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Buyers are acquiring high-quality Toshiba patents, but it has plenty more on tap

A deep dive into the Japanese company’s portfolio in the wake of its recent IP dealmaking streak

Buyers are acquiring high-quality Toshiba patents, but it has plenty more on tap
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20 Sep 2021

Have your say on patent office service and quality

A new benchmarking survey from IAM will reveal how perceptions of the world’s top patent offices are changing

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study
17 Sep 2021

US, China staking out strong positions in possible 6G technologies, according to new patent study

Japanese research group highlights nine technologies that could prove important to the next-generation wireless standard

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16 Sep 2021

Fed Circuit ruling paves way for speedier patent case against OnePlus, and potentially other Chinese companies

Despite “concerns”, CAFC did not overturn Judge Alan Albright’s decision to let a patent plaintiff serve Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus outside the Hague Convention process Read more

14 Sep 2021

NTT Docomo seals global wireless SEP licence with Oppo

Japanese telecom provider inks a litigation-free deal with another major Chinese smartphone player Read more

13 Sep 2021

IP spin-offs continue as Toshiba mulls reorganisation

Recent assignments to NPEs and operating companies show that company’s patent portfolio remains a key asset as the conglomerate considers its strategic options Read more

10 Sep 2021

With little overseas patent footprint, a Chinese battery champion faces its first litigation

A Zhuhai company that has grown to be the world’s second largest supplier of laptop and tablet batteries faces new US patent claims as it prepares to go public Read more

Designs

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16 Jun 2021

Tesla transactions show that patents matter in research collaboration and M&A

Recent recordals show the electric car maker has cut a deal with Panasonic, assimilated a large portfolio of solar rights and gained assets via M&A deals Read more

18 Jan 2021

Half of Japanese companies plan to curb patent filings, JPO says

Patent applications yet to follow trademarks and designs in return to pre-covid levels Read more

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 Read more

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

Finance

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18 Aug 2021

Japan’s corporate watchdog calls for high-level emphasis on intellectual property

Changes to the country’s corporate governance code encourage boards to pay more attention to IP strategy Read more

5 Jan 2021

LG Electronics hooks up with IP Bridge as fund looks beyond Japan

Licensing business that shed state sponsorship last year partners with Korean patent powerhouse in latest acquisition Read more

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

Frand/SEPS

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9 Sep 2021

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16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

14 Jun 2021

Bolstered by LG SEP acquisition, Japanese patent fund takes on the Nordics

IP Bridge lawsuits against Nokia and Ericsson confirm NPE’s focus on the wireless space Read more

25 May 2021

Implementer pools raised in latest Japanese SEP meetings

A study group convened by METI has also discussed the license-to-all principle and Avanci’s auto licensing efforts, minutes show Read more

Law & Policy

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7 Sep 2021

China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth

Asia charts its own course as post-Alice slide continues in the United States and filing levels remain low in Europe Read more

16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

13 Aug 2021

Japan ministry study group says new rules needed to guide SEP negotiation process

But the METI report stops short of concrete policy recommendations, saying government should continue to weigh issues faced by Japanese industry Read more

28 May 2021

Court win creates posterchild for Japan’s efforts to foster patent-savvy start-ups

An Osaka-based start-up prevailed against country’s most valuable retailer in a rare domestic IP fight Read more

Litigation

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24 Aug 2021

Maxell deploys recently-acquired patents in new smart TV litigation

Japanese battery maker has made Vizio the latest target in its IP monetisation effort Read more

14 Jul 2021

Maxell’s latest deal shows the Japanese business is doubling down on its patent monetisation efforts

The operating company has added to portfolio for first time since embarking on litigation push against Apple and others Read more

14 Jun 2021

Bolstered by LG SEP acquisition, Japanese patent fund takes on the Nordics

IP Bridge lawsuits against Nokia and Ericsson confirm NPE’s focus on the wireless space Read more

28 May 2021

Court win creates posterchild for Japan’s efforts to foster patent-savvy start-ups

An Osaka-based start-up prevailed against country’s most valuable retailer in a rare domestic IP fight Read more

Market Developments

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7 Sep 2021

China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth

Asia charts its own course as post-Alice slide continues in the United States and filing levels remain low in Europe Read more

17 Aug 2021

New study shows surge in data-driven and computer-assisted healthcare patents

Boom in digital healthcare and bioinformatics IP requires strategic adjustments in both the life sciences and high-tech arenas Read more

16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

13 Aug 2021

Japan ministry study group says new rules needed to guide SEP negotiation process

But the METI report stops short of concrete policy recommendations, saying government should continue to weigh issues faced by Japanese industry Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

26 Jul 2021

Ofinno's Honda and Xiaomi deals point to strong 5G patent secondary market

The Virginia-based R&D outfit has made a string of sales to big names in consumer tech over recent months, with Samsung another prominent customer Read more

27 May 2021

Mitsubishi Electric steps up patent dealmaking activity

Japan’s biggest PCT filer has been selling off assets, spurring litigation in multiple sectors Read more

Patent Pools

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

13 Aug 2021

Japan ministry study group says new rules needed to guide SEP negotiation process

But the METI report stops short of concrete policy recommendations, saying government should continue to weigh issues faced by Japanese industry Read more

27 May 2021

Mitsubishi Electric steps up patent dealmaking activity

Japan’s biggest PCT filer has been selling off assets, spurring litigation in multiple sectors Read more

Patents Law

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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7 Sep 2021

China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth

Asia charts its own course as post-Alice slide continues in the United States and filing levels remain low in Europe Read more

24 Aug 2021

Maxell deploys recently-acquired patents in new smart TV litigation

Japanese battery maker has made Vizio the latest target in its IP monetisation effort Read more

23 Aug 2021

Toyota’s self-driving haul from Lyft includes 100+ US patent assets

Patents change hands after Japanese carmaker buys Lyft’s self-driving tech for $550 million Read more

Strategy

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16 Aug 2021

Panasonic is the latest HEVC heavy hitter to join Access Advance

Japanese electronics giant becomes first member of rival platform Velos Media to make its assets available through Access Advance Read more

27 May 2021

Mitsubishi Electric steps up patent dealmaking activity

Japan’s biggest PCT filer has been selling off assets, spurring litigation in multiple sectors Read more

25 May 2021

Implementer pools raised in latest Japanese SEP meetings

A study group convened by METI has also discussed the license-to-all principle and Avanci’s auto licensing efforts, minutes show Read more

21 May 2021

Clash of major OLED competitors ends with a deal

JOLED, a Japanese consortium, and Samsung Display, the field’s dominant player, settle US lawsuits going both ways Read more

Technology Licensing

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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24 Aug 2021

Maxell deploys recently-acquired patents in new smart TV litigation

Japanese battery maker has made Vizio the latest target in its IP monetisation effort Read more

13 Aug 2021

Japan ministry study group says new rules needed to guide SEP negotiation process

But the METI report stops short of concrete policy recommendations, saying government should continue to weigh issues faced by Japanese industry Read more

25 May 2021

Implementer pools raised in latest Japanese SEP meetings

A study group convened by METI has also discussed the license-to-all principle and Avanci’s auto licensing efforts, minutes show Read more

Trade Secrets

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18 Aug 2021

Japan’s corporate watchdog calls for high-level emphasis on intellectual property

Changes to the country’s corporate governance code encourage boards to pay more attention to IP strategy 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

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

Valuation

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23 Aug 2021

Toyota’s self-driving haul from Lyft includes 100+ US patent assets

Patents change hands after Japanese carmaker buys Lyft’s self-driving tech for $550 million Read more

18 Aug 2021

Japan’s corporate watchdog calls for high-level emphasis on intellectual property

Changes to the country’s corporate governance code encourage boards to pay more attention to IP strategy Read more

19 Mar 2021

IP analytics unicorn emerges with Softbank, Tencent backing

Singapore-based PatSnap says its latest round of fundraising pushed its valuation north of $1 billion Read more

17 Mar 2021

Japanese government to weigh SEP licensing questions again

New group includes big names from the corporate IP world, representing Japanese stakeholders from both the auto and the electronics industries Read more