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30 Jun 2015

We may now be reaching the point when PIPCO deals begin to take place

Half-way through 2015, it’s clear that this has not been an easy six-months for most in the public IP company (PIPCO) market. Even Marathon, once the darling of the sector, has been hit, with its share price currently just under $3 (compared with a 52-week high of $9.73). Acacia, one of the largest players, has seen its stock drop below $9, close to its low for the year. The prevailing conditions, particularly for those PIPCOs formed in a flurry of reverse mergers a few years ago, Read more

Richard Lloyd

29 Jun 2015

NPE assertion campaign using LG patents may mark the dawn of a new reality for Korean corporates

An entity named Evolved Wireless last week launched lawsuits against a number of major companies claiming that they are infringing several of its patents which were previously owned by LG Electronics. The assertion campaign could well signal a new, more aggressive approach from the South Korean company as it attempts to increase returns from its extensive patent portfolio - and may be quid pro quo after it 'opened' a large number of its patents, along with other companies in LG Read more

Jack Ellis

28 Jun 2015

Two big developments last week mean that Europe's unitary patent system may be up and running next year

There were two big pieces of news concerning the European unitary patent and the unified patent court (UPC) last week – one potential, the other actual. On Wednesday the IP Kat blog had a major scoop when it revealed that the UK IP Office had released the following brief statement about the UK’s ratification of the UPC Agreement: The Government is committed to this project and wants the UK to be part of a European patent system that supports growth and fosters innovation. The Read more

Joff Wild

26 Jun 2015

Despite recent patent disposal Inventergy at risk of being kicked off the Nasdaq

Inventergy’s share price immediately jumped Thursday on the news that it had executed an agreement for the sale of two patent families with an unnamed company for $4 million. However, on Friday morning it lost some of its previous day’s gain and at around 36 cents per share, the NPE’s stock remained well short of the $1 level that it needs to maintain by the end of this month to be assured of remaining on the Nasdaq. According to Inventergy’s last annual report its Read more

Richard Lloyd

26 Jun 2015

BlackBerry's deal with Cisco could mark the Canadian company's coming of age as a big patent licensor

No-one willingly pays to license patents is an old adage and a very accurate one. There are few to which it applies with more vigour than Cisco. So, the news a few days back that the company had entered into a cross-licensing agreement with BlackBerry, under which the Canadian business will also receive a licensing fee from its American partner, should be seen as pretty significant. In June 2014, Blackberry hired Mark Kokes from InterTrust to be its VP of IP & Standards; a couple of Read more

Joff Wild

26 Jun 2015

SIPO rejects Sovaldi patent as Chinese regulators turn attention to drug prices

China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) last week rejected a patent application related to the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, which is produced by Gilead Sciences. The US company already owns a Chinese patent on the drug’s main ingredient sofosbuvir, the patent rejected here was for a ‘prodrug’, which activates the compound once it is in the patient’s body. Sovaldi enjoys a 90% success rate in treating hepatitis C patients, of which there are 29 million in Read more

Jacob Schindler

25 Jun 2015

The trend is clear in the US, says leading observer: software patent protection is diminishing – and fast

When Fenwick & West partner Robert Sachs circulated his latest post late last Friday afternoon to followers of the Bilski blog, he advised that they might want to be sitting down when they read it. “How about with a stiff drink?” one subscriber suggested. A year since the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp v CLS Bank, Sachs has put together perhaps the most comprehensive piece of research on the impact the case has had in the courts and at the USPTO. Read more

Richard Lloyd

25 Jun 2015

Indian companies remain worryingly indifferent about filing patents at home

India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Geographical Indications has released its most recent annual report for 2013-2014. The statistics look promising in terms of improved service levels at the office; but when it comes to analysing the patenting strategies of Indian companies - and what that analysis might mean for their businesses - there are some important questions to be raised. The Controller Read more

Jack Ellis

23 Jun 2015

Apple’s revenue per patent leaves the other big US portfolio owners in the shade

In the latest issue of IAM we published a list, compiled by MDB Capital Group, of the 369 companies that as of the end of last year owned at least 1,000 active US patents. For anyone who closely follows the patent market the top 10 was a largely familiar assortment of high-tech companies topped by Samsung Electronics with IBM and Canon in second and third places. We thought it would be interesting to play around with the list and to see what extra information we could add to it. So, to gain Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Jun 2015

When it comes to monetising Japanese patents, WiLAN seems to have the special sauce

Canada’s Globe and Mail reported last week that Ottawa-based publicly traded NPE WiLAN “continues to underwhelm investors” who “have mostly given up on waiting for a big windfall” from their shares in the company. IAM has written before regarding WiLAN’s apparent underachievement on the stock markets. The fact is that things are tough not just for the Canadian NPE, but for the public patent pure-play industry as a whole. However, a glance through the Read more

Jack Ellis

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