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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

13 December 2018

IP talent is one the most sought-after intellectual assets in China

Job market figures in China show huge demand for IP professionals, but educators and tech companies say good help is hard to find

22 November 2018

IP risk management goes mainstream and some see big bucks ahead

Insurance products relating to patents and other rights are not new, but they have never really taken off. Now, though, the industry's heavy hitters are moving in and things could be about to change.

20 November 2018

Re-conceptualising IP risk management

The scale and size of the risks associated with IP-facing companies is significant and rising. The ISO standard for risk management helps to re-conceptualises it.

12 November 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’.

02 October 2018

Will China’s leaders get to grips with the patent incentive problem?

A state media article blasts ‘fast food-style innovation’ as abandonments data paints a bleak picture.

13 September 2018

Patent litigation in Japan should be more attractive option, says JPO commissioner

In opening speech at IPBC Japan, Naoko Munakata suggests that rethinking rules around evidence collection and damages awards may make the system more "user-friendly" to start-ups and bigger companies

10 September 2018

Japanese suppliers see little alternative to litigation as challenges in China mount

Companies across the auto supply chain seek to stop infringement and prevent trade secret loss as China’s central government seeks to boost local players.

03 September 2018

Chinese drone makers square up at ITC

Armed with an industry-leading patent portfolio, DJI faces competitor litigation while dealing with increasing attention from NPEs.

23 August 2018

Japan to extend design patent term by five years

Legislation proposed by the JPO may also extend greater design protection to graphical user interfaces in bid to help system keep pace with new technology.

24 July 2018

SIPO reorganisation still a work in progress, insiders say

The world’s biggest patent and trademark offices by annual application volume are combining. Functions should be integrated by the autumn, but similar deadlines have been pushed back already.

28 June 2018

A timeline of Apple v Samsung and why the smartphone wars aren’t over yet

The sprawling patent battle that was arguably the central conflict of the smartphone wars, came to an end as the pair announced that they had reached a settlement. We re-visit all of the key events in the seven year struggle.

08 February 2018

China’s first court decision on GUI design patent infringement narrows avenues for protecting software

Patent protection for software in China is fairly strong, and as this blog has chronicled over the last few years it has gotten stronger still. But when it comes to the design and look of software, and how users interact with it, a recent Beijing IP…

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…

17 November 2015

One year of China's specialist IP courts: an infographic

Last month we reported on the latest statistics coming out of China's pilot specialist IP court programme. As we stated at the time, demand from rights holders to have their disputes decided in the new fora has been close to overwhelming. A…