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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

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

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

(Patent) Party Like A Rockstar

Operating under the name Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of tech companies including significant financing from Microsoft, Apple and Research In Motion, outbid then patent-deficient Google for the LTE-essential rich patent trove auctioned away by the now bankrupt Nortel’s creditors.  While the creditors made off with $4.5 billion, Rockstar staffed up with former Nortel patent attorneys … Continue reading

Micron Retains Interest In Round Rock Patent Monetization Proceeds

Micron, in disposing of patents to John Desmarais’ Round Rock Research, LLC, developed a plan that was simple in concept, although potentially complex in execution thanks to a desire to conceal the participation of its business partners.  Nevertheless, Round Rock opponents exposed some of the mechanics behind Micron’s plan in public court filings (embedded below … 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

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

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

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