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Do NPE’s “Cost” Us $29 B? Intellectual Ventures Co-Founder Peter Detkin Sets The Record Straight

The BBC ran another article in a tired meme about evil patent owners supposedly “costing” billions per year.  Of course, the article doesn’t specify who supposedly bore this $29 B “cost” or how it was calculated, but instead cites a Boston University paper by Professors James Bessen and Michael Meurer.   According to the BBC article, … Continue reading

AkzoNobel And Intellectual Ventures Collaborate On R&D

From a press release circulated by Intellectual Ventures yesterday: Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) and Intellectual Ventures (IV®) announced today that they have entered into a joint collaboration agreement to develop new technologies for the paint and coatings industry. The collaboration provides AkzoNobel with access to technologies from IV’s portfolio of chemistry and materials science inventions. … Continue reading

The Intellectual Ventures / Nvidia Patent Partnership

Already widely reported this week, IPWireless sold 500+ patents and pending applications to a combination of Intellectual Ventures and Nvidia.  Intellectual Ventures knew about the IPWireless portfolio long before Nvidia approached it for help negotiating the acquisition.  Executive Vice President Loria Yeadon told me during a phone call, “We’ve known about the IPWireless portfolio for … Continue reading

Epilogue: Intellectual Ventures’ New Deal With Cypress Semiconductor

Earlier this week, reports of Intellectual Ventures recent license agreement with Cypress Semiconductor surfaced.  Cypress requested confidential treatment in an SEC filing disclosing that the semiconductor maker “agreed to pay a license fee and to purchase certain litigation defense services from IV in the future.”  The filing mentions a related agreement in which “IV is … Continue reading

Micron Retains Interest In Round Rock Patent Monetization Proceeds

Micron, in disposing of patents to John Desmarais’ Round Rock Research, LLC, developed a plan that was simple in concept, although potentially complex in execution thanks to a desire to conceal the participation of its business partners.  Nevertheless, Round Rock opponents exposed some of the mechanics behind Micron’s plan in public court filings (embedded below … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Time At Patent Monetization Firms

Spring brought us news of several patent monetization firms cleaning house, sometimes entirely, which is the case of Altitude Capital and the deal it struck between wholly owned Digitude and RPX.  Rumors that Rembrandt IP will soon be shutting its doors continue to swirl, while its former Managing Director Phil Hartstein heads for IP Navigation to … Continue reading

Intellectual Ventures Story Picked Up By PatentlyO

Earlier today, PatentlyO re-ran last week’s article Intellectual Ventures Flexes Some Patent Muscle, so please take a visit (link) if you were curious what the story would look like in a maroon color scheme …

Intellectual Ventures Flexes Some Patent Muscle

Intellectual Ventures made a name for itself by (originally) negotiating patent licenses outside of litigation.  However, when those prospects started to run dry, IV launched a warning shot–which later appeared a bit underwhelming for a mass aggregator holding tens of thousands of patents.  This opening blow was followed by a series of targeted rifle shots, … Continue reading

Inventing A Way To Win The West – An American Patent Tale

Kenneth Lustig of Intellectual Ventures recently penned a fantastic essay about the American patent system and its unique place in history.  (See No, The Patent System Is Not Broken).  Today, American-style patent systems are commonplace in the industrialized world, but, explains Lustig “in 1790, [the US] was unique in the world for containing ‘an explicit … Continue reading

Myopic Patent Cynicism

In September 2011, flawed research from a handful of Boston University professors made headlines with several highly popular news organizations claiming that patent owners were somehow responsible for a net loss of billions of dollars in wealth from corporate America.  Joff Wild at IAM Magazine accurately predicted that the research would be well received and … Continue reading

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