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21 May 2015

PWC’s annual litigation report shows just how stacked the US patent system is against the small inventor

If you’re a regular patent market observer there’s probably not too much to surprise you in PWC’s latest patent litigation report. Covering 2014, it shows that the overall number of cases in the year was down, but that was already apparent from…

27 March 2015

China's lead in graphene patents will count for little if it does not result in products that come to market

Research released by the UK IP Office (UKIPO) this week reveals that Chinese entities own more graphene-related patents than those from any other country. However, the findings also underline the difficulties that Chinese IP owners seem to be…

30 April 2015

Despite quality and pendency initiatives, the JPO may continue to see a fall in the applications it receives

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently published its annual report for 2014. It reveals which companies and universities dominated in terms of JPO-issued patents last year - while also posing some difficult questions for the agency's pendency…

13 July 2015

South Korean banks join forces to launch NPE with initial reserves of $89 million to spend

The Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) will each invest 50 billion won ($44.5 million) to set up a patent aggregation fund which will purchase “outstanding intellectual properties” and set about “licensing them to…

24 May 2018

Korean university tries to undo its mistake after passing on a patent worth millions

An affiliate of a top South Korean tech university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), is currently locked in a US patent litigation battle with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries and Samsung. A recent flap over the ownership of…

09 June 2018

Every entity that owns 1,000 or more active US patents identified in new IAM and ktMINE research

Close to 50% of all US patents are owned by a group of just 346 entities. IAM and analytics provider ktMINE reveal the members of the US Patent 1,000 Club.

07 August 2018

Why Chinese biotech inventions have yet to make an impact globally, despite patenting surge

A new academic article about patenting in the BRICS countries makes fascinating reading for life sciences IP professionals interested in gauging the development and current state of China’s biotechnology patent landscape. On the one hand, it…

02 August 2018

Huawei the target as another Korean university brings its licensing efforts to Texas

Lawsuit is another sign of Korean patent owners stepping up their assertion efforts in the US. 

15 October 2018

Haier’s battles with patent pools are not going well

An antitrust suit against MPEG-LA members was tossed out last month. Last week, a federal judge in California granted Via Licensing a damage award could grow substantially.

03 December 2018

IPBC Asia Day One report - all the highlights from another sell-out event

How Chinese courts will rule the patent world; Qualcomm's 5G licensing spree; don't jail trolls, says former supreme court judge; patent sales are on the up; plus a whole lot more from a wet, but spectacular, Shanghai Pudong

07 January 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way

24 January 2019

Patents show the sun shining on renewable energy

As global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change become increasingly urgent, new developments in solar technology are fuelling a surge in IP

23 January 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond

22 January 2019

Blockchain startup’s new tack reveals much about what IP managers need most

Operem is still working toward building a blockchain platform for patent trading, but its first product reflects demand for tools that enable open innovation efforts and trade secret protection

01 February 2019

Still no sign of a patent war as the world’s largest automakers see US litigation slump

Ford faces new confrontation over alleged infringement of MIT-owned IP, but number of suits against car giant well down from 2012-2014 peak