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13 July 2017

Jawbone may be dead, but its patent assets could be worth as much as $40 million according to research

Jawbone, the consumer electronics business, which was one of the pioneers in fitness oriented wearable devices, started liquidation proceedings earlier this month. Having attracted more than $600 million in venture capital funding and reached a peak…

12 June 2017

Sharp asks California court to terminate licence with Hisense, saying Chinese partner is damaging its brand

On Friday, I wrote about how the IP team at Foxconn is getting value out of the massive Sharp patent portfolio through spin-offs and patent sales. But investing in certain technologies and divesting others is only one aspect of chairman Terry Gou’s…

29 September 2015

The crisis in 101, Wamsley bows out and more from day 2 of the IPO annual meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 43rd annual meeting in Chicago, came to a close today. You can see our coverage of yesterday here and below is a round-up of some of the main developments from the final day. Back to first principles…

17 September 2015

Foxconn has confidence in the IP auction format, says man charged with monetising the company's porfolio

Hon Hai/Foxconn Group chairman and founder Terry Gou suggested earlier this year that his company had been filing too many patents – and the Taiwanese manufacturing giant is now clearly exploring novel ways of generating extra cash from the…

14 March 2016

Hitachi Metals case in China the latest sign that ‘de-facto standards’ are moving into regulators’ crosshairs

The port city of Ningbo is playing host to China’s first case testing what constitutes abuse of non-essential patents. In a lawsuit being watched closely by regulators, four local companies are arguing that Hitachi Metals’ refusal to license its…

09 July 2015

A can-do attitude towards IP strategy is another reason why Sharp should welcome Foxconn into the fold

Sharp received ¥200 billion (approximately US$1.65 billion) from lenders last week, giving it a much-needed shot in the arm as it struggles to stay afloat. But as far as its longer term health is concerned, its intellectual property could prove to…

11 June 2015

Australia looks set to rethink its utility model regime after study suggests net cost to the economy

Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), an independent body, has recommended that the government consider abolishing the second-tier ‘innovation patent’. The recommendation comes on the heels of a study by IP Australia’s Office…

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…

16 January 2015

How patents and licensing underpin the multi-trillion dollar mobile communications economy

A new report has outlined the crucial roles that long-term R&D, a robust IP system and a collaborative approach to technology standards and licensing have played in the development of the mobile sector. The report by the Boston Consulting Group,…

06 July 2018

$100 million NPE sets its sights on China and promises a big litigation play within a fortnight

The boss of an NPE that launched in late June with $100 million of funding has said that within the next two weeks it will be filing “extremely large patent infringement lawsuits in China, against a major consumer products manufacturer”. Brian…

06 August 2018

Indian ministry said to propose re-introduction of outbound royalty caps

Proposed limits on royalty payments would be even stricter than those scrapped in 2009 liberalisation of FDI policies. Impact would be felt by global brand and technology giants with listed subsidiaries in India.

30 July 2018

Seiko Epson assigned nearly 2,000 patents to NPE Longitude Licensing

The electronics company's largest ever divestment nets Ireland-based chip IP licensor a second major Japanese portfolio.

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.

01 November 2018

BOE faces first big US patent test as Dominion Harbor comes knocking with former Intellectual Ventures patents

Beijing-based panel maker that’s one of China’s fastest-growing patent filers is latest target of the deepening partnership between IV and the Texas-based NPE

16 November 2018

How Dolby uses IP to turn world class innovation into bottom line returns

The inside track on a 50-year exercise in managing a multi-dimensional value creation strategy that keeps on delivering successful results