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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

It’s time for standards bodies to step up

The IP director of China’s Telecommunications Development Industry Alliance argues that 5G technology must not fall victim to geopolitics and patent gamesmanship

16 August 2019

AstraZeneca faces increasingly tough evergreening battle in India

A recent Delhi court decision is a reminder of the tight restrictions around species and follow-on patents in the country

15 August 2019

Patent injunctions in India – a year of innovation

In the year following India’s first-ever final judgment in a SEP case, courts are increasingly experimenting with the injunction regime as a way to protect patentees’ rights

14 August 2019

New measures for technical evaluation reports for utility model patents

Given the uncertainty surrounding the utility model patent application process in Taiwan, underlying patent rights can often be abused by patentees. To help utility model applicants, a new measure has been introduced, giving patentees that receive an unfavourable evaluation the chance to provide an additional explanation.

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

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

09 August 2019

Chinese radio firm recently hit by ITC ruling is latest Trump target

Shenzhen-based Hytera, which makes two-way radios, joins Huawei on proposed list of banned government suppliers. It is already dealing with an ITC import ban won by rival Motorola Solutions

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

08 August 2019

Samsung Electronics transfers chip patents to Texas NPE in settlement

Korean conglomerate has been using patent transactions to seal patent deals, including with NPEs

06 August 2019

Seeking to prod Xiaomi licence, IPCom touts UK sales disruption for HTC

The German licensing firm - which recently filed a new High Court complaint against Beijing-based Xiaomi - says the Taiwanese company voluntarily pulled a model from British outlets when confronted with evidence of infringement

06 August 2019

Patent extension in Russia

Since 2003 it has been possible to extend the duration or term of a Russian patent for a drug, pesticide or agricultural chemical by up to five years. It used to be possible to extend patent claims related to a substance, antibody or pharmaceutical formulation. However, in 2015 the regulations were tightened. Knowing how to achieve the maximum scope of protection provided by an additional patent is key.

06 August 2019

Blocking trademark registrations via third-party submissions in Taiwan

On 20 June 2019 the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s new Examination Guidelines titled Third-Party Submissions came into force. The guidelines have clarified the parameters for submission requirements, who can file a third-party submission and how these declarations are reviewed by the examiner.

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