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Page 1 of 3 Archive - January 2012

The case against mass patent aggregation

Tom Ewing is a regular contributor to IAM magazine and this blog. His areas of speciality are NPEs, Intellectual Ventures in particular, and the privateer model of assertion, through which IP owners (both NPEs and operating companies) use third parties to manage/enforce patents on their behalf. Ewing has got together with Robin Feldman, Professor of Law & Director of LAB Project, UC Hastings Law, to pen a paper for the Stanford Technology Law Review. And The Giants Among Us ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2012 @ 3:52PM
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Google treading the warpath as it puts Motorola purchase to the test

Motorola Mobility has filed suit in the Southern District of Florida this week against Apple, accusing the company of infringing six of its patents in the iPhone 4S and iCloud products. Moto has been embroiled in various suits with Apple, but this is the first since Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of the company was announced last summer. While that purchase still awaits the seal of approval from US antitrust watchdogs, the takeover agreement reached between the ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2012 @ 4:22PM
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US politicians will not risk electoral unpopularity over IP

The derailment of the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US Congress last week has been disappointing news for copyright holders in the media and entertainment businesses that the laws were intended to protect. The proposed legislation has not been killed off entirely, but what may concern all IP owners – even those opposed to SOPA and PIPA - is the way that the controversy has revealed how quickly US politicians will change their minds when faced with an apparently unpopular ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2012 @ 12:43PM
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New pan-European patent system is likely to be delayed "for at least a few more months"

A final agreement on the creation of a unitary patent litigation system that would cover at least 25 of the 27 EU member states is set to be delayed by months, according to a report in yesterday’s Financial Times. The cause of the hold-up is the dispute between France, Germany and the UK over where the central court should be located. In the proposals which were expected to be signed-off at a meeting of the EU Competiveness Council in December, Paris was named as the venue, but ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2012 @ 1:23PM
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InterDigital did the right thing and the future still looks bright

InterDigital’s share price dropped sharply yesterday after the company announced that it was ending its attempts to find a buyer for its patents and would return to licensing as its key IP revenue generation strategy. Some have characterised this news as yet more evidence of the bursting of the patent bubble. The important message from the story, however, is that we still have some way to go before increased interest in IP is paired with widespread, sophisticated understanding ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 24 January 2012 @ 5:00PM
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Are you paying PR people to waste your money?

I have just received the following invitation: Home Truths I am contacting you to invite you to [name removed's] annual Residential Conference on 29 February at [address removed] kicking off at 10am. The [conference name removed] brings together every major player in the industry – including lenders, developers and council leaders. The Government will be represented by the climate change minister Greg Barker and the conference will also hear Kate Barker CBE revisit her ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2012 @ 2:21PM
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Acacia lands Microsoft and Samsung as licensees following ADAPTIX purchase

Acacia has concluded two licensing agreements covering patents in the ADAPTIX portfolio since it purchased the company for straight cash earlier this month. And they are both with big players. According to 8-K filings made by the NPE on 12th January, ADAPTIX has done deals with Microsoft and Samsung under terms that are not disclosed. Presumably, however, the agreements allow Acacia to begin to recoup the $160 million it paid for the wireless technology business. On the day that ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 January 2012 @ 11:18AM
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IP Business Congress super early bird rate expires at midnight tomorrow

As is always the case when the IP Business Congress super early bird rate is about to expire we have seen a surge in registrations over the last few days. There is stil time to secure a discounted place (€1,150 instead of €1,500) at the world's leading event focusing on the nexus between IP, the business world and finance, but the clock is now ticking down to midnight UK time tomorrow, Saturday 21st January. That's when the price goes up. If you want to take advantage ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2012 @ 5:59PM
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Why RIM does not have to be another Kodak

Rumours abound that RIM has been negotiating a licensing deal – or even a total buy-out – with competitors in the smartphone business. Despite some less than flattering evaluations of the quality of its patent portfolio, RIM undeniably maintains some highly valuable assets. Go to any conference or seminar and you will likely still see BlackBerrys outnumbering any other type of mobile phone, and that must count for something. RIM’s flagship product is still hugely ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2012 @ 12:02PM
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Kodak should not count on a big patent sale to save the day

Kodak’s agonising descent into bankruptcy finally ended earlier today when the 130-year old company filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York. Since August Kodak has been attempting to sell 1,100 patents – a portfolio which some commentators have estimated could be worth as much as $3 billion. In recent weeks, the company has also filed a series of lawsuits against the likes of Samsung, Fujifilm, Apple and HTC, alleging various infringements of its patent rights. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 January 2012 @ 5:19PM
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