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China needs more patent agents, but as always quality is the big challenge

The number of individuals sitting China’s patent agent examination has increased by 26.4% in the last year, according to recently released statistics from the country’s State IP Office (SIPO). In 2014, 29,364 hopefuls will take the exam, the highest number since the qualification system was established. The SIPO statistics further state that 16,817 – 57.3% of the total – are first time applicants, as opposed to those taking re-sits. That amounts to a 28% rise ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2014 @ 11:21AM
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The US economy benefits from China’s adventurous approach to IP financing

Quanlin Paper is to invest around US$2 billion in building a new paper mill complex in the US state of Virginia. According to the Governor of Virginia’s office, Quanlin’s investment amounts to the largest ever greenfield development project in the United States, and is slated to lead to the creation of 2,000 jobs by 2020. Quanlin – also known as Tralin Paper and Tranlin Paper – hit the IP newswires back in March when it emerged that the company had ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 8:14AM
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Acacia deepens relationship with Renesas and gains greater access to Japanese company’s patents

Earlier this month, Renesas Electronics and Acacia Research announced that they will be expanding their existing strategic licensing partnership, which has seen the US NPE undertaking patent monetisation activities on behalf of the Japanese semiconductor company. According to a press release, Acacia will receive “broad and lengthy” access to Renesas’ global patent portfolio under the terms of the revised alliance. The Renesas patent portfolio is pretty hefty; in ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 July 2014 @ 10:56AM
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The launch of IPBC Japan reflects the country’s changing strategic approach to patents

As this blog has reported previously, there is a sea change taking place among Japanese companies when it comes to IP strategy. Traditionally introspective and focused on protecting their market share through volume filing, IP owners from the Land of the Rising Sun are reappraising the way in which they manage their patents – and are increasingly looking overseas for ways in which to leverage them to create corporate value. For some Japanese companies, this has meant ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 10:46AM
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In praise of Judge Koh’s ‘patent troll’ ban in GPNE v Apple

Judge Lucy Koh has barred Apple from using the term ‘patent troll’ – along with a host of similarly controversial and vague terms – in its defence against a Northern California patent suit brought by NPE GPNE Corporation. As reported by Forbes, ‘privateer’, ‘pirate’, ‘bounty hunter’, ‘bandit’, ‘shakedown’ and ‘corporate shell game’ are among the other terms proscribed by Koh, who is ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 03 July 2014 @ 5:01PM
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IBM, the world’s IP armourer, at it again with Pure deal

Earlier this month, flash data storage start-up Pure Storage announced that it had acquired around 150 granted patents and applications from IBM, in addition to entering into a cross-licensing agreement with the company. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Writing for Pure’s blog, CEO Scott Dietzen stated that while organically-developed IP is “essential” it is “sometimes insufficient to defend innovators from entrenched incumbents”, and ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 30 June 2014 @ 4:01PM
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Despite the patent ‘giveaway’, Tesla has been monetising its portfolio all along

After Tesla’s widely reported – and much misunderstood – announcement earlier this month that it would not sue anyone who, “in good faith”, uses their patented technologies, a Thomson Reuters study claims that the company has concurrently monetised its patents by collateralising them to secure financing. According to the Washington Post, a Thomson Reuters analysis of Tesla’s portfolio found that the electric vehicle manufacturer has securitised a ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 27 June 2014 @ 1:05PM
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Inside the multi-million dollar Chinese patent buying fund with IV connections

Last month, IAM reported on the launch of Beijing-based patent aggregation entity Ruichuan IPR Funds. At the time, facts about its plans and structure were thin on the ground; but, with the help of contacts in the Chinese IP marketplace, I have been able to piece together some additional detail on the entity and its objectives. First of all, let’s take a look at Ruichuan’s shareholders and finances. The target for its first fund is between RMB300 million (around US$48.2 ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 19 June 2014 @ 10:20AM
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Pressure to change IP focus in Japanese corporates is coming from the top

Between the early seventeenth century and the brusque arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853, Japan followed a foreign policy of sakoku – that is, extreme isolation from the outside world. To a non-Japanese speaking journalist based outside of the country (and to plenty of IP service providers from elsewhere in the world looking to do business there), it can sometimes feel that a similar climate prevails in the country’s IP marketplace today. Therefore, I took the ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 June 2014 @ 11:29AM
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How IP intermediaries can help to solve Asian universities’ ROI problem

The findings of a recently published study by the United Nations has found that the vast majority of the R&D conducted by Asian universities is not successfully commercialised, raising questions over the large investments in academic research made by Asian governments in the hope of stimulating economic growth. However, this disconnect between public funding and a return on investment could present rich opportunities for IP intermediary services. The UNESCO report – ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 June 2014 @ 9:17AM
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