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AstraZeneca faces increasingly tough evergreening battle in India

A recent Delhi court decision is a reminder of the tight restrictions around species and follow-on patents in the country

AstraZeneca faces increasingly tough evergreening battle in India
15 Aug 2019

Patent injunctions in India – a year of innovation

In the year following India’s first-ever final judgment in a SEP case, courts are increasingly experimenting with the injunction regime as a way to protect patentees’ rights

30 Jul 2019

Indian messaging app leads hike in domestic patent filings

Annual figures released by the country’s patent office also showed that it rapidly ramped up its ability to process examinations

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22 Jul 2019

Indian startups clash over payment patent

Dispute over secure QR transaction tech follows years of government efforts to stimulate patent filing among the country’s venture-backed companies Read more

19 Jul 2019

Recent Oppo deal with Ericsson underlines appeal of Indian patents to Chinese buyers

Chinese smartphone vendors have filed hundreds of patent applications in India, but grants are slow in coming so far. Third party transactions can help bridge the gap as litigation continues to be a concern Read more

15 Jul 2019

Canadian antenna firm scores Delhi injunction win

Court borrows from past wireless cases to institute a deposit scheme for the first time in a non-SEP case. The defendant will need to shell out 10% of its past sales in India to avoid sales disruption in latest pro-plaintiff decision Read more

12 Jul 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo Read more

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market 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

15 Mar 2019

Bangalore’s top tech firms offer qualified praise for patent office progress

Heading toward elections, the Indian government is touting its record on IP system reforms. Rights holders acknowledge progress but say they have concerns about patent quality Read more

7 Feb 2019

An insider look at the IP Asia Elite

The newest members of IAM's IP Asia Elite give us the inside scoop on what makes a great IP function tick   Read more

Finance

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5 Jun 2018

Coolpad hints at India suit against Xiaomi, but it may not have much ammunition there

Shenzhen-based Coolpad is seeking to keep up the pressure on Xiaomi as the start-up heads toward its initial public offering in Hong Kong. This time, chief IP officer Nancy Zhang has stated that Coolpad is open to expanding the pair's litigation… Read more

10 Apr 2017

Qualcomm top of the Indian patent filings pops as foreign firms reverse two years of application declines

India’s Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDT) released its annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year last week, and the results showed a 10% jump in applications, reversing two straight years of slight decline. The list of… Read more

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25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners 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

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

18 Sep 2018

Philips DVD case is a missed opportunity for India

The Delhi High Court has handed down India’s first post-trial SEP decision in an eagerly awaited case involving DVD player patents. However, a closer look at the details suggests the judgment has limited value as a precedent for similar disputes Read more

Law & Policy

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners Read more

4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others Read more

13 May 2019

The power of ADR in India

Mediation in both pharma and SEP-related cases is on the rise, with the courts and government encouraging its use and the complexity of cases not proving a barrier to their successful resolution Read more

Litigation

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

25 Jun 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners Read more

4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others Read more

23 May 2019

The rise of ADR in India

The use of alternative dispute resolution by some SEP owners is growing in India and offers firms an increasingly attractive method of settling IP conflicts in the country. Read more

Market Developments

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

21 Jan 2019

New Indian patent office rules set to speed examinations

Draft changes would entitle women inventors and small businesses to expedited patent examination, but some see a backdoor for big business to take advantage too Read more

8 Jan 2019

Monsanto prevails in closely-watched Indian Supreme Court case

Reports say the top court upheld the patentability of novel genetically lab-engineered chemical entities like the company's blockbuster Bt cotton variety Read more

Non practising entities

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others Read more

5 Jul 2018

In on-going efforts to secure freedom to operate, Oppo makes its biggest-ever acquisition

Oppo has made its largest patent acquisition so far, taking in over 20 patent families - totaling around 240 individual assets covering audio and visual technologies - from Dolby. The transfer of the US rights involved was recorded at the USPTO on… Read more

Patent pools

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17 Jul 2018

After almost a decade of litigation, Philips wins India’s first-ever SEP infringement decision

Dutch company comes out on top in the first Indian SEP trial to go the distance. But the ruling does not offer much guidance on what's FRAND, practitioners explain. Read more

25 Jun 2018

No settlement for Xiaomi and Ericsson in India, but the Chinese firm can sell MediaTek-powered devices there

Some recent statements by MediaTek CFO David Ku stirred rumours that Xiaomi and Ericsson had settled their patent dispute in India, but the Swedish telecom has confirmed to IAM that there is no truth to this. It means Xiaomi will head into its Hong… Read more

9 Mar 2017

Via changes LTE royalty structure in latest bid to crack smartphone market

Via Licensing has announced a significant change to the royalty rates for its pool relating to long-term evolution (LTE), fourth generation wireless technology. The move is an attempt to attract small and medium-sized players in the smartphone and… Read more

Strategy

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others Read more

2 May 2019

Backlash against PepsiCo’s Indian plant variety lawsuit highlights IP enforcement difficulties

Company faces major brand backlash after launching a suit against farmers it accused of infringing rights protecting the potato type used to make Lay's crisps Read more

Technology licensing

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10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others 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

15 Jan 2019

Indian IP jurisprudence is the real winner in the Monsanto cotton technology case

Supreme Court decision does not bring any clarity to the technical issues at stake, but it does establish clear rules for how judges should handle complex patent suits Read more

Trademarks

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1 Feb 2018

Building an IP risk management framework for innovation leaders

Identifying and mitigating IP risk needs to be part of any corporate strategy. To this end, Tata Consultancy Services has developed a robust framework that can be applied across industries Read more

22 May 2017

Indian government may target IP royalty outflows to retaliate for Trump visa limits

A government task force is studying royalty outflows from Indian companies to foreign partners and parent companies, in an initiative some say could lead to the re-imposition of caps on such payments for technology and intellectual property. The… Read more

10 May 2017

Combating counterfeiting

Parallel to the growth in innovation across many industries, counterfeiting has also increased and now affects all spheres of work, from literary to musical, and all types of goods, from agricultural to industrial. To combat this surge in counterfeiting, various remedies are available to rights holders under Indian law. Read more

4 May 2017

Indian smartphone upstart says its patent prowess will put it way ahead of domestic rivals

A Hyderabad-based company called Smartron launched its second smartphone yesterday, in a bid to compete with the Chinese manufacturers that have nearly pushed domestic handsets off the map. In a marked contrast to other Indian mobile startups,… Read more

Trade secrets

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4 Jun 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others Read more

7 Feb 2019

An insider look at the IP Asia Elite

The newest members of IAM's IP Asia Elite give us the inside scoop on what makes a great IP function tick   Read more

16 Apr 2018

Start-ups, data privacy and trade secrets

For many start-ups, the data they possess is their biggest source of value. These fledgling companies must have a defined strategy for protecting data as both a business asset and an IP right. Read more

16 Apr 2018

Protecting trade secrets in India

One of the biggest challenges that businesses face is the protection of their confidential business information. Not all types of information qualify for protection under the patent and copyright laws, but India offers avenues for trade secret protection. Read more

Valuation

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8 Jul 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market Read more

23 Nov 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption. Read more

6 Aug 2018

Indian ministry said to propose re-introduction of outbound royalty caps

Proposed limits on royalty payments would be even stricter than those scrapped in 2009 liberalisation of FDI policies. Impact would be felt by global brand and technology giants with listed subsidiaries in India. Read more

5 Jun 2018

Coolpad hints at India suit against Xiaomi, but it may not have much ammunition there

Shenzhen-based Coolpad is seeking to keep up the pressure on Xiaomi as the start-up heads toward its initial public offering in Hong Kong. This time, chief IP officer Nancy Zhang has stated that Coolpad is open to expanding the pair's litigation… Read more

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