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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

Patent Pricing ‘A La Carte’ Drives AOL Valuation

Over at the IAM Blog, as well as Gametime IP, MDB Captial received some undeserved credit for correctly calling AOL’s patent portfolio value at $1 B, while another firm–kept busy by actually driving the deal–went unnoticed.  Unfortunately, limelight-seekers–with no dog in the hunt–commonly take to the airwaves, while the real analysts actually driving the deal … Continue reading

Well, That Didn’t Take Long

So, less than 24 hours after I wrote that “sometimes the day is not complete without a column … about how our patent system is malfunctioning and not performing its goal of ‘promoting innovation,’” we have this insipid entry from the Wall Street Journal and Andy Kessler.  The piece is a fairly predictable diatribe, but … Continue reading

Digitude Patent Monetization Effort Bombs – RPX Picks Up The Carcass

RPX announced “its largest syndicated transaction to date with the participation of more than 10 RPX clients.”  According to the release, “RPX will invest approximately $46 million of its own capital in the transaction” resulting in the transfer of 500 patents and “sub-license rights” currently owned by Digitude and Digitude subsidiary Preservation Technologies, companies originally … Continue reading

Adult Swim Declared In Facebook’s Patent Infringement Pool!

I have a lot of fond memories from childhood.  Well, I have memories from my childhood. Among them were those summer-time trips to the local swimming pool.  Growing up in a small, southern town, the pool was just about the only place one could stand being outdoors most of the time.  And I have fond … Continue reading

Pathetic Patent Piece At PaidContent

Over at PaidContent.org, an article went up yesterday about The Facebook Fight attempting to explain to us mere mortals How Yahoo Could Win, Lose Or Draw.  The article is chock full of useful, and completely made up, information including “odds” on the various outcomes. Granted, the author admits the posted odds are both speculative and … Continue reading

Why I’m Not Writing An Article About The Yahoo! v Facebook Patent Case Yet

In case you haven’t heard, Yahoo! sued Facebook for infringement of ten of its patents.  Electronic court records have yet to be updated, but Yahoo! helpfully provided a copy of the complaint to the media, which is embedded below.  The complaint describes Yahoo! as an innovator and originator of technologies commonly in use by social … Continue reading

Walker Digital Patent Licensing Deals Confirmed – “Mystery” Suitor Looms

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

Developing: Walker Digital May Have Struck A Deal With Apple

It appears that Walker Digital and Apple reached a possible patent licensing deal, as Walker voluntarily dismissed Apple from two of its lawsuits.

Walker Digital ‘Pokes’ Facebook (Again) – Two More Patent 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

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