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Patrick has written 336 posts for Gametime IP

CAFC Fails to Enhance District Court Review

In the 1990’s, Peter Andrulis and Murray Drulak discovered that thalidomide,* combined with an alkylating agent such as melphalan, could be effective in treating certain types of cancer.  US Patent 6,140,346 subsequently issued, including the following claim which the eponymous Andrulis Pharmaceuticals asserted against thalidomide manufacturer Celgene. Earlier this week, the CAFC brought an end to that … Continue reading

Raymond P Niro, 1942-2016

I know I am very, very late in mentioning the passing of one of the truly remarkable legends in the patent field, but I did also want to join my colleagues in remembering and commemorating the life of Ray Niro. I only met him a few times, but his magnetic personality left an indelible impression … Continue reading

Google Lawsuit Reveals Patent Monetization Strategies Of BT And Goldman Sachs

Suffolk Technologies, a Delaware LLC, accused AOL and Google of infringing patents–including US Patent 6,081,835–through the use of Google AdWords and AdSense.  A lawsuit filed in June 2012 explained that the patents originated at British Telecom (BT), and a series of simultaneously recorded assignments shows the patents subsequently assigned to IPValue and then Suffolk.  According to an … Continue reading

Rensselaer Exclusive Licensee Enforces Natural Language Processing Patent Against Apple’s Siri

On October 19th, a Texas-based company sued Apple over US Patent 7,177,798.  Assignment records indicate the ‘798 Patent is owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and court documents state that Dynamic Advances, LLC is the “exclusively licensee” for the ‘798 and “facilitates Rensselaer’s goal of commercializing its patented inventions to the benefit of the general public and to further … Continue reading

When CFO’s Are On Board, You Know The IP Asset Class Has A Real Future

  Becton Dickinson made a surprising announcement today.  From the press release: David V. Elkins, 44, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has informed the Company of his plans to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity at Round Rock Research, LLC, a technology licensing company, serving as its CFO. Yes, that Round Rock Research.  The one formed … Continue reading

Is Charles River Licensing British Telecom Patents To Fund German Investment Accounts?

Little more than one year ago, GametimeIP reported that a German investment fund acquired a substantial portfolio from British Telecom: According to a press release issued yesterday, the German patent fund Patentportfolio 2 S.a.r.l. acquired 400 patent assets from publicly held BT Group PLC. The group is funded by the German investment fund Alpha Patentfronds 2, and strategic … Continue reading

Cisco Pays $36 M To License Acacia Patents Acquired From Philips, J2 And Two Start-ups

Last month, Acacia reported in its second quarter earnings that 72% of its revenue for, or $36 M, came from a single licensee.  (See A Tale Of 2 Quarters – Acacia Research Illustrates Patent Play Volatility).  During a telephone conversation with Paul Ryan, he explained that revenue concentrations can occur when companies license multiple Acacia … Continue reading

Google Helps Patent Enforcement Companies With New ‘Infringement Finder’

In a rare move, given their previous disdain for intellectual property owners, Google released new enhancements to the free Google Patents search engine to help patent owners–along with lawyers, analysts and advisors–identify and investigate potential patent infringement.  To avoid potential backlash from a community of activists that have rallied around the search advertising giant, Google … Continue reading

IP Executives On The Move

  Joff Wild at IAM reported that Peter Holden, formerly of Coller Capital, partnered with IP Value to create a new IP investment fund.  Wild’s reports confirms rumors that surfaced during litigation between Coller and a scorned, would-be patent buyer.  Meanwhile, Eran Zur’s departure from RPX was delayed from August 1st to August 10th according … Continue reading

Congress Mulls Changes To Patent Enforcement

Two bills currently pending in Congress, if passed, would ultimately impact patent enforcement far more than the lengthy America Invents Act signed into law last year.  First up is H.R. 3889 Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act, introduced by California Republican (and inventor) Darrell Issa and aimed at curbing enforcement of design patents that … Continue reading

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