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Company goes on patent attack just months after receiving financing from Fortress IP group

Back in February this blog ran a story about the IP Finance Group of Fortress making a $4 million loan to Andrea Electronics, secured against the company’s patents. At the same time the group – which is headed up by former RPX president Eran Zur – paid $3 million to get an on-going stake in the audio electronics company’s IP monetisation programme. Now, it seems, that programme is getting underway. Last Friday, 25th July, Andrea filed patent infringement ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 July 2014 @ 2:33PM
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Nokia's new technology boss will be under pressure to deliver big licensing boost

Nokia has appointed Ramzi Haidamus as president of its Technologies business. He will join the company at the start of September from Dolby, where he has worked for 17 years – most recently at chief operating officer level. One of Haidamus’ primary responsibilities will be to develop Nokia’s patent and technology licensing operations. He will be helped in this by the company’s chief IP officer Paul Melin, who will report directly to him. Interestingly, neither ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 July 2014 @ 2:35PM
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For NPEs that know what they are doing the current patent environment is far from hostile

Acacia’s share price is heading north so far today after the NPE revealed its second quarter results yesterday and talked through them during a conference call with analysts. They showed the firm enjoying one of its best ever quarterly performances; one that, said CEO Matt Vella “bears testament to the high return on investment potential, time- and risk-adjusted, of Marquee portfolios”, before adding that there is more to come. You can read the full transcript of the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 5:28PM
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The new UPC regime is not yet in place, but all patent-related deals in the EU must factor it in

Because they remain unclear the transitional provisions relating to the forthcoming EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) are fraught with potential dangers. However, the practical exercise of the opt-out that the provisions envisage is in theory extremely simple: if you do not want your existing patents to be litigated under the UPC, you can register that fact and they will continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of national courts. In the real world, of course, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 July 2014 @ 12:05PM
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If US patent reformers are successful they will create a regime that only benefits the big boys

Over on the IP Watchdog blog Gene Quinn has published a fascinating interview with Ray Niro, one of the US’s leading patent litigators and the senior partner of a firm that has won a particularly strong reputation for winning big awards for its clients – many of which are non-practising entities. Because of the types of client that Niro represents a lot of people do not like him or his firm. Do an internet search for either and the term “troll” pops up with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2014 @ 11:23AM
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Europe’s UPC transitional provisions mess means complete uncertainty for one and all

We learned last week from Bristows partner Alan Johnson that the transitional provisions relating to Europe’s forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime are something of a mess. This week, we find out that things could be even worse than previously explained. Basically, at this stage no patent owner in Europe – actual or prospective – can plan with any certainty, because as yet there are just too many issues up in the air. Simply put, as of now no-one can say ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 2:26PM
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New research confirms that Intellectual Ventures is busy buying patents once again

The most recent fund established by Intellectual Ventures has bought 16% of all publicly-available patent packages sold in the first half of 2014, according to research undertaken by the Richardson Oliver Law Group. The work done by the California-based law firm, which published the article “What’s inside IV’s patent portfolio?” in the last issue of IAM, estimates a $25 million run rate for IV in terms of acquisitions of publicly brokered patent deals in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 July 2014 @ 11:42AM
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The USPTO Director fiasco reflects a failure of leadership at the White House

While the heads of most of the globe’s major issuing authorities are civil servants who often do not have any background in IP, the post of Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office is different. It comes with the title of Under-secretary of Commerce and is very much a political appointment that by and large is handed to someone with long experience of working in senior IP positions in private practice, industry, or both. USPTO directors are not only expected to oversee ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 July 2014 @ 11:18AM
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The transitionary regime for Europe's new patent litigation system - a dangerous mess

Up to now those reading the articles on Europe’s unified patent court (UPC) on the IAM blog, put together exclusively for us by Bristow’s partner Alan Johnson, might have assumed that the new system is going to be a very favourable one for plaintiffs. But while this may turn out to be the case, there is one big elephant in the room that could change the picture completely. In the article below Alan looks at the transitional provisions that will apply as the new regime ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 July 2014 @ 2:12PM
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Google, Canon and the other LOT Network founders deserve high praise for their new initiative

Thanks to information provided by the License On Transfer Network (LOTNet), I now understand that patent assertion entities want to make money; they “clearly seek to generate a return by enforcing patent rights against operating companies”, LOTNET explains. “They acquire patents from other companies and are motivated by profit.” Whoever would have thought it - commercial enterprises interested in generating a return? Heaven forbid that LOTNet’s current ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 4:08PM
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