IP Due Diligence

Patent Insight of China’s Future Car Makers

The future car is the hottest topic in the automotive market in recent years, which can be roughly divided into four technical fields: Connected Car, Autonomous Car, Sharing Car, and Electric Car, in sum, CASE[1] technology.  To understand the world's future car development, we cannot ignore China, which has the largest automobile production. Figure 1. Investment relationship of the Chinese automotive industry As shown in the investment relationship of the Chinese automotive industry in Figure 1, it includes investments, joint ventures, and cooperation between China's large traditional automakers (yellow blocks), large technology companies (purple blocks), and China's new automakers (green...

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Alvyn Lin

CATL and CALB Competing in the Power Battery Market – Patent Offenses and Defense War Tend to Be Harsh

As a critical component of electric vehicles, batteries not only affect the endurance and performance of electric vehicles: they are also a key aspect of electric vehicles’ possible popularity in the future. With the rise of the electric vehicle industry, the global power battery field is also gradually moving towards a more mature stage where a hundred schools of thought compete in a rather fierce manner. Both Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) and China Aviation Lithium Electricity Technology Co., Ltd. (formerly known as China Aviation Lithium Battery Co., Ltd., or CALB) are China-based power battery manufacturers. Their batteries are...


Steven Chang

Is TWS the next driving force for the consumer electronics market? Let’s see what Apple’s earbud patents tell us

Since the debut of Apple’s Airpods in 2016, it’s hard not to notice increasing numbers of people enjoying music and videos with a pair of small, white, streamlined earbuds in their ears. As reported this September by DigiTimes, the PCB and IC substrate suppliers have seen a significant rise in the shipment of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) gadgets in the second half of 2020. We didn’t need to wait until the end of 2020 to see that happen, as Apple’s financial statement — published in 2019 — shed some light on what was to come. Apple’s 2019 10-K report stated...


Patrick Liu

Vehicle-to-Everything, how about Cybersecurity?

Researchers at the University of North Texas announced[1] this year on September 24, that they plan to use the 1 million USD, provided by the National Science Foundation, to establish the first framework in the United States that allows self-driving cars to share data with each other.  Standardizing the data between self-driving cars is an important infrastructure for achieving “cooperative perception” of the vehicles.   Different brands of self-driving cars use different sensors and software, making it difficult for data sharing between the cars. The Vehicle-to-Everything’s (V2X) purpose is to solve this problem through cloud services using the above framework, so...


Eugene Lu

Medtronic’s Strategic Investments in Diabetes Business: A More Precise and Patient-Centric Diabetes Care Solution Could Be Expected From the Three Recent Acquisitions.

In 2001, Medtronic strategically acquired Minimed and Medical Research Group to enter the battlefield of diabetes care management. During the last two years, mergers and acquisitions have also expanded its diabetes market.   In 2018, Medtronic acquired Nutrino, a start-up company. It was aiming for Nutrino’s food database and the algorithm for predicting blood glucose after meals. Medtronic will integrate related technologies into its own diabetes products to help diabetes management. In 2019, Medtronic acquired Klue, a start-up company. Klue uses gesture sensing technology to monitor and record users’ eating behavior and give advice on eating behaviors/habits. Recently, Medtronic announced that it...


Leo Tsou

The Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Development: Beware of Entering Into Future Patent Wars

COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic. To solve this crisis, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech companies—such as AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, Novavax and J&J—are currently working on finding cures. The world’s urgent need for a vaccine has never been seen before. However, many vaccine developing companies might not notice that they are walking straight into a future patent war. This article explains why there will be a patent war in the near future and provides advice for those vaccine developing companies that are participating in or are going to participate in the race for vaccine development. The Race for COVID-19 Vaccine...


Patrick Liu

5G and Its Importance to the Evolution of Self-Driving Cars

According to reports, the four-year ConVex1 C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) trial—which the German government invested in—successfully ended last month. Swarco—a leading provider of traffic solutions that participated in the trial—concluded that C-V2X would be added to traffic infrastructure product portfolios based on the trial results. Additionally, last month, Qualcomm, the world’s communications leader, and San Diego Regional Proving Ground (SDRPG) announced the launch of C-V2X direct communication program2 in California, which uses 5.9GHz LTE direct communication technology to provide vehicle communication tests and case studies on real roads.   C-V2X is a connected-vehicle technology that combines wide-area cellular networks and direct communication. Specifically,...


Bace Tseng

Funding V.S. Patenting: the Innoviz and Robosense Comparison

The top 5 LiDAR companies combined received a total aggregate funding of over USD 1 billion. [caption id="attachment_7486" align="alignnone" width="865"] Data source: Crunchbase (2020.1.15), edited by WISPRO[/caption] Among the top five companies, two are from the United States; there is one Israeli company, one Chinese company, and one Canadian company. The total funding for the United States companies amounted to about USD 965 million, followed by the Chinese companies with USD 322 million and the Israeli companies with USD 319 million. Israeli company Innoviz Technologies raised the highest amount of total funding with USD 252 million. The average total funding...


Daniel Kuo

MC-IF wishes to avoid a repetition of the fragmentation in the patent licensing market of video coding technology

According to BusinessWire, Versatile Video Coding (VVC) became a standard on July 6, 2020, and will be published as an ITU-T Recommendation H.266 by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector ITU-T. On July 22, 2020, the Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF) issued meeting invitations to the companies owning patents or patent applications, which are potential standard-essential patents (SEPs) for fostering the formation of a single VVC patent pool. According to the release from MC-IF, they wish to avoid a repetition of the fragmentation found today in the patent licensing market for the previous standard—High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). The fragmentation caused by...

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