Taiwan

Japan, Taiwan data starts to show virus impact on new patent filings

While Chinese applications are back on pace for growth, other East Asian offices are seeing decreased activity

Japan, Taiwan data starts to show virus impact on new patent filings
Apple must face France Brevets suit in Shenzhen, court rules
24 Jul 2020

Apple must face France Brevets suit in Shenzhen, court rules

Recent rulings confirm sovereign patent fund and several domestic patent owners are targeting the iPhone maker

Sharp grants Huawei SEP licence for auto components
14 Jul 2020

Sharp grants Huawei SEP licence for auto components

Deal shakes up car wars in Germany, with Huawei client Daimler now set to escape some infringement claims

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15 Jul 2020

Official proposal for revising design patent examination guidelines released

New patent examination guidelines look set to boost design applications for icons and GUI at the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, as more focus is placed on the role of software programs in inventions. Read more

10 Jul 2020

Foxconn and Sharp – a patent strategy marriage made in heaven

The extent to which Taiwan’s patent heavyweight has slashed its holdings, expanded its technology coverage and monetised its Japanese acquisition’s assets is revealed in this week’s data analysis Read more

1 Jul 2020

Shining a light on what could be Panasonic's last chip patent disposal

An analysis from Cipher into the 1,400 patents that will wind up in the hands of Taiwan's Nuvoton Read more

24 Jun 2020

TIPO to review IP legislation following conference on covid-19 patent reforms

On 17 June 2020 the head of the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, industry leaders and IP experts met to discuss potential changes to the patent and trademark litigation regime and other reforms to Taiwan’s IP environment. The conclusions from the event will be published as part of the Chinese National Federation of Industries' annual white paper. Read more

Designs

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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

12 Feb 2019

China’s domestic licensing market has plenty of room to grow

An annual survey conducted by CNIPA pegs the licensing rate of Chinese patents at 5.5%. That's not far off estimates of US patent utilisation Read more

7 Feb 2019

An insider look at the IP Asia Elite

The newest members of IAM's IP Asia Elite give us the inside scoop on what makes a great IP function tick Read more

Finance

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5 Nov 2019

TSMC chief speaks as market reacts to foundry war settlement

Exact terms remain confidential, but TSMC's CEO suggested to employees that the licence rights are not transferrable should Globalfoundries be acquired Read more

22 Aug 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing Read more

28 Mar 2016

Taiwan remains a bystander as patent fund activity heats up in China, Korea and Japan

In recent months we have seen a steady churn of activity by Asia’s sovereign patent funds (SPFs). Some are certainly further along than others, but Japan, South Korea and China all have funds at various stages of development – aggregating patents,… Read more

23 Nov 2015

TSMC aiming for more than financial returns with its investment in US start-up Tela Innovations

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), the world’s leading microchip foundry company, will invest $65 million in California-based start-up Tela Innovations through its venture capital arm TSMC Partners.

Founded in 2005, the US company is seen as one of the…

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11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

27 Mar 2020

NTT launches first patent litigation effort with new Wi-Fi suits

Japanese telco has been working with ex-Inventergy consultants to monetise US patents, lawsuits against Acer, TI and Mediatek reveal Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent Read more

Law & Policy

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15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

10 Mar 2020

Sharp vs Oppo patent dispute spreads to China and Germany

The two companies’ patent case has spread beyond Japan as Foxconn-owned firm emerges as increasingly assertive licensor 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

Litigation

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15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

10 Jun 2020

TSMC taking advantage of its uniquely structured deal with WiLAN

The recent transfer of a Korean chip patent portfolio hints that the Taiwanese foundry is finding value in a 2018 deal entered on an annual subscription basis Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

18 May 2020

Taiwan company’s monetisation push continues with memory patent deal

Kingpak Technologies seeds a new NPE campaign targeting the three major producers of DRAM chips Read more

Market Developments

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

11 Jun 2020

Would-be Chinese Foxconn challenger is a quiet new IP player

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

18 May 2020

Taiwan company’s monetisation push continues with memory patent deal

Kingpak Technologies seeds a new NPE campaign targeting the three major producers of DRAM chips Read more

11 May 2020

Chinese industry group asks for competition probe of Sharp

Group wants anti-monopoly watchdog to investigate the Hon Hai affiliate's licensing practices Read more

9 Apr 2020

Chinese panel maker confronts first US patent assertion as potential sale looms

Dominion Harbor sues a subsidiary of state-owned China Electronics Corporation with display portfolio acquired from Intellectual Ventures Read more

Patent Pools

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19 Mar 2020

Tesla is the next automaker in Sharp’s patent sights

Hon Hai subsidiary brings the auto IP wars to Asia with Tokyo suit; Elon Musk company now faces two assertions by Avanci members Read more

31 Jan 2020

Sharp sues Oppo in Japanese court

Fresh off of LTE licence deal with Samsung, Foxconn unit takes on Chinese handset maker over Wi-Fi patent 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

Patents Law

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17 Jun 2020

Panasonic set to part with 1,400 chip patents in business sale to Taiwan firm

About 5% of the company’s US patent portfolio is on the move to a company with little IP footprint Read more

11 Jun 2020

Would-be Chinese Foxconn challenger is a quiet new IP player

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise Read more

10 Jun 2020

TSMC taking advantage of its uniquely structured deal with WiLAN

The recent transfer of a Korean chip patent portfolio hints that the Taiwanese foundry is finding value in a 2018 deal entered on an annual subscription basis Read more

8 Jun 2020

Patent deal may give long-dormant Korean firm a new monetisation opportunity

Hydis no longer operates panel-making factories, but the subsidiary of Taiwan’s E Ink Holdings has acquired a significant patent portfolio from Samsung Display Read more

Strategy

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15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

11 Jun 2020

Would-be Chinese Foxconn challenger is a quiet new IP player

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise Read more

10 Jun 2020

TSMC taking advantage of its uniquely structured deal with WiLAN

The recent transfer of a Korean chip patent portfolio hints that the Taiwanese foundry is finding value in a 2018 deal entered on an annual subscription basis Read more

26 May 2020

Revealed: the billions to be spent on patent renewals in 2021 and beyond

Samsung on the hook for over $135 million this year alone, with China's national IP office and the USPTO set to pull in $100 billion over lifetime of all their active grants Read more

Technology Licensing

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10 Jun 2020

TSMC taking advantage of its uniquely structured deal with WiLAN

The recent transfer of a Korean chip patent portfolio hints that the Taiwanese foundry is finding value in a 2018 deal entered on an annual subscription basis Read more

8 Jun 2020

Patent deal may give long-dormant Korean firm a new monetisation opportunity

Hydis no longer operates panel-making factories, but the subsidiary of Taiwan’s E Ink Holdings has acquired a significant patent portfolio from Samsung Display Read more

5 Jun 2020

Media report claims Apple has a new patent deal with lens supplier Largan

The Taiwanese company neither confirmed nor denied the rumour. It previously settled a lawsuit accusing a rival of supplying infringing lenses to the iPhone maker, its biggest customer Read more

22 May 2020

Supply chain uncertainties loom for IP portfolio managers

Shifting supply chains may mean high-tech manufacturing moves in several directions, but China will continue to be a critical part of IP strategies Read more

Trade Secrets

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15 Jun 2020

Taiwan court knocks UMC and former engineers for stealing Micron trade secrets

Taiwan hopes to reassure tech companies on supply chain security, but much of the commercial damage in this case was dealt by US executive action against UMC's mainland partner Read more

11 Jun 2020

Would-be Chinese Foxconn challenger is a quiet new IP player

Luxshare Precision, a key Apple supplier looking to move up the value chain, has pursued a different IP strategy from many other Chinese technology firms on the rise Read more

5 Jun 2020

Media report claims Apple has a new patent deal with lens supplier Largan

The Taiwanese company neither confirmed nor denied the rumour. It previously settled a lawsuit accusing a rival of supplying infringing lenses to the iPhone maker, its biggest customer 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

Valuation

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2 Dec 2019

Panasonic sells semiconductor unit in $250m deal

Acquirer out of Taiwan says transaction will broaden its IP portfolio and add significant R&D resources, but it is not clear just how many patents will change hands Read more

5 Nov 2019

TSMC chief speaks as market reacts to foundry war settlement

Exact terms remain confidential, but TSMC's CEO suggested to employees that the licence rights are not transferrable should Globalfoundries be acquired Read more

25 Oct 2019

GlobalFoundries’ patent attack on TSMC may have come too late

In-depth analysis shows that the Taiwanese semiconductor business has not only bulked up its portfolio over the last decade, but also considerably improved its quality Read more

21 Sep 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual… Read more

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