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How damages awards in the US dwarf those in China

In the latest issue of IAM we chart the explosive growth of Lenovo’s patent portfolio and talk to some of the company’s key players about how they have reshaped its IP strategy. The Chinese tech giant’s IP acquisition activity has largely focused on the mature US market and has included picking up portfolios from Unwired Planet, NEC, and, if the deal wins regulatory approval, from Google in the shape of Motorola Mobility (though Google does retain the majority of ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 14 August 2014 @ 7:04PM
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ICAP to put 850+ Alcatel-Lucent patents and applications under the hammer in October

Alcatel-Lucent’s efforts to monetise its patent portfolio continue apace. In the wake of the company’s announcement that it has appointed Laura Quatela as executive vice-president of intellectual property, with a direct report to CEO Michel Combes, comes the news that it has retained ICAP Patent Brokerage to organise a sealed bid auction of more than 850 granted patents and applications on 9th October.  The assets are being split into 14 lots, each covering a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 03 August 2014 @ 3:25PM
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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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