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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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China needs more patent agents, but as always quality is the big challenge

The number of individuals sitting China’s patent agent examination has increased by 26.4% in the last year, according to recently released statistics from the country’s State IP Office (SIPO). In 2014, 29,364 hopefuls will take the exam, the highest number since the qualification system was established. The SIPO statistics further state that 16,817 – 57.3% of the total – are first time applicants, as opposed to those taking re-sits. That amounts to a 28% rise ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2014 @ 11:21AM
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ICAP indicates financial services may be a coming area for IP market makers

ICAP Patent Brokerage has announced it is holding a patent auction in October focused on the financial services sector. It will be the first that ICAP has held specifically involving assets in this field. The sale will take place as a live online auction on October 23, but sealed bids will be accepted in the days leading up to the sale. It is expected the auction will include around 25 portfolios and more than 100 separate patents. It will be the first in a series focused on financial ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 21 July 2014 @ 5:56PM
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If US patent reformers are successful they will create a regime that only benefits the big boys

Over on the IP Watchdog blog Gene Quinn has published a fascinating interview with Ray Niro, one of the US’s leading patent litigators and the senior partner of a firm that has won a particularly strong reputation for winning big awards for its clients – many of which are non-practising entities. Because of the types of client that Niro represents a lot of people do not like him or his firm. Do an internet search for either and the term “troll” pops up with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2014 @ 11:23AM
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Survey predicts big jump in IP litigation settlements

It seems that this is the survey season for the IP world. After Lex Machina’s debut damages report in June (as well as its first annual patent litigation report released in May) and PwC’s patent litigation survey published earlier this month, BTI consulting has issued its own analysis of the IP market. There are a couple of points in the BTI study that are worth highlighting. The general counsel at over 175 Fortune 1000 companies and IP decision makers at top spending ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 July 2014 @ 5:35PM
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Europe’s UPC transitional provisions mess means complete uncertainty for one and all

We learned last week from Bristows partner Alan Johnson that the transitional provisions relating to Europe’s forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime are something of a mess. This week, we find out that things could be even worse than previously explained. Basically, at this stage no patent owner in Europe – actual or prospective – can plan with any certainty, because as yet there are just too many issues up in the air. Simply put, as of now no-one can say ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 2:26PM
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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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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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