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Virginia paper mill fiasco shows dangers of setting too much store by Chinese IP financings and valuations. https://t.co/0kX4j5FK7B

May 21

We reported on a possible $800 million bid for the firm last December. https://t.co/mhzbZ25PXX https://t.co/gQyKPKIS39

May 21

Here's how we broke the news of the growing interest in RPX early last year $RPXC https://t.co/hhJThfl9di

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22 May 2018
News Chinese company which raised $1.3 billion in IP-backed financing has Virginia factory site foreclosed

It would appear that the recipient of the largest ever IP-backed loan has come full circle to cautionary tale. Tranlin Paper, based in China’s Shandong Province, borrowed well over a billion dollars from the China Development bank in 2014 on the strength of its IP portfolio. It planned to invest part of the sum in a US-based paper mill which promised to provide 2,000 jobs. On the...

21 May 2018
Analysis Reports of a new Fortress fund point to continued success in the market but raise questions for Softbank

According to a recent news report Fortress IP is putting together a $400 million “patent troll” fund in what looks like a significant capital raising exercise.  Beyond the amount they’re looking to raise, however, details in the story are relatively scant and it’s not clear if the new fund signals a shift in investment strategy by the group led by RPX...

21 May 2018
Analysis A litigious Chinese Internet startup worth up to $30 billion buys patents for the first time

China’s most popular news app, Toutiao, uses an algorithm to deliver a personalised feed of content to 120 million active users. The service, which produces no original content of its own, has dedicated most of its IP efforts to date to fending off copyright complaints. But a recent US assignment shows that it is preparing for potential patent conflict, too. Toutiao’s parent...

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