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28 Sep 2016

Former Intellectual Ventures fund looks to leverage new-found freedom after completing divestiture and rebrand

The Invention Development Fund (IDF), formerly one of the three main fund groups under Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) management, relaunches under a new brand today as it marks the final step in its spin-out from the patent aggregation firm. The fund – the divestiture of which was revealed by its executive vice president Paul Levins at IPBC Global in Barcelona back in June – will henceforth be known as Xinova. This moniker incorporates Chinese and Latin terms for Read more

Jack Ellis

27 Sep 2016

First results of IP3 buying spree show up in USPTO database; sellers included Korea’s Intellectual Discovery

The Industry Patent Purchase Program (IP3), the initiative launched in May by AST and a group of major operating companies which was designed to give patent owners a quick and simple way to sell their patents, has bought 78 US patent applications and grants according to data from the USPTO’s assignment database. There is no indication if that is the final total of patents sold, although with payment due to the successful sellers by the end of this month, the picture should become much Read more

Richard Lloyd

27 Sep 2016

China’s Oppo revealed as recipient of $4 million patent portfolio sold by Inventergy last year

New assignment records indicate that Chinese smartphone maker Oppo was the unidentified party that made a $4 million patent purchase from NPE Inventergy in June last year. According to USPTO records, the Dongguan-based company obtained five US patents in separate assignments on 25th March this year (though these were not recorded with the USPTO until 7th September). The assignor of each of the patents was Golden Valley Holdings Limited, an entity with its address in Apia, Samoa – a Read more

Jack Ellis

26 Sep 2016

With the “troll” threat reducing, the case for defensive patent aggregation may no longer be as compelling

The week before last I hosted a webinar for IAM Market entitled Readying a Patent Portfolio for Sale: What You Need to Know to Be Successful. Over 350 people signed up to get the materials and the recording, while close to 200 listened live as presenter Kent Richardson, a partner at Silicon Valley-based Richardson Oliver Law Group, talked through his slides and then answered questions from me and from attendees. It was a fascinating hour, which my colleague Jack Ellis has written up in a blog Read more

Joff Wild

26 Sep 2016

Alarm in Asia as ITC 337 investigations on course for biggest year since smartphone wars peak

Taipei-based Advantech recently became the latest Taiwanese company to find itself facing a Section 337 investigation by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). The complaint, filed by Rockwell Automation, accuses a German software developer called 3S Smart Software Solutions of infringing eight US patents in a software system called CoDeSys; Advantech, which implements that software in its industrial computing products, is also named as a respondent. This latest case comes Read more

Jacob Schindler

23 Sep 2016

Despite the CAFC’s recent 101 decisions don’t expect a deal frenzy or rapid rises in patent values

Over the summer, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued three decisions in software patent cases which, collectively have resolved some of the questions hanging over just what is eligible for patent protection. The most recent decision, McRO (dba Planet) v Bandai Namco Games America which was issued last week, has made arguably the biggest impression on the patent-owning community. Microsoft’s IP head Erich Andersen declared in a blog post that the decision Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Sep 2016

LeEco signs Rader and commandeers patent-rich Coolpad, but US GC departs after just four months - UPDATE

This blog has been updated as we have now had confirmation that Joshua McGuire has left LeEco. It’s all happening at China’s latest high-tech darling LeEco - one of the country's fastest growing brands. Recently, it has pulled off a series of apparent coups as it continues to shore up its IP credentials ahead of expansion at home and abroad. But it also seems that one high-profile name has left the company after a matter of months. Randall Rader, former chief Read more

Jack Ellis

22 Sep 2016

Chinese internet firms eyeing global expansion could turn to patent acquisition

The giants of China’s internet sector have always been overwhelmingly focused on the domestic market, and for good reason. Big winners in the space, like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu, have emerged only after overcoming very tough local competition. With 720 million people online, the Chinese market is large enough to sustain very large businesses on its own, while the overall internet penetration rate of just 45% (compared to 84% in the US) leaves plenty of room for growth. Perhaps most Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Sep 2016

IAM's first event for senior executives in the pharma and biotech sectors takes place in Munich this November

Senior corporate IP experts, litigation specialists and patent counsel will convene for Pharma and Biotech IP Summit in Munich on 3rd November 2016 to explore, compare and create strategies that designed to maximise the value of their intellectual property, drive growth and support innovation. This event – IAM’s first specifically designed for the life sciences industries - will provide an important opportunity to network with leading industry experts from across Read more

Joff Wild

20 Sep 2016

The UK risks losing current UPC goodwill if it dithers on ratification for much longer, warns Froehlinger

Brexit was on the menu again in Milan this morning as we saw another 8:30am start at the AIPPI. There was a big crowd in to hear a panel, including Air Liquide’s VP of IP Thierry Sueur, principal director of patent law and multilateral affairs at the EPO Margot Froehlinger, and British barrister Daniel Alexander QC, discuss how the UK’s vote to leave the EU would affect Europe’s proposed unitary patent system. Having worked enthusiastically on this for the best part of the Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

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