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Reform This! Acacia CEO Credits Patent Reform As A “Major Trend” While Announcing Its Biggest Quarter Ever

Driven largely by January’s blockbuster purchase of ADAPTIX, and the immediate recognition of an estimated $70 MM in licensing revenue from Microsoft and Samsung, Acacia announced Q1 2012 as its best quarter in history, with a total of $99 MM in revenue, a whopping 62% increase over the same period last year. In total, Acacia … 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

Mark Cuban Backs Patent Owner Innovate/Protect In Lawsuit With Google

Every technology company I have is getting hit by patent lawsuits that are the biggest bunch of bullshit ever. … I’m talking about companies that have been doing business the same way for years that are getting hit by patent trolls . These aren’t operating companies that are trying to protect their business. These are … Continue reading

Q: Why Was MDB Capital Right, And M-CAM So Very, Very Wrong On AOL Patent Value?

A: Because computers are not capable of truly understanding patents. Period. Joff Wild over at the IAM Blog explained M-CAM’s $290 M prediction as the “absolute ceiling price” of the AOL patent sale quite succinctly (and politely) by noting that the computer analytics firm “seems to have got it horribly wrong.”  Meanwhile, MDB Capital’s Christopher Marlett prediction … 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

Actually, “Promoting Innovation” And “Profiting Off The Backs Of Creators” Are Not The Same Thing

Patents are big news these days, and sometimes the day is not complete without a column from a tech magazine, or an op-ed by some corporate mouthpiece about how our patent system is malfunctioning and not performing its goal of “promoting innovation.”  As evidence of this supposed lack of innovation promotion, these inane articles nearly … 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

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