM platform in December, January and February. Read more

27 Feb 2020

Why foreign NPEs are taking on Chinese companies in their home courts

IP Bridge and Fractus have been among the first to bring patent assertions against domestic businesses – including a previously unreported suit against Huawei Read more

Patent Pools

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4 Mar 2020

IP market news highlights

A rundown of some of the top news stories on the IAM platform in December, January and February. Read more

4 Mar 2020

The top 10 patent market developments of 2019

Asset sales, trade wars and new names at the top made last year transformative for IP owners. Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

28 Jan 2020

Shanghai research group to license SEPs through Sisvel

Langbo Communications Technology CEO Yang Lin tells IAM he’s hoping to build “China’s InterDigital” Read more

Patents Law

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24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

23 Mar 2020

Settlement deal ends Casio assertions in China

The Japanese company had battled Shenzhen-based rival Appotronics in Chinese courts over competing projector technology Read more

16 Mar 2020

Donation is no defence to patent infringement in China

A company’s announced plans to give away a patented antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 would not protect it from infringement claims under Chinese law, but it could make a court less likely to award injunctive relief Read more

13 Mar 2020

The European patent landscape in 10 charts

We give you the top takeaways from the EPO’s annual report for 2019, which was published yesterday Read more

Strategy

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24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

18 Mar 2020

Hytera’s big court loss underlines DTSA risk to Chinese firms

Case provides an early confirmation that the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 will be interpreted to reach actions in foreign countries Read more

16 Mar 2020

Donation is no defence to patent infringement in China

A company’s announced plans to give away a patented antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 would not protect it from infringement claims under Chinese law, but it could make a court less likely to award injunctive relief Read more

12 Mar 2020

Patent acquisitions to fuel Didi’s autonomous push

The Chinese ride-sharing giant has spun out its self-driving technology unit, and armed it with patents from both internal and external sources Read more

Technology Licensing

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10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

2 Mar 2020

Oppo to license SEPs through Avanci platform

The Chinese smartphone maker has bought hundreds of patents from Ericsson and other wireless players in recent years Read more

27 Feb 2020

Why foreign NPEs are taking on Chinese companies in their home courts

IP Bridge and Fractus have been among the first to bring patent assertions against domestic businesses – including a previously unreported suit against Huawei Read more

19 Feb 2020

Huawei seeks to leverage invalidations in InterDigital dispute

The US-based licensing company faces an onslaught of invalidity actions at China's Patent Office, with about half of the decisions still to come Read more

Trade Secrets

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24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

18 Mar 2020

Hytera’s big court loss underlines DTSA risk to Chinese firms

Case provides an early confirmation that the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 will be interpreted to reach actions in foreign countries Read more

13 Mar 2020

Hytera: TRO in Motorola trade secrets case could hamper coronavirus response

US company that won $764m jury verdict last month says it can meet global demand with interoperable radio products Read more

7 Mar 2020

Daren Tang must seize Asia’s first chance to run the global IP system

After a bruising WIPO director-general election process, Singaporean nominee’s first priority should be to build bridges between the US and China Read more

Valuation

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14 Feb 2020

It’s a tight race for autonomous driving patent leadership

New analysis gives unparalleled insight into the key players in self-drive technologies and shows Waymo, Toyota, GM and Ford vying for top spot Read more

12 Feb 2020

Patent transfer sets stage for possible Ant Financial IPO

Assets assigned to the Alipay operator financed Alibaba’s purchase of a 33% stake in what could be one of the biggest Asian listings ever Read more

7 Feb 2020

Johnson & Johnson takes the patent lead in medtech innovation

The company has surpassed other healthcare powerhouses and kept Apple and Alphabet at bay, but a robust portfolio does not guarantee smooth sailing Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

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