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31 March 2017

Undiscovered country – building a trade secret culture

While events outside the conventional IP world have conspired to raise the profile of trade secrets, neither corporations nor their legal advisers typically know how to handle them proactively

05 April 2018

Chinese panel maker stocked up on patents in run-up to Foxconn battle, including from unlikely sources

Last week, this blog reported that litigation activity is heating up in China’s hyper-competitive display industry. Among the signs: Foxconn panel unit Innolux filed 17 patent suits against mainland competitor HKC in February. A look at USPTO…

17 November 2017

Patent activity around batteries heats up as LG Chem and Toray team up against Chinese competitor

Massive government subsidies have led to a huge amount of activity in China’s electric vehicle sector. But key foreign suppliers like LG Chem have faced obstacles in the country as official policies favour local firms. Now, the Korean company and…

06 November 2017

As court battle rages on, Midea and Gree team up to build IP “firewall” for Chinese industry

The biggest players in China’s air conditioning industry have established an IP-focused alliance they say will coordinate disputes and licensing in the sector, according to a report in China Daily. This news comes despite the fact that the two…

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…

23 October 2017

Maxell expands its monetisation drive, targeting Blackberry and Asus in new US suits

Hitachi unit Maxell Ltd filed five US patent suits this month following on the Huawei and ZTE campaigns it launched last year. The breadth of the companies and industries on the defendant side in this latest offensive suggest that a significant…

09 May 2017

Alice blow means Asian university’s pioneering US patent enforcement drive may be over

A Northern California district court has granted a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case brought by an affiliate of Seoul-based Sungkyunkwan University after finding one of the asserted claims invalid. The court’s decision represents a…

04 September 2017

After four years in the role, Brian Hinman set to stand down as Philips chief IP officer

Brian Hinman, chief IP officer at Philips, will be leaving the company in the middle of this month, IAM can reveal. The departure is entirely amicable and has been driven by Hinman’s desire to be closer to and spend more time with his family. Since…

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…

02 November 2015

Novel patent licensing strategies could help safeguard Taiwanese manufacturing's fragile market share

Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a Taiwanese manufacturer of silicon wafers for use in the solar cell industry, announced recently that it is offering one of its core patents for licensing on a royalty-free basis. The proposal comes at a time…

25 June 2015

Indian companies remain worryingly indifferent about filing patents at home

India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications has released its most recent annual report for 2013-2014. The statistics look promising in terms of improved service levels at the office; but when…

21 June 2015

The rise and rise of Apple, Google and Qualcomm as US patent superpowers

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) has a very handy resource on its website: a top 300 list (200 up to and including 1997) of entities awarded US patents for every year since 1984. For the stats-obsessed and tragic like yours truly…

15 June 2015

Networking, reform, Japanese influx, NPE worries and much more as IPBC Global kicks off

The opening reception for this year’s IPBC Global took place on Sunday evening at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – are covering the event and below are a few…

12 June 2015

Microsoft, IBM, ARM, Shazam, BAE and leading NPEs get together to tackle patent market’s transparency troubles

IPBC Global 2015, being held next week at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will host the launch of the Open Registry of Patent Ownership (ORoPO) - a new project aimed at creating a more efficient global patent market by encouraging openness and…

29 September 2015

Study reveals the most active borrowers and lenders in US patent-backed financing

Recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura provides a fascinating analysis of trends in patent-backed financings over the past few years. In terms of lenders, US banks dominate; while the list of top loanees is largely comprised of US operating…