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24 September 2019

Sony worries company split would lead to higher IP fees

Concern about parting with its image sensor business and IP portfolio illustrates a problem for Japanese companies seeking to restructure

11 September 2019

Five things to watch for from Japan’s new IP policy leadership

The new commissioner of the JPO and top cabinet advisor on IP will both address IPBC Asia in Tokyo in some of their first appearances in front of a global audience

29 July 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2

05 April 2019

Analysis of Fujifilm’s portfolio shows R&D strategy has opened doors to high-growth industries

The Japanese photography and imaging company has focused on developing peripheral technologies to expand into the medical and pharmaceuticals sectors; but while its holdings have increased in quality over the years, it still has a way to go

21 February 2019

Startups from Southeast Asia have little to fear from IP but much to gain

At IPBC Southeast Asia, members of the region’s dynamic startup ecosystem heard that while IP may not yet be a critical threat to their business, it presents unique opportunities

29 October 2018

Fujifilm spins 900+ patents to Shenzhen firm in $28m deal

O-Film, which supplies camera modules to top smartphone brands, acquires a sizable IP portfolio as part of the deal. It will also take over the Japanese firm's Tianjin-based joint venture business focused on auto.

07 June 2018

Intellectual Ventures, Amex veterans to launch blockchain-powered IP trading platform

New start-up Operem hopes to launch IP exchange by year's end after closing series A funding round in April. CEO Tim Londergan says the project can lure financial investors into the IP world. 

31 October 2017

JPO's IoT leadership; China's court revolution; R&D matters and much more from IPBC Asia Day Two

We have reached the end of IPBC Asia 2017 at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Delegates are enjoying one final cocktail at the closing reception before heading off to catch their trains and planes home. It’s been a highly successful event that attracted…

30 October 2017

All change in auto, collaboration challenges, a mega bank loves IP and much more from IPBC Asia Day One

The first full day of IPBC Asia 2017, taking place at the palace Hotel in Tokyo, has come to an end. The 530 delegates attending the event have been treated to a number of insightful presentations and have enjoyed any number of stimulating…

24 October 2017

VirnetX calls off share sale to Japanese partner after Apple verdict drives up stock price

Back in June, VirnetX Holding Corp announced plans to sell a 10% stake in itself to an obscure Japanese partner billed as a consortium of Japanese corporations and financial institutions. The PIPCO (which trades on the NYSE American exchange) was…

03 October 2017

Japanese government will issue SEP negotiation guidelines, but controversial ADR proposal on hold for now

On Friday, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) said it would issue guidelines on SEP licensing negotiations after a month-long public consultation period. The policy document will stake out an official view on issues such as what constitutes good faith…

16 February 2017

Fortress and its industry-leading IP finance group come under Japanese management in latest Softbank deal

Japan’s SoftBank took another step towards its goal of becoming the world’s largest technology investor yesterday, surprising markets again with its latest deal: a $3 billion takeover of Fortress Investment Group. It is a transaction that comes with…

30 September 2016

Japanese ministry to study NPE issue as potential litigation reforms hang in the balance

This week Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) would be undertaking a study of NPE activity, with a view to making policy recommendations for the sector’s regulation. A panel including…

12 September 2016

A new challenge for corporate Japan as investors hone in on IP ownership and strategy

Up until recently, Japanese companies largely escaped the attention of so-called activist short-sellers – traders who seek to profit by betting against a stock and then releasing a scathing research report about it. In Asia, it has more often been…

01 February 2016

While Japan Inc remains sceptical about working with intermediaries, new realities are softening attitudes

Issue 76 of IAM – which is now available online for our subscribers – features highlights from a roundtable discussion I had with several senior IP executives at some of Japan’s major companies. You can view the full article here. We covered such a…