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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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Big blow for Intellectual Ventures as Virginia court delivers "total victory" to Capital One

Intellectual Ventures has suffered its first significant litigation reverse. Yesterday the US District Court of Eastern Virginia issued a decision invalidating patents the firm had asserted against Capital One, so securing for the bank what its lawyers describe as a “total victory”. That claim is contained within a statement from firm Latham & Watkins which was issued following the judgment:   In the first of Intellectual Ventures’ cases against the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 April 2014 @ 6:14AM
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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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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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Wi-LAN is the latest PIPCO to build for a future beyond telecoms patents

Wi-LAN announced on Tuesday that it has obtained a portfolio of patents relating to automotive headlight technology. The acquisition follows Panasonic’s transfer of 900 semiconductor-related patents to the Canadian NPE late last year. These two deals are further examples of a publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) seeking to diversify beyond its core area of technological expertise to enhance its patent monetisation opportunities and provide a more attractive proposition for ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 03 April 2014 @ 3:06PM
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More patents in Canada’s oil industry could mean more collaboration, not less

Canadian energy companies are filing four times as many patents relating to oil and gas technology today than they were 10 years ago, Reuters reported last week. Comment in the Reuters piece mainly focuses on the development being very bad news. "This has had the effect of slowing a lot of innovation down and a lot of meaningful practical day-to-day improvements have been delayed," Merle Johnson, chief operating officer at Connacher Oil and Gas, told the news agency, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 31 March 2014 @ 1:18PM
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Merck signposts a new strategy for patent owners in India

US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co – known as Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) outside of North America – has entered into an alliance with generic drug maker Cipla to co-market one of its antiretroviral treatments in India, Bloomberg reports. The strategy might prove a template for other pharmaceutical originators hoping to navigate an increasingly hostile environment in the country. Under the proposed deal, MSD will market its HIV treatment Raltegravir – sold ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2014 @ 1:31PM
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