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IPXI’s Market-based Platform For Exchanging Patent Rights On The Horizon

After several years in the making, IPXI seems poised to officially launch later this year with its first round of IP offerings.  During an interview with Gametime IP, IPXI Director Ian McClure exuded optimism and enthusiasm about the progress of the world’s first ever IP-rights exchange.  McClure noted that the firm is “gaining a lot … 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

Should Yahoo! Settle Its Patent Dispute With Facebook Now?

Following the ouster of (now former) CEO Scott Thompson, pundits predictably called upon interim CEO Ross Levinsohn to put an end to the Facebook lawsuit.  Unfortunately, the facts likely dictate otherwise.  First, Yahoo completely miscalculated Facebook’s willingness and ability to fight.  (Seriously, Yahoo? You’ve been sued for patent infringement, what, about 100 times? And you … 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

A Facebook v Yahoo ‘I Told You So’

Last month, GametimeIP mentioned that: “Facebook, however, is not a typical defendant.  Fully aware that their “organic” patent portfolio poses no real threat to Yahoo!, Facebook has the means and the know-how to go forth and find something that is.” Their counterclaim against Yahoo! asserts 10 patents, 8 of which were acquired from other companies … Continue reading

How Startups Should Plan For Patent Enforcement Costs

A few days ago, as covered on GametimeIP, a UK inventor Michael Wilcox burned his patent in protest over the failure of the patent system to provide realistic protection from appropriation of his invention by others.  While the inventor’s lament is a common one, the falsehood of the so-called “exclusive right” is so well known … Continue reading

Return of The Privateer: Did Microsoft & Samsung Finance Acacia’s Recent Patent Splurge?

Acacia recently pulled of a mammoth purchase–$160 MM for 4G technology company ADAPTIX and it’s portfolio of 30+ confirmed US assets (in the form of issued patents) and numerous other potential assets (in the form of pending applications).  By the numbers, this is a several-million dollar per patent purchase, rivaling the recent Nortel auction in … Continue reading

Survival Of The ‘Micro-Entity’ IP Licensing Model

The economic value of an IP licensing business model derives fundamentally from the incremental and relative value a particular piece of proprietary technology contributes to a product or market.  In some cases, the technology represents a product in itself, but more often the technology represents a portion or improvement to an existing product.  I refer to … Continue reading

Could Magellan Patents Navigate Delaware Court Toward Restoring Sanity In Patent Enforcement?

Recent changes to US Patent laws (ala H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act) demonstrated an apparent congressional preference for more complexity in industry-wide patent licensing.  As pointed out previously on Gametime IP (See The Patent Lawyer’s ‘Jobs Bill’ May Become Law This Week), patent owners frequently grouped infringers together when resorting to litigation for efficiency, but H.R. … Continue reading

Inventor Of Patented CGI Technique Runs To Court After A Walt Disney Runaround

Joe Alter invented an improved technique for computer generated animation back in 2000, and was awarded US Patent 6,720,962 in 2004. According to Alter’s patent, his invention allows for “creation of a highly stable coordinate system involving guide columns in which Cartesian physical simulations may be carried out and rendered as well as deformed and … Continue reading

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