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Korean NPE launches offensive after streaming pool's collapse

State research lab ETRI and patent fund Intellectual Discovery are two of the entities in line to profit from the assertion effort

Korean NPE launches offensive after streaming pool's collapse
7 Nov 2019

New suit suggests LG China licensing push

Korean company is the latest infrequent plaintiff to sue a Chinese TV maker, underlining challenges for licensors in the space

1 Nov 2019

Japanese industrials learn that validity is king in China

Top firms in chemicals, materials and other industrial fields from Japan have not been shy about suing Chinese competitors, but China’s patent office has been a big obstacle to enforcement

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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

15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

4 Oct 2019

KT Corp lines up corporate patent sales with Samsung the latest customer

Korean telco has started selling patents to other operating companies in the last two years, after previous deals focused on the NPE sector 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

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18 Mar 2019

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 Read more

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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6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

16 Apr 2019

Huawei leverages patent transactions for peace and profit

Recent assignments showcase different ways Huawei reaps value from patent deals: one sealing its settlement with Samsung, another arming America’s most prolific NPE Read more

25 Mar 2019

Qualcomm wins JFTC reversal, but faces other questions on Asian competition front

After nine years of legal manoeuvring, the US chipmaker has won approval for its licensing practices in Japan. But in other parts of the region, antitrust doubts remain Read more

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30 Aug 2019

Trespassing prohibited

The availability of injunctive relief varies widely around the world. In our first analysis of the global injunction landscape we lift the lid on which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity for a sales ban Read more

21 Jun 2019

SK Innovation fights US trade secrets suit with Korean defamation case

Battery maker will argue that LG Chem’s US trade secret litigation is against the national interest Read more

23 Apr 2019

US patent litigation is down, but not for Korean companies

South Korean government study also shows that NPEs continue to target foreign defendants in places like Marshall, Texas (pictured) post TC Heartland Read more

8 Apr 2019

Reforms seek to boost South Korea's patent market

Firms welcomed tougher measures against infringers at IPBC Korea 2019 last week, but there are concerns about a recent initiative to attract more foreign litigants through the use of English-language hearings Read more

Litigation

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13 Sep 2019

CEOs may be called in to solve LG-SK dispute

IP war between South Korean battery makers continues to escalate, but top execs could meet amidst calls for national unity Read more

30 Aug 2019

Trespassing prohibited

The availability of injunctive relief varies widely around the world. In our first analysis of the global injunction landscape we lift the lid on which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity for a sales ban Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs Read more

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13 Sep 2019

CEOs may be called in to solve LG-SK dispute

IP war between South Korean battery makers continues to escalate, but top execs could meet amidst calls for national unity Read more

6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

30 Jul 2019

Asian companies will drive growth in semiconductor IP

Patent filings in the industry have dropped off globally, but the market is expected to rev up soon with companies like Samsung and BOE leading the way Read more

Non practising entities

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8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs Read more

1 Aug 2019

Canon assigns patents to Samsung Electronics

The transaction of OLED-related rights appears to be a very rare disposal for the third biggest US patent holder, which earlier this year did a deal through the LOT Network Read more

17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court Read more

16 Apr 2019

Huawei leverages patent transactions for peace and profit

Recent assignments showcase different ways Huawei reaps value from patent deals: one sealing its settlement with Samsung, another arming America’s most prolific NPE Read more

Patent pools

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6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership 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

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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13 Sep 2019

CEOs may be called in to solve LG-SK dispute

IP war between South Korean battery makers continues to escalate, but top execs could meet amidst calls for national unity Read more

6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs Read more

Technology licensing

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6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

8 Aug 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs Read more

17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court 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

Trade secrets

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13 Sep 2019

CEOs may be called in to solve LG-SK dispute

IP war between South Korean battery makers continues to escalate, but top execs could meet amidst calls for national unity Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

21 Jun 2019

SK Innovation fights US trade secrets suit with Korean defamation case

Battery maker will argue that LG Chem’s US trade secret litigation is against the national interest Read more

2 May 2019

Fresh off an important licence in China, LG Chem breaks truce with chaebol rival 

Five years into a decade-long non-aggression pact, LG Chem says SK Innovation has been poaching its engineers to steal trade secrets Read more

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29 Jul 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2 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

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

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