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Shining a light on what could be Panasonic's last chip patent disposal

An analysis from Cipher into the 1,400 patents that will wind up in the hands of Taiwan's Nuvoton

Shining a light on what could be Panasonic's last chip patent disposal
Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight
29 Jun 2020

Messy leadership dispute at Arm's China JV puts IP risks in the spotlight

UK-based chip designer and owner Softbank have been unable to oust the chief executive of the entity with exclusive rights to license its chip designs in China

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

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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

23 Jun 2020

Samsung patent suit shows licensing is a core focus of new Japanese OLED consortium

JOLED, set up in 2014 by public-private fund INCJ, recently started mass producing panels. Its first assertion shows it’s equally serious about IP monetisation Read more

20 Jun 2020

Japan’s position as a 5G follower will shape its IP policy

Scuttled plan to protect IoT industry from patent threats is a sign of anxiety over the landscape around the latest telecom standard Read more

18 Jun 2020

Takeda offloads yet more “non-core” assets with other deals likely to follow

The Japanese big pharma continues to divest drug rights to pay down its debt and fund desperately needed innovation Read more

Designs

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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

26 Oct 2019

Japan is the unheralded centre of Asia’s patent market

Long-term filing declines and a staid litigation environment mask the fact that the patent strategies pursued by the country’s elite companies are becoming more aggressive and dynamic Read more

Finance

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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

28 Feb 2020

Japanese firms’ IP accounting attracts US tax scrutiny

Silicon Valley behemoths like Facebook are not the only firms under the IRS microscope, according to a recent Japanese media report Read more

Frand/SEPS

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6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

24 Apr 2020

Exclusive: JPO tells IAM it has no current plans to curb IoT injunctions

Legislative director at Japan Patent Office says media reports of a plan to change the patent law next year are inaccurate Read more

21 Apr 2020

Japan may limit patent injunctions against IoT products

Policy floated by JPO could restrict enforcement of SEPs judged to make only a “small contribution” to infringing devices Read more

Law & Policy

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6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals 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

11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

Litigation

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6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

Market Developments

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

25 May 2020

Japanese covid-19 patent pledge triples membership, but users must read fine print

Big-name electronics and chemical companies have continued to sign on, but several have taken the opportunity to narrow the terms of the pledge and remind potential infringers that they won’t tolerate abuse Read more

20 May 2020

From the archive – Japan’s patent story

A look into the IAM back catalogue to see how we have covered the developing face of IP strategy in one of the world's great innovation powers Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

20 May 2020

From the archive – Japan’s patent story

A look into the IAM back catalogue to see how we have covered the developing face of IP strategy in one of the world's great innovation powers Read more

Patent Pools

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6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

25 May 2020

Japanese covid-19 patent pledge triples membership, but users must read fine print

Big-name electronics and chemical companies have continued to sign on, but several have taken the opportunity to narrow the terms of the pledge and remind potential infringers that they won’t tolerate abuse Read more

7 May 2020

Top Japanese corporates pledge patent non-assertion to speed virus fight

Canon and 15 other companies in tech, auto and healthcare make Open Covid-19 Declaration Read more

Patents Law

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

Strategy

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5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

27 May 2020

European Patent Office still top for quality and service, new IAM benchmarking report finds

Top ratings once again for the agency led by António Campinos, but Andrei Iancu’s USPTO slips down, according to respondents to our annual survey of in-house and private practice professionals Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

Technology Licensing

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6 Jun 2020

It’s time for the auto sector to speak with a more coherent voice on IP

There are numerous challenges facing OEMs, suppliers and new players which call for more coordinated action Read more

5 Jun 2020

Panasonic’s expertise in patent monetisation has never been more important

Like many other businesses, the Japanese heavyweight is under significant financial pressure thanks to the covid-19 pandemic, but its long track record of leveraging its IP assets could prove a saving grace Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

20 May 2020

From the archive – Japan’s patent story

A look into the IAM back catalogue to see how we have covered the developing face of IP strategy in one of the world's great innovation powers Read more

Trade Secrets

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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

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

24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position Read more

28 Feb 2020

Japanese firms’ IP accounting attracts US tax scrutiny

Silicon Valley behemoths like Facebook are not the only firms under the IRS microscope, according to a recent Japanese media report Read more

Valuation

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24 Apr 2020

Patents have served Toshiba well, but now its sights are set on a different intellectual asset

Through the turbulent times the Japanese heavyweight has experienced it never lost faith in IP; and while its portfolio of holdings will continue to be crucial data is moving to centre stage 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

28 Feb 2020

Japanese firms’ IP accounting attracts US tax scrutiny

Silicon Valley behemoths like Facebook are not the only firms under the IRS microscope, according to a recent Japanese media report Read more

5 Dec 2019

Auto IP stakeholders in Asia call for peace, prepare for war

Huawei, Nokia and top Japanese brands discussed the licensing conflicts confronting the industry in front of a packed room in Shanghai Read more

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