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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

31 January 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom

16 April 2018

Troubled Korean smartphone maker supplies Apple with more US rights

Apple has acquired a portfolio of 27 US patents from Korean smartphone maker Pantech, according to assignment records filed with the USPTO. The transfer follows the iPhone manufacturer’s purchase last summer of a package of 11 patents from Korean…

08 March 2018

Pickup of patents from former Yahoo! portfolio is latest acquisition move by Samsung Electronics

Altaba, the holding company that was formed to sell off former Yahoo! assets, has transferred a patent portfolio to Samsung Electronics, in what looks to be its second small-scale disposal. USPTO records show that the transfer was made in late…

01 March 2018

Big business risks make narrowing the royalty gap difficult for Korean corporates

South Korea’s deficit in intellectual property rights not only remained in the red in 2017, but widened compared to the 2016, new figures from the Bank of Korea show. But its largest surplus in IP payments was still with China - totalling $ 1.98…

08 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology…

17 December 2015

Korea’s patents per GDP dollar – another IP statistic that doesn’t tell the whole story

South Korea files more patent applications per US dollar of its gross domestic product than any other country in the world, according to the latest edition of WIPO’s annual World IP Indicators report. While that may sound like an impressive feat,…

24 November 2015

Unwired Planet CEO praises judge’s technical knowledge after major UK court win against Samsung and Huawei

Yesterday Unwired Planet notched up a significant court victory in London in an infringement case against Huawei and Samsung. The NPE’s patent in question was found to be both valid and infringed by the Asian tech giants. The trial is one of a…

10 November 2015

Buying strategies for growing companies; the great "troll" debate; US hope & more at IPBC Asia 2015 Day Two

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 have now come to an end, although many of the 550 delegates are now enjoying one final networking opportunity at the closing drinks reception. Before joining them, IAM’s team of reporters covering…

09 November 2015

US market dominance under serious threat and much more from IPBC Asia 2015 Day One

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 got underway today at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Over 550 delegates are in attendance, with a very strong showing of senior corporate IP managers working in Japanese companies and those based in…

21 September 2015

'What innovation isn’t’ should be something that the pro- and anti-patent camps can agree on

IAM is pleased to be able to say that we count both die-hard supporters of the patent system, and some of its most vociferous critics – as well as a whole bunch of people in between – as our readers and followers. A glance through IAM’s Twitter feed…

23 July 2015

Korean consortium’s Pantech rescue sealed with people-plus-patents package deal

A consortium led by Korean optical disk drive manufacturer Optis and telecommunications equipment provider Solid has finalised a deal which will see it take ownership of assets belonging to bankrupt mobile device company Pantech for an estimated 40…

23 June 2015

Apple’s revenue per patent leaves the other big US portfolio owners in the shade

In the latest issue of IAM we published a list, compiled by MDB Capital Group, of the 369 companies that as of the end of last year owned at least 1,000 active US patents. For anyone who closely follows the patent market the top 10 was a largely…

01 June 2015

When it comes to quality, IAM readers are clear: the EPO is way out in front

The European Patent Office (EPO) issues the highest quality patents of the world's five biggest and most important patent offices, according to the respondents to this year’s IAM benchmarking survey. Published in the latest issue of the…

12 May 2015

When it comes to cutting Korea’s IP deficit, the country’s biggest high-tech players have the most work to do

The Bank of Korea and the Korean IP Office today released 2014 data for the country’s by-now notorious IP royalties deficit. Published jointly by the two national agencies for the first time, the in-depth statistics reveal details about how the…