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06 December 2018

China to blacklist "serious" patent infringers

Days after announced trade truce, China’s government explains ‘social credit score’ consequences for IP infringers first floated three years ago. Penalties range from borrowing restrictions to air travel bans.

29 November 2018

With US trade secret litigation on the rise, a new suit from Intel follows an increasingly familiar storyline

Chipmaker accuses former employee of IP theft after they jump ship to rival Micron

29 November 2018

Apple Lumileds hit with $72m patent infringement complaint in China

Stinging from a $66m loss in a California trade secrets case, Chinese LED maker hits back on its home turf, also dragging the smartphone giant into an IP theft dispute that could get political

22 November 2018

IP risk management goes mainstream and some see big bucks ahead

Insurance products relating to patents and other rights are not new, but they have never really taken off. Now, though, the industry's heavy hitters are moving in and things could be about to change.

20 November 2018

Failure – IP’s most underrated asset

Negative know-how, an often-overlooked trade secret, can generate surprising value, especially where competition is most heated.

20 November 2018

Re-conceptualising IP risk management

The scale and size of the risks associated with IP-facing companies is significant and rising. The ISO standard for risk management helps to re-conceptualises it.

13 November 2018

IP trade war puts spotlight on university collaborations

Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin both had research collaborations come under the microscope for IP reasons last week.

12 November 2018

IP portfolio at stake in fight between EV startup and Chinese investor

Faraday Future says its biggest backer, a Chinese property developer, is deliberately driving it into bankruptcy in order to acquire collateralised intellectual property in a ‘fire sale’.

09 November 2018

Three perspectives on recent IP trade war developments

Last week the DOJ charged Jinhua and UMC with stealing Micron trade secrets. China sees an effort to cut off its tech progress, US sees a pattern of disrespect for IP and Taiwan is caught in the crossfire.

30 October 2018

US firms banned from dealing with Chinese chipmaker accused of IP theft

Department of Commerce hits Fujian Jinhua with potentially crippling export ban amid its patent and trade secret battle with Micron. Unlike similar penalty against ZTE, this measure is clearly linked to IP theft accusations.

29 October 2018

Fujifilm spins 900+ patents to Shenzhen firm in $28m deal

O-Film, which supplies camera modules to top smartphone brands, acquires a sizable IP portfolio as part of the deal. It will also take over the Japanese firm's Tianjin-based joint venture business focused on auto.

22 October 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets.

18 October 2018

Chinese plaintiffs must prepare for trade war rhetoric in IP suits

Huawei sued a former employee for trade secrets theft in the Eastern District of Texas. The counter complaint is tailor-made for a Trump country jury.

25 September 2018

Licensors like Qualcomm, Microsoft among biggest trade winners, China says

In its most thorough response yet to tech transfer complaints, government highlights $7 billion in annual IP payments to US firms and the country’s increasing attractiveness as a patent litigation venue.

24 September 2018

Inside Apple’s negotiations with a Chinese patent owner on the war path

The smartphone giant faces an infringement claim in Shanghai over Siri-related technology. Communications published by Chinese inventor show how the conflict developed.