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17 August 2019

China’s focus on rare earth materials patents may spell trouble for the US

The country’s filings in this vital area have skyrocketed over the past decade, but analysis shows that they lack quality and international cover

16 August 2019

Autonomous driving leader files infringement cases against Chinese operators

Inventor David Hall is the CEO of Velodyne LiDAR and has put IP at the heart of the business. Litigation will be a test for how strong that model is

15 August 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations

15 August 2019

IP service providers announce launch of consulting businesses in further sign that advisory space is evolving

DOAR and Techson spot opportunities in a highly fragmented market; with increasing complexity external advisers are only going to become more important  

12 August 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show

05 August 2019

China seeks to boost IP lending

Companies staked patents and trademarks to borrow $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019. CNIPA and China’s banking regulator want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze

30 July 2019

Indian messaging app leads hike in domestic patent filings

Annual figures released by the country’s patent office also showed that it rapidly ramped up its ability to process examinations

29 July 2019

Big German win for Nokia in its ongoing patent battle with Continental and Daimler

Munich court hands down unprecedented order preventing the auto supplier from applying for a US anti-suit injunction that would stymy the Finnish company's litigation in Germany 

29 July 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2

22 July 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be

22 July 2019

Auto industry patent spats are rare, which is why an assertion against Continental by a rival supplier stands out

The German giant is accused of infringing a right owned by Gates Corporation, but the low volume of litigation in the sector overall points to the continued success of the industry's approach to licensing

19 July 2019

Operating company dominance of the patent deals market continues, latest data reveals

Analysis by AST shows Qualcomm, Samsung and TSMC all active, and volumes in line with recent quarterly averages; software still the leading sector in terms of number of transactions

18 July 2019

France Brevets puts pair of portfolios up for sale - including a set of 5G assets

Both packages were developed by French research institutes with close support from the sovereign patent fund

12 July 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo

11 July 2019

China’s venture community knows patents don’t equal innovation

The CEO of a hot AI startup, a top China-focused VC and Lenovo’s CIO shared their views on patents, innovation and trade tensions at one of Asia’s largest tech events