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Japan records 6% decline in patent filings for 2020

Preliminary figures also show a drop in PCT filings naming JPO as the receiving office

Japan records 6% decline in patent filings for 2020
Dialog’s patents will boost Renesas’ fast growing licensing business
19 Feb 2021

Dialog’s patents will boost Renesas’ fast growing licensing business

The purchase of the UK chipmaker will contribute to the monetisation programme’s potential, particularly within circuit technologies

Apple Car rumours stoke brand anxiety for Asian carmakers
18 Feb 2021

Apple Car rumours stoke brand anxiety for Asian carmakers

Licensing not the only area of IP tensions caused by the convergence of the high-tech and auto sectors

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9 Feb 2021

New lawsuit shows strategic value of Samsung's patent buying programme

With over 21,000 patents to choose from in big OLED battle, Samsung Display is making use of rights it bought from Seiko Epson eight years ago Read more

3 Feb 2021

Japanese chemical giants score patent litigation wins in China

Two of country’s top industrials got successful results in the market that constitutes their number one business challenge Read more

2 Feb 2021

The Roivant Sciences dealmaking strategy revolutionising life sciences IP monetisation

A deep dive into the trail-blazing biopharma business established by former hedge fund partner Vivek Ramaswamy Read more

20 Jan 2021

Japanese industrial giant goes on patent offensive with US lawsuit

Motor maker Nidec takes action to defend its huge market share in hard drive components Read more

Designs

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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

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

Finance

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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

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

Frand/SEPS

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4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

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

Law & Policy

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4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

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

Litigation

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11 Jan 2021

Samsung heats up OLED battle with Japanese upstart

Countersuit against JOLED follows appointment of Covington & Burling lawyer as new IP head at Korean company’s Samsung Display affiliate Read more

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

Market Developments

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4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

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

Non-Practising Entities

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11 Jan 2021

Samsung heats up OLED battle with Japanese upstart

Countersuit against JOLED follows appointment of Covington & Burling lawyer as new IP head at Korean company’s Samsung Display affiliate 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

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

Patent Pools

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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

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

Patents Law

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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

12 Jan 2021

Huawei bolsters portfolio in deals with Blackberry, Denso

Deals show Chinese company is back in the midst of the secondary market for patents, finding willing partners among major IP owners Read more

11 Jan 2021

Samsung heats up OLED battle with Japanese upstart

Countersuit against JOLED follows appointment of Covington & Burling lawyer as new IP head at Korean company’s Samsung Display affiliate 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

Strategy

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18 Dec 2020

Japan’s leading corporate IP departments revealed

The country's Asia IP Elite made some big strategic shifts in 2020 as they weathered an unprecedented year Read more

4 Dec 2020

Data shows that Honda’s AI-fuelled patent cuts are having an impact

The company spends the most per patent family among Japanese automakers, but its tech tools promise to push down spending, saving cash and time in the process Read more

4 Dec 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes 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

Technology Licensing

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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

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

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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