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08 July 2019

Bankrupt mobile firm's patents could hit the market soon

It wouldn't be the summer’s biggest auction, but Gionee’s China-heavy smartphone patent portfolio could draw interest from Chinese operating companies and NPEs focused on the market

23 November 2018

Oppo’s patent surge indicates expansion plans and focus on fast-charging technology

The Dongguan-based mobile manufacturer has an exceptionally fast-growing portfolio designed to enable greater overseas activity, as well as to facilitate VOOC adoption.

06 August 2018

Indian ministry said to propose re-introduction of outbound royalty caps

Proposed limits on royalty payments would be even stricter than those scrapped in 2009 liberalisation of FDI policies. Impact would be felt by global brand and technology giants with listed subsidiaries in India.

05 June 2018

Coolpad hints at India suit against Xiaomi, but it may not have much ammunition there

Shenzhen-based Coolpad is seeking to keep up the pressure on Xiaomi as the start-up heads toward its initial public offering in Hong Kong. This time, chief IP officer Nancy Zhang has stated that Coolpad is open to expanding the pair's litigation…

19 March 2018

India seeks to re-vamp patent working form, but rights owners are sceptical of the whole endeavour

Litigation developments in Delhi over the last few months have put a spotlight on a somewhat unique feature of India’s patent system: Form 27, which requires patentees to disclose how they commercially exploit their granted rights. Now, it appears…

13 March 2018

How IP leaders like Tata, Reliance and Intel do more with less to create maximum IP value

Even among the largest global patent owning companies, most IP executives will have plenty of experience operating in an IP function with less budget than they would like in an ideal world. This is as true in India as it is anywhere else. A news…

26 February 2016

It’s difficult to see how anyone gets paid their dues with India’s $3.65 smartphone

The Freedom 251 smartphone – launched last week in India by company Ringing Bells – is so named because it sells for a snip at just 251 rupees, which is around US$3.65 at current exchange rates. Access to the Internet, and to telecommunications…

28 April 2015

Indian businesses crave IP certainty, but better patent values are tempting them overseas

Indian corporate leaders view a strong and sustainable IP system as key to furthering their country’s economic development and attracting continued foreign investment, a recent study suggests. A lack of confidence that this is currently the case –…

26 February 2015

We will pivot towards open source in wake of Alice, says Infosys IP chief

Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director of Indian software and IT services provider Infosys, raised some eyebrows in the IP-owning community recently when he seemingly derided the patent system and hinted that the company may be planning to ‘open up…