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18 September 2019

Why China’s new patent amendments may take time to raise damages

The Fourth Amendment to the Patent Law provides for bigger statutory awards and would let judges quintuple awards for punitive purposes

10 September 2019

Chinese investors dig into IP portfolios

Research reports in China increasingly highlight companies whose claims to innovation may not jibe with their patent portfolios

10 September 2019

IP boutique seeks to show that new thinking on diversity is not just for Big Law

“We’re in a field of innovation but firms don’t do anything,” claims Harrity & Harrity managing partner John Harrity  on launch of incubator project

02 September 2019

Sinda may test the market for Chinese IP firm takeovers

A report says the patent filing powerhouse is attracting private equity interest at a possible valuation of around $300 million

13 August 2019

China’s patent attorney profession set to grow as focus shifts to quality

The numbers sitting the annual qualification exam have been rising, but previous threshold requirements, such as foreign language proficiency and work experience, have been lowered

09 August 2019

New survey – IP litigation is increasingly global and, after a few down years, spending is going through the roof again

Study from Morrison & Foerster finds average large company outlay on lawsuits is now four times what it was in 2015 and total costs incurred top $3.3 billion

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

02 August 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand

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

26 July 2019

China patent filings fell in 2019's first half

New applications for Chinese invention patents fell by more than 9% in the first six months of the year, CNIPA reports, but foreign filings are still ticking upward

08 July 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market

04 July 2019

Re-shuffle puts new leaders at the top of Japan’s IP policy apparatus

Akira Matsunaga (pictured) will take the reins from Naoko Munakata. The JPO’s first woman commissioner served for two years, advocating reforms and sometimes drawing push-back

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

18 June 2019

Below the radar, a changing of the guard at Apple

Long-time chief IP Counsel BJ Watrous quietly left the position at the end of last year to be replaced by former lead patent counsel