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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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The US economy benefits from China’s adventurous approach to IP financing

Quanlin Paper is to invest around US$2 billion in building a new paper mill complex in the US state of Virginia. According to the Governor of Virginia’s office, Quanlin’s investment amounts to the largest ever greenfield development project in the United States, and is slated to lead to the creation of 2,000 jobs by 2020. Quanlin – also known as Tralin Paper and Tranlin Paper – hit the IP newswires back in March when it emerged that the company had ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 8:14AM
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Acacia deepens relationship with Renesas and gains greater access to Japanese company’s patents

Earlier this month, Renesas Electronics and Acacia Research announced that they will be expanding their existing strategic licensing partnership, which has seen the US NPE undertaking patent monetisation activities on behalf of the Japanese semiconductor company. According to a press release, Acacia will receive “broad and lengthy” access to Renesas’ global patent portfolio under the terms of the revised alliance. The Renesas patent portfolio is pretty hefty; in ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 July 2014 @ 10:56AM
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Another big financial player moves into IP space as IPVALUE is snapped up

In a major deal in the IP monetisation sector, Vector Capital, a technology-focused private equity firm with more than $2bn in equity capital under management, yesterday announced that it had acquired IPVALUE. The deal is the latest example of large-scale, mature capital moving into the IP space following moves by the likes of Cantor Fitzgerald and Fortress Investment Group. Although the value of the deal was not disclosed it provides IPVALUE’s original investors, comprising ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 08 July 2014 @ 5:50PM
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Patent values are below peak, but the next big move could be up not down

Over on the IP Kat blog Neil Wilkof has written a piece on an article by Terry Ludlow that we published in the most recent issue of IAM. Entitled “Signs of the times: trends in technology IP licensing”, Terry takes a look at the major issues currently affecting technology (read patent) licensing, principally in the US, including a number of recent Supreme Court, CAFC, district court and ITC cases which he believes have helped drive down the value of patents. Terry’s ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 July 2014 @ 6:24PM
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Despite the patent ‘giveaway’, Tesla has been monetising its portfolio all along

After Tesla’s widely reported – and much misunderstood – announcement earlier this month that it would not sue anyone who, “in good faith”, uses their patented technologies, a Thomson Reuters study claims that the company has concurrently monetised its patents by collateralising them to secure financing. According to the Washington Post, a Thomson Reuters analysis of Tesla’s portfolio found that the electric vehicle manufacturer has securitised a ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 27 June 2014 @ 1:05PM
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Inside the multi-million dollar Chinese patent buying fund with IV connections

Last month, IAM reported on the launch of Beijing-based patent aggregation entity Ruichuan IPR Funds. At the time, facts about its plans and structure were thin on the ground; but, with the help of contacts in the Chinese IP marketplace, I have been able to piece together some additional detail on the entity and its objectives. First of all, let’s take a look at Ruichuan’s shareholders and finances. The target for its first fund is between RMB300 million (around US$48.2 ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 19 June 2014 @ 10:20AM
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A closer look at our top 40 IP market makers

In the latest issue of IAM you’ll find our inaugural market makers top 40: our ranking of the main movers and shakers in IP transactions and investment. Instead of playing it safe by simply naming the 40 in alphabetical order, we decided to make things harder for ourselves by ranking them according to what we felt was their level of influence and impact on the overall market. We’re sure you’ll feel we’ve missed a few names, included people we should not have ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 06 June 2014 @ 8:30PM
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Microsoft's Gutierrez named as most influential driver of the global IP market

Horacio Gutierrez of Microsoft is placed number one in a ranking of the 40 most influential global IP market makers in issue 66 of IAM, which was published today. In charge of the Microsoft worldwide intellectual property group since 2006, Gutierrez tops a list of pioneering chief IP officers, deal-makers, financiers, investors and company CEOs whose collective expertise has helped create what is now a multi-billion dollar marketplace that spans the world. The IAM Top 40 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 May 2014 @ 3:29PM
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Southeast Asian IP financing schemes blaze a trail the world might one day follow

State-backed IP financing programmes launched in Malaysia and Singapore recently are garnering interest from local businesses, though uncertainties persist regarding the methods being used to value IP assets for collateralisation. The Malaysian government announced the launch of its IP Financing Scheme (IPFS) last year. Under the terms of IPFS, companies will be able to secure financing of up to 10 million Malaysian ringgits ($3.1 million) against their IP assets for a five-year ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2014 @ 12:54PM
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