In another sign that Fortress IP Group intends to move heavily into stick-based patent licensing, it is set to announce the appointment of a new, high-profile IP litigation manager. IAM has learned that Jon James will join the firm from Perkins Coie, where he is a partner and co-chair of the global IP practice. Fortress recently took control of portfolios that had previously been owned by NPEs Inventergy and Marathon – with which it had financing agreements – and has begun asserting some of the patents contained with them against the likes of Apple, HTC and ZTE.

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