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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

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

Survival Of The ‘Micro-Entity’ IP Licensing Model

The economic value of an IP licensing business model derives fundamentally from the incremental and relative value a particular piece of proprietary technology contributes to a product or market.  In some cases, the technology represents a product in itself, but more often the technology represents a portion or improvement to an existing product.  I refer to … Continue reading

Can HTC Get A Second Bite At The Apple While Creating American Jobs?

By now you’ve heard that HTC has lost a critical stage in its patent fight with Apple.  In short, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has agreed with the fruit company that its Android-based smartphone devices infringe two Apple patents.  The penalty for HTC, if this determination is affirmed, would be something … Continue reading

Microsoft Demonstrates How Lucrative Patent Licensing Can Be

An interesting addition to my earlier post about the patent licensing business, there’s another data point that demonstrates how profitable it can be. According to a Citi analyst this morning, Microsoft receives $5 from HTC for every phone running the Android operating system, meaning Microsoft has received five times more income from Android than from … Continue reading

Questionable Strategy Employed Against Microsoft Patent Assertion

Microsoft’s recent round of patent assertions has been viewed as a proxy battle against Google, due in large part to Microsoft’s focus on the Android operating system.  (For background, see Google: Battlefield Opponent Or Sitting Duck? Android Patent Assault Continues).  The current assertion against Barnes & Noble is no exception. Further, IP weaknesses in the Android … Continue reading

Sub-Prime Patent Coverage From The Independent

Stephen Foley, evidently a prolific writer for the UK journal The Independent, evidences fundamental misunderstandings of the patent system. After oversimplifying the “mortgage crisis” in America, Foley relates the phenomenon to the US patent system: Now consider the US patent system. An explosion in the number of patents being filed with the US Patent and … Continue reading

Answering The Bell – Google’s Attempt To Leverage Nortel Patent Acquisition

Answering criticisms that its patent portfolio lacks any real substance, Google has now put $900 Million on the table to acquire the Nortel portfolio.  While Google claims that the move is purely defensive (and so far observers remain cautiously optimistic that “don’t be evil” includes not asserting patents), the move is almost certainly more about … Continue reading

Google Doesn’t Need Patents, It Has Mister Verhoeven

It’s been suggested that Google possess a somewhat lackluster patent portfolio, amassing less than 600 patents in its 12 year existence.  Even when you count patents added through corporate acquisition, the total is still well under 1000 (and on average, approximates to about 70 a year).  Compare that number with a software company like Microsoft, … Continue reading