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10 January 2020

South Korea rolls out policy initiatives around IP finance and tech independence

Patent office measures target long-held goal of greater IP activity from the SME sector and less reliance on conglomerates

12 November 2019

Korean NPE launches offensive after streaming pool's collapse

State research lab ETRI and patent fund Intellectual Discovery are two of the entities in line to profit from the assertion effort

19 July 2018

Despite Samsung settlement management of former BlackBerry patents changes hands

Earlier this week a judge in the Eastern District of Texas officially dismissed the lawsuit between Samsung and Fundamental Innovation Systems International (FISI) after the pair settled their dispute. FISI had accused the tech giant of infringing…

03 November 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital…

02 November 2017

Intellectual Discovery plans sale of its venture capital unit later this year

Korean patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) is seeking a buyer for its subsidiary ID Ventures, according to the company’s website. IAM understands the fund is weighing multiple offers already, and just one week remains before the bidding deadline…

08 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology…

18 November 2016

DSS secures $13.5 million Juridica financing to acquire and monetise Intellectual Discovery patents

In one of the more elaborate IP deals seen of late, US publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) Document Security Systems (DSS) has teamed up with litigation funder Juridica Asset Management and Korean sovereign patent fund (SPF) Intellectual Discovery to…

14 October 2016

Samsung’s problems add to recent gloom for smartphone licensing businesses

This blog reported recently about how a lagging smartphone market is hurting the licensing industry. When much of the royalty base is calculated on a per handset basis, falling prices and sluggish sales don’t help those companies that over the last…

30 September 2016

New priorities and strategies for sovereign patent funds

Sovereign patent funds have become key players in the global IP market. However, a shifting economic, legal and political landscape raises questions for the future of this state-backed aggregation model

06 September 2016

The future for Asia’s sovereign patent funds is in the private sector, say their chief executives

Asia has led the way in the development of public-private patent aggregators, which have become more popularly known as sovereign patent funds (SPFs). But according to the men heading up the region’s two largest SPFs – Intellectual Discovery (ID)…

27 May 2016

Intellectual Discovery may be the biggest of the sovereign patent funds, but its activities are the least known

South Korea’s Intellectual Discovery (ID), Japan’s IP Bridge and French outfit France Brevets are typically seen as comprising the first generation of ‘sovereign patent funds’ (SPFs). Loosely defined, these are entities with significant state…

19 April 2016

Vice-president of $30bn Chinese state investment vehicle talks patents at IPBC Korea

The investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University was featured in IAM’s list of IP personalities of the year of 2015 for its role as a centrepiece of the Chinese government’s efforts to develop stronger domestic capabilities in sensitive…

18 December 2015

Big buck Chinese investors, changing attitudes and antitrust actions – the Asia-Pacific’s IP market in 2015

It has been a busy 2015 for IP owners operating in Asia, with the region continuing to challenge Europe as the world’s second major IP marketplace (and, with things the way they are in the United States at the moment, first place may even be up for…

17 December 2015

Korea’s patents per GDP dollar – another IP statistic that doesn’t tell the whole story

South Korea files more patent applications per US dollar of its gross domestic product than any other country in the world, according to the latest edition of WIPO’s annual World IP Indicators report. While that may sound like an impressive feat,…

27 November 2015

Samsung’s $23 million Netlist deal shows Fortress IP financing model is about much more than stick licensing

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and US cloud computing and data storage company Netlist have entered into a licensing agreement that will see the two collaborate on the development of NVDIMM-P non-volatile memory solutions. The deal shows that…