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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

Panasonic sells semiconductor unit in $250m deal
29 Nov 2019

China’s ByteDance launches first smartphone amidst US government scrutiny

Beijing-based company is expanding from software to hardware, but video app TikTok’s runaway stateside success has put a target on its back

18 Nov 2019

TCL unit wins injunction in domestic panel fight

Shenzhen ruling comes just seven months after China Star Optoelectronics went after a Chongqing-based rival for infringement

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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

29 Nov 2019

After their global litigation fight settled, we put GlobalFoundries' and TSMC's portfolios under the microscope

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8 Nov 2019

Micron lawyers say Hong Kong is too risky for trade secret exchange

But a US federal judge ruled last month that UMC and Fujian Jinhua can review Micron’s evidence against them in the Special Administrative Region 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

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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

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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

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15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

6 Aug 2019

Seeking to prod Xiaomi licence, IPCom touts UK sales disruption for HTC

The German licensing firm - which recently filed a new High Court complaint against Beijing-based Xiaomi - says the Taiwanese company voluntarily pulled a model from British outlets when confronted with evidence of infringement Read more

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16 Sep 2019

Genentech dispute highlights growing importance of trade secrets for life sciences companies

Legal and commercial developments suggest that disputes over increasingly valuable biopharma know-how, proprietary information and data will increase in years to come. 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

25 Mar 2019

Qualcomm wins JFTC reversal, but faces other questions on Asian competition front

After nine years of legal manoeuvring, the US chipmaker has won approval for its licensing practices in Japan. But in other parts of the region, antitrust doubts remain Read more

14 Mar 2019

Foxconn CEO: Microsoft’s real target is Huawei

In a furious response to a lawsuit filed last week, Terry Gou accused the American company of bullying Taiwanese businesses to avoid damaging its relationships in mainland China, where its real licensing quarrels are Read more

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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

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

15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

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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

15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

3 Oct 2019

Chip foundries bring high-stakes patent litigation to Singapore

TSMC hits back against Globalfoundries with countersuits in the US, Germany and Singapore. The headline grabbing dispute takes place as the Lion City attempts to lure more cases with legal reforms Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

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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

15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

Patent pools

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6 Sep 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

19 Jun 2018

Longhorn IP unit acquires former Sharp semiconductor patents from Foxconn

Longhorn IP, the Texas-based NPE, has launched its fifth portfolio, a collection of semiconductor patents originally owned by Sharp. The licensing company, run by Khaled Fekih-Romdhane and Chris Dubuc, is calling its new vehicle Katana Silicon… Read more

Strategy

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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

15 Oct 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia Read more

1 Oct 2019

Largan follows up record trade secrets win with patent campaign

Taiwanese maker of smartphone lenses is now wielding patents against not just a rival supplier but its end customer HP Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

Technology licensing

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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

11 Oct 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

20 Sep 2019

WiLAN patent purchase shows semiconductor space remains a happy hunting ground for NPEs

Deal with Mediatek involves package of global families and comes months after Canadian licensing company’s deal with Nvidia Read more

Trademarks

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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

26 Apr 2017

Trademark case is a warning for rights holders to act promptly

Taiwan’s IP Court has issued a judgment regarding how to calculate when a right to compensation for trademark infringement expires. The case puts trademark owners on notice to initiate litigation as soon as possible once they become aware of a possible infringement. Read more

Trade secrets

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1 Oct 2019

Largan follows up record trade secrets win with patent campaign

Taiwanese maker of smartphone lenses is now wielding patents against not just a rival supplier but its end customer HP Read more

30 Sep 2019

ITRI spin-out is plaintiff in latest genomics patent campaign

Taiwan’s Personal Genomics is going after an acquisition target of Illumina, the top player in the sequencing space Read more

16 Sep 2019

Genentech dispute highlights growing importance of trade secrets for life sciences companies

Legal and commercial developments suggest that disputes over increasingly valuable biopharma know-how, proprietary information and data will increase in years to come. Read more

28 Aug 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October Read more

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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

14 Sep 2017

With rumoured HTC smartphone unit acquisition, Google could bring a longtime patent ally into the fold

Three weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that Taiwan smartphone maker HTC has held takeover talks with Google, as the struggling business explores ‘strategic options’. More recently, several outlets have reported that a deal – either for the whole… Read more

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