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02 July 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents

01 July 2019

Oppo closes first patent acquisition deal with a Chinese university

It is still rare to see major tech businesses in China acquiring rights generated by academic institutions, but given geopolitical and trade realities we may well see more of it in the future

28 June 2019

Politics, money could temper Chinese interest in Intel auction

A few years ago, it might have been different. But political, legal and economic uncertainty may combine to keep firms like Huawei and ZTE out of the running for Intel’s wireless IP

27 June 2019

Huawei has reaped $1.4 billion in licence fees since 2015, white paper says

The Chinese company also revealed its royalty outflow – $6 billion since it took its first licence in 2001, 80% of which has gone to US companies

27 June 2019

Everything you wanted to know about AI patents, but were afraid to ask - part 2

After a WIPO report in April, new analysis from the UK IP Office sheds further light on this rapidly growing area and confirms that, despite a Chinese filing surge, the US continues to dominate

25 June 2019

Interim patent injunctions are “the need of the hour” in India, judge says

The latest interim injunction in India takes a unique approach. A  Delhi High Court judge says legal “experimentation” has become necessary to protect patent owners

23 June 2019

Rubio’s Huawei proposal should worry US tech, pharma companies

Letting the executive branch neutralise patents whose owners it doesn’t like would weaken the US patent system and invite retaliation by China

21 June 2019

SK Innovation fights US trade secrets suit with Korean defamation case

Battery maker will argue that LG Chem’s US trade secret litigation is against the national interest

20 June 2019

US tells WTO to hit pause on China IP complaint

Suspension of the probe may not herald a broader deal, but it does underscore the significant legislative concessions China has made on tech transfer and other IP issues

19 June 2019

Major developments set to vastly improve trademark and patent landscape

As it marks the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the national IP strategy, the Chinese government has taken the next step in restructuring the offices that administer various IP rights. This includes the implementation of a faster timeframe for patent examination, provisions to curb bad-faith filings and the introduction of the E-commerce Law.

17 June 2019

Acacia patents asserted against Vivo, Oppo and other mobile firms in China

An entity with sub-licensing rights is litigating with the re-vamped PIPCO’s patents in China, and some early validity results are encouraging

13 June 2019

How Apple uses patents to win

The iPhone giant’s portfolio is at the heart of the defence it plays when the subject of an assertion – and analysis shows that much of it has been acquired rather than grown organically

13 June 2019

Huawei’s $1 billion Verizon demand: politics or profit?

Ongoing royalty negotiations are revealed after US network operator reportedly notifies government. Why the conflict, which follows a 2016 dispute with T-Mobile, may alarm Nokia and Ericsson

12 June 2019

Amends to the Trademark Law could put an end to bad-faith filings

The amendments of 23 April 2019 to the Trademark Law will come into effect on 1 November 2019. These changes are a promising next step in the Chinese government’s stand against bad-faith filings and trademark infringement in China.

11 June 2019

Taiwan Semiconductor spins patents to gene sequencing leader

Transfer of microfluidics tech comes as San Diego-based Illumina faces a fierce IP fight with an upstart Chinese rival