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04 December 2018

IPBC Asia Day Two report

This year's event in Shanghai has now come to an end. It's been a great couple of days, including the IP Asia Elite Gala Dinner and Awards held last night

03 December 2018

IPBC Asia 2018 Day One Report

How Chinese courts will rule the patent world; Qualcomm's 5G licensing spree; don't jail trolls, says former supreme court judge; patent sales are on the up; plus a whole lot more from a wet, but spectacular, Shanghai Pudong

23 November 2018

Xiaomi inks video licence as Huawei loses German court case

Sources tell IAM MPEG-LA has secured an AVC/H.264 licence with Xiaomi. 

16 October 2018

Licensing SEPs for the Internet of Things

Interconnectivity is the key to maximising IoT's potential - and that means finding effective ways to ensure access to the IP required to make it happen.

15 October 2018

Haier’s battles with patent pools are not going well

An antitrust suit against MPEG-LA members was tossed out last month. Last week, a federal judge in California granted Via Licensing a damage award could grow substantially.

25 September 2018

The world’s top 10 IP deal makers revealed – and all eyes are on 5G

The head of the IP group at the Chinese telecoms giant is the first Asia-based leader to top our annual Market Makers list of the most influential patent value creators on the planet

27 July 2018

Validity rulings imperil Chinese SEP campaign after a homegrown defensive aggregator enters the mix

PRB invalidation setback for Guangdong-based Digital Rise could deal a fatal blow to its SEP assertion campaign against TV makers both foreign and domestic.

17 July 2018

After almost a decade of litigation, Philips wins India’s first-ever SEP infringement decision

Dutch company comes out on top in the first Indian SEP trial to go the distance. But the ruling does not offer much guidance on what's FRAND, practitioners explain.

29 June 2018

Tencent makes a splash in open source community by becoming a Linux Foundation platinum member

Chinese social media giant makes a big commitment to the Linux Foundation, becoming just the second Chinese firm to do so.

25 June 2018

No settlement for Xiaomi and Ericsson in India, but the Chinese firm can sell MediaTek-powered devices there

Some recent statements by MediaTek CFO David Ku stirred rumours that Xiaomi and Ericsson had settled their patent dispute in India, but the Swedish telecom has confirmed to IAM that there is no truth to this. It means Xiaomi will head into its Hong…

21 June 2018

Xiaomi has spent over $1 billion on IP royalties over the past three years, IPO documents show

File this under: things I missed while going through Xiaomi’s 600-page IPO prospectus. An analysis at Chinese tech news portal Sina points out that the company revealed its IP licensing outlays for the past three years (hat tip to Don Merino for…

19 June 2018

Longhorn IP unit acquires former Sharp semiconductor patents from Foxconn

Longhorn IP, the Texas-based NPE, has launched its fifth portfolio, a collection of semiconductor patents originally owned by Sharp. The licensing company, run by Khaled Fekih-Romdhane and Chris Dubuc, is calling its new vehicle Katana Silicon…

04 June 2018

NTT Docomo dials up IP Bridge as it diversifies its licensing strategy

Mobile network operator NTT Docomo has become the latest Japanese firm to partner with IP Bridge, the patent fund run by CEO Shigeharu Yoshii. A wireless-focused subsidiary of NTT, the world’s fourth largest telco by revenue, Docomo has previously…

31 May 2018

ZTE's IP and compliance records deserve a fair look as US administration weighs deal

David Kline has written an article at TechCrunch criticising the deal that appears to be taking shape between the US and Chinese governments that would allow ZTE to stay in business. The thrust of Kline’s argument is that ZTE is such a uniquely bad…

25 May 2018

Sony transfers patent portfolio to corporate vehicle affiliated with Marconi Group

Recent USPTO records show that Sony has transferred a portfolio of over one hundred US patents to an entity called Wi-Fi One LLC, an affiliate of the Marconi Group. The Japanese company already participates in the Avanci and Velos patent pools, and…