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Revealed - the full list of Intellectual Ventures investors

For the first time, the full list of companies, institutions and individuals who are investors in various (though maybe not all) funds run by Intellectual Ventures can be revealed. This follows IV's compliance with an order issued by a court in the Federal District of Northern California compelling the firm to list the names as part of the discovery process in a declaratory judgment (DJ) case bought against IV by a company called Xilinx. The Californian semi-conductor business had previously been added to the list of defendants in cases launched by IV against what it claims are infringers of its patent rights – the first time the firm has ever commenced litigation proceedings.

At the time IV’s offensive was announced, Dan McCurdy of Allied Security Trust and PatentFreedom, told this blog that it may lead to unwelcome revelations from IV’s perspective. Perhaps this is one of them. However, it may not be. Although IV resisted Xilin’s attempts to force it to disclose the names, now that the judge has ruled they must be revealed, all the hype and rumour about who is and is not involved will be done; because we know. And we can move on - although some of the names will raise a lot of eyebrows, while some that people may have expected to see are not in fact there. For IV none of it really matters. For the investors themselves it may be a different story, of course.

There will be a lot more analysis of this over the coming days, I am sure. In the meantime, here’s that list in full:

• Adobe Systems Incorporated: Financial interest in Defendant Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• Allen SBH Investments LLC: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendant Invention Investment Fund I, L.P.

• Apple Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Board of Regents of The University of Texas System: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Brown University: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Bush Foundation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Certain funds of Charles River Ventures: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund 1, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Cisco Systems, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Commonfund Capital Venture Partners VII, L.P.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Cornell University: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P. Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Detelle Relay KG, LLC: Non-financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• Detkin, Peter: Financial and/or non-financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, Intellectual Ventures II LLC, and Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC

• Dobkin, Eric: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Dore Capital, L.P., and affiliate of The Vanderbilt University: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• eBay Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• Fields, Richard: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Flag Capital: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• The Flora Family Foundation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Google Inc.: Financial interest in Defendant Invention Investment Fund I, L.P.

• Gorder, Gregory: Financial and/or non-financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, Intellectual Ventures II LLC, and Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC

• Gould, Paul: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Grinnell College: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Holiber, Adam: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund 1, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Intel Corporation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• Intellectual Venture Funding LLC: Non-financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as trustee: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., as trustee for White Plaza Group Trust: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Jung, Edward: Financial and/or non-financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, Intellectual Ventures II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC and Intellectual Ventures, LLC

• Latrosse Technologies, LLC: Non-financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• Legacy Ventures: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation Master Retirement Trust: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Certain funds of McKinsey and Company, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Microsoft Corporation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund, I L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Myhrvold, Nathan: Financial and non-financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L. P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, Intellectual Ventures II LLC, Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures,, LLC

• Next Generation Partners V, L.P.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Nokia Corporation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Noregin Assets N.V., L.L.C.: Financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• Northwestern University: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Nvidia International Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Nvidia Corporation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• OC Applications Research LLC: Financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• Peretsman, Nancy: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Reading Hospital: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Roldan Block NY, LLC: Financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• SAP America, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• Sequoia Holdings, LLC: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Sony Corporation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Taichi Holdings, LLC: Non-financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• The Rockefeller Foundation: Financial interest in Defendant Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Intellectual Ventures I LLC

• Skillman Foundation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Sohn Partners: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Certain funds of TIFF Private Equity Partners: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• TR Technologies Foundation LLC: Non-financial interest in the outcome of the litigation

• Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• University of Southern California: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• University of Minnesota: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc., an affiliate of Verizon Communications Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC

• Xilinx, Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC

• Yahoo! Inc.: Financial interest in Defendants Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., and Invention Investment Fund II, LLC


Joff Wild
IAM Magazine
18 May 2011

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RE: Revealed - the full list of Intellectual Ventures investors

To my surprise, the list contains a lot of financial institutions or interests and relatively few producing entities.

Malte K├Âllner, Dennemeyer & Associates SA on 18 May 2011 @ 17:54

RE: Revealed - the full list of Intellectual Ventures investors

There are a couple of IV funds apparently not involved in this litigation, so IV has other investors, but this is the most complete list shown to date.

It's interesting that the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is a branch of the World Bank, is an investor in IV. So, the bank that funded reconstruction of Europe after the war is now funding the world's largest NPE. That sounds like an interesting story, although one could imagine that the investment is trivial in comparison to the IBRD's complete holdings.

Thomas Ewing, Avancept LLC on 18 May 2011 @ 18:00

RE: Revealed - the full list of Intellectual Ventures investors

I am ASSUMING that no competently managed operating company would invest in an IP enforcement fund without taking steps to secure any necessary operating rights under the IP to be enforced. I am also assuming that Xilinx knew that once IV disclosed the interested parties, that its own name would be on the list.

The fact that Xilinx is now on the receiving end of IV enforcement efforts strikes me as a colossal failure to diligently investigate what appears to be an open and obvious legal pitfall. The next board meeting should be very interesting ...

Patrick Anderson, Patrick R Anderson PLLC on 19 May 2011 @ 17:44

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