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Ant Group obtains hundreds of US patent assets from Alibaba

August transfers make clear that the Alipay operator will be a patent power in its own right, inheriting up to one quarter of the e-commerce giant’s US portfolio

Ant Group obtains hundreds of US patent assets from Alibaba
Geely to boost R&D war chest with Shanghai listing
7 Sep 2020

Geely to boost R&D war chest with Shanghai listing

China’s next big IPO will feature one of the country’s auto IP leaders, which has more than 9,000 patents and counts licensing as a major revenue source

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

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26 Aug 2020

Reactions to today’s huge UK Supreme Court victory for Unwired Planet and Conversant

Rights owners’ golden summer continues, the China angle, a growing consensus on some key FRAND questions and more as the market reacts to decision Read more

24 Jul 2020

Patent risk profile front and centre in run up to Ant Group’s IPO

The company’s filings have exploded since the second half of 2019 and, while it is difficult to discern the quality of the assets, the portfolio is in capable hands 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

19 Nov 2019

Second listing sees Alibaba on firmer IP footing

The e-commerce giant prices its Hong Kong offering this week. Five years after its NYSE debut, it has a more formidable patent portfolio and new IP-based alliances Read more

Designs

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12 Feb 2019

China’s domestic licensing market has plenty of room to grow

An annual survey conducted by CNIPA pegs the licensing rate of Chinese patents at 5.5%. That's not far off estimates of US patent utilisation Read more

Finance

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21 Jun 2018

Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for… Read more

1 Dec 2017

Asia’s first $500 billion company can in part thank a diverse IP value creation strategy for its success

In the hottest Hong Kong IPO in a decade, shares of China Literature surged over 90% in their trading debut earlier this month. The wild success of Tencent’s digital publishing business with investors is just the latest success for the Shenzhen… Read more

24 Sep 2015

Intellectual Ventures’ China deal is representative of the shift taking place in the patent monetisation business

NOTE: This blog has been updated to include comments from IV's Peter Detkin. These were sent subsequent to publication and can be found at the end of the entry.

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States this week, with Seattle…

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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

21 Jun 2018

Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for… Read more

Law & Policy

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8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region Read more

9 Nov 2018

Three perspectives on recent IP trade war developments

Last week the DOJ charged Jinhua and UMC with stealing Micron trade secrets. China sees an effort to cut off its tech progress, US sees a pattern of disrespect for IP and Taiwan is caught in the crossfire. Read more

24 Sep 2015

Intellectual Ventures’ China deal is representative of the shift taking place in the patent monetisation business

NOTE: This blog has been updated to include comments from IV's Peter Detkin. These were sent subsequent to publication and can be found at the end of the entry.

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States this week, with Seattle…

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Litigation

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8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October 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

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple Read more

Market Developments

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8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October 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

9 Nov 2018

Three perspectives on recent IP trade war developments

Last week the DOJ charged Jinhua and UMC with stealing Micron trade secrets. China sees an effort to cut off its tech progress, US sees a pattern of disrespect for IP and Taiwan is caught in the crossfire. 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

24 Sep 2015

Intellectual Ventures’ China deal is representative of the shift taking place in the patent monetisation business

NOTE: This blog has been updated to include comments from IV's Peter Detkin. These were sent subsequent to publication and can be found at the end of the entry.

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States this week, with Seattle…

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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

21 Jun 2018

Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for… Read more

Patents Law

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30 Aug 2019

Why start-ups should get serious about patent protection

Only a small percentage of the world’s tech start-ups develop a patent portfolio of any depth, but failure to align IP strategy with long-term business objectives could cost companies millions down the line in litigation and licensing fees Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October 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

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple Read more

Strategy

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28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October 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

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple Read more

12 Feb 2019

China’s domestic licensing market has plenty of room to grow

An annual survey conducted by CNIPA pegs the licensing rate of Chinese patents at 5.5%. That's not far off estimates of US patent utilisation Read more

Technology Licensing

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28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October 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

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple Read more

12 Feb 2019

China’s domestic licensing market has plenty of room to grow

An annual survey conducted by CNIPA pegs the licensing rate of Chinese patents at 5.5%. That's not far off estimates of US patent utilisation Read more

Trade Secrets

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8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

9 Nov 2018

Three perspectives on recent IP trade war developments

Last week the DOJ charged Jinhua and UMC with stealing Micron trade secrets. China sees an effort to cut off its tech progress, US sees a pattern of disrespect for IP and Taiwan is caught in the crossfire. Read more

Valuation

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3 May 2018

Xiaomi’s IPO filing sheds light on state of patent portfolio and cost of IP acquisitions

This morning, Xiaomi confirmed that it will seek a public listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong later this year, in what could be the largest tech IPO since Alibaba’s 2014 debut in New York. It is a moment for which the company, including… Read more

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