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26 April 2018

Israeli startup litigating with Apple inks camera tech licence with Oppo

Corephotonics, a developer of dual camera technologies based in Tel Aviv, last week announced a licensing agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Oppo. It appears to be the first publicly announced IP licence with a major smartphone OEM for the…

24 April 2018

Harsh US government sanctions put huge pressure on ZTE’s IP function to contain damage

One week after the US Department of Commerce announced tough penalties against ZTE in a long-running sanctions violation case, not much clarity has emerged about how exactly the seven year denial of US technology exports will impact the company. The…

15 January 2018

Micron the target of a $42m patent suit as trade secrets row spills into Chinese litigation

A month after finding itself on the receiving end of a trade secret lawsuit from Micron, Taiwan’s UMC has asserted patents in China against the US chip major. This latest litigation means another US semiconductor company finds itself staring down…

01 February 2018

Qualcomm’s extended licensing deal with Samsung is a big play, but Apple effect hits the bottom line

Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its licensing agreement with Samsung as the effects of the company’s litigation battle with Apple continue to bite. The deal between the chipmaker and Korean tech giant means that their existing agreement…

14 December 2017

Korea FTC defends scope of Qualcomm penalties as US judge warns of antitrust “race to the bottom”

Of the recent competition rulings against Qualcomm, Korea’s seem to have gone the furthest in imposing global remedies on the chipmaker’s licensing practices. At a recent forum on antitrust extraterritoriality, Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the US Court…

12 December 2017

Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs

Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US and Taiwan. All complaints allege China to be the ultimate destination for stolen…

23 November 2017

Very quietly, Qualcomm seems to have published its proposed 5G rate structure for mobile handsets

A document posted to Qualcomm’s website appears to outline its planned royalty scheme for 5G devices. While the San-Diego based chipmaker does not seem to have made a formal announcement or issued a press release, the one-page “Qualcomm 5G NR…

05 October 2017

Patents previously owned by NXP asserted against Intel by entity with possible ties to Fortress

Earlier this week a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Intel in district court in Northern California by a company called VLSI Technology LLC. The chip giant stands accused of infringing eight VLSI patents which relate to semiconductor…

16 May 2017

Chinese government R&D organisation files patent suits against US LED maker

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has taken what appears to be its highest profile step yet into the world of patent enforcement. Significantly, it is a US company, Cree, that will have to respond to the sprawling government R&D body's…

04 May 2017

After Nikon launches global infringement litigation campaign, defendants fight back with former IV patents

Over the last week a high-profile multi jurisdictional patent dispute has erupted between Nikon and ASML and Carl Zeiss. In a relatively rare sortie to the courts, the Japanese camera maker has filed 11 suits against Dutch semiconductor equipment…

04 July 2017

Taiwan chipmaker’s patent claims against Toshiba spark rumoured takeover interest

A Taiwanese chipmaker’s first offensive patent assertion campaign in the US has taken aim at Toshiba, whose semiconductor unit is currently the subject of a fierce takeover contest. Macronix, a Hsinchu-headquartered maker of memory solutions, filed…

10 March 2017

Post-merger Broadcom issues patent suit broadside targeting LG, Mediatek and Funai

Broadcom launched a number of patent infringement lawsuits against Asian and US companies this week, in what looks to be the Singapore-based chipmaker’s first concerted assertion campaign since its reconfiguration through merger last year. The…

17 June 2017

Intel issues IP warning to rivals as semiconductor sector continues to heat up

Late last week Intel marked the 40th birthday of its first x86 microprocessor with a blog post from the company’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, and Richard A. Uhlig, director of systems and software research. The pair explained the significance…

25 November 2016

Conversant reaps ethical licensing reward in bounce-back Panasonic acquisition

Conversant IP Management has acquired a patent portfolio from Panasonic, according to an assignment recorded with the USPTO earlier this week. The transfer represents a new foray into the Japanese patent marketplace for the Canadian NPE after its…

01 November 2016

Germany pours cold water on takeover bids as concern regarding China’s IP-driven M&A activity spreads

A number of prospective Chinese takeovers of German high-tech businesses have been suspended by Berlin pending further investigation of their potential economic impact and national security implications. The German government’s intervention does not…