What To Expect From NPE Activity In China

Law360, New York (March 9, 2017, 11:22 AM EST) -- In November of 2016, one of the affiliates of Wi-LAN Inc., a widely known international nonpracticing entity, filed a patent litigation against Sony in the Chinese city Nanjing. As NPE activities have rarely been seen in China in the past 20 years, this raises the concern that international NPEs are stepping into mainland China. This worry has its reasonable reasons. The U.S. reports on NPEs[1] show the injuries NPEs probably cause to innovation and development of startup companies. The European Commission promised that some systematic factors favorable to NPEs will not exist in the Unified Patent Court.[2] This promise is also...

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