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15 September 2017

Samsung among the targets as another Chinese SEP owner goes on the warpath

A state-owned entity from Guangzhou is the plaintiff in China’s latest SEP enforcement effort, and the world’s top TV seller, Samsung, is among those in the crosshairs. Shenzhen-based Skyworth and Shandong-based Hisense are the other targets in the…

01 September 2017

Unfair competition complaint in Beijing IP Court adds to Apple’s IP legal load in China

Apple probably has one of the busiest local IP teams in China – in addition to fending off NPE litigation there, it is preparing a validity challenge to the patent that was the subject of the country’s first SEP injunction. Now the Beijing IP Court…

31 August 2017

Haier’s antitrust suit against MPEG LA licensors suggests Chinese rate debate is far from over

This post has been updated with details of the New York State Court case Chinese appliance maker Haier has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the Northern District of New York against MPEG LA and six licensors that are part of its ATSC patent pool…

13 July 2017

Jawbone may be dead, but its patent assets could be worth as much as $40 million according to research

Jawbone, the consumer electronics business, which was one of the pioneers in fitness oriented wearable devices, started liquidation proceedings earlier this month. Having attracted more than $600 million in venture capital funding and reached a peak…

07 July 2017

Top Chinese appliances IP chief says more patent litigation is coming to the industry - and not just in China

Appliance giants Gree Electric and Midea are contesting one of China’s biggest competitor suits this summer, as their fierce rivalry in the air conditioning space spills into the patent courts. In an exclusive interview with IAM, Midea’s new head of…

26 June 2017

In a tough patent market, another Taiwanese OEM goes to Texas to extract value from its patent portfolio

Qisda is a major publicly-listed contract manufacturer in Taiwan, appearing among the top 10 global original design manufacturers (ODMs). It has been relatively quiet on the patent front compared to some of its peers, but a recent spate of…

23 June 2017

If you want to make a successful deal in China, leave your standard licence template at home

A lot of the activity going on in the China market is so-called soft licensing. Rather than showing up with claim charts in hand, Western technology executives are exploring ways that they can work together with Chinese partners. It’s certainly…

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…