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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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Before exercising the right to opt-out of Europe's new UPC regime there will be plenty to consider

Over the last seven weeks Bristows partner Alan Johnson has provided IAM blog readers with a strategic overview of some of the major issues all patent owners in Europe, as well as potential defendants in patent infringement suits, must be aware of with regards to the soon-to-be-introduced – and totally game-changing – unified patent court (UPC) regime. What will be clear to all those who have read Alan’s pieces is that even now there is a great deal of potentially ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 July 2014 @ 11:57AM
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It is tougher to get a US patent than some would have you believe; especially for SMEs

Inc. magazine reported this weekend on the findings of an academic study which suggest that large corporations are more likely than SMEs to be granted patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 'What is the probability of receiving a US patent?' – originally released back in January and due to be published in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology later this year – is authored by Michael Carley and Alan Marco of the USPTO and Deepak Hegde of New York ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 July 2014 @ 10:54AM
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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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Why Taiwan’s companies may be sitting on an untapped goldmine

Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) launched an online database of telecommunications patents this week, with the hope that it will give companies based in the island a strategic edge in the marketplace, reports Want China Times. Named the Innovation Knowledge Platform, the database features translated and interpreted versions of 3,200 US patents and over 1,000 patent infringement case studies, with another 3,000 translated patents expected to be added ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 12:55PM
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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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