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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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IAM facts and figures for the year to date

It’s a bank holiday weekend here in England, so with a bit of time on my hands I thought I’d have a look at some of the IAM website stats for the year so far. According to Google Analytics we have had 58,727 unique users since the start of 2014. Between them they have accumulated 92,503 sessions and 190,995 page views. In terms of location, our top 10 user countries are: (1) the US; (2) the UK; (3) India; (4) Germany; (5) Canada; (6) France; (7) Japan; (8) the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 April 2014 @ 7:20PM
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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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New insurance move may indicate that RPX is planning for a future without patent acquisitions

RPX announced yesterday that it has launched a new service offering to provide insurance against patent assertions, underlining what may be a fundamental shift in its business model. The firm has been granted approval to act as a coverholder at prestigious insurance market Lloyd’s of London. As a Lloyd’s coverholder, RPX will offer marketing, underwriting and claims management services on behalf of a syndicate of insurers at Lloyd's, enabling that syndicate to ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 17 April 2014 @ 6:00PM
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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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Anxiety over patent litigation continues to grow in the US

A new survey of senior in-house lawyers has revealed growing levels of concern over patent-related litigation among companies in the US. IP/patent disputes were picked by 28% of respondents when they were asked to select which types of litigation are the cause for most concern. That represented a significant increase from last year when 19% selected IP litigation as a source of anxiety. IP/patent disputes also featured highly when the in-house counsel were asked to pick the three ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 15 April 2014 @ 8:29PM
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Busy times ahead for IP professionals as upsurge in high tech M&A activity predicted

The findings of a recent survey suggest that the M&A market is expected to rebound this year after a fairly quiet 2013, with intellectual property slated to be the key driving factor in many deals. The ‘2014 M&A Outlook Survey Report’ - which is compiled by KPMG and Mergers & Acquisitions magazine and can be downloaded here - surveyed over 1,000 M&A professionals working in corporations, private equity firms and investment banks. A positive ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 15 April 2014 @ 3:01PM
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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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Six degrees from Ocean Tomo – the broad reach of a patent pioneer

It’s not unusual in a sector that is still relatively young and adding new entrants, that one pioneering organisation can produce an alumni network that remains particularly prominent within the sector. In the patent space that organisation is arguably Ocean Tomo. From public companies to PIPCOs to investors and advisers, the alumnus of OT, which pitches itself as the ‘first intellectual capital merchant banc,’ populate just about every facet of the IP business.

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 11 April 2014 @ 6:14PM
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