As it celebrates its 10th birthday, AST looks beyond the US and anticipates an upswing in patent prices 16 Mar 17
Defensive patent aggregation firm AST celebrates its 10th birthday this year at a time when it is on something of a roll. Last year, the firm successfully coordinated IP3, which, in a first for the market, brought together a group of operating companies to offer patent owners a quick and efficient way of selling their rights. It has also started to expand its reach into new markets in Asia; relaxing its rules around buying portfolios so they no longer need to include a US grant. What's more, it has raised the possibility of moving back into the market for some of the largest deals, with management admitting that it looked at a possible bid for the Yahoo!’s Excalibur portfolio.
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