Taiwan

Era of the 5G NPE begins with an EDTX suit against Samsung

Texas-based 5G IP Holdings is asserting three patents acquired from Taiwan’s FG Innovation which it claims are essential to the new wireless standard

Era of the 5G NPE begins with an EDTX suit against Samsung
Taiwan foundry sells off hundreds of rights in latest big chip patent deal
9 Aug 2021

Taiwan foundry sells off hundreds of rights in latest big chip patent deal

UMC returns for its first outbound transaction in several years, dealing portfolio to a new Ireland-based NPE

TSMC powers Taiwanese corporates to 20% patent filing boost
5 Aug 2021

TSMC powers Taiwanese corporates to 20% patent filing boost

Chipmaking giant filed more applications at home in the first six months of this year than in all of 2020

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9 Sep 2021

IAM’s Top 40 Market Makers

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8 Sep 2021

TIPO announces second version of draft amendment of Trademark Act

Brand owners across Taiwan have welcomed the news that the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office is proposing further amendments to the country’s trademark laws, which will be the most substantial changes in 10 years. Read more

28 Jul 2021

Overhaul of Taiwan’s patent examination guidelines signals new dawn for software-related inventions

In welcome news for inventors, the guidelines for filing patent applications for computer-related software inventions have been updated. Crucially, they provide clarity on the definition of an ‘invention’. Read more

23 Jul 2021

Genentech’s troubles highlight biosimilar trade secret risks

Two founders of JHL Biotech have recently been indicted for conspiracy to steal trade secrets from the Californian company, while two other individuals pleaded guilty to similar charges Read more

Designs

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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

Finance

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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

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

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

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20 Oct 2020

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 Read more

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

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

Law & Policy

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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

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 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 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

Litigation

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18 Jun 2021

MediaTek goes on patent attack, suing NXP over Wi-Fi and chip tech

Bosch, Continental and Denso among customers also named in California lawsuits Read more

13 Apr 2021

Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit

Bitmain’s trade secrets complaint against MicroBT in Beijing follows failed patent assertion attempt Read more

6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents Read more

11 Mar 2021

Taiwan’s Largan walks away from IP fight with record damage award, CEO apology and big ownership stake in rival

Recent PTAB filings, however, suggest that the lens maker’s conflict with US tech company HP continues Read more

Market Developments

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13 Apr 2021

Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit

Bitmain’s trade secrets complaint against MicroBT in Beijing follows failed patent assertion attempt Read more

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 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

Non-Practising Entities

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5 Jul 2021

TSMC acquires former MediaTek chip patents

World leading semiconductor foundry scoops up rights originally owned by chip designer MediaTek, its third-biggest customer Read more

6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents 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

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

Patent Pools

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20 Oct 2020

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 Read more

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

Patents Law

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5 Jul 2021

TSMC acquires former MediaTek chip patents

World leading semiconductor foundry scoops up rights originally owned by chip designer MediaTek, its third-biggest customer Read more

18 Jun 2021

MediaTek goes on patent attack, suing NXP over Wi-Fi and chip tech

Bosch, Continental and Denso among customers also named in California lawsuits Read more

13 Apr 2021

Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit

Bitmain’s trade secrets complaint against MicroBT in Beijing follows failed patent assertion attempt Read more

6 Apr 2021

Rare Acer disposal spurs creation of a new networking NPE

The normally quiet PC maker has also hooked up with Samsung Electronics to unload cloud-related patents 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

20 Oct 2020

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 Read more

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 Read more

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

Technology Licensing

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20 Oct 2020

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 Read more

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

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

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

Trade Secrets

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13 Apr 2021

Top bitcoin hardware firms to clash in Chinese IP suit

Bitmain’s trade secrets complaint against MicroBT in Beijing follows failed patent assertion attempt Read more

11 Mar 2021

Taiwan’s Largan walks away from IP fight with record damage award, CEO apology and big ownership stake in rival

Recent PTAB filings, however, suggest that the lens maker’s conflict with US tech company HP continues Read more

29 Oct 2020

After guilty plea in trade secret case, UMC may be rewarded by newest US sanctions move

The Taiwanese fab was fined $60 million by US authorities this week, the second largest such penalty in a criminal trade secrets probe 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

Valuation

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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 Read more

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