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04 February 2019

China drives growth in AI patent filings, but US still global leader for quality

Microsoft and Alphabet possess the strongest machine learning portfolios, but Chinese state-sponsored R&D and access to data has the potential to shift the power dynamics

14 January 2019

Five takeaways from China’s 2018 patent stats

Patent office officials in Beijing reveal the country's top patent recipients, amount of cross-border royalty flows and ambiguous data on foreign firms' patenting activity

12 November 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’.

01 November 2018

We are top in the 5G standards process and that will feed through to patents, claims Ericsson

“It is clear that, no matter which viewpoint one takes, Ericsson is the leader in 3GPP and has influenced the technology in 5G over the years more than any other contributor,” company states in new report

22 October 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets.

25 June 2018

Supreme Court global damages ruling comes as a boost to licensors, but its application will be key

The decision in Western Geco v ION Geophysical Corp could be a boon to licensors, as a 7-2 majority ruled that they can recover profits lost overseas as a result of US patent infringement.

01 June 2018

Data sheds much-needed light on the trade secrets litigation landscape

New figures from litigation data provider Lex Machina show strong take-up following 2016's Defend Trade Secrets Act. More than 70% of trade secrets cases resolved at trial are won by plaintiffs.

17 April 2018

Supreme Court predicted to rule in favour of patent owners over damages abroad in case that could have major ramifications

For many observers of US patent law the current Supreme Court term essentially boils down to one case. But as we wait for the ruling in Oil States on the constitutionality of inter partes review, the justices had another case to hear yesterday on…

30 March 2018

China’s biggest public research body holds public patent auction, showing it will focus relentlessly on monetisation

Last week, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) held its first public patent auction, which saw a selection of 932 patents go under the gavel. The rights were listed online roughly two weeks prior to the 21st March sale. In the event, the most…

14 November 2017

In what looks to be a PTAB first, Saudi Arabia's national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival

The world’s largest oil and gas company Saudi Aramco has filed an inter partes review (IPR) against a Korean petrochemical business in what is a highly unusual move by one of the energy majors. The Saudi national oil giant, which produces 12.5…

20 November 2015

BYD suit against Apple in Shenzhen shows why China is a business risk and a patent assertion opportunity

Patently Apple has the story of legal wrangling that has been going on between Apple and Chinese company BYD in both the US and China since at least May. Unlike past patent problems for Apple in China, this one is with a supplier and assembler of…

02 November 2015

Novel patent licensing strategies could help safeguard Taiwanese manufacturing's fragile market share

Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a Taiwanese manufacturer of silicon wafers for use in the solar cell industry, announced recently that it is offering one of its core patents for licensing on a royalty-free basis. The proposal comes at a time…

24 September 2015

Intellectual Ventures’ China deal is representative of the shift taking place in the patent monetisation business

NOTE: This blog has been updated to include comments from IV's Peter Detkin. These were sent subsequent to publication and can be found at the end of the entry. Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States this week, with Seattle…

17 September 2015

Foxconn has confidence in the IP auction format, says man charged with monetising the company's porfolio

Hon Hai/Foxconn Group chairman and founder Terry Gou suggested earlier this year that his company had been filing too many patents – and the Taiwanese manufacturing giant is now clearly exploring novel ways of generating extra cash from the…

04 August 2015

“Thank you Tesla for opening up your patents”: the Chinese company that might test Elon Musk’s IP views

Last week, the automotive press was abuzz – and more than a little puzzled – over the debut of the Youxia X, a Chinese-built electric vehicle (EV) with what appears to be an eclectic set of influences. Most prominent is that of the Tesla Model S:…