Oct 29, 2015

Suntory loses patent dispute with Asahi over nonalcoholic beer

Suntory Holdings Ltd. lost a patent dispute with rival Asahi Breweries Ltd. on Thursday, with the Tokyo District Court rejecting its demand for a halt to production and sales of Asahi’s nonalcoholic beer. Suntory had sought the suspension of Asahi’s Dry Zero, which was ...

Ministerial TPP talks kick off, with nations far apart on drug patents

Oct 1, 2015

Ministerial TPP talks kick off, with nations far apart on drug patents

Ministers from the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries began make-or-break talks Wednesday on concluding a sweeping free trade deal that would encompass 40 percent of the global economy. But the high-level talks on the envisioned U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership were adjourned ...

Apr 29, 2015

Google sets up patents marketplace

Google has announced that it is setting up an online marketplace for those who want to sell patents to the Internet giant. “We invite you to sell us your patents,” Google Patent Deputy Counsel Allen Lo said in a blog post. Lo said the ...

Mar 24, 2015

Panasonic to open patents to speed development of 'Internet of Things'

Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the “Internet of Things” — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday. The Japanese electronics company said ...

Oct 23, 2014

Technology companies winning battle with 'patent trolls'


For two decades, companies that buy software patents in order to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as “patent trolls,” they have attacked everything from Google’s online ads to Apple’s iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. ...

Oct 10, 2014

Asia's innovation challenge


The West should pay attention to Asia's experiments with creative ways to finance innovation, such as China's intellectual property exchanges and Malaysia's intellectual-property loan programs.