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Do NPE’s “Cost” Us $29 B? Intellectual Ventures Co-Founder Peter Detkin Sets The Record Straight

The BBC ran another article in a tired meme about evil patent owners supposedly “costing” billions per year.  Of course, the article doesn’t specify who supposedly bore this $29 B “cost” or how it was calculated, but instead cites a Boston University paper by Professors James Bessen and Michael Meurer.   According to the BBC article, … Continue reading

Patent Plays In Focus At Seeking Alpha: InterDigital, Nokia, Augme And Others

Some readers may already have noticed a recent series of articles posted to the investor-focused website Seeking Alpha focusing on companies that either currently, formerly, or prospectively will, derive most of their revenue from patent monetization.  (In fact, the first series of articles includes at least one of each.) These so-called “patent plays” form an … Continue reading

LML Payment Systems Wraps Up Patent Monetization Effort

LML Payment Systems (NASDAQ:LMLP) hired McKool Smith to enforce its payment processing patents against the giants of the financial industry.  That effort wrapped up earlier this year, and with the patents expiring in January 2013, the company announced it had no plans to initiate any further monetization efforts. As I reported on Seeking Alpha: Since … Continue reading

An Interesting Patent “Pure Play” — Internet Patents Corp

My article about Internet Patents Corp (Nasdaq: PTNT), an operating company that converted in 2011 to a patent “pure play,” just published on Seeking Alpha.  See Internet Patents Corp.: A Patent Pure Play Poised To Make A Big Splash. One of the more interesting aspects of PTNT is that its portfolio includes an important characteristic … Continue reading

IPXI’s Market-based Platform For Exchanging Patent Rights On The Horizon

After several years in the making, IPXI seems poised to officially launch later this year with its first round of IP offerings.  During an interview with Gametime IP, IPXI Director Ian McClure exuded optimism and enthusiasm about the progress of the world’s first ever IP-rights exchange.  McClure noted that the firm is “gaining a lot … Continue reading

Coller Capital Pulls Plug On IP Fund, Reneges On Billion Dollar Patent Deal According To A Lawsuit

According to a lawsuit filed in a New York County Supreme Court, Coller Capital‘s IP fund, in the process of winding down, stands accused of backing out on a deal to sell three patent portfolios worth, according to the Plaintiff’s account of Coller’s representations, “well in excess of $1 Billion.”  Collectively, three British Virgin Islands … Continue reading

Augme Patent Case To Be Set For Trial – Board Member Don Stout Credits Patent Licensing As Key To Advancing Young Operating Companies

Augme Technologies‘ 2007 lawsuit against AOL may finally go to trial after a nearly five-year delay.  Last week, Judge Colleen McMahon of New York’s Southern District ordered Augme Technologies and AOL, opposing parties in a 2007 patent infringement lawsuit, to advise the court of anything the parties need prior issuing a Joint Pre-Trial Order–a key … Continue reading