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12 June 2017

Sharp asks California court to terminate licence with Hisense, saying Chinese partner is damaging its brand

On Friday, I wrote about how the IP team at Foxconn is getting value out of the massive Sharp patent portfolio through spin-offs and patent sales. But investing in certain technologies and divesting others is only one aspect of chairman Terry Gou’s…

09 May 2017

Alice blow means Asian university’s pioneering US patent enforcement drive may be over

A Northern California district court has granted a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case brought by an affiliate of Seoul-based Sungkyunkwan University after finding one of the asserted claims invalid. The court’s decision represents a…

04 May 2017

After Nikon launches global infringement litigation campaign, defendants fight back with former IV patents

Over the last week a high-profile multi jurisdictional patent dispute has erupted between Nikon and ASML and Carl Zeiss. In a relatively rare sortie to the courts, the Japanese camera maker has filed 11 suits against Dutch semiconductor equipment…

19 January 2017

State-led innovation success story for China is also a warning on trade secrets protection

Last week Chinese media trumpeted an apparent victory for government-led innovation, as a steel firm revealed that it has mastered the process of manufacturing ballpoint pen tips. Largely celebrated in China, the announcement has generated debate…

16 January 2017

Patents and know-how power new GE move into China battery market

For US technology companies doing business in China, joint venture arrangements are perennially near the top of the list of IP concerns. The common perception is that increased pressure on foreign partners to transfer technology to local partners is…

21 March 2016

Chinese companies accused of exaggerating impact of successful IPRs, potentially encouraging infringement

Last week, this blog reported on the court battle playing out between Hitachi Metals and a group of rare-earth companies in the Eastern city of Ningbo – a test of how Chinese authorities will address refusal to license patents that are not formal…

14 March 2016

Hitachi Metals case in China the latest sign that ‘de-facto standards’ are moving into regulators’ crosshairs

The port city of Ningbo is playing host to China’s first case testing what constitutes abuse of non-essential patents. In a lawsuit being watched closely by regulators, four local companies are arguing that Hitachi Metals’ refusal to license its…

05 November 2015

The Pacific's pint-sized patent powerhouse: an infographic

We've reported a couple of stories from Taiwan this week (here and here), so it seemed like an opportune time to share a few key patent-related stats from the island with you. The Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) released its Q3 filing numbers earlier…

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…

29 September 2015

Study reveals the most active borrowers and lenders in US patent-backed financing

Recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura provides a fascinating analysis of trends in patent-backed financings over the past few years. In terms of lenders, US banks dominate; while the list of top loanees is largely comprised of US operating…

28 September 2015

More motions for fee-shifting are being filed but the rate at which they’re being awarded is steady

Fee-shifting may have been overtaken by the future of the IPR regime as the most sensitive topic on the US patent reform agenda, but it remains one of the most politically loaded parts of the proposed legislation. For Republicans who hunger for…

28 September 2015

Patent exceptionalism, another new IP leader and more from day 1 of the IPO annual meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 43rd annual meeting being held in Chicago, got underway in earnest today with more than 1100 delegates gathering in the Windy City to discuss many of the key trends currently gripping the IP market…

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…

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…