Japan

Honda seeking to sell AI solution for culling patent portfolios

Company says automated process helped it to identify 7,000 rights for abandonment

Honda seeking to sell AI solution for culling patent portfolios
Sony picks up hundreds of chip patents from Intel
23 Nov 2020

Sony picks up hundreds of chip patents from Intel

Japanese company, which buys patents infrequently, has also linked up with IBM in recent semiconductor-related deal

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP
21 Nov 2020

RCEP is a leap for China but a small step for IP

World’s largest trade pact is not a show-stopper when it comes to IP, but it will bring changes to ASEAN and clouds US ability to set regional agenda

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20 Nov 2020

Copyright infringement – music lesson or public performance?

IP infringement can affect our daily lives in surprising ways. Read more

13 Nov 2020

Patent exhaustion finally comes to Australia

Doctrine is recognised for the first time as High Court overturns 112-year-old precedent Read more

6 Nov 2020

Budget pressures accelerate Japan Inc’s IP strategy re-think

Leading lights from Canon, Hitachi and NTT among those who will discuss the way forward at virtual IPBC Japan conference Read more

4 Nov 2020

Best in class

IAM takes a forensic look at the best of the best in patents to announce this year’s top 40 market makers Read more

Designs

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29 Jul 2020

Japan, Taiwan data starts to show virus impact on new patent filings

While Chinese applications are back on pace for growth, other East Asian offices are seeing decreased activity Read more

30 Mar 2020

IP-focused arbitration centre seeks to head off legal disputes caused by pandemic

Many court dockets are on hold, but IP disputes are not. Ocean Tomo and the International Arbitration Centre Tokyo think ADR can help bridge the gap 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

31 Oct 2019

IAM honours Asia’s IP leaders

The winners of our annual Asia IP Elite awards for the teams, deal and individual of the year were revealed before a sold-out crowd at IPBC Asia 2019 Read more

Finance

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11 Sep 2020

New licensing entity picks up portfolios from Samsung, Kyocera and TCL

Japan-based LLC’s first monetisation move is a licensor spot in Via’s LTE pool Read more

13 May 2020

Japan to screen foreign stakes in key firms, citing need to protect tech

Unveiling a list of core firms that includes many of the country’s top IP owners, finance minister Taro Aso stated that “technology and patents” must be safeguarded Read more

18 Apr 2020

Intellectual Discovery and IP Bridge sales mark the end of an era

The state-backed patent funds helped change the culture around patents in the South Korea and Japan, and now both face the task of surviving the private sector Read more

30 Mar 2020

IP-focused arbitration centre seeks to head off legal disputes caused by pandemic

Many court dockets are on hold, but IP disputes are not. Ocean Tomo and the International Arbitration Centre Tokyo think ADR can help bridge the gap Read more

Frand/SEPS

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2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

7 Oct 2020

Sharp inks LTE deal with Daimler, capping an unexpected turn in its first auto licensing effort

Japanese company won a German injunction against the carmaker last month, but an earlier deal with Huawei had taken some of the pressure off Read more

Law & Policy

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21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

2 Oct 2020

Push for discovery system in South Korea meets chip sector opposition

Policymakers want to make the country’s litigation system more attractive, but reports suggest some parts of industry remain sceptical Read more

22 Sep 2020

How the JPO is preparing for the age of AI patents

The office has been ahead of the curve in setting out examples of what AI patents it will grant. A new report turns to questions over how to make sure such rights are enforceable Read more

16 Sep 2020

The doctrine of patent exhaustion may soon be coming to Australia

High Court of Australia could overturn a 112-year-old precedent in a much-awaited ruling that will have broad commercial implications Read more

Litigation

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2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

7 Oct 2020

Sharp inks LTE deal with Daimler, capping an unexpected turn in its first auto licensing effort

Japanese company won a German injunction against the carmaker last month, but an earlier deal with Huawei had taken some of the pressure off Read more

Market Developments

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23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios Read more

22 Oct 2020

Hybrid deals in China show how patent strategy creates business value for Toyota

Japanese automaker will sell systems to two Chinese car-makers, more than a year after seeking to spur interest in the technology with a royalty-free licence initiative Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

19 Oct 2020

Cut renewals, not new filings, JPO chief tells cash-strapped companies

New commissioner acknowledges tough budget choices are affecting top customers Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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11 Sep 2020

New licensing entity picks up portfolios from Samsung, Kyocera and TCL

Japan-based LLC’s first monetisation move is a licensor spot in Via’s LTE pool Read more

28 Aug 2020

Oppo waging broad validity campaigns against Sharp, Sisvel in China

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo recently knocked out one patent held by each firm, but sources say there are more cases to come Read more

12 Aug 2020

Foxconn and Sharp – a patent strategy marriage made in heaven

Analysis exposes the extent to which Foxconn has slashed its holdings, expanded its tech coverage and monetised assets Read more

15 Jul 2020

Japanese R&D lab targets BOE in US patent suit

First assertion in eight years for Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, run by Guinness World Record holding patentee Shunpei Yamazaki Read more

Patent Pools

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2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

28 Aug 2020

Oppo waging broad validity campaigns against Sharp, Sisvel in China

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo recently knocked out one patent held by each firm, but sources say there are more cases to come Read more

10 Jul 2020

Foxconn and Sharp – a patent strategy marriage made in heaven

The extent to which Taiwan’s patent heavyweight has slashed its holdings, expanded its technology coverage and monetised its Japanese acquisition’s assets is revealed in this week’s data analysis Read more

Patents Law

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4 Nov 2020

When it comes to tackling gender inequality, it is not enough to celebrate how far we have come

Although progress has been made to increase diversity in the IP industry, it is far too soon to relax the pace of change Read more

2 Nov 2020

Mitsubishi Electric notches Chinese validity wins in wireless pool fight

A portfolio of 3G patents from a Sisvel pool is ruled valid by patent office ahead of key FRAND cases Read more

23 Oct 2020

Companies from South Korea and Japan spearhead battery technologies patent rush

LG Chem and Toyota own two of the world’s largest portfolios in the field and as countries prioritise green energy this advantage may well translate into big money Read more

23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios Read more

Strategy

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23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios Read more

22 Oct 2020

Hybrid deals in China show how patent strategy creates business value for Toyota

Japanese automaker will sell systems to two Chinese car-makers, more than a year after seeking to spur interest in the technology with a royalty-free licence initiative Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

Technology Licensing

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23 Oct 2020

NTT Docomo talks up 5G patent monetisation ahead of major merger

Japan’s top telco carrier will soon be taken private by parent NTT, at a time when both entities appear to be seeking more revenue from their IP portfolios Read more

22 Oct 2020

Hybrid deals in China show how patent strategy creates business value for Toyota

Japanese automaker will sell systems to two Chinese car-makers, more than a year after seeking to spur interest in the technology with a royalty-free licence initiative Read more

20 Oct 2020

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp Read more

7 Oct 2020

Sharp inks LTE deal with Daimler, capping an unexpected turn in its first auto licensing effort

Japanese company won a German injunction against the carmaker last month, but an earlier deal with Huawei had taken some of the pressure off Read more

Trade Secrets

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22 Oct 2020

Hybrid deals in China show how patent strategy creates business value for Toyota

Japanese automaker will sell systems to two Chinese car-makers, more than a year after seeking to spur interest in the technology with a royalty-free licence initiative Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

2 Oct 2020

Push for discovery system in South Korea meets chip sector opposition

Policymakers want to make the country’s litigation system more attractive, but reports suggest some parts of industry remain sceptical Read more

25 Sep 2020

Why batteries are a key technology to watch in China

Litigation activity is already intensifying in the field, and recent data shows Chinese firms lag badly in patent applications Read more

Valuation

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9 Sep 2020

The top 10 takeaways from this year’s Global Innovation Index

The latest edition of the annual WIPO publication reveals that Europe and North America still lead despite rising innovation levels in Asia Read more

23 Jul 2020

Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo loses multi-billion dollar patent dispute

Immuno-oncology inventorship battle highlights IP dangers of research collaboration Read more

24 Jun 2020

Top patent-owning companies enjoyed a May stock price surge, research reveals

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent Elite share tracker shows that a composite of the publicly-quoted companies in the rankings out-performed the NASDAQ, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Germany's Dax Index Read more

24 Jun 2020

Japan government study group endorses ‘license-to-all’ SEP policy and ‘top-down’ FRAND rates

Attorneys and academics convened by Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry weigh in on key debates in the wireless licensing space Read more

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James D DeCamp
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Boston MA, United States
Clark+Elbing LLP