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06 September 2019

Sharp announces SEP licensing arrival with Samsung deal

Japanese firms scores agreement with world’s top mobile maker in first announced SEP licence under Hon Hai ownership

17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court

16 April 2019

Huawei leverages patent transactions for peace and profit

Recent assignments showcase different ways Huawei reaps value from patent deals: one sealing its settlement with Samsung, another arming America’s most prolific NPE

25 March 2019

Qualcomm wins JFTC reversal, but faces other questions on Asian competition front

After nine years of legal manoeuvring, the US chipmaker has won approval for its licensing practices in Japan. But in other parts of the region, antitrust doubts remain

04 January 2019

All the major China IP stories you missed over the holidays

Retrial ordered in Huawei v InterDigital; Apple representatives threatened with detention in continuing injunction flap; national IP appeals court opens doors and much more from the Middle Kingdom

18 December 2018

Huawei vs Samsung conflict is about more than patents

As the pair duke it out in an SEP licensing dispute, the Korean company's chipmaking division fears crucial trade secrets have already made their way to Shenzhen

26 November 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year. 

31 July 2018

LG Electronics settles with Ericsson as it ramps up its own assertion effort

New global cross-licence ends a four month-long US litigation case. In the meantime, LG is becoming more aggressive with its own patent portfolio, as evidenced by recent enforcement efforts.

12 April 2018

Both the largest and strongest portfolio in the world: an exclusive analysis of Samsung’s patent assets

In the IAM/ktMINE US Patent 100, published in issue 89 of IAM, we revealed that Samsung owns by far the largest US patent portfolio. Now, new research conducted for IAM shows that the Korean conglomerate not only has the largest portfolio in the…

23 March 2018

SIPO knocks out audio patent owned by state-affiliated entity, ending SEP campaign against Samsung

China’s patent office has dealt a blow to a local SEP developer that last year kicked off an assertion campaign against major television manufacturers in Chinese courts. On February 28th, the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) of China’s State…

14 December 2017

Korea FTC defends scope of Qualcomm penalties as US judge warns of antitrust “race to the bottom”

Of the recent competition rulings against Qualcomm, Korea’s seem to have gone the furthest in imposing global remedies on the chipmaker’s licensing practices. At a recent forum on antitrust extraterritoriality, Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the US Court…

22 September 2017

Korea's new antitrust boss says he'll target patent abuse in the IoT realm

Over the past few years, South Korea’s antitrust regulator has been one of the toughest on issues of intellectual property. Now, the leader of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) says the body is about to start an inquest focused on how patents…

28 March 2017

LG files its first-ever US patent complaints – though it has been quietly monetising its IP for some time

LG Electronics appears to have launched its first-ever patent enforcement actions in the United States with a Delaware district lawsuit and International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint targeting US phone maker Blu Products. LG’s complaint and…

13 December 2016

NPE set up by Korean banks offers more clues on its strategy with further investments in standard-essential patents

An IP investment fund launched by two state-owned banks in South Korea has obtained rights to a standard-essential patent (SEP) family formerly held by the country’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), records reveal. …

30 August 2016

A closer look at Korea’s latest IP trade results shows they aren’t quite as optimistic as initial reports suggest

IAM has followed the saga of South Korea’s negative IP rights receipts for some time now. While Korean media reports on the latest figures from the country’s central bank suggest that the deficit is gradually being chipped away, there are a couple…