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Intellectual Ventures announces semi-conductor patent acquisition

A very rare press release from Intellectual Ventures landed in my in-box last night. I think it is a first for the Bellevue-based company as it announces an acquisition: the purchase of a "patent portfolio formerly developed and owned by Transmeta Corporation". I don't remember IV ever publicising a deal it has done before. Prior to the IV purchase, the press release explains, the patents had been licensed out to some of the biggest players in the microprocessor ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2009 @ 1:36PM
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Competition authorities could be least of big Pharma’s worries

In a move that flies in the face of a global recession, drug giant Pfizer announced earlier this week its intention to acquire Wyeth for $68 billion. But, is this is a wise move following recent comments from the competition authorities in both Europe and the US, and perhaps more importantly, what does further consolidation of big pharma mean for the future of R&D? Speaking to the press earlier this week, CEO Jeffrey Kindler stated that Pfizer’s incentive for the ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2009 @ 6:39AM
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Obama's environmentally-friendly present for supporters of the patent system

"No single issue is as fundamental to our future as energy. America will not be held hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes and a warming planet," Barack Obama said yesterday. To this end, the new US President has vowed to spend close to $100 million on developing clean energy technology, as well as back a series of other proposals, which, he claims, will lead to the creation of 460,000 "green collar" jobs. In choosing to highlight the importance of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2009 @ 5:49PM
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Danish PTO fires patent staff in response to major downturn in applications

IAM's sister publication World Trademark Review is running a story on its daily news service that the Danish Patent and Trademark Office is to lay-off off 35 staff in response to a dramatic fall in the number of patent applications it received during the last quarter of 2008. In an interview with WTR writer Adam Smith (which is not featured in the WTR story), the office's president Jesper Kongstad said: "Normally when we look in the IP business we perceive it ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2009 @ 3:05PM
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Epson signs up with RPX and so escapes from Acacia suit

A few weeks ago Epson was one of the defendants in a patent suit brought by Acacia Technologies over light valve technology. As the case was being heard, RPX Corp, the defensive patent aggregator, did a licensing deal with Acacia which gave it a licence to the patents in question. Having done the deal, RPX let it be known that if Epson and fellow defendants Sanyo, Eiki International and Christie Digital Systems were to sign up to its service they would no longer have to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2009 @ 9:42PM
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Intangible values collapse - the old 70% to 80% claim is now officially dead and buried

Back in November on this blog there was a fascinating debate about that old IP chestnut - that by subtracting the value of tangible assets from a company's market capitalisation you could get to the value of its intangble assets. This followed-on from a blog written by Pat Sullivan which explained (very persuasively in my view) why he thought this approach actually makes no sense at all. It is very easy to see why the equation was a favourite of IP professionals. Over the last 25 ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 January 2009 @ 8:02AM
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EPO president rejects participation in future public education campaigns

It was a full house at law firm Baker & McKenzie’s London office last night as they hosted an Intellectual Property Institute lecture from EPO President, Alison Brimelow, on the ‘Future of IP’. Brimelow befriended the audience early on by recognising, and voicing frustration at, weaknesses in the patent system. Europe’s seeming inability to move forward with a Community patent and/or a single patent jurisdiction, and the global issue of the unnecessary ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2009 @ 2:21PM
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Final three days to save $500 on attending the IP Business Congress

IAM magazine's IP Business Congress 2009 is being held in Chicago from 21st to 23rd June. It has already attracted close to 150 delegates, as well as a world class speaking faculty, which will grow to over 70 names by the time things kick-off. Over three days at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Windy City we will be discussing cutting-edge issues around IP value creation, with partticular emphasis on the importance of sweating IP portfolios to maximum effect during an economic ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2009 @ 11:08AM
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US patent suit collapse has implications for law firms, intermediaries and advocates of reform

There is analysis of reports that patent suits have fallen sharply in the US over recent months on both the 271 and Patent Prospector blogs. Reading the news, a couple of things crossed my mind: 1. Have those American law firms that decided to hire IP staff over recent months made a miscalculation? Will they and other firms have to start laying people off over the coming months? In previous recessions, patent litigation has actually picked up on the back of rights owners seeking to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2009 @ 10:39AM
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Big Blue next on the list for Europe's competition regulator

The Competition DG of the European Commission is expected to open an investigation into IBM following a complaint from US computer company T3 that it is "abusing its monopoly power in the mainframe industry". Among other things, T3 accuses IBM of withholding patent licences and other types of IP right. At the end of last week the DG announced a further set of complaints against Microsoft, a company with which it has been locking horns for a number of years. According to a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2009 @ 3:32PM
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