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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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Anxiety over patent litigation continues to grow in the US

A new survey of senior in-house lawyers has revealed growing levels of concern over patent-related litigation among companies in the US. IP/patent disputes were picked by 28% of respondents when they were asked to select which types of litigation are the cause for most concern. That represented a significant increase from last year when 19% selected IP litigation as a source of anxiety. IP/patent disputes also featured highly when the in-house counsel were asked to pick the three ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 15 April 2014 @ 8:29PM
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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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Six degrees from Ocean Tomo – the broad reach of a patent pioneer

It’s not unusual in a sector that is still relatively young and adding new entrants, that one pioneering organisation can produce an alumni network that remains particularly prominent within the sector. In the patent space that organisation is arguably Ocean Tomo. From public companies to PIPCOs to investors and advisers, the alumnus of OT, which pitches itself as the ‘first intellectual capital merchant banc,’ populate just about every facet of the IP business.

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 11 April 2014 @ 6:14PM
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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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Patent legislation hits another delay in the Senate

Patent reform suffered its latest delay yesterday when Senator Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that it had been pushed back until after the spring recess. In a statement Leahy revealed that a broad bipartisan agreement on patent reform had been reached in principle. “For weeks, members of the Judiciary Committee have been engaged in extensive bipartisan negotiations on legislation to address abuses in the patent system,” Leahy said in ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine on 10 April 2014 @ 7:42PM
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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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