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22 August 2019

Too often Unicorns lack meaningful IP protection and that makes them vulnerable to attack

A billion dollar valuation is all well and good, but many stellar start-ups risk being burned by having to pay-out big money to fend off patent infringement suits

22 August 2019

Newly listed Chinese projector firm taking on big patent players from Taiwan and Japan

Appotronics touted its IP portfolio to raise money on China’s new tech board, but is also dealing with the patent risks that come with a high-profile listing

19 August 2019

For high-cost, high-value patents, fixed-fee procurement could be the answer

A subscription model to cover the application process may well be the best way to make increased expenditure on securing portfolio-enhancing rights more palatable

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

06 August 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend

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

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

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

08 July 2019

Intel, Alphabet and Qualcomm among big fallers as largest US IP owners cut back on patenting

Latest ranking from IPO of top 300 companies shows an overall decline in the market as the mantra of quality over quantity continues to take effect

03 July 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market

02 July 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents

24 June 2019

New research highlights importance of US government on patented technologies

Federal support particularly crucial for start-ups with Department of Defense leading the way among state agencies

20 June 2019

Another year, another benchmarking survey and the EPO is top once more

Boost for António Campinos as he ends the first year of his presidency; and good news, too, for USPTO head Andrei Iancu