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17 June 2019

Acacia patents asserted against Vivo, Oppo and other mobile firms in China

An entity with sub-licensing rights is litigating with the re-vamped PIPCO’s patents in China, and some early validity results are encouraging

10 June 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration

07 June 2019

Deals with Samsung and Citrix show IV’s patents are still coveted

Assignments involving Korean tech giant and US software business demonstrate that it’s more than just NPEs that are interested in NPE assets

04 June 2019

India makes concessions to high tech on patent ‘working’

The Patent Office has proposed simplifications to Form 27, which plays a role in compulsory licensing and injunctions, after complaints by Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others

03 June 2019

Shenzhen-based operating company tapped to license foreign pool's China rights

Netac’s own killer patent is set to expire later this year. But according to demand letters circulating Chinese media, the memory maker's IP team is now partnering with a patent pool formed by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk

30 May 2019

Litigating in China? Look beyond Beijing

Amid reports of US patent owners facing delays, practitioners say extra caution and busy dockets are possible explanations

27 May 2019

New IP Bridge co-CEO talks licensing in China, Avanci’s prospects in Japan and company's 'next phase'

Minoru Fujiki (pictured, right) has taken charge of the fund operator’s patent business after the departure of founding CEO Shigeharu Yoshii (centre)

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain

20 May 2019

Trade war has not stopped US-China chip patent deals

Analysis of US patent assignment data shows cross-border transactions are still happening in semiconductors and other high-tech sectors. Proposed legislation could lead to greater scrutiny

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

09 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm

25 April 2019

US inventor: “Suing Apple would cost me $20 million in the US. In China I can do it for $500,000”

Head of American advocacy group explains why he has given up on home soil and has chosen Beijing to launch action against iPhone maker over video codec technology

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

12 April 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team

11 April 2019

Funai’s biggest patent disposal yet looks like a monetisation play

The Japanese OEM completed a big patent acquisition from Lexmark in 2013 to boost its inkjet business, and a new deal suggests it wants to get more money out of those 1,500 assets