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Intellectual Discovery notches US court win as it enters a new phase

Profit is the top priority as patent fund goes private under a new CEO who is also its biggest shareholder

Intellectual Discovery notches US court win as it enters a new phase
China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit
24 Mar 2020

China’s top battery maker takes aim at upstart rival in new patent suit

Fast-rising CATL has taken business from patent-rich multinational incumbents, and now it’s deploying its own burgeoning portfolio to shore up its domestic position

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents
9 Mar 2020

Samsung set to leave MPEG-LA pool for HEVC patents

Top patent owner in the video space chooses HEVC Advance, which recently added Toshiba and KT corporation as new licensors

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4 Mar 2020

The rocky road ahead – 2020 Patent 100 reveals fall in applications

Despite a startling drop in applications, this year’s IAM/ktMINE ranking shows that financial institutions are ramping up activity. Read more

4 Mar 2020

The top 10 patent market developments of 2019

Asset sales, trade wars and new names at the top made last year transformative for IP owners. Read more

17 Feb 2020

PTAB decisions may derail Taiwan company’s litigation campaign

ITRI spinoff CyWee has been “basically bankrupted by some of the largest companies in the world”, according to its counsel in an IPR case Read more

3 Feb 2020

How India’s top research labs instill a culture of patenting

IP leaders from Samsung, Daimler, Tivo and others explain how they get the most out of their local R&D functions Read more

Designs

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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

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

Finance

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10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

12 Nov 2019

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 Read more

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…

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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

Frand/SEPS

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6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

29 Nov 2019

Star turns – counting down the best of the best

New names, familiar faces: what it takes to earn a place in the Market Makers’ club Read more

20 Nov 2019

South Korean NPE returns in deal with Samsung

Smartphone giant's LTE play makes it the latest operating company to pony up for former Pantech patents Read more

Law & Policy

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10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights 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

Litigation

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13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Trade secret dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation shows power of the ITC

The Korean pairs’ fight, which also encompasses US patent litigation, could be a harbinger of similar global conflicts between other big companies Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

Market Developments

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7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

26 Nov 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

29 Nov 2019

Star turns – counting down the best of the best

New names, familiar faces: what it takes to earn a place in the Market Makers’ club Read more

26 Nov 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year Read more

22 Nov 2019

Three key dynamics facing automakers in Asia

IAM is bringing the region’s IP leaders together in Shanghai on December 5th for the inaugural Auto IP Asia conference Read more

Patent Pools

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29 Jan 2020

Very quietly, Sisvel and Samsung agree another patent pool deal

Luxembourg-based firm secures the South Korean giant as both licensee and licensor in its DVB-T2 programme Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

29 Nov 2019

Star turns – counting down the best of the best

New names, familiar faces: what it takes to earn a place in the Market Makers’ club Read more

22 Nov 2019

Three key dynamics facing automakers in Asia

IAM is bringing the region’s IP leaders together in Shanghai on December 5th for the inaugural Auto IP Asia conference Read more

Patents Law

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29 Jan 2020

Very quietly, Sisvel and Samsung agree another patent pool deal

Luxembourg-based firm secures the South Korean giant as both licensee and licensor in its DVB-T2 programme Read more

13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

10 Jan 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

Strategy

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7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

29 Nov 2019

Star turns – counting down the best of the best

New names, familiar faces: what it takes to earn a place in the Market Makers’ club Read more

26 Nov 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year Read more

Technology Licensing

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29 Jan 2020

Very quietly, Sisvel and Samsung agree another patent pool deal

Luxembourg-based firm secures the South Korean giant as both licensee and licensor in its DVB-T2 programme Read more

6 Jan 2020

Xiaomi, HP among eleventh-hour MPEG-LA HEVC licensees

Nineteen companies in all took the chance to secure rights to the portfolio before a contingent of South Korean and Japanese patent owners departed the pool last Thursday Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

22 Nov 2019

Three key dynamics facing automakers in Asia

IAM is bringing the region’s IP leaders together in Shanghai on December 5th for the inaugural Auto IP Asia conference Read more

Trade Secrets

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13 Jan 2020

Battery tech firm hit with unfair competition claim in China

Chinese company says patent and trade secrets litigation launched by North Carolina-based Celgard in a US court constitutes "slander of the company’s goodwill" Read more

7 Jan 2020

ITC cases were more China-focused than ever in 2019

But study by Chinese trade body shows that respondents who fight back do surprisingly well Read more

6 Jan 2020

Trade secret dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation shows power of the ITC

The Korean pairs’ fight, which also encompasses US patent litigation, could be a harbinger of similar global conflicts between other big companies Read more

2 Jan 2020

The most important Asia IP developments you missed over the holiday season

Impending US-China deal, a big Supreme Court ruling in India and a new licensing programme from Toyota are among the regional highlights Read more

Valuation

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26 Nov 2019

Korean company plans to auction 5G, LED rights

Seoul Semiconductor is kicking off a “new patent management strategy” with two portfolios going under the hammer later this year Read more

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…

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Michael J Dansky
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Boston MA, United States
Nathan Associates, Inc