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IV faces up to a much more challenging market

With the announcement yesterday that it was cutting 19% of its workforce, 2014 is shaping up to be something of an annus horribilis for Intellectual Ventures. The cuts to the NPE’s global staff equate to around 130 personnel and come after an initial, smaller round of staff cuts was announced at the start of this year, and after a number of original investors dropped out of the latest round of fundraising. IV has also seen setbacks in its litigation strategy, including ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 20 August 2014 @ 6:55PM
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From the US, progress towards creating Europe’s new unified patent system is looking good

In June and July this blog ran a series of pieces written by Alan Johnson, a partner at UK law firm Bristows, looking at issues surrounding the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe, as well as at some of the strategic decisions that those who file patents in Europe need to be thinking about now as they prepare for the new system to come into being – as it undoubtedly will. Earlier this week I got an email from John Pegram, a senior principal with Fish & ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 August 2014 @ 10:58AM
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A sorry tale at the USPTO which exposes the Obama Administration's failure of leadership in IP

Among the most depressing things about reading yesterday’s Washington Post story on an alleged cover-up of USPTO examiner abuse of home-working is knowing that it will give so many parties an excuse not to play their part in improving the US patent system, while providing more ammunition for others to knock it. For those who have not read it the gist of the story is that according to an internal investigation, set-up after complaints had been received from whistle-blowers, an ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 August 2014 @ 4:48PM
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Patent quality is essential to combat trolls; politicians and big companies hold the keys to success

On 7th August five US Senators wrote to Penny Pritzker, the Secretary of Commerce, to emphasise the importance of the USPTO granting high- quality patents. In their letter, senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Begich (D-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Tom Udall (D-NM) stressed that this issue above all others would help minimise the risks posed by what they described as “abusive patent trolling”. The five applauded efforts by the agency to improve the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 August 2014 @ 5:17PM
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Look out for more IP deal-making activity in the smart-grid sector as big guns wade in

A high volume of M&A coupled with a major growth in patent filings in the smart-grid sector suggests that it has the potential to be a major area of IP litigation and transactional activity in the near future, according to analysis from Greentech Media. Like a traditional grid, a ‘smart grid’ is a network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. What makes it ‘smart’ is the incorporation of information and communications technology to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 08 August 2014 @ 6:14AM
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As the smartphone wars peter out patent-sceptics have been proved wrong

Apple cannot win a patent war predicated on market exclusion. With the Android source code being open, Apple might just as well be fighting a Hydra – cut off one device from the market and two more will appear to replace it. Ultimately, Apple’s best course of action will most likely be to enter into licensing agreements with its competitors, which will not only result in significant revenues, but also push up the prices (or reduce the margins) on competitive products.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 August 2014 @ 11:49AM
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Rockstar, the Nortel NPE, could look very different in a few years' time

If consultancy and expert witness firm Elysium Digital has done its research correctly, John Veschi and the team that he leads at Rockstar have a few more years yet to maximise the value of the patents they manage. According to Elysium, the NPE – created by five of the six companies (Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) that were the successful bidders in the Nortel auction – has a portfolio that will remain active well into the 2030s. If the patents are as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 05 August 2014 @ 6:18PM
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Alcatel-Lucent recruits former Kodak president to lead its patent monetisation drive

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that former Kodak president Laura Quatela is to join the company as its executive vice president of intellectual property. She will be leading its patent monetisation programme. In an indication of the importance Alcatel-Lucent attaches to Quatela’s role she will be one of very few heads of IP at a major company who reports directly to the CEO. “[Quatela’s] strong leadership background in patent monetisation in particular will be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 August 2014 @ 12:11PM
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Leading companies, NPEs and intermediaries discuss creation of IP marketplace standards

LES USA and Canada has taken the first steps towards creating what could become a series of best practice standards relating to the IP marketplace. At a day-long workshop meeting held in Chicago on Tuesday a group of 40 senior representatives from major operating companies, non-practising entities and intermediaries discussed possible plans to codify recognised good behaviours and processes in IP monetisation negotiations and transactions, and to share their thoughts on how LES should ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 7:07PM
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Before exercising the right to opt-out of Europe's new UPC regime there will be plenty to consider

Over the last seven weeks Bristows partner Alan Johnson has provided IAM blog readers with a strategic overview of some of the major issues all patent owners in Europe, as well as potential defendants in patent infringement suits, must be aware of with regards to the soon-to-be-introduced – and totally game-changing – unified patent court (UPC) regime. What will be clear to all those who have read Alan’s pieces is that even now there is a great deal of potentially ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 11:57AM
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