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09 July 2015

A can-do attitude towards IP strategy is another reason why Sharp should welcome Foxconn into the fold

Sharp received ¥200 billion (approximately US$1.65 billion) from lenders last week, giving it a much-needed shot in the arm as it struggles to stay afloat. But as far as its longer term health is concerned, its intellectual property could prove to…

07 July 2015

IP-backed lending activities may have had a role in creating China’s current financial malaise

As Europe reels from deepening financial turmoil, another potential economic catastrophe is unfolding on the other side of the world. For several months now, China’s capital markets have been experiencing chaos the likes of which has rarely been…

03 July 2015

Appraiser puts $113 million price tag on steel company's intangibles; but will investors buy Chinese IP valuations?

Last week Sutor Technology Group announced that an independent valuation of the intellectual property owned by it and its subsidiaries had arrived at a figure of Rmb700 million (approximately US$113 million). The Chinese steel manufacturer and…

25 June 2015

Indian companies remain worryingly indifferent about filing patents at home

India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications has released its most recent annual report for 2013-2014. The statistics look promising in terms of improved service levels at the office; but when…

23 June 2015

Apple’s revenue per patent leaves the other big US portfolio owners in the shade

In the latest issue of IAM we published a list, compiled by MDB Capital Group, of the 369 companies that as of the end of last year owned at least 1,000 active US patents. For anyone who closely follows the patent market the top 10 was a largely…

21 June 2015

The rise and rise of Apple, Google and Qualcomm as US patent superpowers

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) has a very handy resource on its website: a top 300 list (200 up to and including 1997) of entities awarded US patents for every year since 1984. For the stats-obsessed and tragic like yours truly…

12 June 2015

Microsoft, IBM, ARM, Shazam, BAE and leading NPEs get together to tackle patent market’s transparency troubles

IPBC Global 2015, being held next week at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will host the launch of the Open Registry of Patent Ownership (ORoPO) - a new project aimed at creating a more efficient global patent market by encouraging openness and…

12 May 2015

When it comes to cutting Korea’s IP deficit, the country’s biggest high-tech players have the most work to do

The Bank of Korea and the Korean IP Office today released 2014 data for the country’s by-now notorious IP royalties deficit. Published jointly by the two national agencies for the first time, the in-depth statistics reveal details about how the…

12 May 2015

“Those who really love it” – the very slanted views of patent witnesses called by Congress

One of the standout comments from last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the PATENT Act came from Senator Durbin. He remarked that the five witnesses called appeared divided between “those who love” the bill and “those who really love” it…

27 April 2015

LG steps up collaboration programme as Korean SMEs face daunting patent challenges at home and abroad

Back in February, this blog reported on LG Group’s plan to ‘open up’ a portion of its patent portfolio by making approximately 29,000 of its assets concentrated in the biotechnology, energy and cosmetics areas available to Korean SMEs. Now,…

17 April 2015

Europe and Asia controlled LED lighting landscape looks like fertile ground for patent licensing and litigation

Earlier this week, IAM reported on Philips' sale of the majority of its LED lighting unit Lumileds to a Chinese-led investment consortium. The deal - which is expected to complete during the third quarter of this year, subject to conditions and…

13 April 2015

Philips LED deal shows that Chinese investors, as well as corporates, see the strategic power of IP assets

IAM readers keeping tabs on the LED industry will likely be aware of the recently announced deal which will see Philips sell the majority of its Lumileds lighting components unit to Chinese-led investment consortium GO Scale Capital for $3.3 billion…

31 March 2015

Asian companies lead the way in royalty-free patent licence strategies

Seoul-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Korean port city of Changwon that will see it share its patents and knowhow relating to liquefied natural gas (LNG)…

27 March 2015

China's lead in graphene patents will count for little if it does not result in products that come to market

Research released by the UK IP Office (UKIPO) this week reveals that Chinese entities own more graphene-related patents than those from any other country. However, the findings also underline the difficulties that Chinese IP owners seem to be…

23 March 2015

Patents give Kodak a second chance – and what could be more American than that?

How will we come to view Kodak? The iconic US company emerged from bankruptcy in 2013 after it had missed the digital photography revolution and crumbled into technological irrelevance. On Sunday it was the subject of a New York Times article which…