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Page 1 of 3 Archive - April 2011

Intellectual Ventures has issued a vote of confidence in Europe, says firm's Euro chief

Raymond Hegarty, the new head of Intellectual Ventures’ operations in Europe, is an excited man. I spent a few minutes talking with him on the phone on Wednesday to learn more about what IV plans to do now it is fully established over here. And while Hegarty was not giving much away there was no doubting that he believes a considerable opportunity has landed on his lap. Although Hegarty has been involved in technology and IP deal-making for many years, and has established a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 April 2011 @ 8:20AM
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New initiative to shed light on global IP valuation trends gets underway

Wes Anson, co-chair of the IP Valuation Standards Committee of LES International, has been in touch. The committee was formed, Wes explained, to find out how various valuation methodologies are used for transactional purposes. This is not in an attempt to set standards for accounting, tax or legal bases. Instead, he said, the aim is to shed more light on how IP transactions are valued on a global basis. With this in mind, the committee has put ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 April 2011 @ 5:42PM
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Has HTC become the latest big-tech company to do a deal with Micron NPE?

It looks like Round Rock, the NPE that bought over 20% of Micron’s patent portfolio in 2009, could have enjoyed another success. Following on from the first-ever sale of a covenant not to sue at a public auction last month and the successful conclusion of deals with Samsung, Sony, Apple and Nokia, it seems as if another big player has thrown in the towel and agreed to become a licensee. Earlier this month documents were issued by a Delaware court dismissing a case Round Rock ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 April 2011 @ 1:08PM
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Why Neo-Trolls pose a serious threat to patent sellers and their brokers in the US

A couple of weeks ago this blog carried a report on the failed attempt by patent broker iLeverage to sue Limelight for damages caused by what it asserted was a frivolous and baseless request for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement (DJ) against iLeverage’s client, the defensive patent aggregator AST. As a result of Limelight’s action, taken after it had been contacted by iLeverage on behalf of AST about the possible purchase of a portfolio of patents AST was looking ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 April 2011 @ 2:36PM
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A handy tool on World IP Day

To celebrate World IP Day and courtesy of a link provided by New Morning IP on Twitter, please feel free to make liberal use of the Lawyer Clock in order to find out how much you are spending - and maybe even wasting sometimes (surely not) - on your outside IP advisers. Although it is called the Lawyer Clock, I am sure it would work just as well for any service that charges by the hour. And here's to intellectual property - the pivotal business asset of the 21st century.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 April 2011 @ 9:06AM
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Samsung and the art of war

If you have been involved in IP journalism for as long as I have (it’s my 20th anniversary next year – blimey, how time flies), you will have read a lot of articles on patent litigation that make liberal use of quotes from Sun Tzu’s Art of War. Although written thousands of years ago in China, the text seems to resonate with today’s litigators, especially those based in the US. I have never studied it, but if I were to I wonder if I would find reference to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 April 2011 @ 3:10PM
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Normal trademark services suspended for Britain's royal wedding

For those of you not doing other things next Friday, the UK’s royal nuptials look like they are going to be all over television sets across the world - so good luck trying to escape them! And, of course, there is an IP angle. Here it is, as reported by World Trademark Review … Although Britain’s royal family has something else to celebrate at the moment, its members may be pleased to hear that the fast-approaching marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 April 2011 @ 4:00PM
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They should hang their heads in shame ...

In February 2011 the Judiciary Committee of the US Senate voted unanimously in favour of the America Invents Act (the Patent Reform Act as was). When the legislation was put in front of the full Senate in March, it was passed by 95 votes to 5. Among the most significant parts of the act, and one that is entirely non-controversial, is the ending of fee diversion from the self-funding US Patent and Trademark Office. As everyone knows, fee diversion is the process by which money raised ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 April 2011 @ 1:31PM
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TiVo decision could have been a big dollar payday for canny IP investors

Over the last two years this blog has been following the TiVo v Echostar/Dish litigation in the US. This reached another milestone yesterday when an en banc decision from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed TiVo a clear but not total victory in the dispute. You can get commentary on the judgment from a number of sources, including PatentlyO and Gametime IP, but what interests me more than the legal stuff is what happened to the TiVo share price after the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 April 2011 @ 1:34PM
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Meet the world's leading private practice trademark practitioners

World Trademark Review, IAM magazine’s sister publication, has just released the first-ever WTR 1000. This is the only standalone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners. Given the importance of trademarks and the value of so many of the brands they underpin, it’s about time too. The advice trademark lawyers and attorneys give to their clients, as well as the prosecution, management, anti-counterfeiting and civil litigation work ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 April 2011 @ 1:38PM
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