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Page 1 of 3 Archive - March 2011

RIM signs up with IV as RPX hits 80

Research in Motion has become the latest company to take a licence to the entire Intellectual Ventures patent portfolio. RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, was famously the defendant in litigation against NTP which did so much to place the issue of NPEs into the wider public consciousness. Being a licensee of IV would probably not have helped then, but as a participant in the on-going smartphone litigation war it may just help RIM now. Samsung and HTC, two other companies engaged ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 March 2011 @ 3:23PM
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When it comes to science quality, western democracies continue to rule the roost

The United States remains the world’s dominant force in science, according to research published yesterday by the UK’s Royal Society. Knowledge, Networks and Nations reports that the US spends more on R&D than any other country and publishes more scientific papers while, crucially, there are more citations of US scientific works than those from any other country. It all means that the US wins not only on quantity but, much more importantly, on quality as well. But ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2011 @ 4:16PM
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NPEs can't be the enemy when so many operating companies work closely with them

When is a patent sale not a patent sale? Perhaps when one entity transfers a portfolio to another entity at a price well below market value and keeps a significant stake in the proceeds of any future monetisation programme the acquirer undertakes. Of course, a patent owner can sell its patents for as much or as little as it wishes and under whatever terms it deems to be acceptable; but practically speaking can we say a sale has taken place if little or no cash actually changes hands, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2011 @ 4:01PM
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The billion dollar NPE

Acacia Research has announced it is to make five million of its shares available in a public offering designed to raise cash “for its operations and for other general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, working capital, strategic acquisitions and other transactions”. The move comes as its market capitalisation has soared to over $1.2 billion. I really do not have much to add to that astounding fact, except to note that in the last year the NPE’s ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2011 @ 4:06PM
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Pound for pound, does Microsoft own the world's most valuable IP portfolio?

Intellectual property value is, of course, in the eyes of the beholder. It is a subjective judgement and means different things to different people. For me, it is all about the opportunities a rights-holder's portfolio gives them - from monetisation, through to exclusion of competitors and all the way to the empowerment of collaboration and joint ventures, not to mention the signposting and reputational attributes it can underpin. The more opportunities your IP brings you, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 March 2011 @ 1:53PM
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Star Scientific, RJ Reynolds and the case for quitting while you are ahead

In June 2009, Star Scientific shares dropped by over 70% after a court in Baltimore found that two of its patents relating to tobacco products had not been infringed by RJ Reynolds and that, furthermore, they were invalid. At one stage the shares were trading at 80 cents each. Commenting at the time, this blog stated: Savvy IP investors clearly have to pick their battles wisely. Those who got out of Star prior to Tuesday's decision will be congratulating themselves.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2011 @ 4:13PM
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The Coca-Cola brand suffers a sharp fall in value as Google hits number one

The Coca-Cola brand has seen its value plummet by close to $10 billion over the last year and for the first time finds itself outside the list of the world's top 10 most valuable brands, according to the annual Brand Finance 500 study which was released today. According to Brand Finance, the Coke brand is now worth $25 billion, down from close to $35 billion in 2010. The UK-based brand valuation company says that the fall is underpinned by changing consumer patterns ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 March 2011 @ 11:37AM
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Does Round Rock expect to get bids for its covenants not to sue at the ICAP OT sale?

I have been looking through the list of lots currently available for sale at the ICAP Ocean Tomo auction in New York at the end of this month. Among them are the four covenants not to sue being offered by Round Rock, the NPE which owns a portfolio of 4,200 rights it acquired from Micron back in the autumn of 2009. If you click through to get more detail on these, you get the following information: Lot 110, Round Rock Research LLC Covenant Not to Sue – Perpetual, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 March 2011 @ 2:31PM
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Intellectual Ventures stands accused

Intellectual Ventures is being sued by American political strategist Pat Choate for what he claims is the non-payment of fees in connection with lobbying work in opposition to US patent reform legislation he undertook for IV between 2005 and 2008. The Gametime IP blog has got hold of the complaint filed by Choate at a court in Washington DC in which he states he is owed $494,800. He is asking for an award of this sum, plus interest and costs. The complaint Choate has ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 March 2011 @ 5:01PM
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Quality costs, but even so nothing is guaranteed

IP Today has published a list of the 25 US law firms that obtained most patents for their clients during 2011. The top five are: Oblon Spivak, Sughrue Mion, Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birt, Oliff Berridge and Hames Dickey and Pierce. Coincidentally, in the next issue of IAM, and in association with Ocean Tomo PatentRatings, we will be publishing our second annual listing of which US firms secure the highest quality patents for their clients. As was the case last year, only a few ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 March 2011 @ 4:15PM
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