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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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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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Microsoft v Samsung shows why it pays to be cynical

At the start of this month it emerged that Microsoft and Samsung are embroiled in a dispute over royalty fees relating to Android patents, and that the former is taking legal action against the latter to recover payments that it believes should have been made. Put simply, Microsoft claims that the South Korean company has failed to pay on time for the use of its inventions; while Samsung is concerned about the impact of Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset unit. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 August 2014 @ 10:55AM
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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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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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Company goes on patent attack just months after receiving financing from Fortress IP group

Back in February this blog ran a story about the IP Finance Group of Fortress making a $4 million loan to Andrea Electronics, secured against the company’s patents. At the same time the group – which is headed up by former RPX president Eran Zur – paid $3 million to get an on-going stake in the audio electronics company’s IP monetisation programme. Now, it seems, that programme is getting underway. Last Friday, 25th July, Andrea filed patent infringement ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 July 2014 @ 2:33PM
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Nokia's new technology boss will be under pressure to deliver big licensing boost

Nokia has appointed Ramzi Haidamus as president of its Technologies business. He will join the company at the start of September from Dolby, where he has worked for 17 years – most recently at chief operating officer level. One of Haidamus’ primary responsibilities will be to develop Nokia’s patent and technology licensing operations. He will be helped in this by the company’s chief IP officer Paul Melin, who will report directly to him. Interestingly, neither ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 July 2014 @ 2:35PM
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For NPEs that know what they are doing the current patent environment is far from hostile

Acacia’s share price is heading north so far today after the NPE revealed its second quarter results yesterday and talked through them during a conference call with analysts. They showed the firm enjoying one of its best ever quarterly performances; one that, said CEO Matt Vella “bears testament to the high return on investment potential, time- and risk-adjusted, of Marquee portfolios”, before adding that there is more to come. You can read the full transcript of the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 5:28PM
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