Region: Japan

Japan’s NEC is latest to pick up Blackberry patents ahead of planned portfolio sale

Small-scale transaction follows confirmation that Canadian firm is negotiating with a North American bidder for its 38,000 assets

22 April 2021

More NPE dealing shows that Toshiba buyout battle could have patent consequences

What would be Japan’s largest-ever leveraged buyout could have significant portfolio implications, given that Toshiba patents have found willing buyers in recent years

21 April 2021

Japan sets patent goal for 6G in early sign of fierce competition

After all the attention lavished on 5G patent counts, expect even greater scrutiny on numbers as companies start developing the next generation of wireless tech

19 April 2021

Patent deal with Sharp gave China’s top LED maker ammunition against rival

A portfolio of more than 70 patent families acquired from the Japanese company has been deployed by Sanan Optoelectronics in Chinese court

14 April 2021

Sony’s strategy for IP success makes it rare among Japanese businesses

The company’s creative use of patents over the years has enabled multiple acquisitions and helped underpin a major business transformation

09 April 2021

Panasonic sells portfolio of wireless patents to Apple

Even after a string of disposals over the years, the Japanese company’s IP team has plenty of value creation opportunities in front of it

07 April 2021

Panasonic on the attack in latest sign of auto supply chain conflict

Japanese company brings West Texas suit against Canada’s Magna International, a rival seller of ADAS systems for vehicles

01 April 2021

Rakuten draws IBM suit after bolstering its portfolio with more acquisitions

The Japanese e-commerce company is the latest online platform hit by a patent suit from Big Blue, which is currently litigating with Zillow and Chewy

30 March 2021

Japanese display lab looking toward China for next patent payday

Semiconductor Energy Lab settles US case against BOE and promptly targets China Star Optoelectronics, another major panel maker

29 March 2021

How Sony is revamping its patent portfolio to suit a fast-changing business

Executive vice president Toshimoto Mitomo tells IAM how the company’s IP department has supported the conglomerate’s shift from electronics-first company to entertainment powerhouse

25 March 2021

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