Anyone hoping that the monetisation market could be coming back to life and the pendulum might be swinging back towards patent owners is likely to be encouraged by today’s news that Erich Spangenberg is joining Marathon Patent Group as director of acquisitions, licensing and strategy. The former IPNav supremo will focus his attention on opportunities in Europe and Asia so it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the state of the US market, but any move by someone who is widely considered to be one of the sharpest players in the patent world is worth taking note of. 

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