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10 November 2017

After $400 million wireless litigation finally ends, CSIRO returns to US courts in food tech dispute with BASF

In the patent world, at least when it comes to litigation, Australia’s largest public sector research body is best known for a yearslong effort to enforce a foundational wireless local access network (WLAN) patent that netted well over $400 million…

20 October 2017

China needs a new agency to stop huge university IP portfolios sitting dormant, says SIPO official

This week the Intellectual Property Department here in Hong Kong played host to the annual meeting focused on IP developments on the mainland and its two Special Administrative regions (Macao being the other). One of the main topics was university…

26 May 2017

Another case confirms US university IPR immunity, but doubts emerge over how long loophole can survive

In January a PTAB decision gave state universities in the US the kind of protection that other patent owners have only been able to dream about in recent years. In an inter partes review (IPR) brought by Covidien against a patent owned by the…

09 January 2015

Draft Indian IP strategy aims to kickstart patent market

India’s six-member IPR Think Tank recently made public the first draft of its much-anticipated proposal for a ‘National IPR Policy’ (you can read the document in full here). Earlier this week, IAM’s sister publication World Trademark Review analysed…

04 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

07 July 2015

Lee hails the US’s “world class patent system”, but concedes greater clarity is needed on eligibility. Hmmm ….

USPTO Director Michelle Lee underlined her support for Congress to pass “targeted” patent reform legislation in a speech in Washington DC yesterday. She insisted that there was a role for all three branches of government to play in preserving a…

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion…

19 March 2015

As patent reform battle lines are drawn in the Senate it’s looking like a long haul

In the House of Representatives, at least, patent reform 2.0 has so far followed the expected legislative arc. Congressman Goodlatte reintroduced the Innovation Act in February and, barring a miraculous shift in support, the only serious question…

18 June 2018

$400m verdict against Samsung a milestone for Korean university, but just the beginning of the battle

Blockbuster payout in keenly watched case concerns infringement of a single patent relating to semiconductor manufacturing process.  

26 November 2018

Huawei acquires patents from firm run by former Pantech IP head

Seoul-based Innovative Technology Lab transferred 20 telecom-related patents to the Chinese company last month. A common inventor links the portfolio to some of the Pantech patents acquired by Apple earlier this year. 

30 January 2019

Winners of the inaugural Global IP Awards named at gala dinner in London

Law and attorney firms from around the world recognised for their outstanding work in litigation, prosecution and transactions during 2018

04 February 2019

Taiwan touts trade secret protection as patent filings remain level 

IP office director states that even TSMC, the island's top patentee, relies on trade secrets to protect 90% of innovations

11 March 2019

Operating companies ramp up their US patent deal-making, but NPEs see big drop

Microsoft and Facebook feature among leaders as transactions involving software assets in Q4 of 2018 hit highest level since 2010

12 March 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up

24 May 2019

Business, but not as usual

Our week-long series on the US-China trade dispute concludes, as deal-makers working on the ground say licence transactions and tech transfer are still happening, but big uncertainties remain