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CEO’s patent comments illustrate high stakes of LG Chem IP campaign

The company plans to spin off its lucrative auto battery business, and executive says patents will be key to fending off competition from China

04 November 2020

Companies from South Korea and Japan spearhead battery technologies patent rush

LG Chem and Toyota own two of the world’s largest portfolios in the field and as countries prioritise green energy this advantage may well translate into big money

23 October 2020

Proposal to waive TRIPS is the latest sign of deepening global IP rifts over covid-19

WHO-backed proposal seeks to suspend key multilateral protections for patents and trade secrets

20 October 2020

Patent moves accompany Denso/Toyota push into chip tech

Auto supplier has acquired hundreds of rights from its top client and biggest shareholder as it launches a semiconductor JV and takes over manufacture of key components

06 October 2020

Monetisers face validity woes at China’s patent office

A slew of recently published decisions knock out Chinese patents belonging to Fractus, Sharp, Sisvel, Conversant and others

05 October 2020

GE’s pivot away from old energy is mirrored in its patent holdings

The company continues to be a major filer and in-depth data analysis of its IP portfolio shows it is preparing for a new role

02 October 2020

Push for discovery system in South Korea meets chip sector opposition

Policymakers want to make the country’s litigation system more attractive, but reports suggest some parts of industry remain sceptical

02 October 2020

Why batteries are a key technology to watch in China

Litigation activity is already intensifying in the field, and recent data shows Chinese firms lag badly in patent applications

25 September 2020

Chinese EV makers get serious about patents

Startups that have listed in the US and China look more like Tesla than Nikola from an IP portfolio perspective

24 September 2020

EPO plant patent decision imperils businesses like ours, says Bayer’s head of IP

Joerg Thomaier tells IAM that the Enlarged Board of Appeal got it wrong in a recent controversial ruling, but says the case is now closed and companies have to learn to live with it

22 September 2020

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