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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

Patent Owners ‘Fleeing’ RPX Acquisition Model

As I’ve predicted before, patent owners are reportedly “fleeing” RPX in favor of ICAP’s new Covenant Not to Sue (“CNS”) program. RPX may not be dead quite yet, but ICAP has their shovels out, ready to lend a hand digging RPX’s grave. Not even with a free 100-roll pack of toilet paper thrown in does the RPX “wholesale club” pricing model present value to most patent owners, and their main claim to value-add–aggregation–is absolutely prohibited under ICAP’s bidding rules. Continue reading

RPX Issues Second Quarter Results And Comments On The ‘Patent Bubble’

Patent aggregator RPX’s second quarter results showed $38.8 MM in revenue and total equity increasing to $250 MM. According to its earnings forecast, RPX expects to see about $150 MM in total revenue this year. RPX also commented on the Nortel auction and the effects of any reported “patent bubble.” Continue reading

China Technology Exchange Offers Monetization Opportunity For US And European Patent Owners

Last week’s IPBC featured a break-out session called “Lift-off in China” to talk about the country’s recent focus on innovation and IP as a growth strategy for future prosperity.  The panel featured, among others, Zeng Yun, Deputy Director of IP transactions at the China Technology Exchange. CTEX is a subsidiary of the China Beijing Equity … Continue reading

Three Copyright Assets Available For Purchase From Gametime IP

After careful consideration, I have decided to part with the rights to three different Gametime IP articles.  While I am offering these as three separate lots, interested parties may inquire about purchasing all three together.  The lots are as follows: Lot 1: Righthaven Business Model Exposed – End Of An Era, Or Spawning Of A … Continue reading

Round Rock’s John Desmarais Admits Every Great Idea He Had Was Actually Someone Else’s

Joff Wild has already thoroughly covered this story (See: It was Micron’s idea to create an NPE to monetise its patents, Round Rock founder reveals), but I just wanted to confirm (as if there was any doubt) that I too was in the room, and I heard exactly what Wild heard.  Specifically, it was toward the … Continue reading

Ocean Tomo ‘Freedom To Operate’ Auction Helps Patent Owners Build Value

The business of patent licensing is startlingly counter-intuitive, and likely frustrating for new entrants to the market.  In essence, patent owners are in the business of licensing rights to use technology to operators that either want to, or are already practicing that technology in ways consistent with the rights defined in the patent. But patent … Continue reading

HTC Quietly Dismissed From Round Rock Patent Litigation

Joff over at the IAM Blog pointed out that HTC and Round Rock entered into a stipulated dismissal of the latter’s patent infringement lawsuit more than two weeks ago. Earlier this month documents were issued by a Delaware court dismissing a case Round Rock had brought against Taiwanese company HTC. Round Rock had originally initiated … Continue reading

The New Patent Licensing Regime

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: throw the old rulebook out the window.  The rules for patent licensing changed suddenly and quickly last week when patent owners, for the first time ever, successfully exchanged freedom to operate under a patent portfolio without the ridiculous litigation dog and pony show… as Erik Sherman … Continue reading

Patent Litigation Experiences K-T* Event?

Did anyone feel the ground shake on the Lower East Side today? At Capitale in New York City, a major shift in the patent transactional marketplace may have signaled the beginning of the end of patent litigation as we currently know it. As reported in an earlier Gametime IP post, results of today’s ICAP Ocean … Continue reading