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For NPEs that know what they are doing the current patent environment is far from hostile

Acacia’s share price is heading north so far today after the NPE revealed its second quarter results yesterday and talked through them during a conference call with analysts. They showed the firm enjoying one of its best ever quarterly performances; one that, said CEO Matt Vella “bears testament to the high return on investment potential, time- and risk-adjusted, of Marquee portfolios”, before adding that there is more to come. You can read the full transcript of the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 5:28PM
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Why Taiwan’s companies may be sitting on an untapped goldmine

Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) launched an online database of telecommunications patents this week, with the hope that it will give companies based in the island a strategic edge in the marketplace, reports Want China Times. Named the Innovation Knowledge Platform, the database features translated and interpreted versions of 3,200 US patents and over 1,000 patent infringement case studies, with another 3,000 translated patents expected to be added ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2014 @ 12:55PM
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If only there had been NPEs when Bob Kearns was fighting the auto giants

To coincide with a redesigned website and an upcoming shift to a metered paywall, The New Yorker has opened up large parts its archive for the summer, including everything it has published since 2007. A few sites including Gizmodo.com and Slate.com have been quick to direct readers to some of the finest examples of long-form journalism from the last seven years that are now at their fingertips. This opening up of the New Yorker’s archive prompted me to remember an article ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 24 July 2014 @ 7:35PM
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The new UPC regime is not yet in place, but all patent-related deals in the EU must factor it in

Because they remain unclear the transitional provisions relating to the forthcoming EU unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) are fraught with potential dangers. However, the practical exercise of the opt-out that the provisions envisage is in theory extremely simple: if you do not want your existing patents to be litigated under the UPC, you can register that fact and they will continue to be subject to the jurisdiction of national courts. In the real world, of course, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 July 2014 @ 12:05PM
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At last, trading on the IPXI platform can begin

Six years after it officially launched, IPXI yesterday announced the closure last Friday of its first two offerings involving two tranches of patent assets from JP Morgan. Last October the patent exchange revealed that it was offering potential investors and licensees the opportunity to buy unit license rights (ULRs) covering the patents. The buyers of ULRs, which are akin to shares in a traditional initial public offering, can either use them like a traditional patent licence or ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 22 July 2014 @ 3:56PM
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China needs more patent agents, but as always quality is the big challenge

The number of individuals sitting China’s patent agent examination has increased by 26.4% in the last year, according to recently released statistics from the country’s State IP Office (SIPO). In 2014, 29,364 hopefuls will take the exam, the highest number since the qualification system was established. The SIPO statistics further state that 16,817 – 57.3% of the total – are first time applicants, as opposed to those taking re-sits. That amounts to a 28% rise ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2014 @ 11:21AM
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ICAP indicates financial services may be a coming area for IP market makers

ICAP Patent Brokerage has announced it is holding a patent auction in October focused on the financial services sector. It will be the first that ICAP has held specifically involving assets in this field. The sale will take place as a live online auction on October 23, but sealed bids will be accepted in the days leading up to the sale. It is expected the auction will include around 25 portfolios and more than 100 separate patents. It will be the first in a series focused on financial ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 21 July 2014 @ 5:56PM
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If US patent reformers are successful they will create a regime that only benefits the big boys

Over on the IP Watchdog blog Gene Quinn has published a fascinating interview with Ray Niro, one of the US’s leading patent litigators and the senior partner of a firm that has won a particularly strong reputation for winning big awards for its clients – many of which are non-practising entities. Because of the types of client that Niro represents a lot of people do not like him or his firm. Do an internet search for either and the term “troll” pops up with ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2014 @ 11:23AM
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Survey predicts big jump in IP litigation settlements

It seems that this is the survey season for the IP world. After Lex Machina’s debut damages report in June (as well as its first annual patent litigation report released in May) and PwC’s patent litigation survey published earlier this month, BTI Consulting has issued its own analysis of the IP market. There are a couple of points in the BTI study that are worth highlighting. The general counsel at over 175 Fortune 1000 companies and IP decision makers at top spending ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 July 2014 @ 5:35PM
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Europe’s UPC transitional provisions mess means complete uncertainty for one and all

We learned last week from Bristows partner Alan Johnson that the transitional provisions relating to Europe’s forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime are something of a mess. This week, we find out that things could be even worse than previously explained. Basically, at this stage no patent owner in Europe – actual or prospective – can plan with any certainty, because as yet there are just too many issues up in the air. Simply put, as of now no-one can say ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 July 2014 @ 2:26PM
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