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09 December 2019

Examination agreement between Japan and India steers clear of life sciences

The two countries inaugurated a Patent Prosecution Highway scheme last week, but it will be one-way traffic when it comes to pharma rights

06 December 2019

Fish & Richardson tops list of firms that the US patent elite use for litigation

More than half the companies that make up the IAM/ktMINE listing of the entities with the biggest US portfolios have instructed Fish lawyers to represent them in district court disputes over the course of the last decade

19 November 2019

Second listing sees Alibaba on firmer IP footing

The e-commerce giant prices its Hong Kong offering this week. Five years after its NYSE debut, it has a more formidable patent portfolio and new IP-based alliances

13 November 2019

LOT passes a major milestone in members with Visa, Disney and Caterpillar signing up

CEO: the PAE problem is only going to increase as patent strength revives under Iancu; get ready for more expansion and the era of “LOT-plus”, with SEPs a focus

06 November 2019

Chinese patents surviving validity challenges in greater numbers

Invention patents had a coin flip chance of full invalidation by CNIPA over the past decade, but the past three years show a higher survival rate

01 November 2019

Tencent’s IP strategy: business plays, partnerships and open source

The Chinese internet giant has hardly made a dent in the secondary patent market but has over 700 investments under its belt including stakes in Tesla and Epic Games

25 October 2019

Intel faces multi-pronged injunction threat in China, antitrust suit reveals

Fortress-owned vehicle monetising NXP rights has brought multiple Chinese suits as part of its pressure campaign on the US chipmaker

24 October 2019

Latest statistics show foreign firms win in high numbers at Beijing IP Court

Numbers also show that damages are rising. But litigation statistics only tell part of the story on plaintiff success.

23 October 2019

IBM patent transaction puts Indian IT firm on par with rivals

Around 200 patents change hands as Big Blue selloff continues and a new HCL IP executive strikes first known deal

16 October 2019

WIPO report: US patent filings dip for first time since 2009

The number of grants also drops while UK sees worrying fall in applications; but study has good news for EPO President Campinos

10 October 2019

Shenzhen government to launch China’s latest IP fund

But the details suggest authorities understand limitations of IP subsidies and financialisation

27 September 2019

Banks bet on purchases, not patents, to take on tech giants in fintech

Mastercard and the Bank of America may be investing heavily in their portfolios, but most traditional players favour company acquisitions and collaborations to stay in the game

24 September 2019

Sony worries company split would lead to higher IP fees

Concern about parting with its image sensor business and IP portfolio illustrates a problem for Japanese companies seeking to restructure

20 September 2019

Territory, not technology, is Alibaba’s biggest challenge

The Jack Ma era has come to an end at the Chinese giant, leaving his successor to leverage the company’s data and services to establish a strong presence in the APAC region

19 September 2019

Malaysia more patentee-friendly after rare Federal Court U-turn

In its third ever patent case, the country’s top court overturned its previous ruling that dependent claims automatically fall if their independent claims are found invalid