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Korea event offers more proof that IP financing is a big issue in Asia

The inaugural Asia IP Business & Finance Conference (AIPBF) was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul on Friday. It brought together IP owners and prospective investors to discuss the capital-raising possibilities of patents and other IP assets. What made this conference different from other events with ‘IP’ in the title was its audience, the vast majority of whom were newcomers to the world of intellectual property. Delegates were largely drawn from Korea-based ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 September 2014 @ 10:37AM
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Japan and Korea outstrip US in innovation creativity stakes, says development bank

I have been in Seoul this week meeting with local IP strategists from the corporate, intermediary and finance fields. Like IAM’s recent visits to Japan, it has been a fascinating trip and has given this correspondent a fresh insight into Korea’s rapidly evolving IP marketplace. I will write at more length on what is happening in the country next week, but one of the key takeaways so far is how keen the government is to prioritise IP creation and value realisation. This ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 September 2014 @ 9:55AM
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Why Alibaba’s IPO could signal the beginning of a tectonic shift in the US IP marketplace

In one of the most anticipated IPOs in recent years, e-commerce group Alibaba debuts on the New York Stock Exchange today, with its stock selling at an initial price of $68 per share. The flotation is expected to raise $21.8 billion. Shares will be traded under the ticker symbol BABA. Alibaba is by no means the first Chinese company to trade on US markets. But it is surely the first US IPO of one to capture such widespread attention in the mainstream media. The internet ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 19 September 2014 @ 12:52PM
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Gilead shakes hands with generics to make the most of tough Indian IP market

US biotechnology company Gilead Sciences has announced licence deals with Indian drugmakers that will see generic versions of one of its headline products sold at lower prices in emerging markets. The arrangement between Gilead and the generic producers marks the latest example of how IP owners in the life sciences industries are trying to overcome the difficult political, judicial and regulatory environments they have faced in India and other developing countries of late. Gilead ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 September 2014 @ 2:09PM
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China’s anti-trust regime poses serious challenges for foreign IP owners

China premier Li Keqiang has indicated that his country’s authorities are to step up efforts to address the perceived intellectual property abuses of both domestic and foreign entities. But while IP owners will be pleased to hear that infringers could face tougher penalties, they should also be aware that their own activities may come under far closer antitrust scrutiny than was previously the case. Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin earlier this week, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 September 2014 @ 10:09AM
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Rader, rebirth and RAND licensing at IPBC Japan

Following on from our editor’s report from IPBC Japan on Thursday, I have summed up a few of the key themes that emerged from the event’s afternoon sessions, which focused on the many ways in which IP assets can be used to create corporate value. FRAND-tastic – an issue that came up time and again at IPBC Japan was standards-essential patents (SEPs) and the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing of those assets to industry. Japanese companies ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 September 2014 @ 8:50AM
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A network of specialist IP courts for China gets government go-ahead

China’s legislature has approved a proposal for an IP specialist court with pilot venues in the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the province of Guangdong. This comes after the ruling Communist Party suggested that it would explore options for establishing such courts back in November last year. The Beijing News – in a story later quoted here by China IP Magazine (in Chinese) – reports that the country’s Supreme People’s Court last week ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 02 September 2014 @ 11:38AM
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France Brevets licence deal with LG Electronics a “milestone”, says senior fund executive

France Brevets has entered into a licensing deal with LG Electronics, bringing to an end patent infringement suits it launched against the Korean company back in December last year. The agreement probably represents the first time that a so-called ‘sovereign patent fund’ (SPF) – effectively an in-part or in-whole state-funded NPE – has managed to sign a corporate licensee in the context of litigation. France Brevets was created in March 2011 with the aim of ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 September 2014 @ 3:19AM
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Special offer for IAM blog readers: 30% off IPBC Asia 2014 delegate passes

Even though the IAM blog is taking its summer break, the team here is still hard at work – we promise! Preparations for this year’s IPBC Asia – the number-one event focusing on strategic IP management and value creation in the Asia-Pacific region – are well under way, and we are currently bringing together a roster of world-class corporate, intermediary and investment community speakers for what promises to be a first-rate conference. You can view further ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 26 August 2014 @ 11:08AM
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Look out for more IP deal-making activity in the smart-grid sector as big guns wade in

A high volume of M&A coupled with a major growth in patent filings in the smart-grid sector suggests that it has the potential to be a major area of IP litigation and transactional activity in the near future, according to analysis from Greentech Media. Like a traditional grid, a ‘smart grid’ is a network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. What makes it ‘smart’ is the incorporation of information and communications technology to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 08 August 2014 @ 6:14AM
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