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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

The Intellectual Ventures / Nvidia Patent Partnership

Already widely reported this week, IPWireless sold 500+ patents and pending applications to a combination of Intellectual Ventures and Nvidia.  Intellectual Ventures knew about the IPWireless portfolio long before Nvidia approached it for help negotiating the acquisition.  Executive Vice President Loria Yeadon told me during a phone call, “We’ve known about the IPWireless portfolio for … Continue reading

Epilogue: Intellectual Ventures’ New Deal With Cypress Semiconductor

Earlier this week, reports of Intellectual Ventures recent license agreement with Cypress Semiconductor surfaced.  Cypress requested confidential treatment in an SEC filing disclosing that the semiconductor maker “agreed to pay a license fee and to purchase certain litigation defense services from IV in the future.”  The filing mentions a related agreement in which “IV is … 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

Spring Cleaning Time At Patent Monetization Firms

Spring brought us news of several patent monetization firms cleaning house, sometimes entirely, which is the case of Altitude Capital and the deal it struck between wholly owned Digitude and RPX.  Rumors that Rembrandt IP will soon be shutting its doors continue to swirl, while its former Managing Director Phil Hartstein heads for IP Navigation to … Continue reading

Patent Pricing ‘A La Carte’ Drives AOL Valuation

Over at the IAM Blog, as well as Gametime IP, MDB Captial received some undeserved credit for correctly calling AOL’s patent portfolio value at $1 B, while another firm–kept busy by actually driving the deal–went unnoticed.  Unfortunately, limelight-seekers–with no dog in the hunt–commonly take to the airwaves, while the real analysts actually driving the deal … Continue reading

Q: Why Was MDB Capital Right, And M-CAM So Very, Very Wrong On AOL Patent Value?

A: Because computers are not capable of truly understanding patents. Period. Joff Wild over at the IAM Blog explained M-CAM’s $290 M prediction as the “absolute ceiling price” of the AOL patent sale quite succinctly (and politely) by noting that the computer analytics firm “seems to have got it horribly wrong.”  Meanwhile, MDB Capital’s Christopher Marlett prediction … Continue reading

Is A Lawfirm Using ICAP’s Patent Auction To Recover On Unpaid Prosecution Work?

ICAP lists The Stapleton Group as seller of three of the 52 lots currently listed for public auction. Lot numbers AUC050, 051 and 052 all feature patents sharing a common inventor, Lawrence Kates and many were prosecuted by the firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP.  A quick check of USPTO Assignment records reveals that … 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

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