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Page 1 of 3 Archive - January 2013

Last chance to secure a $500 saving on a delegate place for this year's IP Business Congress

The super-early bird discount rate for attending this year’s IP Business Congress (IPBC) expires at midnight GMT this Thursday 31st January. If you book before then you will be able to secure your place at the event, being held in Boston from 9th to 11th June, for $1,150 - that’s a discount of $500 on the full delegate price. We are in the process of putting together a world class speaking faculty for IPBC Boston, including dozens of prominent figures from the worlds of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2013 @ 3:13AM
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After missing out on Nortel patents, Intel could get a slice of Google’s Moto portfolio

According to news stories coming out of India last week, the country’s Competition Commission (CCI) has given the green light to a sale by Motorola Mobility of assets – including patents – to Intel. The Economic Times reports that Intel and Google-owned Moto entered into an asset purchase agreement in December and subsequently approached the CCI for approval, which has now been granted. The Times says that Intel will acquire “certain assets of Motorola Mobility ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2013 @ 11:54AM
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The familiar face behind Tessera’s strategic reshuffle

Tessera Technologies recently selected its general counsel Barney Cassidy as president of Tessera Intellectual Property Corporation, the company’s patent licensing arm. The appointment is the latest move in a series of structural and strategic shifts taking place at Tessera. These changes may have been partially motivated by pressure from shareholders – one of which, Starboard Value, has announced that it will challenge for seats on the Tessera board at the company’s ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2013 @ 11:01AM
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With no entrenched silos corporate India has a wonderful opportunity to make hay with IP

And so to India. After the snow and biting cold of winter time in the UK, it is a pleasure to find myself in Bangalore, where a warm sun shines out of blue skies. It’s my first visit to the country and I am here to take part in the Global IP Convention. It’s one of the biggest IP events in India with an attendee list comprising local professionals and their in-house and private practice counterparts from overseas. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with a number of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2013 @ 12:02PM
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If Steve Jobs did threaten Palm with patent war over staff hires it would be no surprise

This week it emerged that Steve Jobs told his counterpart at Palm that Apple might consider filing patent suits against the erstwhile wireless device manufacturer unless it agreed to refrain from tapping-up Apple employees for its own workforce. The threat was revealed during an ongoing antitrust suit brought against Apple, Google, Intel and a number of other high-tech companies by ex-employees, who contend that the firms colluded to restrict the movement of workers between them. As ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 January 2013 @ 10:00AM
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The perils of being an IP investor

Yesterday, Daniel Ravicher wrote an article for the investment website Seeking Alpha entitled “Google Request To Postpone Vringo Ongoing Royalty Motion Ignored”. The piece, which was sent out to over 5,500 people, focused on a patent dispute between Vringo and Google, which saw a jury find in favour of the NPE last November and award it $31 million in damages. Since them, the two parties have been engaged in various manoeuvres, one of which is Google’s request for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 January 2013 @ 10:33AM
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Cast your vote for the 2013 IP Hall of Fame inductees

Each year IAM reaches out to members of the global IP community to nominate individuals who they believe should be inducted into the IP Hall of Fame. Now in its seventh year, this not-for-profit project enables those with an interest in IP to honour men and women from business, politics, the law, finance, academia and indeed anywhere else, who have played a significant role in the creation of today’s IP system. The aim of the IP Hall of Fame is not only to acknowledge the vital ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2013 @ 8:28AM
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A $30 million patent investment fund is born

I got a press release this morning from JaNSOME IP Management, a New York-based IP advisory and monetisation firm. It announces the creation of the JaNSOME Patent Opportunities Fund, “a new investment vehicle that invests in global opportunities in the patent market”. What these new opportunities usually mean in these circumstances, of course, is either litigation finance or litigation licensing programmes.  But according to the press release, this fund will have a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 January 2013 @ 4:15PM
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Patents are probably the best bargaining chips there are

Yesterday, the Boston Globe ran an interesting piece penned by Professor Robin Feldman of UC Hastings School of Law. Entitled ‘You patented it, you own it? Not so fast', the article’s core argument is that there needs to be a fundamental change in the way in which the US legal system considers patents if society is to avoid stifling innovation. But while Feldman is right that attitudes towards patents do need to change, perhaps she is looking in the wrong places for where ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2013 @ 5:45PM
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Kim Dotcom - the other point of view

If there is one thing that multi-millionaire and convicted fraudster Kim Dotcom is very good at it is publicity. If he is to be believed he is a tireless fighter for internet freedom whose enemies are incapable of developing business models that are relevant to the 21st century. From a PR perspective he has played a virtually flawless game since Megaupload was closed down and he began fighting attempts by the US government to have him deported from New Zealand to fight charges of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2013 @ 1:43PM
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