Japan

IP Bridge goes private in management-led buyout

Public-private fund INCJ exits investment, ending government involvement in the Japanese IP monetisation business run by Minoru Fujiki (pictured)

IP Bridge goes private in management-led buyout
How life sciences innovators can avoid patent term extension pitfalls in Japan
30 Mar 2020

How life sciences innovators can avoid patent term extension pitfalls in Japan

Uncertainties remain over the claim scope that can be covered by PTEs in the country, and difficulties can arise when more than one extension is claimed for a single patent

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

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27 Mar 2020

NTT launches first patent litigation effort with new Wi-Fi suits

Japanese telco has been working with ex-Inventergy consultants to monetise US patents, lawsuits against Acer, TI and Mediatek reveal 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

23 Mar 2020

Settlement deal ends Casio assertions in China

The Japanese company had battled Shenzhen-based rival Appotronics in Chinese courts over competing projector technology Read more

19 Mar 2020

Tesla is the next automaker in Sharp’s patent sights

Hon Hai subsidiary brings the auto IP wars to Asia with Tokyo suit; Elon Musk company now faces two assertions by Avanci members Read more

Designs

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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

24 Oct 2019

Latest statistics show foreign firms win in high numbers at Beijing IP Court

Numbers also show that damages are rising. But litigation statistics only tell part of the story on plaintiff success. Read more

Finance

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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

10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

29 Oct 2019

Highlights from Day One of this year’s IPBC Asia

New market entrants, 5G futures, trade secret challenges, top dealmaking tips, the end of the foundry patent war, a new billion dollar IP fund and much more discussed at the sell-out event in Tokyo Read more

24 Sep 2019

Sony worries company split would lead to higher IP fees

Concern about parting with its image sensor business and IP portfolio illustrates a problem for Japanese companies seeking to restructure Read more

Frand/SEPS

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10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Law & Policy

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10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

19 Dec 2019

TCS: Current IP paradigm inadequate for the age of AI

IT giant Tata Consultancy Services urges policymakers around the world to clarify and harmonise IP policies in new report Read more

Litigation

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

25 Feb 2020

Taiwan Semiconductor bolsters portfolio in AMD, RPX deals

The chipmaker picked up over 100 US patents in transactions executed last year, assignments show Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

Market Developments

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

25 Feb 2020

Taiwan Semiconductor bolsters portfolio in AMD, RPX deals

The chipmaker picked up over 100 US patents in transactions executed last year, assignments show Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

Patent Pools

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9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday 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

Patents Law

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors Read more

4 Mar 2020

The rocky road ahead – 2020 Patent 100 reveals fall in applications

Despite a startling drop in applications, this year’s IAM/ktMINE ranking shows that financial institutions are ramping up activity. Read more

Strategy

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors Read more

11 Feb 2020

Toshiba patent disposals continue with Toyota deal

Transaction comes shortly after former Toshiba patents appeared in US NPE litigation against Fiat Chrysler Read more

Technology Licensing

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17 Mar 2020

First suit since RPX deal shows chip portfolio still a priority for IP Bridge

Micron is targeted as Japanese fund operators breaks two-year quiet spell with new campaign Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors 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

Trade Secrets

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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

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights 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

2 Dec 2019

Panasonic sells semiconductor unit in $250m deal

Acquirer out of Taiwan says transaction will broaden its IP portfolio and add significant R&D resources, but it is not clear just how many patents will change hands Read more

Valuation

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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

2 Dec 2019

Panasonic sells semiconductor unit in $250m deal

Acquirer out of Taiwan says transaction will broaden its IP portfolio and add significant R&D resources, but it is not clear just how many patents will change hands Read more

14 Nov 2019

Skyhawk deal with Celgene confirms growing importance of platform technologies in life sciences IP value creation

Increased focus on gene and cell-related therapies as well as falling R&D returns, promise to heighten biopharma interest in tapping into the potential of SkySTAR and other platforms Read more

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Paul Fenster
Senior Litigation and Prosecution Consultant
Ramat Gan, Israel
Ehrlich & Fenster, of Ehrlich Group