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Canon IP boss speaks on adapting to the ‘new normal’

Kenichi Nagasawa explains the choices he is confronted with as covid-19 accelerates changes that were already taking place in the tech industry

Canon IP boss speaks on adapting to the ‘new normal’
How the JPO is preparing for the age of AI patents
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

Chinese LED firms square up with foreign patent portfolios on both sides
21 Sep 2020

Chinese LED firms square up with foreign patent portfolios on both sides

Mainland opponents in notoriously litigious sector have stocked up with rights from Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Korea’s ILJIN

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17 Sep 2020

Major Chinese printing player draws Canon’s ire again

Ninestar, part of a stable of related companies including Lexmark, back in the crosshairs after successful defence at ITC 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

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

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

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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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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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

28 Jul 2020

Proposed limits to injunctions in Japan need further study, top policy body says

JPO subcommittee report indicates that the time is not right for a measure that could be seen as  weakening patent rights Read more

14 Jul 2020

Sharp grants Huawei SEP licence for auto components

Deal shakes up car wars in Germany, with Huawei client Daimler now set to escape some infringement claims 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

Law & Policy

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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

21 Aug 2020

Countries that seek to lead in AI must think seriously about how to use IP to protect what it creates

Exclusive article for IAM written by Professor Ryan Abbott, one of the team behind the groundbreaking DABUS patent applications Read more

19 Aug 2020

What’s on the agenda as new JPO commissioner begins term

New boss Toshihide Kasutani acknowledges filing dip and suggests Japanese firms should maintain R&D investment to avoid "Lehman shock" repeat Read more

12 Aug 2020

Compulsory licensing of covid-19 treatments unlikely in China, Japan and South Korea

Experts consulted by IAM in the three countries downplay interventions, but it may be a different story in Indonesia and India Read more

Litigation

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1 Sep 2020

Another Japanese patent powerhouse goes on the attack for the first time

Japan Display is the latest big manufacturer with partial government backing to escalate its IP monetisation efforts with new US litigation 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

19 Aug 2020

What’s on the agenda as new JPO commissioner begins term

New boss Toshihide Kasutani acknowledges filing dip and suggests Japanese firms should maintain R&D investment to avoid "Lehman shock" repeat Read more

28 Jul 2020

Proposed limits to injunctions in Japan need further study, top policy body says

JPO subcommittee report indicates that the time is not right for a measure that could be seen as  weakening patent rights Read more

Market Developments

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1 Sep 2020

Another Japanese patent powerhouse goes on the attack for the first time

Japan Display is the latest big manufacturer with partial government backing to escalate its IP monetisation efforts with new US litigation 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

22 Aug 2020

If Nvidia purchases Arm it will create a processor patent powerhouse

The semiconductor industry is buzzing on the news of a potential tie-up and portfolio analysis shows that there is a lot to be gained from such a move Read more

19 Aug 2020

What’s on the agenda as new JPO commissioner begins term

New boss Toshihide Kasutani acknowledges filing dip and suggests Japanese firms should maintain R&D investment to avoid "Lehman shock" repeat Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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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

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

Patent Pools

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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

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

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

Patents Law

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1 Sep 2020

Another Japanese patent powerhouse goes on the attack for the first time

Japan Display is the latest big manufacturer with partial government backing to escalate its IP monetisation efforts with new US litigation 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

22 Aug 2020

If Nvidia purchases Arm it will create a processor patent powerhouse

The semiconductor industry is buzzing on the news of a potential tie-up and portfolio analysis shows that there is a lot to be gained from such a move Read more

21 Aug 2020

Countries that seek to lead in AI must think seriously about how to use IP to protect what it creates

Exclusive article for IAM written by Professor Ryan Abbott, one of the team behind the groundbreaking DABUS patent applications Read more

Strategy

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1 Sep 2020

Another Japanese patent powerhouse goes on the attack for the first time

Japan Display is the latest big manufacturer with partial government backing to escalate its IP monetisation efforts with new US litigation 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

22 Aug 2020

If Nvidia purchases Arm it will create a processor patent powerhouse

The semiconductor industry is buzzing on the news of a potential tie-up and portfolio analysis shows that there is a lot to be gained from such a move 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

Technology Licensing

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22 Aug 2020

If Nvidia purchases Arm it will create a processor patent powerhouse

The semiconductor industry is buzzing on the news of a potential tie-up and portfolio analysis shows that there is a lot to be gained from such a move Read more

12 Aug 2020

Compulsory licensing of covid-19 treatments unlikely in China, Japan and South Korea

Experts consulted by IAM in the three countries downplay interventions, but it may be a different story in Indonesia and India 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

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

Trade Secrets

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21 Aug 2020

Countries that seek to lead in AI must think seriously about how to use IP to protect what it creates

Exclusive article for IAM written by Professor Ryan Abbott, one of the team behind the groundbreaking DABUS patent applications Read more

19 Aug 2020

What’s on the agenda as new JPO commissioner begins term

New boss Toshihide Kasutani acknowledges filing dip and suggests Japanese firms should maintain R&D investment to avoid "Lehman shock" repeat 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

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 Read more

Valuation

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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

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

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