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At last, trading on the IPXI platform can begin

Six years after it officially launched, IPXI yesterday announced the closure last Friday of its first two offerings involving two tranches of patent assets from JP Morgan. Last October the patent exchange revealed that it was offering potential investors and licensees the opportunity to buy unit license rights (ULRs) covering the patents. The buyers of ULRs, which are akin to shares in a traditional initial public offering, can either use them like a traditional patent licence or ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 22 July 2014 @ 3:56PM
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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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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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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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Dividend-doubling announcement confirms InterDigital’s remarkable turnaround

At times, running a PIPCO in a market that doesn’t always appear to understand the patent business can be an arduous task. Stock performance often seems to be governed more by perception and sentiment than hard facts about business performance. It is in that context that InterDigital’s impressive recent run should be viewed. Today the company announced that it is doubling its quarterly dividend to $0.20 and launching a $300 million share buyback. That news followed ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 12 June 2014 @ 6:33PM
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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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Marathon deepens its relationship with IPNav in multi-faceted deal

The news announced today that Marathon Patent Group has acquired two companies with active patent portfolios and revenue rights to an additional three portfolios, represents another step in the deepening relationship between the young public IP company (PIPCO) and its largest shareholder, IPNav. The portfolios were bought from Granicus IP and TechDev Holdings, two entities owned by IPNav CEO Erich Spangenberg, and will give Marathon access to around 70 patents, adding to its ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 05 May 2014 @ 6:39PM
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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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