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Page 1 of 3 Archive - October 2011

MOSAID is bought by leading US private equity firm

In another sign of growing mainstream investor interest in the IP market, MOSAID has been acquired by US private equity firm Sterling Partners. The deal was announced yesterday and will see the Americans pay C$590 million (US$593 million) for the Canadian NPE. Back in August Wi-Lan had tabled a hostile offer for MOSAID which valued it at C$480 million. This was recently increased to C$532 million, but it was not enough. Both MOSAID and Wi-Lan shares were up at the close of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 October 2011 @ 11:04AM
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Steve Jobs and an "irrational sense of betrayal and injustice"

The piece this blog recently ran on an article written by Tony Bradley for PC World on Steve Jobs's "thermonuclear" reaction to Android attracted a comment by Mark Summerfield, a senior associate at Australian IP firm Watermark and also the author of the excellent Patentology blog. I don't normally re-run comments at the bottom of our blogs, but have decided to make an exception in this case. Bradley you will recall focuses on the notion that if Google and Samsung had indeed ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 October 2011 @ 9:53AM
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European companies lag in both R&D and innovation say two new reports

The annual EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard has been published by the European Commission and it shows that during 2010 R&D spending was on the rise again, following a fall-back in 2009. Although European companies spent 6.1% more than they had in 2009, they lagged their American and Asian competitors. “US companies did even better than the EU in 2010, with R&D investment increasing by 10% (after a 5.1% decrease in 2009). Companies from some Asian countries ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 October 2011 @ 3:24PM
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Kodak board faces legal action threat if patent sale does not generate a "fair market value"

Bloomberg is reporting that Kodak’s lenders have written to the company’s board reminding its members of their “fiduciary duty to sell its patent portfolio for fair market value”. Failure to do so, the report states, could see the lenders take legal action. “The lender group, led by Avenue Capital Group and Brigade Capital Management LLC, holds some of the $750 million in second-lien debt backed by assets including the patent portfolio,” Bloomberg ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 October 2011 @ 11:19AM
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New litigation dangers emerge in China

A recent court ruling in China is compounding fears about how local firms are now using different types of patent rights to gain competitive advantages over foreign companies. Earlier this month, laptop manufacturer Aigo secured victory in litigation with Toshiba when the Xi'an People's Court ruled that the latter had violated IP rights covering USB Plus technology owned by the Chinese company. According to Lewis Ho, a partner at Simmons and Simmons in Shanghai, ...

Posted by Jane Denny, IAM Magazine on 25 October 2011 @ 1:08PM
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Apple v Android - maybe it's Google and Samsung that face the reputation risk

This blog has been pretty consistent in saying that Apple's best course in the ongoing smartphone wars is to take a deep breath and to do a deal with Android manufacturers. Even if the company holds all the patent aces, I have said, the potential damage that could be done to the Apple brand by strict enforcement of rights, resulting in the exclusion of Android products from markets around the world, might be catastrophic - and much more expensive than taking big licensing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 October 2011 @ 12:25PM
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Two unacknowledged heroes of the Nortel auction and the potential patent tipping point

All decisions of the US Supreme Court are significant and over recent years there have been quite a few of them relating to patents. Many have had a profound impact not only on the practise of patent law, but also on potential values. In general, the trend has been to make life harder for plaintiff rights holders, who have lost several of the major planks of ownership that they enjoyed a decade ago. Everyone will have their own view of the court’s most important judgment, but ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 October 2011 @ 8:54PM
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Note to Apple: emotion and patent litigation do not mix

The BBC is reporting today that Steve Jobs was so infuriated by Google’s launch of its Android platform that he vowed to destroy it. An authorised biography of the former Apple CEO, who died earlier this month, reveals that Jobs described Android as “grand theft”. As a result, he stated: “I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” And, he continued: “I will spend my last dying breath if ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 October 2011 @ 12:58PM
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The great covenant not to sue auction mystery deepens as senior ICAP man departs

At the end of September an auction of covenants not to sue was held by ICAP in Los Angeles. On offer were a number of CNS’s put up by non-practising entities including MOSAID, Purple Leaf, Realtime Data and Walker Digital. The auction was organised on the back of the successful $35 million sale of one CNS offered by Round Rock at a previous ICAP OceanTomo open IP auction, as well as unsuccessful but relatively high bids for several others that the NPE had entered as lots. The ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 October 2011 @ 10:52AM
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The IP Hall of Fame - the search for 2012's inductees begins

The process to find the inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2012 is now underway. Earlier this year, five outstanding individuals joined the most exclusive club in IP; one that counts among its members international statesmen, epoch-changing inventors, great authors, visionary chief IP officers and judges who have handed down some of the most important decisions in IP history. We are now looking to add five more names. And we want you to help us. The IP Hall of Fame enables the ...

Posted by Jane Denny, IAM Magazine on 20 October 2011 @ 2:00PM
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