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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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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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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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Foreign appetite for US patents is not a sign of waning innovation

A recent story in Inc. magazine appears to bemoan the fact that more than half of all US patents are granted to entities from outside of the country. But the foreign appetite for US patent assets ought not be seen as a negative reflection on US innovation; and it should provide food for thought for US policymakers as they mull over proposals for patent reform legislation. In 2013, 51.9% of patents granted by the USPTO were issued to foreign entities. “There's probably no ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 April 2014 @ 12:58PM
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Lenovo pursues a policy of organic growth as well as acquisitions

Lenovo didn’t make it onto the recent US Patent 100, a ranking of the companies with the largest patent portfolios which is published in the latest issue of IAM. However, given its recent acquisition activity and its own internal growth that may not be the case next year. Last Friday the Chinese tech company announced that it was buying a portfolio of 3800 mobile patent families from Japanese tech giant NEC. The portfolio includes standard essential patents for 3G and LTE ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 08 April 2014 @ 8:25PM
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Wi-LAN is the latest PIPCO to build for a future beyond telecoms patents

Wi-LAN announced on Tuesday that it has obtained a portfolio of patents relating to automotive headlight technology. The acquisition follows Panasonic’s transfer of 900 semiconductor-related patents to the Canadian NPE late last year. These two deals are further examples of a publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) seeking to diversify beyond its core area of technological expertise to enhance its patent monetisation opportunities and provide a more attractive proposition for ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 03 April 2014 @ 3:06PM
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More patents in Canada’s oil industry could mean more collaboration, not less

Canadian energy companies are filing four times as many patents relating to oil and gas technology today than they were 10 years ago, Reuters reported last week. Comment in the Reuters piece mainly focuses on the development being very bad news. "This has had the effect of slowing a lot of innovation down and a lot of meaningful practical day-to-day improvements have been delayed," Merle Johnson, chief operating officer at Connacher Oil and Gas, told the news agency, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 31 March 2014 @ 1:18PM
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