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Investors prefer other forms of IP value creation over enforcement, says report

IP Wales has published an interim report today that highlights several companies traded on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) which could present rich opportunities for investing in patents. The report’s authors also present evidence suggesting that patent owners can elicit a positive response from investors by emphasising the collaborative, rather than the confrontational, aspects of their IP strategies. The study – titled ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 April 2014 @ 3:57PM
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Most litigious NPE sees opportunities in US patent reform

If you need further confirmation of just how tough the PIPCO space can be, then Acacia’s results for the first quarter announced last week provided plenty. The lumpy returns of the public IP company model, as licensing deals take time to agree and litigation cases pile up months into the future, were there for all to see as the NPE announced a net loss of $24.4m on revenues of $12.6 million. That compared with net income of $5.1m for the same period last year on revenues of ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 21 April 2014 @ 9:54PM
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Going, going, gone – another patent auction throws up more questions than answers

How you judge the results of the Penn State University patent auction may depend on whether you’re a glass half full kind of person. The US college announced this week that it had licensed 7% of the 70 patents that it had put up for prospective buyers to bid on between 30 March and 11 April. We wrote about the auction when it was announced last month. The university declined to comment beyond a brief statement which highlighted what it sees as the main outcomes of the ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 18 April 2014 @ 2:36PM
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Anxiety over patent litigation continues to grow in the US

A new survey of senior in-house lawyers has revealed growing levels of concern over patent-related litigation among companies in the US. IP/patent disputes were picked by 28% of respondents when they were asked to select which types of litigation are the cause for most concern. That represented a significant increase from last year when 19% selected IP litigation as a source of anxiety. IP/patent disputes also featured highly when the in-house counsel were asked to pick the three ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 15 April 2014 @ 8:29PM
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Japan is not there yet, but a change of approach in IP value creation is on its way

Slowly, but certainly, the corporate patent landscape in Japan is beginning to change. Established ways of operating - honed and followed successfully over many years - are now being questioned; the old model of patent accumulation and defensive use only is coming under pressure; what was once unthinkable is now starting to happen. Whisper it softly, don’t expect anything to happen quickly, but it could just be that a very Japanese revolution is about to get underway.    ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 April 2014 @ 7:34PM
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Foreign appetite for US patents is not a sign of waning innovation

A recent story in Inc. magazine appears to bemoan the fact that more than half of all US patents are granted to entities from outside of the country. But the foreign appetite for US patent assets ought not be seen as a negative reflection on US innovation; and it should provide food for thought for US policymakers as they mull over proposals for patent reform legislation. In 2013, 51.9% of patents granted by the USPTO were issued to foreign entities. “There's probably no ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 April 2014 @ 12:58PM
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New online platform attempts to plug crowdfunding’s IP protection gap

Last month saw the launch of KarmaKrowd, a new online crowdfunding platform that will offer IP and marketing expertise to inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The website’s inclusion of these services alongside its funding platform could significantly reduce some of the IP risks that the crowdfunding model presents both for SMEs looking for capital and for investors. Crowdfunding platforms act as online portals between those seeking ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 1:49PM
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Lenovo pursues a policy of organic growth as well as acquisitions

Lenovo didn’t make it onto the recent US Patent 100, a ranking of the companies with the largest patent portfolios which is published in the latest issue of IAM. However, given its recent acquisition activity and its own internal growth that may not be the case next year. Last Friday the Chinese tech company announced that it was buying a portfolio of 3800 mobile patent families from Japanese tech giant NEC. The portfolio includes standard essential patents for 3G and LTE ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 08 April 2014 @ 8:25PM
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Patent study reveals the companies best placed to profit from LED boom

An upcoming report from IP analytics firm iRunway has shed light on which companies are leading the field in light-emitting diode (LED) patent holdings. LED lighting has a broad array of uses, with the technology potentially having applications in areas including commercial, residential and street lighting, digital communications, and displays for televisions, personal computers and mobile devices, among others. According to the study – a pre-release copy of which can be ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 08 April 2014 @ 12:26PM
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New rankings emphasise the importance of patent quality in the US

In the latest issue of IAM – which is now available for subscribers to view online – we feature two separate analyses that each has its own take on measuring patent quality: the US Patent 100 and the Ocean Tomo Ratings survey. After first putting together the US Patent 100 around this time last year, IP-focused investment banking firm MDB Capital Group has again teamed up with IAM to compile a list of those entities possessing the 100 largest portfolios of USPTO-granted ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 07 April 2014 @ 10:25AM
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