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Page 1 of 3 Archive - February 2012

Get ready for a new kind of patent auction as California sale seeks to rewrite the rule book

We have had open IP auctions, we have had bankruptcy-based IP auctions, now get set for a new kid on the block. On 24th April, IP advisory firm Pluritas will be holding what should probably be termed an Article 9 IP auction on behalf of its client 3M Innovative Properties Inc. The sale will involve 12 patents and related rights that were owned by defunct chemical-mechanical polishing company SemiQuest Inc. It will be conducted under Article 9 (Section 9611) of the Uniform Commercial ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 February 2012 @ 1:40PM
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New Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing requirements put the focus on IP information

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Asia’s third-largest in terms of market capitalisation and the fifth largest in the world, has issued new rules that require companies seeking a listing to disclose much greater information about their intellectual property. According to a guidance letter published earlier this month, issuers will in future have “to include in their listing documents particulars of any trade marks, patents or other intellectual or industrial property rights ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 February 2012 @ 5:05PM
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Acacia has received millions from Microsoft and Samsung after ADAPTIX deal, report claims

Davenport & Co, the Virginia-based stock brokerage which has developed a speciality in following publicly-quoted companies with an IP-based business model, has forecast that Acacia stands to generate a minimum of $300 million in licensing revenues as a result of its recent purchase of ADAPTIX. What's more, it has already received tens of millions of dollars from Microsoft and Samsung following the deal. In a briefing paper released on 17th February, the day after Acacia ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 February 2012 @ 12:13PM
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IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 announced

Following a process that began in October last year and deliberation by members of the IP Hall of Fame Academy, we can officially announce the six inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2012. They are: Beatrix de Russe - As head of IP and licensing at Technicolor, Ms de Russe has built and managed one of the biggest and most lucrative high-tech patent licensing operations in the world.  Q. Todd Dickinson - Currently the executive director of AIPLA, Mr Dickinson’s ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 24 February 2012 @ 12:35PM
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Most American companies believe that IP offers nothing to them, major survey reveals

People often think of the US as a pretty sophisticated country when it comes to IP, and maybe it is in comparison to most of the world. But a report recently published by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that looks at attitudes among 40,000 American companies across a wide range of sectors reveals that most of them do not believe that IP rights are of any importance at all. The NSF and the US Census Bureau co-sponsored the data collection in 2008 as part of the Business ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 February 2012 @ 1:34PM
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Microsoft asks Europe's competition authority to investigate Motorola and Google

Microsoft has today announced that it has "filed a formal competition law complaint" against Motorola Mobility and Google with the European Commission. In a piece entitled "Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web", posted on the Microsoft on the Issues blog, Dave Heiner, of the company's standards and antitrust groups, writes: "We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 February 2012 @ 1:16PM
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ACTA protests and cave-ins once again point to IP owners' failure to engage

The roster of EU member states that have delayed ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is growing rapidly. Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands are among those who have put the treaty on ice. Slovenia is also considering halting the process, after the country’s ambassador to Japan publicly rejected her own signing of the treaty document on her government’s behalf by claiming “she didn’t pay enough attention” ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 21 February 2012 @ 5:53PM
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Apple may be saved in China by circumstances that usually help local IP infringers

What is it with Apple and China? For a company that is usually so savvy about its IP and branding, it does seem to have dropped the ball there a few times more than should make the company’s management comfortable. First of all, we discover that Apple did not actually have an anti-counterfeiting presence in the country until 2008; then it emerges that a number of bogus Apple Stores have popped up in one southern city. A little later we find out that a Chinese court has ruled ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 February 2012 @ 6:10PM
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Rockstar getting ready to roll ...

Last week the US Department of Justice announced that it had closed down its antitrust investigation into the acquisition of Nortel patents by a consortium of companies at the auction which took place in New York last June. Along with the Motorola and Novell deals, it was given the green light, with the DoJ stating in a press release: “After a thorough review of the proposed transactions, the Antitrust Division has determined that each acquisition is unlikely to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 February 2012 @ 12:26PM
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Stable pricing in patent sales, no let up in US litigation despite reform, says RPX CEO

RPX Corp revenues rose over 60% during fiscal year 2011, the defensive patent aggregator announced on Monday. GAAP net income was up by over 100% to $29.1 million, while the firm spent $99 million on patent acquisitions. What with the announcement of theAlcatel-Lucent deal last week and a share price that has climbed by 46% since the start of the year, it has been a pretty decent start to 2012 for RPX. Some, at least, believe the good times could be set fair for a while yet. In a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 February 2012 @ 4:25PM
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