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China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth
7 Sep 2021

China surge in business method patents continues, while Japan and South Korea also see growth

Asia charts its own course as post-Alice slide continues in the United States and filing levels remain low in Europe

Korean Intellectual Property Office inaugurates “tech police” unit to combat overseas IP leakage
3 Sep 2021

Korean Intellectual Property Office inaugurates “tech police” unit to combat overseas IP leakage

A division devoted to IP investigations has been beefed up and charged with stopping the flow of trade secrets across borders

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20 Sep 2021

Belgian materials giant doubles down on IP enforcement in Asia

Umicore has brought a complaint at South Korea’s ITC equivalent and filed a fresh suit in China seeking $39 million from a local competitor Read more

9 Sep 2021

Private practice leadership roundtable

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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2 Sep 2021

Samsung Electronics signs up as a licensee to Sisvel’s cellular SEPs

Deal was forged with no litigation hovering in the background and is the latest in a line that the pair have concluded 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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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 Read more

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

Frand/SEPS

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18 Aug 2021

Dolby hit with South Korean fine for breach of FRAND obligations

Country’s competition authority imposes 270 million won penalty on the company for abusing the bargaining position its ownership of SEPs created Read more

29 Jun 2021

Hold, sell, spin – LG Electronics’ powerful patents give it plenty of options

The South Korean company is leaving the handsets business and has some big calls to make about the portfolio it has in the space Read more

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

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

Law & Policy

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27 Aug 2021

As solar patent war rolls on, Chinese panel leader says it has seen off biggest threats

JinKo Solar explains how a Sino-Korean patent battle has played out so far, revealing big differences in US and German results Read more

18 Aug 2021

Dolby hit with South Korean fine for breach of FRAND obligations

Country’s competition authority imposes 270 million won penalty on the company for abusing the bargaining position its ownership of SEPs created Read more

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 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

Litigation

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27 Aug 2021

As solar patent war rolls on, Chinese panel leader says it has seen off biggest threats

JinKo Solar explains how a Sino-Korean patent battle has played out so far, revealing big differences in US and German results Read more

18 Aug 2021

Dolby hit with South Korean fine for breach of FRAND obligations

Country’s competition authority imposes 270 million won penalty on the company for abusing the bargaining position its ownership of SEPs created Read more

15 Jun 2021

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 Read more

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

Market Developments

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27 Aug 2021

As solar patent war rolls on, Chinese panel leader says it has seen off biggest threats

JinKo Solar explains how a Sino-Korean patent battle has played out so far, revealing big differences in US and German results Read more

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 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

Non-Practising Entities

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15 Jun 2021

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 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

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

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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27 Aug 2021

As solar patent war rolls on, Chinese panel leader says it has seen off biggest threats

JinKo Solar explains how a Sino-Korean patent battle has played out so far, revealing big differences in US and German results Read more

18 Aug 2021

Dolby hit with South Korean fine for breach of FRAND obligations

Country’s competition authority imposes 270 million won penalty on the company for abusing the bargaining position its ownership of SEPs created Read more

2 Jul 2021

China’s top filing firms enjoy huge growth, but those in Japan and Korea stall

Exclusive data analysis shows that the top Chinese prosecution practices are handling levels of work unmatched anywhere else in the world Read more

29 Jun 2021

Hold, sell, spin – LG Electronics’ powerful patents give it plenty of options

The South Korean company is leaving the handsets business and has some big calls to make about the portfolio it has in the space Read more

Strategy

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27 Aug 2021

As solar patent war rolls on, Chinese panel leader says it has seen off biggest threats

JinKo Solar explains how a Sino-Korean patent battle has played out so far, revealing big differences in US and German results Read more

29 Jun 2021

Hold, sell, spin – LG Electronics’ powerful patents give it plenty of options

The South Korean company is leaving the handsets business and has some big calls to make about the portfolio it has in the space Read more

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 Read more

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

Technology Licensing

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18 Aug 2021

Dolby hit with South Korean fine for breach of FRAND obligations

Country’s competition authority imposes 270 million won penalty on the company for abusing the bargaining position its ownership of SEPs created Read more

29 Jun 2021

Hold, sell, spin – LG Electronics’ powerful patents give it plenty of options

The South Korean company is leaving the handsets business and has some big calls to make about the portfolio it has in the space Read more

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

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

Trade Secrets

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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 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

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

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