It’s the invention, stupid! Your reward for bringing products to market are sales. The patent system ensures that you share your profits with those who invented the technologies exploited by your products. Of course technology takers would prefer to use knowledge produced by the labor of others without compensating the creators, but the patent system is in place to prevent exactly that. Continue reading
In a clever PR move, Walker Digital quietly announced last week that its re-invigorated licensing campaign has generated $25 MM in revenue over a 90 day period (in other words, since teaming up with strategic consultant IPNav). Naturally, the announcement also mentioned that “[s]ettlement agreements prevent Walker Digital from disclosing specific parties.” The press release, … Continue reading
It appears that Walker Digital and Apple reached a possible patent licensing deal, as Walker voluntarily dismissed Apple from two of its lawsuits.
Facebook might as well add an “Assert Patent” button to go alongside its “Like” and “Poke” features. This week, Walker Digital filed two new lawsuits against the social networking giant, raising the total to five since November. Walker Digital has effectively now asked Facebook to license ten different patents, related to various kinds of technology … Continue reading
So, the student of war who is unversed in the art of war of varying his plans … will fail to make the best use of his men. – Sun Tzu According to a statement issued today, Walker Digital “commenced the first sales of certain portions of its patent portfolio as part of its patent … Continue reading
Working on an article regarding this press release about Walker Digital using ICAP Ocean Tomo to negotiate FTO with its litigation defendants. If you have any thoughts to share (either privately or publicly), leave a comment or contact me directly.
Amazon.com’s “Subscribe and Save” program is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed today by research firm Walker Digital. The patent at issue is US Patent No. 5,970,470 generally related to sales methods. According to the complaint, Amazon infringes at least two of the 115 claims that cover the various sales methods covered by the … Continue reading
Google‘s interest in the “daily deal” business was demonstrated by their $6 Billion dollar offer to acquire Groupon (leading to a ridiculously overrated valuation of the latter’s patent portfolio). Of course, Groupon spurned this offer, opting for an IPO instead. Undaunted, Google entered the daily deal business on its own, through a service offering called … Continue reading
Last week, I issued the following challenge: Walker Digital was at the forefront of the most aggressive patent assertion effort ever to be attempted. (That’s not hyperbole. I challenge anyone to find an instance where a patent owner asserted more patents against more companies in a comparable period of time). via Does The New Patent … Continue reading
So, not that long ago, partially in reaction to the fascinating results of Walker Digital’s novel attempt to auction freedom to operate under its patents (as opposed to the patents themselves), I declared the dawning of a new era in patent licensing: Litigation is simply obsolete, and will most likely end up being reserved for … Continue reading