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Patent deals show how Indian startups can benefit from multinational research activity

An AI health-tech startup recently named one of the world's most promising had its roots in the re-organisation of Xerox's research centre in India

Patent deals show how Indian startups can benefit from multinational research activity
29 Jan 2019

Foxconn filing fewer patents, not more, as it seeks to move up value chain

The company’s applications in its home jurisdiction of Taiwan fell 50% year-on-year in 2018, as it also marked a second year outside the USPTO’s top 50 patentees

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

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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

30 Jan 2019

Solid-state batteries: a new era of energy storage

Development in battery technology is the reason that the growth of the electric vehicle industry has slowed. However, solid-state batteries could be the answer. Companies researching solid-state batteries are experiencing severe drawbacks as costs and high-risk investment are deterring many. 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

9 Jan 2019

Bubbles make headway for shipping industry

Shipping companies have taken various measures to tackle gas emissions, primarily by reducing fuel consumption. Air lubrication technology is paving the way for fuel efficiency in the shipping industry. Read more

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Designs

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16 Apr 2018

Protection of GUIs under the Designs Act

Everything you need to know about protecting graphical user interface designs in India. 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

FRAND/SEPS

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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

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

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

Law & Policy

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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

15 Dec 2018

Mobile and electronics a focus for non-domestic patent applicants in India, exclusive data analysis reveals

Despite a decrease in their overall filings in 2017, foreign companies have increased their Indian foothold following a surge of grants over the last year Read more

12 Dec 2018

Supreme Court of India set to rule in crucial plant innovation dispute

The decision in Monsanto’s appeal against the revocation of a key patent right could have profound implications on the ability to protect agro-biotech inventions in India Read more

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: India

Top legal experts in India provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

Litigation

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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

15 Dec 2018

Mobile and electronics a focus for non-domestic patent applicants in India, exclusive data analysis reveals

Despite a decrease in their overall filings in 2017, foreign companies have increased their Indian foothold following a surge of grants over the last year Read more

12 Dec 2018

Supreme Court of India set to rule in crucial plant innovation dispute

The decision in Monsanto’s appeal against the revocation of a key patent right could have profound implications on the ability to protect agro-biotech inventions in India 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

Market Developments

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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

15 Dec 2018

Mobile and electronics a focus for non-domestic patent applicants in India, exclusive data analysis reveals

Despite a decrease in their overall filings in 2017, foreign companies have increased their Indian foothold following a surge of grants over the last year Read more

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  Read more

15 Jun 2018

With FRAND high on India’s agenda, Anand links with competition firm in market-first JV

As first reported on Indian legal site Bar & Bench, leading IP firm Anand & Anand has launched a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a competition law boutique Gaggar & Associates to address hybrid cases. I recently had a chance to catch up with the… Read more

Non practising entities

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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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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

15 Dec 2018

Mobile and electronics a focus for non-domestic patent applicants in India, exclusive data analysis reveals

Despite a decrease in their overall filings in 2017, foreign companies have increased their Indian foothold following a surge of grants over the last year 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

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: India

Top legal experts in India provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

Technology licensing

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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

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

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

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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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

12 Apr 2018

Canon and Samsung weigh-in for Nokia and Ericsson in key Indian licensing transparency debate

Asian patent owners including Canon, Huawei and Samsung have joined a group of big European companies in asking the Indian Patent Office to stop collecting certain licensing information. The opinions come amidst a public-interest litigation in which… Read more

18 Apr 2016

The $940 million trade secrets verdict against Tata couldn’t have come at a much worse time for India

Over the past few years, India has often found itself at the centre of the IP world’s thoughts. Typically, the attention paid has not been particularly positive. There is the country’s hard line on the patentability of software and pharmaceutical… Read more

Valuation

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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

19 Mar 2018

India seeks to re-vamp patent working form, but rights owners are sceptical of the whole endeavour

Litigation developments in Delhi over the last few months have put a spotlight on a somewhat unique feature of India’s patent system: Form 27, which requires patentees to disclose how they commercially exploit their granted rights. Now, it appears… Read more

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