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24 July 2017

Interim royalties may soon be regular part of Chinese patent litigation, and implementers will set price

The legal environment around SEP and FRAND issues is developing very rapidly in China, and a new set of guidelines released by the Beijing Higher People's Court adds yet more new ideas to the mix. In some areas, the document borrows from…

21 July 2017

Leading corporate IPR filers like Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and LG have very different outcomes

Five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) came into force one of the defining elements of the US patent market has been the degree to which major operating companies have used inter partes reviews (IPRs) to challenge patents that are…

14 July 2017

Korea wants to attract more foreign IP litigants, but English-language hearings won’t do the trick

The Patent Court of Korea had a bold experiment in holding its first English-language trial hearing earlier this month. Korean authorities seem to think this change will make the venue more appealing to foreigners, but that outcome seeks unlikely. …

05 July 2017

IPBC Asia returns to the Palace Hotel in Tokyo this October and there's a lot to discuss

Since the first IPBC Asia in Singapore in 2013, the region's IP marketplace has grown significantly. Local corporates have not only expanded their portfolios, but have also become more active in IP litigation and transactions. A few years ago…

04 July 2017

Taiwan chipmaker’s patent claims against Toshiba spark rumoured takeover interest

A Taiwanese chipmaker’s first offensive patent assertion campaign in the US has taken aim at Toshiba, whose semiconductor unit is currently the subject of a fierce takeover contest. Macronix, a Hsinchu-headquartered maker of memory solutions, filed…

23 June 2017

If you want to make a successful deal in China, leave your standard licence template at home

A lot of the activity going on in the China market is so-called soft licensing. Rather than showing up with claim charts in hand, Western technology executives are exploring ways that they can work together with Chinese partners. It’s certainly…

22 June 2017

The UPC will not get started in 2017 and don't bet too much on it happening in 2018 either

It’s been a big political week in the UK. On Monday, David Davis, the government minister overseeing the Brexit process, finally had his first formal meeting with Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the EU27, so beginning the discussions around…

17 June 2017

Intel issues IP warning to rivals as semiconductor sector continues to heat up

Late last week Intel marked the 40th birthday of its first x86 microprocessor with a blog post from the company’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, and Richard A. Uhlig, director of systems and software research. The pair explained the significance…

19 December 2017

Technicolor in “advanced stages” of talks to sell off patent licensing business, CEO says

Yesterday, Technicolor told investors that it is negotiating a “strategic transaction” relating to its patent licensing business. In a subsequent call with analysts, CEO Frederic Rose suggested that that transaction would take the shape of an…

15 December 2017

Compulsory licensing threat in Europe requires vigilance from pharma patent owners

The Netherlands’ new Health Minister has hit out at “absurd” drug prices, suggesting that the use of compulsory patent licensing might be one solution. This comes shortly after Germany’s highest court upheld a landmark decision forcing a life…

14 December 2017

Korea FTC defends scope of Qualcomm penalties as US judge warns of antitrust “race to the bottom”

Of the recent competition rulings against Qualcomm, Korea’s seem to have gone the furthest in imposing global remedies on the chipmaker’s licensing practices. At a recent forum on antitrust extraterritoriality, Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the US Court…

12 December 2017

Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs

Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US and Taiwan. All complaints allege China to be the ultimate destination for stolen…

11 December 2017

Raising sovereign immunity stakes, Apple files an IPR against Native American owned company

The debate over the use of sovereign immunity to protect patents from post-issuance reviews at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has taken another turn. Late last week Apple filed an IPR against a patent held by MEC Resources, an…

15 June 2017

E Ink and Huawei latest Asian companies to go shopping for AT&T patents

Assignment records indicate that the last six months have seen AT&T continue to record a steady stream of patent assignments to other operating companies. Huawei and E Ink are the latest members of the IAM Asia IP Elite to acquire assets from the…

02 June 2017

Myhrvold takes more hands on role at IV following departure of three senior executives

Intellectual Ventures has made a number of changes to its senior management team following the departure of three of its members: chief operating officer Adriane Brown, general counsel David Kris and Russell Stein, executive vice president,…