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13 February 2018

Honda takes Chinese competitor to Beijing IP Court in rare patent assertion for the Japanese company

Honda Motor has asserted two patents against Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors, according to a recent announcement by the Beijing IP Court. The case stands out for being a relatively rare competitor dispute in the automotive sector, as well as one…

05 January 2018

Beijing battle over driverless car tech has parallels to Waymo-Uber

The parallels between Baidu and Alphabet go beyond their positions as the top Web search providers in China and the rest of the world, respectively. Both companies have huge ambitions in the autonomous driving space – in Alphabet’s case through its…

03 October 2016

Automakers in Korea and Japan embrace defensive patent aggregation, but Chinese companies hold out

This blog has noted that one of the big themes in Asia’s automaking industry this year has been a significant move by Japanese and Korean brands to join defensive patent alliances. It’s a strategic shift for the industry that in many ways is being…

02 May 2016

There'll be big ticket disputes in the auto sector, but thermonuclear war is not going to break out

With the smartphone patent wars all but finished, a US Supreme Court case notwithstanding, the search for the next big patent choke point is well and truly on. Arguments have been made for possible large-scale conflicts in sectors such as medtech,…

16 May 2016

As new entrants stake out space in the auto sector, patent partnerships are the industry’s future

Automotive industry insiders admit to seeing potential new market entrants from Silicon Valley as a “competitive threat”, and say the only way to stay ahead of the game is through partnerships and collaborations between both the traditional auto…

11 February 2016

Korea will need more than litigation risk reduction to put its IP rights balance firmly in the black

The License On Transfer (LOT) Network announced last week that it has welcomed Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors as its first new members in 2016. As well as being the second and third automotive OEM companies to sign up to the alliance…

12 November 2015

Recent moves by Chinese start-up drone builder DJI suggest that it is preparing for a better IP future

DJI – one of the leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones for commercial and recreational purposes – has made a couple of major announcements in the past few days. Both underline its efforts to expand its business and the…

02 February 2015

In China, as elsewhere, it's big tech that dominates the patent grants league table

The People’s Daily and the Intellectual Property Publishing House – a media arm of China’s State IP Office (SIPO) – recently released statistics showing which entities were granted the most Chinese patents in 2014. The grant data below relates…

19 March 2015

China and US-based open innovation platforms defy ‘IP warfare’ and theft fears to join forces

Detroit-based AutoHarvest Foundation and Guangzhou’s WTOIP have forged a partnership designed to accelerate the exchange and adoption of technology by IP owners on both sides of the Pacific. “I hope that bringing the invention engine of the United…

20 August 2018

Chinese battery maker picks up 100+ patents from Google

The buyer, Amperex Technology Limited, is facing a US patent suit and ITC investigation from LG Chem. The portfolio of former Motorola assets had been on the market since 2015.

05 April 2018

Microsoft unveils new initiative to govern IP created in customer collaborations

Microsoft has announced the launch of a Shared Innovation Initiative which will help govern the company’s approach to co-created technology and the IP that arise from customer collaborations. The move is further evidence of the emphasis the…

05 May 2017

It's a new dance in the auto industry as traditional players get used to changing rhythms and new partners

In his opening comments for the second panel of the day at IAM’s IP in the Auto Industry event which was held yesterday in Detroit, Autoharvest founder and CEO Jayson Pankin summed up the pace of change that the sector has experienced. “This…

16 February 2015

Antitrust is now firmly part of the picture for IP owners in China. Compliance is the next hurdle

Details of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission’s settlement of its antitrust probe of Qualcomm emerged last week, with the US company slated to pay a $975 million fine and facing significant limitations on its patent licensing…

02 May 2018

IAM's Auto events in the US and Europe this month are motoring towards sell-out

On 8th May in Detroit, IAM will be holding its third annual conference in Motor City looking at IP issues in the automotive industry. Rebranded this year as Auto IP USA, the event has so far attracted close to 200 delegates – including a very strong…

27 July 2018

Major setback for Intellectual Ventures in key auto case at the ITC

An International Trade Commission judge has called into question Intellectual Ventures’ ability to get an injunction against several car manufacturers and industry suppliers in what is a key case in the firm's attempts to license much of the…