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Patent values may soon rocket in Europe; and it will be European businesses paying up

Up to now, the patent marketplace has been firmly centred on the United States. The country’s huge importance for both B2C and B2B product and service sales, combined with its high-cost, high-risk, high-reward litigation system, mean that domestic and foreign tech-based companies operating there are well advised to ensure that they own robust patent portfolios to protect themselves from attacks by competitors. At the same time, non-practising entities employing a wide variety of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 March 2014 @ 2:35PM
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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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The IP sales marketplace from 50,000 feet

The IP marketplace has developed at a rapid pace over the last two or three years. It has more participants than ever before, pursuing an ever wider variety of business models. One thing has not changed that much, though: it’s a market that remains remarkably opaque. Anyone who tells you they know all about who is doing what, with whom and for how much is telling you fibs. They don’t. The truth is that no-one has the full picture on how big the IP market is in terms of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 February 2014 @ 6:00PM
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If patent prices are falling, it could just be a case of supply and demand

The average and median price paid for a US patent fell substantially in 2013, according to research released by brokerage firm IPOfferings. The Patent Value Quotient valuation method IPOfferings uses has found that the average price paid per patent last year was $220,588, with the mean price $170,000; falls of 37% and 23% respectively. But while on the face of it these are pretty hefty declines, they may not actually tell the full story of what is happening out in the market.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 February 2014 @ 1:05PM
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Google stands vindicated and triumphant after sale of Motorola to Lenovo

Tempting though it might be to look at Google’s decision to sell its Motorola business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion as an admission that its original $12.5 billion purchase of the company in 2011 was a mistake, it would be utterly wrong to do so. Far from being a failure, the acquisition has been an outstanding success. Not only did it allow Google to get its hands on a 17,000 patent portfolio at a time of dire need, but inherited cash reserves and deferred tax assets, as well as ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2014 @ 1:09PM
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However the Apple v Samsung patent fight ends, the Korean company has already won

It would be tempting to see the news that the Apple and Samsung CEOs will meet together with a mediator in an attempt to settle the long-running patent dispute between the two companies as the beginning of the end of their global thermonuclear war. But it would be wrong to do so.  Sitting down with a peacemaker to talk about terminating hostilities is not the same as reaching an agreement. Instead, it could just be an indication that both sides believe it is expedient at ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 09 January 2014 @ 2:20PM
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How the Blackberry portfolio could help or hinder Lenovo's push into the US

With Blackberry and its woes much in the news lately, Terry Ludlow - the founder and CEO of Chipworks - took a look at the company's patent portfolio for IAM to see what lies within. On the back of that Terry has put together for us what he terms a "briefing note" for new Blackberry CEO John Chen, with some ideas on what he could do with assets that some believe could be worth as much as $5 billion. This is what Terry has to say: Blackberry (AKA Research in Motion and RIM) ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 November 2013 @ 6:53AM
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BlackBerry owns a stake in Rockstar; BlackBerry is for sale; what might Google be thinking?

Reports over the weekend suggest that Qualcomm might be about to get involved in a consortium that could make a bid for BlackBerry. The news comes as other reports claim that Fairfax, which has so far made the only confirmed bid for the ailing Canadian company, might be struggling to raise the $4.7 billion it would need to close the deal. Qualcomm looks a very good fit for BlackBerry - it already supplies chips to the company and also has a wealth of IP knowledge and licensing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 03 November 2013 @ 4:49PM
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Alcatel-Lucent may have a problem if it wants to sell off its patents

There was some good news for Alcatel-Lucent this week when its share price leapt by 19%; this was its steepest increase since October 2008. The move came after the struggling telecoms company reported smaller-than-expected losses for the second consecutive quarter. A restructuring plan announced by CEO Michel Combes last month –involving extensive planned asset sales, among other things – would appear to have boosted investors’ confidence in the business. The ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 01 November 2013 @ 5:20PM
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