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Samsung sues Irish NPE just six months after settlement, claiming its “large checks” failed to buy “lasting peace”

New lawsuit puts the structure of Atlantic IP Services, the prolific Irish patent licensing firm, under the spotlight

Samsung sues Irish NPE just six months after settlement, claiming its “large checks” failed to buy “lasting peace”
South Korea’s strategic approach to IP sets up key global deals
8 Jun 2021

South Korea’s strategic approach to IP sets up key global deals

Agreements around chips and vaccines show that IP-related issues are high on the diplomatic agendas of advanced economies

Chinese buyer of 10,000+ LED patents from LG Innotek revealed
4 Jun 2021

Chinese buyer of 10,000+ LED patents from LG Innotek revealed

Newly-created Suzhou Lekin Semiconductor is backed by a well-connected Chinese lighting magnate

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27 May 2021

The Samsung deal validates a pragmatic Ericsson approach to patent licensing

A settlement of the multi-jurisdictional dispute between the two companies just six months after it began delivered wins for both sides Read more

21 May 2021

Clash of major OLED competitors ends with a deal

JOLED, a Japanese consortium, and Samsung Display, the field’s dominant player, settle US lawsuits going both ways Read more

19 May 2021

Seeking a better deal from Ericsson, Samsung updated the defensive playbook

From its unconventional validity campaign to the ‘Wuhan submarine’, result shows that device makers have powerful tools at their disposal Read more

18 May 2021

Chinese firm to buy LED assets and 10,000+ patents from LG Innotek

Korean smartphone supplier has been on a selling spree lately as it pivots toward higher-value businesses Read more

Designs

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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

11 Dec 2019

China’s top IP court delivers novel patent ruling as first term nears end

The Supreme People’s Court IP Tribunal gave the final word on both validity and infringement in a case involving LG Electronics – a first in China’s bifurcated system 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

25 Sep 2019

South Korean president uses 2 millionth patent grant to call for tech independence

Moon Jae-in (centre) made the comments amid an international dispute with Japan. He also said IP can help prevent conglomerates from seizing technology from smaller firms Read more

Finance

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8 Jan 2021

South Korea's Intellectual Discovery is in the process of becoming a big league, mainstream NPE

A year after a major capital infusion and a change of leadership, the firm has notched some notable settlements in the US and laid the groundwork for new assertion campaigns 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

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

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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7 May 2021

LG’s smartphone portfolio is a treasure trove of high-quality 4G and 5G SEPs

The South Korean company is reportedly looking for buyers of its mobile patents. Given what may be available, it shouldn’t have to try too hard Read more

7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

30 Apr 2021

The prospect of an LG SEP sale is making some in South Korea nervous

Wireless patents are among the portfolios being shopped by the electronics giant as it withdraws from the smartphone industry – some in South Korea would prefer to keep these rights at home Read more

11 Mar 2021

Nokia secures another litigation-free, royalty-bearing, licensing deal with Samsung

Agreement covers video standards and comes almost 18 months after the companies announced expansion of wireless accord Read more

Law & Policy

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12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday Read more

3 Mar 2021

Samsung, LG and South Korea’s trade secrets dilemma

The long read: Few countries are more focused on the threat of IP leaks to China than South Korea. But when it comes to shoring up legal protections for trade secrets, senior leaders have put on the brakes, anticipating threats to key industry players and national technology goals Read more

1 Feb 2021

“It’s really embarrassing” - LG and SK feel the political heat ahead of US trade secrets decision

South Korean PM’s comments show that IP enforcement does not happen in a vacuum Read more

21 Jan 2021

Hot tech sectors power Korean patent growth in 2020

KIPO says users turned crisis to opportunity, recording a big increase in IP creation Read more

Litigation

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7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

5 May 2021

Samsung hit with smartphone patents recently sold by LG Innotek

Suit filed by Irish NPE in Western District of Texas could bring concerns over the separate LG Electronics portfolio to the forefront Read more

15 Apr 2021

Korean Supreme Court tears up tough inventiveness standard

Life sciences innovators set to benefit from landmark Eliquis decision Read more

12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday Read more

Market Developments

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9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

24 Mar 2021

Korean royalty gap widens as tech giants pay more patent fees

Country’s central bank says conglomerates’ patent licensing obligations drove big swing in national balance of IP payments Read more

2 Mar 2021

New data sheds light on the globalisation of SEPs

Update to study of ‘core’ 5G assets still has Huawei in the driver’s seat, while another report shows growing importance of markets like India and Southeast Asia Read more

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 Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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5 May 2021

Samsung hit with smartphone patents recently sold by LG Innotek

Suit filed by Irish NPE in Western District of Texas could bring concerns over the separate LG Electronics portfolio to the forefront Read more

30 Apr 2021

The prospect of an LG SEP sale is making some in South Korea nervous

Wireless patents are among the portfolios being shopped by the electronics giant as it withdraws from the smartphone industry – some in South Korea would prefer to keep these rights at home Read more

9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

24 Mar 2021

Korean royalty gap widens as tech giants pay more patent fees

Country’s central bank says conglomerates’ patent licensing obligations drove big swing in national balance of IP payments Read more

Patent Pools

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15 Jan 2021

Oppo’s patent focus: smaller deals, younger rights and future standards

Shanghai-based R&D firm Langbo inks its first patent sale to a major Chinese buyer after a pair of deals with foreign NPEs Read more

8 Aug 2020

China's universities can shape the future of video - and more besides - if they get IP right

Robust technical contributions to VVC could turn into future royalty streams as the country's academic institutions get more involved than ever before in standards-setting Read more

4 Jun 2020

Oppo buys SEP applications from Korean research entity, gearing up for the future of streaming

“We want to prepare for next generation of video codec as early as possible” an Oppo executive tells IAM Read more

21 May 2020

Addition of Samsung to patent pool adds to Via’s grip on the advanced audio space

Outfit's head points to ongoing deal activity despite covid-19 crisis as he eyes possible opportunities in video Read more

Patents Law

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17 May 2021

Hyundai supplier promises big patent investments

Korean parts supplier Hyundai Mobis is only the latest Asian auto giant that is focusing more on its IP portfolio Read more

7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

5 May 2021

Samsung hit with smartphone patents recently sold by LG Innotek

Suit filed by Irish NPE in Western District of Texas could bring concerns over the separate LG Electronics portfolio to the forefront Read more

30 Apr 2021

The prospect of an LG SEP sale is making some in South Korea nervous

Wireless patents are among the portfolios being shopped by the electronics giant as it withdraws from the smartphone industry – some in South Korea would prefer to keep these rights at home Read more

Strategy

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9 Apr 2021

Post-smartphones, LG is actively exploring patent sales

An affiliate of the South Korean company recently sold over 100 assets to an NPE, while other parts of the portfolio are reportedly being shopped by brokers Read more

8 Apr 2021

Netlist uses IP leverage for $40 million licence with SK hynix and a key supply agreement

On top of a patent deal, the companies agree a purchase deal covering up to $600 million in products from the Korean business Read more

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 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

Technology Licensing

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7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

24 Mar 2021

Korean royalty gap widens as tech giants pay more patent fees

Country’s central bank says conglomerates’ patent licensing obligations drove big swing in national balance of IP payments Read more

9 Mar 2021

Top Samsung licensing executive joins Marconi

Licensing company's latest blockbuster hire is Hosik Jang, a 35-year veteran of Samsung Electronics Read more

29 Jan 2021

Mired in a FRAND and patent fight with Samsung, Ericsson forecasts big quarterly hit to licensing revenues

CEO assures investors that company will maximise value of its portfolio Read more

Trade Secrets

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12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday Read more

3 Mar 2021

Samsung, LG and South Korea’s trade secrets dilemma

The long read: Few countries are more focused on the threat of IP leaks to China than South Korea. But when it comes to shoring up legal protections for trade secrets, senior leaders have put on the brakes, anticipating threats to key industry players and national technology goals Read more

12 Feb 2021

Ford CEO weighs in on “really embarrassing” South Korean battery trade secrets fight

With the auto giant set for a high-profile roll out of several new electric vehicles, the dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation is once again in the spotlight Read more

1 Feb 2021

“It’s really embarrassing” - LG and SK feel the political heat ahead of US trade secrets decision

South Korean PM’s comments show that IP enforcement does not happen in a vacuum Read more

Valuation

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7 May 2021

Samsung and Ericsson settle patent licensing dispute

Swedish company projects second quarter licensing revenues of up to $297 million after signing cross-licence which includes 5G rights Read more

30 Apr 2021

The prospect of an LG SEP sale is making some in South Korea nervous

Wireless patents are among the portfolios being shopped by the electronics giant as it withdraws from the smartphone industry – some in South Korea would prefer to keep these rights at home Read more

12 Apr 2021

Six takeaways from the $1.8 billion finale to the LG Energy Solutions - SK Innovation IP dispute

As political wrangling and potential for commercial fallout mounted, the two Korean battery suppliers reached an eleventh-hour settlement deal yesterday Read more

4 Nov 2020

CEO’s patent comments illustrate high stakes of LG Chem IP campaign

The company plans to spin off its lucrative auto battery business, and executive says patents will be key to fending off competition from China Read more

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