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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

Acacia Q2 2012 Earnings Report Reveals 5% Of Deals Contribute To 85% Of Revenue

A detailed analysis of Acacia’s second quarter earnings is available at A Tale Of Two Quarters – Acacia Research Illustrates Patent Play Volatility.  While the patent licensing firm posted $50 M in revenue, and nearly $150 M in the first six months of 2012, details of Acacia’s 10-Q show that once you exclude their 4 … 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

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

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

Microsoft/Samsung License Acacia Patents For Estimated $65 MM

Publicly traded Acacia Research (NASDAQ: ACTG) invests shareholder money into patent assets, playing a key role in the technology creation life-cycle: making sure the original creators of the technology get paid for their work.  Recently, Acacia invested a sizable portion of its cash ($160 MM) into a company called ADAPTIX, garnering a small but potent … 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

ICAP Continues To Struggle For Live Patent Auction Relevance

ICAP concluded its most recent live patent auction last week with underwhelming results.  The auction featured more than 190 total lots, but the vast majority were offered only through ‘sealed’ bids.  According to sources, the live auction concluded with just three completed sales out of 29 lots, with total sales volume well short of $2 … Continue reading

RPX Secondary Offering Seeks Another $60M

RPX Corporation (RPXC) announced pricing of a 3,000,000 share follow-on offering at $20.49 per share.   RPX offers about 1.4 M shares itself with the rest coming from stockholders.  The offering price represents a 15% discount from it’s opening price at $24.10. Trading spiked this morning, landing RPX on Nasdaq’s unusual volume list. Coincidentally, top officials … Continue reading