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21 March 2019

Chinese state research lab wants Intel to pay for chip tech

Recent PTAB filings by Intel reveal it’s being sued in China by a government-run R&D lab for infringing patents related to FinFET transistors

21 March 2019

Lenovo IP head becomes the latest big name to leave a major corporate role

News of Ira Blumberg's departure from the Chinese company comes just days after IAM revealed that Ericsson was in the market for a new CIPO

20 March 2019

Patent abuse in China – could solutions be worse than the problem?

US-China rows over trade secrets have made headlines the world over and highlighted Big Tech’s frustration with aspects of the Chinese IP regime. It is unclear whether any suggested solutions will assuage concerns

19 March 2019

China budges on much-maligned tech transfer regulations

With a stroke of a pen yesterday, the State Council did away with some of the country’s most onerous tech transfer rules. Now it’s up to IP owners to negotiate smart deals with their newfound leeway

14 March 2019

Foxconn CEO: Microsoft’s real target is Huawei

In a furious response to a lawsuit filed last week, Terry Gou accused the American company of bullying Taiwanese businesses to avoid damaging its relationships in mainland China, where its real licensing quarrels are

12 March 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up

12 March 2019

Ford successfully obtained injunction order in China in landmark case

In a strategic lawsuit in which Ford authorised Ford China to file an action on its behalf and apply for an evidence preservation order, an export of counterfeit automobile parts was prevented and a favourable judgment was handed down, which suggests that injunction orders are becoming easier to obtain.

07 March 2019

More technology transfer needed for effective climate change mitigation  

Patent focus has shifted to energy storage as cost-effectiveness achieved for wind and solar power, but the failure to address the role of IP hinders transfer mechanisms    

07 March 2019

Lone inventor takes on Huawei in case that exposes the deep disparities in the US patent system

Portuguese national says he has sold his house to hire an attorney to go after the Chinese company over alleged IP theft – a huge leap of faith given US assertion realities

05 March 2019

Dominion Harbor CEO discusses China strategy re-think

NPE boss says the decision to set up a licensing team in Beijing last year is starting to pay off. The acquisition of 1,000 new patents from Panasonic announced yesterday is a further boost

04 March 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple

28 February 2019

Huawei and Samsung call it quits

The first major test of Huawei's SEP portfolio will not be decided in the courtroom. But the three-year dispute shed light on the company's negotiating style and royalty demands

26 February 2019

Two years of trade war spotlight have done little to change views of IP environment in China

But American Chamber of Commerce in China survey does reveal that IP concerns are affecting US firms' business plans, and ‘cautious pessimism’ is the new normal

25 February 2019

China mulls ‘open licensing’ option that may not have many takers

Amendments to China’s Patent Law will likely offer firms an option to open their portfolios to all willing royalty-payers, but it may not provide enough incentive to attract users

20 February 2019

New registration requirements prompt fears from e-businesses

The first E-commerce Law in China came into force on 1 January 2019. Since its promulgation, many people have voiced concerns, in particular over the requirement for online businesses to register with the Administration for Industry and Commerce.