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  • US patent licensing firm says it received China arrest threats

    December 19, 2013

    The long-running legal battle between InterDigital and Huawei took a new twist this week after InterDigital claimed its representatives were threatened with arrest by China’s antitrust authorities.

  • Global patent filings grow at their fastest for 18 years

    December 09, 2013

    Applications from the Chinese for IP rights around the world have helped to drive levels of global IP growth in 2012, with global patent filings growing at their fastest rate for 18 years

  • A "good" NPE speaks out

    December 06, 2013

    Universities such as Caltech are often held up as examples of good NPEs in discussions about intellectual property. What sorts of challenges do they face?

  • IP5 report shows growing popularity of patents

    November 28, 2013

    The number of patent applications filed at the five biggest IP offices grew 11% in 2012 to 1.876 million, according to figures published in the latest IP5 Statistics Report

  • China looks to address discovery shortcomings

    November 20, 2013

    The Supreme People’s Court’s eight model IP cases show a willingness to shift evidentiary burdens to uncooperative defendants

  • China to allow design patents for graphic user interfaces

    November 13, 2013

    China’s State Council is seeking comments on draft revisions to the patent examination guidelines to allow for design patent protection for computer program graphic user interfaces (GUIs)

  • Company briefing: ZTE

    November 04, 2013

    ZTE and its well-developed portfolio development strategy is often held up as a model for big, international Chinese IP owners. But as it increases its presence in foreign markets, does it have the patent arsenal it needs to survive?

  • Interview: Commissioner Kim Young-min, Korean IP Office

    October 02, 2013

    Taking office just a month after the election of President Park Geun-hye, Commissioner Kim Young-min discusses with Peter Leung the new administration’s plans to encourage IP creation in the Republic of Korea, and expected changes to Korea’s IP laws

  • The world’s top PCT firms revealed

    September 30, 2013

    Chinese firms are the fastest growing filers in this year’s PCT Survey, but Shiga and Sakai of Japan jump up the worldwide rankings and there are new top firms in both Australia and Italy

  • Justice Colin Birss: there is considerable “commonality” between Chinese and UK IP law

    September 17, 2013

    During a visit to China, Justice Colin Birss said that it was the similarities rather the differences between the two legal systems that captured his attention

  • How to transfer technology to China

    September 09, 2013

    Companies that transfer their technology to China could find that they do not own improvements made to it if they fail to pay attention to the country’s tech transfer rules

  • How to integrate China into your global patenting strategy

    September 06, 2013

    Daniel Holt, senior patent counsel at Hewlett-Packard, explains factors such as language skills may be more important than experience when selecting a patent attorney

  • USITC investigates Chinese company BMC

    August 20, 2013

    The US trade body the International Trade Commission is investigating whether a Chinese medical devices company has breached the IP of a US rival

  • China revokes Gilead’s patent for key HIV drug

    August 06, 2013

    SIPO’s Patent Reexamination Board has revoked Gilead’s patent for Viread following an opposition from domestic manufacturer Arisco

  • Sinovel faces criminal charges in the US

    July 02, 2013

    The long-running IP dispute between wind turbine companies American Semiconductor (AMSC) and its former Chinese state-owned partner Sinovel has finally landed on US shores as the Department of Justice pursues criminal charges

  • China’s utility model growing pains

    June 10, 2013

    Critics of China’s patent system often point to the proliferation of utility models as a sign of low patent quality, but research from the Intellectual Property Publishing House shows even among utility models, there is variation in quality

  • Is China’s Patent Review Board taking a step back?

    June 04, 2013

    The 10 cases cited last month by the Patent Review Board (PRB) has some lawyers concerned that PRB practices are deviating from international standards

  • China may join TPP talks

    June 03, 2013

    A spokesperson from the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) says that China will consider the costs and benefits of entering the TPP negotiations

  • Tip for licensing technology in China

    May 29, 2013

    Chinese companies might be innovating more than ever, but last year the country paid almost $17 billion more in licence fees and royalties than it received. Slashing that deficit requires not only more inventions, but better licensing strategies

  • Should you use post-grant opposition in the US?

    May 28, 2013

    The America Invents Act gives challengers more ways to attack a patent post-grant, but the challenger may have to hit a “moving target”

  • Show it in a patent, or lock it in a safe?

    May 24, 2013

    Traditional forms of intellectual property are key to maintaining a competitive edge, but there are instances where trade secret protection may result in stronger and longer lasting protection

  • Australian IP statistics - influenced by China's National IP Strategy?

    April 24, 2013

    Data published by IP Australia shows increasing activity from China and the Asia-Pacific region

  • Concerns raised over Chinese patent law amendment

    April 19, 2013

    A former official who helped draft the second and third revisions of the Chinese Patent Law has said that proposals to revise the law a fourth time include some “potentially problematic” changes

  • Paris court rules in Chinese patent row

    April 02, 2013

    In a rare example of Chinese-Chinese litigation in Europe, telecoms company ZTE has prevailed over its rival Huawei in a patent dispute in Paris

  • China looks to go beyond patent numbers

    March 21, 2013

    According to Dan Prud’homme of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, government officials are taking steps to improve patent quality in China

  • Interview: SIPO: a day in the life

    March 05, 2013

    Guilian Wang is deputy director of the first appeal division for optical and electrical technology within SIPO’s Patent Re-examination Board. She tells Emma Barraclough about re-examinations, targets and exercising in the office

  • China moves to curtail low-quality patents

    February 28, 2013

    A draft revision to China’s patent examination guidelines seeks to curb grants of obviously deficient utility model and design patents, but challenges still remain

  • How can we fix the global patent system?

    February 06, 2013

    Harmonisation of procedures, improving consistency, creating an IP marketplace and dealing with patent trolls: these were among the key challenges identified by senior IP officials at a discussion last week

  • Largest ever MIP survey reveals the world’s leading patent firms

    February 06, 2013

    The patent rankings of the 2013 IP Survey have been released, with mergers, splits and hires leading to changes in the Europe and Asia tables

  • Huawei readies for FTC complaint against InterDigital

    February 01, 2013

    Chinese telecoms firm Huawei is set to complain to the US antitrust watchdog the FTC about InterDigital’s patent practices

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