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04 February 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

29 January 2019

Foxconn filing fewer patents, not more, as it seeks to move up value chain

The company’s applications in its home jurisdiction of Taiwan fell 50% year-on-year in 2018, as it also marked a second year outside the USPTO’s top 50 patentees

21 January 2019

New Indian patent office rules set to speed examinations

Draft changes would entitle women inventors and small businesses to expedited patent examination, but some see a backdoor for big business to take advantage too

18 January 2019

The clock is ticking as US government shutdown threatens to cause major pharma patent disruption

Services at the FDA could “grind to a halt” in a matter weeks if the budget deadlock between President Trump and Democrats continues. Major disruption at the USPTO and in the courts may also be on the cards.

18 January 2019

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB

Lawsuit filings and inter partes review petitions both fell in 2018, but operating companies’ share of the action was on the rise 

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

07 January 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way

20 December 2018

MIT and Harvard lead the world’s research institutions in patent quality, but look out for the rise of China  

The research centres which produce the most world-leading assets are currently found in the US and Europe, but analysis shows that Chinese universities are beginning to catch up (Picture: MIT)

18 December 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen

17 December 2018

Korea adopts treble damages in bid to curb “technology extortion”  

National Assembly approves Patent Law amendments to impose punitive damages and lower the burden of proof for rights holders

10 December 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

29 November 2018

Apple, Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political

13 November 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.

06 November 2018

RPX data throws low China damages into sharp relief

In a universe of 21,000 civil patent infringement judgments, just 14 produced awards of over $1 million. But the company’s VP for analytics tells IAM that China remains a major concern for RPX clients.

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