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If only there had been NPEs when Bob Kearns was fighting the auto giants

To coincide with a redesigned website and an upcoming shift to a metered paywall, The New Yorker has opened up large parts its archive for the summer, including everything it has published since 2007. A few sites including Gizmodo.com and Slate.com have been quick to direct readers to some of the finest examples of long-form journalism from the last seven years that are now at their fingertips. This opening up of the New Yorker’s archive prompted me to remember an article ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 24 July 2014 @ 7:35PM
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The new UPC regime is not yet in place, but all patent-related deals in the EU must factor it in

Because they remain unclear the transitional provisions relating to the forthcoming EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) are fraught with potential dangers. However, the practical exercise of the opt-out that the provisions envisage is in theory extremely simple: if you do not want your existing patents to be litigated under the UPC, you can register that fact and they will continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of national courts. In the real world, of course, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 July 2014 @ 12:05PM
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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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Real patent trolls don’t use the US courts – it’s way too expensive

If you need further confirmation of the expensive minefield that is patent litigation in the US then PwC’s latest annual study is worth a look. Many of it key findings will be familiar – patent cases up again, number of patents granted on the rise, median damages awards down (to $4.3m), and the most popular venues for plaintiffs Texas Eastern, Delaware, Virginia Eastern and Wisconsin Western. For the first time, however, the Big 4 accountant looked at appeals to the ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 15 July 2014 @ 6:27PM
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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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Conversant launches new anti-patent troll campaign

Despite the deep divisions that exist over patent reform, perhaps the one element where most members of the patent community agree change needs to happen, is over the frivolous demand letters that some bad actors send to demand licensing fees, particularly from small businesses.   Although a more comprehensive patent reform bill failed in the US Senate in May, last week the House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, which is an arm of the ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 14 July 2014 @ 6:12PM
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Google, Canon and the other LOT Network founders deserve high praise for their new initiative

Thanks to information provided by the License On Transfer Network (LOTNet), I now understand that patent assertion entities want to make money; they “clearly seek to generate a return by enforcing patent rights against operating companies”, LOTNET explains. “They acquire patents from other companies and are motivated by profit.” Whoever would have thought it - commercial enterprises interested in generating a return? Heaven forbid that LOTNet’s current ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 4:08PM
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The launch of IPBC Japan reflects the country’s changing strategic approach to patents

As this blog has reported previously, there is a sea change taking place among Japanese companies when it comes to IP strategy. Traditionally introspective and focused on protecting their market share through volume filing, IP owners from the Land of the Rising Sun are reappraising the way in which they manage their patents – and are increasingly looking overseas for ways in which to leverage them to create corporate value. For some Japanese companies, this has meant ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 July 2014 @ 10:46AM
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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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Gutierrez leaves Microsoft's IP group to oversee legal issues in company's move to the cloud

After eight years in charge of Microsoft’s worldwide IP group Horacio Gutierrez is today starting a new job at the company. Following an internal reshuffle instigated by general counsel Brad Smith, Gutierrez takes charge of the Products and Services Group in the Legal & Corporate Affairs (LCA) Department, where he will be responsible for overseeing the big move the company is currently making into the cloud. He will be replaced at the Innovation and IP Group by Erich ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 01 July 2014 @ 12:16AM
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