Taiwan

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader
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

22 Mar 2019

Patent hookup with Philips bolsters Mediatek’s voice tech strategy

The Taiwanese chipmaker made its first third party acquisition in five years, picking up a portfolio related to speech recognition and audio processing from the Dutch company

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22 May 2019

Latest amendments to the Patent Act add muscle to patent filing system

The Legislative Yuan has passed draft amendments to the Patent Act, which are intended to strengthen Taiwan’s legal system for patent filing. The amendments include relaxed restrictions on the range of and deadline for filing divisional applications and an extension of the patent term for design patents. Read more

15 May 2019

Latest IP issues discussed in Judicial Yuan IP Law Seminar

On 6 May 2019 the Judicial Yuan held the IP Law Seminar to discuss issues with how IP law intersects with administrative litigation and criminal litigation. In attendence were judges from the IP Court, along with representatives of judges from the district courts, the Intellectual Property Office, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Bar Association, the Patent Attorney Association and the Asia Patent Attorneys Association. Read more

8 May 2019

Supreme Court clarifies reasonable protection measures

The Supreme Court has clarified the definition of ‘reasonable measures’ in a decision that will please companies operating in Taiwan. The judgment challenges the previous assumption that companies must take all possible measures to meet the reasonable measures requirement, which placed a significant burden on them. Read more

17 Apr 2019

Territory principle applies to products never displayed in Taiwan

The Supreme Court has issued a decision in which it stated that trademark use constitutes products that were never displayed in Taiwan but were ordered from there. The method of sales in the case at hand, in which the vendor entrusted a third-party manufacturer in a third country to export products directly to the purchaser, is a very common arrangement in the modern market. Read more

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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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1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

21 Feb 2019

As it awaits CAFC's TCL judgment, Ericsson secures vital win over HTC

Eastern District of Texas jury rules that patent royalty rates offered to the Taiwanese company were FRAND and that the comparable licensing model used to calculate them was correct Read more

22 Nov 2018

Chinese NPE claiming 3G patents takes aim at MediaTek and Coolpad

Shanghai Xuanpu appears to have risen from ashes of a state-backed semiconductor venture. Recent validity decisions mean its activities should be monitored by anyone implementing the TD-SCDMA standard in China   Read more

Law & Policy

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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

22 Nov 2018

Chinese NPE claiming 3G patents takes aim at MediaTek and Coolpad

Shanghai Xuanpu appears to have risen from ashes of a state-backed semiconductor venture. Recent validity decisions mean its activities should be monitored by anyone implementing the TD-SCDMA standard in China   Read more

13 Nov 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations  

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week. Read more

1 Nov 2018

BOE faces first big US patent test as Dominion Harbor comes knocking with former Intellectual Ventures patents

Beijing-based panel maker that’s one of China’s fastest-growing patent filers is latest target of the deepening partnership between IV and the Texas-based NPE Read more

Litigation

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1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. 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

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

21 Feb 2019

As it awaits CAFC's TCL judgment, Ericsson secures vital win over HTC

Eastern District of Texas jury rules that patent royalty rates offered to the Taiwanese company were FRAND and that the comparable licensing model used to calculate them was correct Read more

Market Developments

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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

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

4 Feb 2019

Taiwan touts trade secret protection as patent filings remain level 

IP office director states that even TSMC, the island's top patentee, relies on trade secrets to protect 90% of innovations Read more

10 Dec 2018

Seiko Epson makes more big disposals

Former collaboration partner E Ink picks up nearly 800 patents; assignments reveal almost as many rights sold to OLED startup last year Read more

Non practising entities

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1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

10 Dec 2018

Seiko Epson makes more big disposals

Former collaboration partner E Ink picks up nearly 800 patents; assignments reveal almost as many rights sold to OLED startup last year Read more

1 Nov 2018

BOE faces first big US patent test as Dominion Harbor comes knocking with former Intellectual Ventures patents

Beijing-based panel maker that’s one of China’s fastest-growing patent filers is latest target of the deepening partnership between IV and the Texas-based NPE Read more

8 Oct 2018

New NPE suits will set up big validity battles in China

iPEL and another newly announced licensing entity are banking on pro-plaintiff China. How they fare will tell us more about whether the opportunity for foreign NPEs is a mirage. Read more

Patent pools

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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 Mar 2019

Chips off the new block

With the advent of the Internet of Things, the semiconductor sector is on the brink of another step change – a group of IP executives at leading chip companies talk to us about how patent strategy is evolving. 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

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 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

Technology licensing

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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

11 Mar 2019

Foxconn failed to report Android dues for years, Microsoft tells court

Deal was hailed as a coup for Microsoft’s Android efforts in 2013, but a lawsuit filed Friday suggests the Redmond-based business has made little to nothing on it since 2015 Read more

21 Feb 2019

As it awaits CAFC's TCL judgment, Ericsson secures vital win over HTC

Eastern District of Texas jury rules that patent royalty rates offered to the Taiwanese company were FRAND and that the comparable licensing model used to calculate them was correct 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

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

20 Jul 2016

Criminal trademark enforcement applies to preparatory acts for infringement

The Executive Yuan has approved a draft revision of the Trademark Law in order to meet the standards required to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The amendment will allow trademark owners to enforce their rights through criminal procedures against unauthorised uses of their registered trademarks on labels, tags, packaging or containers, even where these articles have not yet been applied to goods or services. Read more

Trade secrets

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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

4 Feb 2019

Taiwan touts trade secret protection as patent filings remain level 

IP office director states that even TSMC, the island's top patentee, relies on trade secrets to protect 90% of innovations Read more

13 Nov 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations  

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week. Read more

2 Nov 2018

Chinese chipmaker and Taiwan partner hit with US criminal indictments for IP theft

Days after Trump administration slaps Fujian Jinhua with harsh sanctions, the DOJ announces criminal espionage case carrying penalties of up to $20 billion. Read more

Valuation

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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

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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