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Investors prefer other forms of IP value creation over enforcement, says report

IP Wales has published an interim report today that highlights several companies traded on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) which could present rich opportunities for investing in patents. The report’s authors also present evidence suggesting that patent owners can elicit a positive response from investors by emphasising the collaborative, rather than the confrontational, aspects of their IP strategies. The study – titled ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 April 2014 @ 3:57PM
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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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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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New online platform attempts to plug crowdfunding’s IP protection gap

Last month saw the launch of KarmaKrowd, a new online crowdfunding platform that will offer IP and marketing expertise to inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The website’s inclusion of these services alongside its funding platform could significantly reduce some of the IP risks that the crowdfunding model presents both for SMEs looking for capital and for investors. Crowdfunding platforms act as online portals between those seeking ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 1:49PM
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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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Chinese company's $1.3 billion patent and trademark loan enters the IP deal pantheon

What could be one of the biggest-ever specifically IP-based transactions has recently been closed in China. According to the Conquering Innovation Fatigue blog, a trade publication called China Paper has reported that Quanlin Paper, a company based in the province of Shandong, secured a loan of RMB7.9 billion (approximately $1.3 billion) against a portfolio of trademark and patent rights. Virna Chung, IAM’s research manager in our Hong Kong office, has put together a rough ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 March 2014 @ 12:08PM
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Chinese companies have secured over $10 billion in patent-backed loans since 2008

Chinese companies secured over $4 billion (25.4 billion yuan) of credit against patent rights in 2013, according to a report published on the website of the country’s State Intellectual Property Office. The story, which is sourced to China IP News, states that this represents year on year growth of 80% and means that credit totalling 63.8 billion yuan ($10.38 billion) has been secured against patents by Chinese entities since SIPO launched a “pilot IPR pledge financing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 04 March 2014 @ 12:47PM
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Another significant Fortress deal suggests that patent-backed finance is coming to the fore - UPDATE

Continuing to build its reputation as a leading provider of IP-backed funding, Fortress Investment Group (FIG) has agreed to loan Andrea Electronics $4 million secured against the company’s patent portfolio, in addition to paying the company $3 million for a share of its IP monetisation revenues. Andrea Electronics – which sells microphone, headset and teleconferencing products – says in its most recent 8K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 21 February 2014 @ 12:58PM
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Intellectual Ventures is back on the acquisitions trail again

After a period during which it had substantially slowed down or even completely curtailed its buying activities, IAM understands that Intellectual Ventures is once again out in the IP marketplace and looking to make acquisitions. Over the last year IV has been in talks with a number of investors about the launch of “Invention Investment Fund III”, a $3 billion fund that would allow the firm to purchase patents, patent applications, licensing rights and other invention ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 February 2014 @ 3:44PM
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The NPE that thinks outside the box does it again

Spherix took another step in its evolution from being a research business to becoming a significant patent monetisation player with the news this week that it was launching Innovate21, a division that will offer select licences on the firm’s patent portfolio to start-up companies. In a highly unusual move, the publicly traded US-based NPE also revealed that in exchange for the licences it will look to take equity in the start-ups. Speaking to the IAM blog, Spherix CEO Anthony ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 13 February 2014 @ 5:48PM
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