Taiwan

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence

Transfer shows Hon Hai Group is betting on its own ability to license key wireless technology developed by Sharp

Patent sale may have helped seal big Sharp Huawei auto licence
How TSMC keeps on top of the transactions market
15 Oct 2020

How TSMC keeps on top of the transactions market

Chief IP Counsel Billie Chen explains how the fab giant taps into the patent market through both an alliance with WiLAN and its own initiatives

Strategic IP management can preserve Taiwan’s tech leadership, minister says
9 Oct 2020

Strategic IP management can preserve Taiwan’s tech leadership, minister says

Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-Hua tells IPBC Taiwan attendees that a robust IP environment can encourage re-shoring and greater investment in local R&D efforts

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7 Oct 2020

Sharp inks LTE deal with Daimler, capping an unexpected turn in its first auto licensing effort

Japanese company won a German injunction against the carmaker last month, but an earlier deal with Huawei had taken some of the pressure off Read more

23 Sep 2020

China-based karaoke machine company faces prosecution for copyright infringement in Taiwan

The popular pastime of karaoke is coming under increasing scrutiny as the device that contains the music may infringe Taiwan’s recently amended Copyright Act. Thunderstone, a Chinese set-top box company, has been caught in the crossfire in the first karaoke-related infringement case in Taiwan. Read more

21 Sep 2020

Chinese LED firms square up with foreign patent portfolios on both sides

Mainland opponents in notoriously litigious sector have stocked up with rights from Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Korea’s ILJIN Read more

15 Sep 2020

Confronting critical challenges, Taiwan’s tech companies must find a way to create patent value

IAM speaks with IP leaders from Foxconn, AU Optronics and others ahead of IPBC Taiwan next week Read more

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29 Jul 2020

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 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

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

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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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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets Read more

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 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

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

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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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets Read more

31 Aug 2020

Hon Hai rapped for “repeated defiance” in royalty dispute with Microsoft

Software giant gets a favourable ruling in US litigation that shows its Android licence deal with the Foxconn parent broke down not long after it started Read more

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 Read more

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 Read more

Market Developments

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29 Jul 2020

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 Read more

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 Read more

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

Non-Practising Entities

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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets Read more

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 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

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

Patent Pools

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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets 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

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

Patents Law

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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets Read more

31 Aug 2020

Hon Hai rapped for “repeated defiance” in royalty dispute with Microsoft

Software giant gets a favourable ruling in US litigation that shows its Android licence deal with the Foxconn parent broke down not long after it started Read more

21 Aug 2020

Revealed – the US law firms that receive the most patent filing work from abroad

An in-depth look at the American patent lawyers most sought after by foreign firms when it comes to USPTO applications Read more

29 Jul 2020

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 Read more

Strategy

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31 Aug 2020

Hon Hai rapped for “repeated defiance” in royalty dispute with Microsoft

Software giant gets a favourable ruling in US litigation that shows its Android licence deal with the Foxconn parent broke down not long after it started Read more

29 Jul 2020

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 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

Technology Licensing

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3 Sep 2020

With huge Panasonic portfolio, NPE makes rare assertion against HTC

Sun Patent trust accuses Taiwanese handset manufacturer of infringing four LTE Advanced assets Read more

31 Aug 2020

Hon Hai rapped for “repeated defiance” in royalty dispute with Microsoft

Software giant gets a favourable ruling in US litigation that shows its Android licence deal with the Foxconn parent broke down not long after it started Read more

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 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

Trade Secrets

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31 Aug 2020

Hon Hai rapped for “repeated defiance” in royalty dispute with Microsoft

Software giant gets a favourable ruling in US litigation that shows its Android licence deal with the Foxconn parent broke down not long after it started Read more

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

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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