(Update2) U.K. High Court of Justice sets FRAND rates for standard essential patents in dispute between former Unwired Planet and Huawei

Justice Colin Birss, of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division Patent Court in the U.K., handed the former Unwired Planet Inc. a victory today, setting worldwide fair and reasonable and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, rates for standard essential patents in an action brought by Huawei Technologies. Les Ware, the CEO of Panoptis Patent Management, whose [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|China, Europe, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Shanghai IP court grants U.S. adhesives company Nordson injunction, damages in dispute with Chinese company

The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court handed Nordson Corp.  (NDSN), the Westlake, Ohio-based maker of adhesive products, a finding of infringement and an injunction in a patent dispute with NDC Spray Coating System Fabricating Co., Ltd., as the defendant, a Fujian Province, China-based company. The Shanghais Court ruled that NDC’s NDC Universal Module and the NDC [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|China, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Recent Beijing IP court rulings may encourage risk averse western NPEs to follow WiLAN’s lead

Two recent decisions by the Beijing IP court may finally convince struggling and risk averse western non-practicing entities to enter the enforcement market in China, acquire assets and bring long awaited infringement actions. Most recently, the Beijing IP court threw out an injunction against Apple Inc., which was put in place in a smartphone design [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Asia, China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Former Rouse International partner Erick Robinson joins Beijing East IP

Erick Robinson, a former partner with international law firm Rouse International, has joined Beijing East IP, the Beijing-based law firm run by Dr. Lulin Gao, who previously was the first commissioner of the Chinese Patent Office. "After a great deal of thought, rather than join another foreign firm which would still require hiring Chinese counsel, [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|China, exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Xperi’s Invensas signs tech transfer and license agreement with China’s SMIC for undisclosed amount

Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology and licensing company run by CEO Tom Lacey, said its Invensas unit signed a technology transfer and licensing agreement with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., a leading semiconductor foundry in China. San Jose, California-based Xperi didn’t disclose the terms of agreement, which will enable SMIC to offer Invensas Direct Bond Interconnect [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Dominion Harbor forms joint venture with Chinese tech transfer firm Paicheng International

Dominion Harbor Group, the licensing and IP advisory firm run by CEO David Pridham, said it is forming a joint venture with Paicheng International Technology Transfer (PITT), a Chinese tech transfer firm owned by a family of Chinese companies, to expand global patent monetization opportunities in China. Dallas-based Dominion said the venture is being established [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Apple steps up royalty war with Qualcomm by filing two complaints against Qualcomm in China

Apple Inc. (APPL) stepped up its royalty war with Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) by filing two complaints in Beijing, China, one alleging violation of China's anti-monopoly law and the other seeking a determination of the terms of a patent license for Qualcomm's cellular standard essential patents. San Diego-based Qualcomm said in a statement that it is [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Asia, China, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Qualcomm reaches licensing agreement with China’s Meizu, ending more than 17 enforcement actions

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, reached a licensing agreement with China’s Meizu Technology Co. Ltd., which previously had balked at Qualcomm’s rate despite approval from Chinese regulators. The terms were not disclosed. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm said it granted Meizu a worldwide royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

President-elect Trump’s remarks on one-China policy are creating uncertainty for patent intensive U.S. companies

The Chinese government is likely to respond deliberately and incrementally to President-elect Donald Trump’s unorthodox comments about the violability of the one-China policy with little impact on the intellectual property market, patent market observers say. The one-China policy has been a cornerstone of U.S.-China relations since the late 1970s when the U.S. agreed to open [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

WiLAN says TV maker Tongfang Global agrees to renew multi-year licensing agreement

WiLAN Inc. (WILN) , the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said Tongfang Global Ltd., a Chinese television manufacturer, signed a multi-year license renewal agreement covering digital television technology for undisclosed terms. The Ottawa, Ontario-based company the license covers technologies for receiving and processing of broadcast television signals by televisions and the decoding and [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments