South Korea

Hot tech sectors power Korean patent growth in 2020

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

Hot tech sectors power Korean patent growth in 2020
Oppo’s patent focus: smaller deals, younger rights and future standards
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

Samsung heats up OLED battle with Japanese upstart
11 Jan 2021

Samsung heats up OLED battle with Japanese upstart

Countersuit against JOLED follows appointment of Covington & Burling lawyer as new IP head at Korean company’s Samsung Display affiliate

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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

6 Jan 2021

Inside Samsung's Wuhan anti-suit injunction against Ericsson

Text of China's latest big FRAND decision is revealed to mixed reactions as dispute between the two companies escalates 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

29 Dec 2020

The Ericsson v Samsung FRAND licensing dispute explodes into life

The Korean giant’s Christmas day anti-suit injunction from a Chinese court receives a swift response from Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas 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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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

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

Frand/SEPS

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21 Dec 2020

In its Texas FRAND suit against Samsung, Ericsson introduces a brand new SEP litigation strategy

A need for speed has seen the Swedish company decide that the best form of attack is defence Read more

15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term Read more

18 Nov 2020

Samsung taps outside patent lab while spending record amounts on its own R&D

Company is not the only South Korean giant to tap the secondary market as it does more in-house research than ever 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

Law & Policy

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10 Dec 2020

Korea’s tough selection patent inventiveness rules may be overturned

The country’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a potentially momentous decision in the coming months Read more

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

4 Nov 2020

Are sanctions a double-edged sword? What the data reveals about the US-China war for chip supremacy

Why the United States is in danger of sabotaging its position as top dog for chip-making innovation Read more

27 Oct 2020

Chip tensions create IP opportunity in Asia for DuPont

Companies in China and South Korea link with chemicals giant in chip deals as policymakers seek to bulk up domestic supply chains Read more

Litigation

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21 Dec 2020

In its Texas FRAND suit against Samsung, Ericsson introduces a brand new SEP litigation strategy

A need for speed has seen the Swedish company decide that the best form of attack is defence Read more

15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term Read more

10 Dec 2020

Korea’s tough selection patent inventiveness rules may be overturned

The country’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a potentially momentous decision in the coming months 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

Market Developments

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15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term Read more

18 Nov 2020

Samsung taps outside patent lab while spending record amounts on its own R&D

Company is not the only South Korean giant to tap the secondary market as it does more in-house research than ever 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

4 Nov 2020

Best in class

IAM takes a forensic look at the best of the best in patents to announce this year’s top 40 market makers Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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18 Nov 2020

Samsung taps outside patent lab while spending record amounts on its own R&D

Company is not the only South Korean giant to tap the secondary market as it does more in-house research than ever Read more

4 Nov 2020

Best in class

IAM takes a forensic look at the best of the best in patents to announce this year’s top 40 market makers Read more

18 Sep 2020

Samsung, Apple deals confirm KAIST has joined the big leagues of licensing

National research university reached an agreement with Korea’s top tech company following a $200 million court win in Texas 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

Patent Pools

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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

19 May 2020

Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm back a new model for video licensing

The MPEG-5 EVC standard, developed by the trio alongside Divideon, is constructed on base tools chosen for low IP risk. Features built on top can be switched on or off at will to avoid licensing hang-ups Read more

Patents Law

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21 Dec 2020

In its Texas FRAND suit against Samsung, Ericsson introduces a brand new SEP litigation strategy

A need for speed has seen the Swedish company decide that the best form of attack is defence Read more

15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term Read more

10 Dec 2020

Korea’s tough selection patent inventiveness rules may be overturned

The country’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a potentially momentous decision in the coming months Read more

23 Nov 2020

How one man kick-started Samsung’s rise as a global patent superpower

The late Lee Kun-hee demonstrates just how important senior leadership is in determining a company’s innovation and IP leadership Read more

Strategy

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15 Dec 2020

East Asian giants leave their stamp on the IP market

IAM reveals the Asia IP Elite members for 2020 from two dynamic high-tech jurisdictions: South Korea and Taiwan Read more

15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term 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

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

Technology Licensing

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21 Dec 2020

In its Texas FRAND suit against Samsung, Ericsson introduces a brand new SEP litigation strategy

A need for speed has seen the Swedish company decide that the best form of attack is defence Read more

15 Dec 2020

Ericsson’s Samsung suit is driven by a belief in the strength of its patents

The Swedish company has decided to take a short-term royalty hit because it thinks its IP will deliver significant financial rewards over the long-term Read more

27 Oct 2020

Chip tensions create IP opportunity in Asia for DuPont

Companies in China and South Korea link with chemicals giant in chip deals as policymakers seek to bulk up domestic supply chains Read more

25 Sep 2020

Why batteries are a key technology to watch in China

Litigation activity is already intensifying in the field, and recent data shows Chinese firms lag badly in patent applications Read more

Trade Secrets

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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

27 Oct 2020

Chip tensions create IP opportunity in Asia for DuPont

Companies in China and South Korea link with chemicals giant in chip deals as policymakers seek to bulk up domestic supply chains Read more

21 Oct 2020

Korea’s push for chip independence could draw IP pushback

Worries about patent claims from Japanese rivals do not seem to have materialised yet, but trade secrets could be another concern Read more

2 Oct 2020

Push for discovery system in South Korea meets chip sector opposition

Policymakers want to make the country’s litigation system more attractive, but reports suggest some parts of industry remain sceptical Read more

Valuation

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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

27 Oct 2020

Chip tensions create IP opportunity in Asia for DuPont

Companies in China and South Korea link with chemicals giant in chip deals as policymakers seek to bulk up domestic supply chains Read more

18 Aug 2020

Korean labs tap Chinese demand for early-stage SEP prospects

In deal with Xiaomi, Wilus Institute is latest research group out of Seoul to find a market in China for young, high-quality rights 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