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Japan could join Korea in hosting English-language patent litigation

The government is quickly moving on to its next proposal for patent litigation reform, weeks after successfully pushing amendments on damages and evidence collection onto the legislative agenda

Japan could join Korea in hosting English-language patent litigation
12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up

4 Mar 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple

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28 Feb 2019

Huawei and Samsung call it quits

The first major test of Huawei's SEP portfolio will not be decided in the courtroom. But the three-year dispute shed light on the company's negotiating style and royalty demands Read more

7 Feb 2019

Pantech deals more patents, this time to Oppo

Sell-off continues as new ownership seeks to get out from under nearly $100 million in debt with just a few hundred granted US patents remaining in its arsenal Read more

31 Jan 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom Read more

28 Jan 2019

For Samsung Electronics, patents increasingly help close deals

Recent assignments show the Korean conglomerate transferring US patent rights to Nokia, TiVo and Philips against the backdrop of licence deals and strategic business partnerships Read more

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Designs

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28 Jun 2018

A timeline of Apple v Samsung and why the smartphone wars aren’t over yet

The sprawling patent battle that was arguably the central conflict of the smartphone wars, came to an end as the pair announced that they had reached a settlement. We re-visit all of the key events in the seven year struggle. Read more

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19 Jul 2018

Despite Samsung settlement management of former BlackBerry patents changes hands

Earlier this week a judge in the Eastern District of Texas officially dismissed the lawsuit between Samsung and Fundamental Innovation Systems International (FISI) after the pair settled their dispute. FISI had accused the tech giant of infringing… Read more

3 Nov 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital… Read more

2 Nov 2017

Intellectual Discovery plans sale of its venture capital unit later this year

Korean patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) is seeking a buyer for its subsidiary ID Ventures, according to the company’s website. IAM understands the fund is weighing multiple offers already, and just one week remains before the bidding deadline… Read more

8 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology… Read more

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

31 Jul 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts. Read more

Law & Policy

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: South Korea

Top legal experts in South Korea provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

17 Sep 2018

Patent controversy embroils South Korean biotech claiming key CRISPR IP

Questions emerge about whether ToolGen properly acquired foundational gene editing patents, and how much government support founder Kim Jin-soo received for his breakthrough invention. Read more

Litigation

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

5 Nov 2018

Korean patent fund fuels more US NPE suits with latest disposals

Intellectual Discovery has transferred auto and LED portfolios in recent weeks; both have spurred assertions in Delaware - increasingly the number one venue for US plaintiffs post-TC Heartland  Read more

Market Developments

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10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

Non practising entities

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

26 Nov 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year.  Read more

5 Nov 2018

Korean patent fund fuels more US NPE suits with latest disposals

Intellectual Discovery has transferred auto and LED portfolios in recent weeks; both have spurred assertions in Delaware - increasingly the number one venue for US plaintiffs post-TC Heartland  Read more

13 Aug 2018

ETRI exclusive licence deals signal two new campaigns to monetise its US patent holdings

South Korean research institute is working with two separate licensing entities, one of which has already filed cases. A previous effort faltered  last year when a judge ruled ETRI's exclusive licensees lacked standing to sue. Read more

Patent pools

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

9 Apr 2018

Top Korean university expands assertion campaign against Apple; rethinks patent pool strategy

A recent announcement by the HEVC Advance patent pool names the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as one of a handful of new members from that country. The news comes just a few months after the top national polytechnic… Read more

Strategy

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10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

27 Sep 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: South Korea

Top legal experts in South Korea provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018 Read more

Technology licensing

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10 Jan 2019

Microsoft and LG Electronics announce auto tech deal after December patent transfer

The companies renewed their cross-licence over the summer. Patent assignments last month and a new technology partnership show there is plenty of opportunity for the two to collaborate Read more

4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

17 Sep 2018

Patent controversy embroils South Korean biotech claiming key CRISPR IP

Questions emerge about whether ToolGen properly acquired foundational gene editing patents, and how much government support founder Kim Jin-soo received for his breakthrough invention. Read more

13 Aug 2018

ETRI exclusive licence deals signal two new campaigns to monetise its US patent holdings

South Korean research institute is working with two separate licensing entities, one of which has already filed cases. A previous effort faltered  last year when a judge ruled ETRI's exclusive licensees lacked standing to sue. Read more

Trademarks

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15 Nov 2016

Samsung’s $8 billion Harman acquisition is another major play in the auto sector’s patent market

Samsung Electronics’ $8 billion acquisition of Harman, which was announced yesterday, is not only the Korean tech giant’s largest purchase but is also another play in the rapidly evolving automotive technology market. As well as giving Samsung a… Read more

30 Aug 2016

A closer look at Korea’s latest IP trade results shows they aren’t quite as optimistic as initial reports suggest

IAM has followed the saga of South Korea’s negative IP rights receipts for some time now. While Korean media reports on the latest figures from the country’s central bank suggest that the deficit is gradually being chipped away, there are a couple… Read more

Trade secrets

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4 Jan 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom Read more

18 Dec 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen Read more

17 Dec 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders Read more

30 Aug 2018

SK Hynix bolsters patent holdings, buying two portfolios

Korean chipmaker turns to HP Enterprise and Integrated Device Technology as its US patent risks escalate Read more

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16 Apr 2018

Troubled Korean smartphone maker supplies Apple with more US rights

Apple has acquired a portfolio of 27 US patents from Korean smartphone maker Pantech, according to assignment records filed with the USPTO. The transfer follows the iPhone manufacturer’s purchase last summer of a package of 11 patents from Korean… Read more

8 Mar 2018

Pickup of patents from former Yahoo! portfolio is latest acquisition move by Samsung Electronics

Altaba, the holding company that was formed to sell off former Yahoo! assets, has transferred a patent portfolio to Samsung Electronics, in what looks to be its second small-scale disposal. USPTO records show that the transfer was made in late… Read more

1 Mar 2018

Big business risks make narrowing the royalty gap difficult for Korean corporates

South Korea’s deficit in intellectual property rights not only remained in the red in 2017, but widened compared to the 2016, new figures from the Bank of Korea show. But its largest surplus in IP payments was still with China - totalling $ 1.98… Read more

8 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology… Read more

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