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29 June 2015

NPE assertion campaign using LG patents may mark the dawn of a new reality for Korean corporates

An entity named Evolved Wireless last week launched lawsuits against a number of major companies claiming that they are infringing several of its patents which were previously owned by LG Electronics. The assertion campaign could well signal a new,…

17 June 2015

A new approach to the reform debate; China's IP future; the European tide; and much more at IPBC Global Day 3

IPBC Global in San Francisco is now finished, but only after another compelling day of sessions, networking and discussion. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights: …

04 June 2015

In China’s highly saturated smartphone market, it is just a matter of time before all-out patent war erupts

Xiaomi has abandoned the strategy of only selling its products via its own online channels and has signed a distribution deal with e-commerce platform Jindong, Want China Times reports. The change in direction comes as Xiaomi’s dominance of China’s…

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion…

19 May 2015

It's not all doom and gloom for pharmaceutical innovators in India

Merck has become the latest foreign pharmaceutical innovator to notch a patent win in an Indian court. Last Friday, the country’s Supreme Court enjoined Glenmark Generics from selling new low-cost versions of diabetes drugs Januvia and Janumet …

23 April 2015

Buying time, quality over quantity, the gathering litigation storm and more from IPBC China 2015

There were over 250 attendees at a packed-to-the-rafters IPBC China, which took place this week at the Shangri-La Hotel in Haidian, Beijing. Delegates, mostly local IP professionals working inside major Chinese businesses, participated in a series…

09 April 2015

Monetisation and monozukuri: the Japanese companies that lead the patent sales pack

The cover story of the current issue of IAM, published online for our subscribers last week, explores the complex attitudes that the Japanese corporate world has towards patent monetisation – and towards NPEs in particular. As has been documented…

30 March 2015

Patent royalties may be about to come under the microscope in India, but regulators should step carefully

An Indian mobile industry association last week submitted a report to the country’s government calling on regulators to rein in patent royalties being demanded of domestic handset makers by foreign companies, according to a story in the Economic…

10 March 2015

Chinese business leaders look beyond bulk patent accumulation to embrace strategic portfolio construction

We no longer think twice when we hear the CEO of a major Chinese tech company, when asked about future plans, launch into a discussion of patent portfolios and where they need to be made stronger. At least at the upper echelons of the corporate…

06 March 2015

China's planned patent damages overhaul could have unintended consequences

The National People’s Congress (NPC) – China’s legislature – convened in Beijing this week for its annual meeting. While its counterpart sitting in Washington DC mulls over its own patent reform proposals, the NPC has the prospective overhaul of…

23 February 2015

Despite bias concerns, Chinese courts tow a similar line to their US counterparts on FRAND rates

In the wake of the US$975 million fine and other sanctions for anti-competitive patent licensing activities imposed on Qualcomm by the Chinese authorities earlier this month, there has been a surge in discussion about the country’s burgeoning…

16 February 2015

Antitrust is now firmly part of the picture for IP owners in China. Compliance is the next hurdle

Details of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission’s settlement of its antitrust probe of Qualcomm emerged last week, with the US company slated to pay a $975 million fine and facing significant limitations on its patent licensing…

12 February 2015

Qualcomm antitrust decision could be the Big Bang moment for China's domestic patent market

Qualcomm confirmed this week that it has reached an agreement with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which recently completed an antitrust investigation into the US company’s patent licensing activities in the country. Under…

11 February 2015

Check before shaking hands on IP transactions: new antitrust rules

The Legislative Yuan has passed an amendment to the Fair Competition Law, which will take effect once it has been published by the president. As antitrust issues should always be considered in IP transactions, both foreign and domestic players in the Taiwanese market should monitor the progress of the amendment.

06 February 2015

India could end up trumping China as a patent dispute venue for many rights holders

China often hogs the limelight when it comes to discussion about which emerging economy will become the next major IP market alongside the United States and Europe. Questions over the Indian authorities’ approach to IP rights have no doubt…