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Ho, ho, ho, it's time for a festive break

As the rain keeps on falling and water levels keep on rising in the English midlands, it's time for the IAM blog to take a seasonal break and for me to pile up the sand bags outside our front door. It really has been a wet old year in the UK. If we don't get flooded (and it looks like we are going to get away with it, thankfully), the next week or so will be all about spending time with the family, watching films, reading books, being annoyed about Spurs getting beaten in the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 December 2012 @ 4:36PM
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Competition scrutiny of PAEs "provides a valuable service"

At the recent FTC/DoJ one day conference on patent assertion entities and their potential impact on innovation in the US, one of the opening speakers was Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law. Chen is a high-profile and influential commentator on PAEs, whose views on them are taken seriously in industry and, I believe, also in governemt. Following the conference she has put together a few thoughts on the issues for IAM: Two other periods ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 December 2012 @ 8:19AM
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Potential buyers of the Qimonda patent portfolio have until 15th January to register interest

Initial expressions of interest in purchasing the 7,500-strong patent portfolio being offered for sale as part of the ongoing Qimonda bankruptcy process must be submitted by 5.00 pm Central European Time (4.00 pm GMT, 11.00 am EST) on 15th January 2013, according to documents seen by IAM. The deadline is set out in a letter to prospective purchasers prepared by a KPMG corporate finance team which is advising the vendors on the sale. The letter also explains that “The Proposed ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2012 @ 3:31PM
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Facebook shareholders stand to lose out after Instagram foul-up

Many users of Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram were left furious on Tuesday after it was widely reported that the company had changed its terms of service in order to sell its customers’ photos for advertising purposes without obtaining their permission. It seems clear that Instagram – and by extension, Facebook – has lost brand equity as a result, with one user describing the updated terms as the company’s “suicide note”. While the ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 20 December 2012 @ 12:08PM
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Intellectual Ventures and RPX join forces to secure Kodak patents for $525 million - UPDATE

Kodak has just put out a press release announcing it has sold its portfolio of digital imaging patents to Intellectual Venures and defensive aggregator RPX. The meat of the statement reads like this: Eastman Kodak Company has completed a series of agreements that successfully monetizes its digital imaging patents. The proposed transaction, which achieves one of Kodak’s key restructuring objectives, follows other recent major accomplishments that include an ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 December 2012 @ 1:56PM
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Website claims to reveal the identities of over 2,200 IV shell companies

A website called Plainsite has published what it claims is a list of shell companies used by Intellectual Ventures. There are over 2,200 of them and they run from 130 West Packard LLC through to Zxtalk Assets LLC. If you click on a particular name you then get an address and, sometimes, further information such as the patents that are held by the entity. Plainsite itself is not an organisation I know anything about. The website states that it is a joint venture non-profit set-up by ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 December 2012 @ 6:00PM
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Apple denied injunction against Samsung as smartphone patent war dynamic sensationally shifts

In sum, to the limited extent that Apple has been able to show that any of its harms were caused by Samsung’s illegal conduct (in this case, only trade dress dilution), Apple has not established that the equities support an injunction. Accordingly, Apple’s motion for a permanent injunction is DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: December 17, 2012 And that is how what is possibly the most sensational, and unexpected, twist in the Apple v Samsung smartphone patent dispute ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 December 2012 @ 5:31AM
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French government mulls state-backed NPE to keep Alcatel-Lucent’s patents in the country

A number of news sources have reported today that the French government is considering alternatives to the €1.6 billion debt deal agreed last week between Alcatel-Lucent and lending banks Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. At least some of the telecoms company’s 29,000 patents have been put up as collateral to secure the financial lifeline. If this morning’s reports are anything to go by, this has alarmed the French government, which seems to believe that France has a ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 17 December 2012 @ 3:09PM
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India’s treatment of IP rights means that others won’t listen to its royalty fund proposal

The perennial issue of access to green technology was revisited at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar, last week. India’s suggestions for a royalty fund to help developing nations pay patent licence fees fell on deaf ears. Could it be that the developed world is losing some of its trust in the country’s IP credentials? According to a report from BusinessWeek, India’s delegation in Doha put forward proposals to set up a fund accessible to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 14 December 2012 @ 12:45PM
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BT opts for patent privateer model to assert patents against Google and AOL

Over on the Gametime IP blog Patrick Anderson has uncovered the creation of another patent privateer. This time it is called Suffolk Technologies and it is using patents originally owned by the UK’s British Telecom to sue AOL and Google. “A lawsuit filed in June 2012 explained that the patents originated at British Telecom (BT), and a series of simultaneously recorded assignments shows the patents subsequently assigned to IPValue and then Suffolk,” writes Anderson.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 13 December 2012 @ 4:32PM
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