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02 March 2018

China’s cabinet releases IP reform master plan as IP litigation surges 40% in 2017

At a press conference on Wednesday, China’s leading IP jurist, Supreme People’s Court vice-president Tao Kaiyuan, announced that 2017 saw a 40% jump in IP-related litigation in the country. The figure for new first-instance cases for all categories…

15 December 2017

Thousands of appeals in limbo while leaderless Indian board remains mired in constitutional controversy

In the patent world, all eyes are on the US Supreme Court as it weighs the future of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But in India, a similar body is facing a constitutional challenge of its own, fuelled over a long-running dispute over who…

01 December 2017

Asia’s first $500 billion company can in part thank a diverse IP value creation strategy for its success

In the hottest Hong Kong IPO in a decade, shares of China Literature surged over 90% in their trading debut earlier this month. The wild success of Tencent’s digital publishing business with investors is just the latest success for the Shenzhen…

21 September 2017

Red Hat expands its pioneering patent promise to the open source community

Open source software business Red Hat this morning announced a big expansion of its Patent Promise - the 2002 commitment the company made not assert to its patents against free and open source software. The promise now extends to all of Red Hat’s…

30 August 2017

Trump’s USPTO Director pick remains an unknown quantity to many – and that may be his greatest strength

When this blog first reported that Andrei Iancu was a candidate for USPTO director in April it was hard to find anyone in the patent community, at least in DC, who knew him well enough to provide informed comment on what his leadership might mean. …

25 August 2017

China reacts to the Trump administration’s investigation into IP trade barriers

China’s government dialed up its criticism of the recently announced US investigation in the country’s IP practices yesterday, saying the probe “sabotages the existing international trading system, and has poured cold water on all parties that have…

20 July 2017

“Infringers will pay a heavy price,” says China's President Xi in call for further IP reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping made rare public comments about the country’s IP reform efforts on Monday. Addressing the National Financial Work Conference, Xi called for strengthened intellectual property rights protection and more stringent…

08 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology…

28 April 2017

Foreign companies stand to benefit from Singapore's new $1 billion IP-focused fund

The Singaporean government has reinforced its strong IP credentials with the establishment of a S$1 billion (US$718 million) public-private investment fund that will target “high-growth companies with strong IP and proven business models”. …

10 April 2017

Qualcomm top of the Indian patent filings pops as foreign firms reverse two years of application declines

India’s Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDT) released its annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year last week, and the results showed a 10% jump in applications, reversing two straight years of slight decline. The list of…

23 March 2017

SCOTUS ruling gives patent owners mild cause for optimism; while former USPTO chief slams Breyer

We’re currently seeing a flurry of patent activity from the Supreme Court. Earlier this week it heard oral arguments in Impression Products Inc v Lexmark International while it also released its opinion in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First…

09 February 2017

US corporates see mixed IP progress across Southeast Asian markets; TPP may make things worse

IP Bridge CEO Shigeharu Yoshii told this blog in a recent interview that the improving IP infrastructure in the ASEAN countries has given his firm the confidence to pursue numerous IP-centric business opportunities in the region. In fact, the…

23 January 2017

Cautious optimism as China mulls introducing national IP appeals court

Back in December, Supreme People’s Court vice president Tao Kaiyuan told media that top authorities were considering the introduction of a national IP appeals court for China. Details are sparse at the moment, but the nation’s top court is likely to…

17 November 2016

One of India's biggest software companies seems to have almost completely given up on patents

Back in February 2015, IAM reported on comments made by Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, who dismissed patents as a “scourge” on the software industry and indicated that the company would consider opening up its patent portfolio in the mould of Tesla and…

07 October 2016

China leads the way in using big data to manage IP strategy, says man in charge of Foxconn’s patent portfolio

There’s plenty of talk nowadays about the game-changing prospects presented by ‘big data’, writes YP Jou, CEO of Taipei-based IP consultancy Wispro and the man responsible for managing and monetising Hon Hai-Foxconn Group’s patent portfolio through…