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RPX Winning Over Investors One Soul At A Time

RPX claims to be a friend to operating companies, but in reality their interests are more closely aligned with patent lawyers, capitalizing on the consequent confusion, expense and delays of the patent litigation system. Although they may provide liquidity, on balance RPX’s existence may also be detrimental to patent owners, but that’s a separate matter. For its part, the patent aggregator has been effective at convincing investors that it provides operating companies a valuable service. But are investors seeing the light, or merely being bribed convinced in a monetary fashion? A $1.6 MM payout to one VC raises questions, but more on that below. Continue reading

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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

Did A Banking Lobbyist Just Admit To Buying Its Own Section Of Patent Reform?

The Financial Services Roundtable represents the primary beneficiaries of a particular section to the currently pending America Invents Act, tucked neatly into Section 18 of the pending bill, that provides a specialized procedure to attack patents related to “data processing operations utilized in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service.”  (For … Continue reading

Can HTC Get A Second Bite At The Apple While Creating American Jobs?

By now you’ve heard that HTC has lost a critical stage in its patent fight with Apple.  In short, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has agreed with the fruit company that its Android-based smartphone devices infringe two Apple patents.  The penalty for HTC, if this determination is affirmed, would be something … Continue reading

Patent Office Deputy Director Rea Lays Out Administrative Initiatives

On Mackinac Island, MI, Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea spoke candidly about changes to the USPTO under the leadership Director David Kappos, including patent reform, administrative procedure, the backlog, and harmonization efforts, among other issues. Notably, a 15% fee hike is on the table if patent reform ends up passing. Continue reading

Intellectual Ventures Proves There Are No Mechanized Patent Owners

As reported by my colleagues at Patent Calls, Intellectual Ventures sued Hynix and Elpida (again) on July 11, along with 9 of their customers for allegedly infringing 5 (more) of its patents.  At issue are four patents previously owned by Cirrus Logic, which also was the previous owner of patents in IV’s first round of … 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.

How Do The Nortel Patent Auction Numbers Measure Up? A Look At Comparable IP Monetization Efforts

A lot of numbers are being thrown around in reaction to the Nortel auction, but the one that seems to be the most interesting is $750,000 per patent.  Arriving at this number includes entertaining the belief that $4.5 Billion was spent to acquire 6000 assets.  However, as I previously observed, look at patents currently in … Continue reading

Nortel Auction Update — Microsoft Says, ‘Hey Google! How Do You Like These Apples?’

First of all, don’t weep for the Google-lemming as it plunges into the Nortel patent canyon … the $25 M break-up fee should cushion its fall. By now you may have heard that mystery bidder Rockstar Bidco emerged victorious from the Nortel auction, acquiring the full kit & caboodle for a mere $4.5 Billion (with … Continue reading