University & Research Institutions

Patent controversy embroils South Korean biotech claiming key CRISPR IP

Questions emerge about whether ToolGen properly acquired foundational gene editing patents, and how much government support founder Kim Jin-soo received for his breakthrough invention.

Patent controversy embroils South Korean biotech claiming key CRISPR IP
14 Sep 2018

High stakes validity battle in South Korea makes strange bedfellows of Apple and Samsung

University that scored $400m Samsung verdict in the United States is now asking Korean ITC equivalent to ban iPhone imports.

13 Aug 2018

ETRI exclusive licence deals signal two new campaigns to monetise its US patent holdings

South Korean research institute is working with two separate licensing entities, one of which has already filed cases. A previous effort faltered  last year when a judge ruled ETRI's exclusive licensees lacked standing to sue.

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7 Aug 2018

Why Chinese biotech inventions have yet to make an impact globally, despite patenting surge

A new academic article about patenting in the BRICS countries makes fascinating reading for life sciences IP professionals interested in gauging the development and current state of China’s biotechnology patent landscape. On the one hand, it… Read more

2 Aug 2018

Huawei the target as another Korean university brings its licensing efforts to Texas

Lawsuit is another sign of Korean patent owners stepping up their assertion efforts in the US.  Read more

18 Jun 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.   Read more

13 Jun 2018

The Battistelli legacy, China concerns, gambling opportunities and a whole lot more from IPBC Global 2018

The sessions on the third and final day of IPBC Global 2018 have now finished; and, like yesterday, the action has come thick and first across a variety of plenaries, breakouts and masterclasses. The members of IAM’s editorial team on the ground at… Read more

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9 Jun 2018

Every entity that owns 1,000 or more active US patents identified in new IAM and ktMINE research

Close to 50% of all US patents are owned by a group of just 346 entities. IAM and analytics provider ktMINE reveal the members of the US Patent 1,000 Club. Read more

27 Apr 2018

South Korea and China set the global standard for gender equality in patent filing

IAM hosted IPBC Korea in Seoul yesterday, and the event coincided with World Intellectual Property Day, the theme of which this year was “Powering change: women in innovation and creativity”. As it turns out that was a very appropriate (if… Read more

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

3 Apr 2017

Why the number of university patent assertions in the US may soon be about to increase

With the threat of inter partes reviews (IPR) hanging over any patent owner looking to assert its rights in the US, there’s bound to be interest in rulings that could help to give potential defendants a shield from prospective challenges. Thus, a… Read more

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24 May 2018

Korean university tries to undo its mistake after passing on a patent worth millions

An affiliate of a top South Korean tech university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), is currently locked in a US patent litigation battle with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries and Samsung. A recent flap over the ownership of… Read more

10 May 2018

The top 10 CRISPR patent assignees at the world’s big five issuing agencies revealed

The USPTO is the most willing of the major patent offices to grant CRISPR-related patents, but activity in the field is increasing most rapidly in Asia, new research commissioned for IAM reveals. Earlier this year, iRunway produced a report on… Read more

15 Mar 2018

New study reveals what kinds of patents win at IPR. It’s good news for biotech, bad news for semiconductors

Patents in the biotechnology and organic chemistry, computer architecture, and e-commerce spaces are much more likely to survive the IPR process than those in other technology areas, new research has revealed. Semiconductor patents, on the other… Read more

10 Nov 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… Read more