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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

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

Return Of The Bubble: Patent Sellers Put Acacia Back On Their Christmas Card List

When patent aggregator RPX debuted with more than a billion dollar valuation, they warned us a bubble was coming. When Rockstar Bidco paid $4.5 B to acquire an aging Nortel portfolio, and Google paid $12 B just to (allegedly) gut a company’s patents, they told us there was no bubble. Then, on January 13, 2012, … Continue reading

Patent Analysts: The ‘Assistant Buyers’ For Your IP Licensing Store

When I read (and write) job listings for “Patent Analysts,” I become acutely aware that the phrase apparently means different things to different people.  One company that interviewed me a few years go said I was “overqualified” for its patent analysis position due to my law degree and patent litigation experience.  Another company said I … Continue reading

Renewed Interest In Patent Investment Affects RPX Valuation

Joff Wild over at the IAM Blog recently reported an upgrade in RPX’s rating from Barclays Capital from 2-EW to 1-OW, citing “secular sustainable growth” of the IP sector.  Barclays’ briefing paper cites the growth of patent litigation as one of the “key data” supporting its analysis.  While Joff accurately notes that I previously “questioned … Continue reading

Google-IBM Patent Deal: Business As Usual?

Google’s been on an IP shopping spree lately, snatching up large swaths of patents at a time.  One of the more notable transactions is an apparent deal with IBM that was at least partially inked back in March, and continues to make headlines almost a year later.  (FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller indicated that the … Continue reading

Multi-party Patent Enforcement Post-AIA

Patent reform’s most significant change may have been embedded in one of the least talked-about provisions.  When President Obama signed AIA into law this past September, a provision immediately took effect banning the practice joining more than one company in the same lawsuit unless all were responsible for producing or selling “the same accused product … Continue reading