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30 July 2018

Seiko Epson assigned nearly 2,000 patents to NPE Longitude Licensing

The electronics company's largest ever divestment nets Ireland-based chip IP licensor a second major Japanese portfolio.

08 June 2018

Potentially game-changing Ericsson 5G patent application moves closer to grant

What is quite possibly the longest patent application ever submitted continues on its merry way to grant. IAM understands that Ericsson has recently received a positive international preliminary report on patentability from the European Patent…

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.

31 May 2018

Tech groups among authors of new paper that sharply criticises SEP policy shift by US antitrust chief

A group of advocacy groups with close ties to the high-tech, automotive and retail industries have released a new paper calling into question several of the policy positions staked out by US antitrust chief Makan Delrahim regarding the application…

14 May 2018

A licence with Bosch and a German patent suit suggest Japan’s Kyocera is latest to enter auto fray

Japanese conglomerate Kyocera has very rarely asserted its patent rights in recent years; but a recent deal with Bosch and an assertion against another German supplier show that even in traditionally conservative Japan, the potential prize…

05 April 2018

For the first time this century Philips does not have a chief IP officer

Very quietly, something of a revolution has taken place at Philips. For the first time this century, the company’s IP function – Philips IP & Standards - is headed up by someone who has no long-term IP background and who is not labelled its chief IP…

05 April 2018

Chinese panel maker stocked up on patents in run-up to Foxconn battle, including from unlikely sources

Last week, this blog reported that litigation activity is heating up in China’s hyper-competitive display industry. Among the signs: Foxconn panel unit Innolux filed 17 patent suits against mainland competitor HKC in February. A look at USPTO…

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…

05 March 2018

Canon and Hitachi US patent suits show dramatically different IP enforcement strategies at work

Canon may have surprised some observers when it sued 31 separate defendants in a single day last week in the US. It is a famously conservative company, and head of IP Kenichi Nagasawa has long been a vocal critic of both NPE activity and the large…

20 February 2018

Sharp and Hisense bury patent hatchet and move to resolution of acrimonious dispute

A conflict over use of the Sharp brand name in the US market for televisions has pitted the Foxconn-owned display maker against Chinese licencee Hisense in IP and commercial lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions since last June. Now, disclosures…

08 December 2017

Taiwan IP Court hands record $50 million victory to a crucial smartphone supplier in trade secret case

A closely watched trade secret case in Taiwan yielded a verdict yesterday, with lens manufacturer Largan Precision prevailing over a competitor it accused of stealing information about manufacturing processes. After four years of litigation, Taiwan…

17 November 2017

Patent activity around batteries heats up as LG Chem and Toray team up against Chinese competitor

Massive government subsidies have led to a huge amount of activity in China’s electric vehicle sector. But key foreign suppliers like LG Chem have faced obstacles in the country as official policies favour local firms. Now, the Korean company and…

14 November 2017

Deals with Fujifilm and an NPE suggest recently-reorganised Maxell is focused on patent profit

Last month, the company previously known as Hitachi Maxell formally dropped ‘Hitachi’ from its name amid a corporate re-structuring. As the Osaka-based business promotes its more streamlined focuses, recent assignments suggest that patent…

06 November 2017

As court battle rages on, Midea and Gree team up to build IP “firewall” for Chinese industry

The biggest players in China’s air conditioning industry have established an IP-focused alliance they say will coordinate disputes and licensing in the sector, according to a report in China Daily. This news comes despite the fact that the two…

23 October 2017

Maxell expands its monetisation drive, targeting Blackberry and Asus in new US suits

Hitachi unit Maxell Ltd filed five US patent suits this month following on the Huawei and ZTE campaigns it launched last year. The breadth of the companies and industries on the defendant side in this latest offensive suggest that a significant…