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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…

22 February 2018

An exclusive look at Uber’s patent position as purchases ramp up and Waymo dispute settles

At one point the world’s most valuable start-up, Uber has made a concerted drive – especially in the last two years – to expand its patent portfolio as it eyes a 2019 target for going public. Against this backdrop, as well as news of its recent…

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…

16 February 2018

Arrest of senior Indian patent office officials raises serious questions about system's integrity

The top official in the Indian Patent Office’s Chennai branch was detained along with one colleague earlier this month on charges of graft. While digital technologies and transparency initiatives have generally made India’s IP granting authorities…

05 December 2017

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi…

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…

29 November 2017

Five questions for Andrei Iancu’s USPTO Director Senate confirmation hearing, which takes place today

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to hold Andrei Iancu’s confirmation hearing for USPTO Director today. Iancu will appear alongside three nominees for federal judgeships so it remains to be seen how much time the senators will have to question…

27 November 2017

As merger talk continues, exclusive analysis of the Qualcomm and Broadcom patent positions

Following Broadcom’s surprise unsolicited $130 billion offer for Qualcomm earlier this month – and the subsequent unanimous rejection by Qualcomm’s board of directors – it looks as if the will they, won’t they of a potential merger of two of the…

20 November 2017

Shenzhen customs go to bat for Huawei & ZTE by blocking export of 260,000 patent-infringing products

According to a report from Xinhua news agency, a special IP enforcement campaign is being undertaken by customs authorities at a national level in China. One particular initiative, in the high-tech hub of Shenzhen, is of particular interest given…

09 November 2017

Five big patent talking points raised by Broadcom's proposed buy-out of Qualcomm

Broadcom electrified the tech world earlier this week when it made a $130 billion offer for Qualcomm. The advance looks set to be rebuffed by the Qualcomm board, but it seems likely that this is a story that will run for a while yet. Given the…

12 October 2017

There'll be no easy bedding-in for António Campinos at the EPO; he'll have to hit the ground running

The news that António Campinos has been chosen to succeed Benoît Battistelli as president of the European Patent Office should not have come as a huge surprise to IAM’s readers. We predicted it might happen back in July. But the speed of the…

21 September 2017

Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights

A long-rumoured Google-HTC deal finally took shape this morning, as the two companies announced a $1.1 billion “cooperation agreement”. Predictions had ranged from an outright acquisition of HTC by Google to a strategic investment, but the actual…

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…