In February this blog broke the story that John Amster had stepped down as CEO of RPX in one of the patent market’s biggest shocks so far this year. According to a statement from the company which confirmed his exit, a disagreement between Amster and RPX’s board of directors over the former CEO’s desire to take the business private had prompted his departure. As this blog also then reported, there has been private equity interest in the business but not enough to make the board talk to bidders.

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