Defensive Aggregation

The world's top IP dealmakers and value creators identified – part three

We reveal who is listed in positions 20 to 11 in this year's IAM Market Makers ranking of the individuals who drive the global IP market.

The world's top IP dealmakers and value creators identified – part three
21 Sep 2018

The world's top IP dealmakers and value creators identified – part two

We reveal who is listed in positions 30 to 21 in this year's IAM Market Makers ranking of the individuals who drive the global IP market.

20 Sep 2018

Revealed: the leaders of the global IP market - part one

We begin the countdown of this year’s IAM Market Makers list, which names the elite individuals who drive global patent dealmaking and value creation from their positions inside corporates, NPEs, investment institutions and other entities. Today, positions 40 to 31.

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17 Sep 2018

Latest quarterly numbers show patent deal activity dropping to lowest level in two years

Exclusive analysis from AST highlights lull in the secondary market. Seiko, Sony and GE feature among top sellers; while Longitude Licensing and RPX lead the way on buyside.  Read more

31 Jul 2018

In aftermath of Fed Circuit decision on IPR filers Unified changes its messaging

Ruling in Applications in Internet Time v RPX presents a headache for third party IPR filers everywhere, but arguably none more than Unified Patents. Read more

27 Jul 2018

Validity rulings imperil Chinese SEP campaign after a homegrown defensive aggregator enters the mix

PRB invalidation setback for Guangdong-based Digital Rise could deal a fatal blow to its SEP assertion campaign against TV makers both foreign and domestic. Read more

20 Jul 2018

Federal Circuit IPR decision puts third-party filers in the spotlight

The ability of the likes of RPX and Unified Patents to file inter partes reviews (IPRs) against patents that have been asserted against their members in district court has been called into question by a recent decision from the Court of Appeals for… Read more

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1 May 2018

RPX board accepts $555million purchase offer from Palo Alto private equity fund

RPX is set to be sold to private equity outfit HGGC in an all-cash deal that values the defensive aggregator at $555 million. The acquisition - at $10.50 a share - was announced this morning and brings to an end months of speculation about the firm&… Read more

13 Nov 2017

AST hires former Yahoo! dealmaker for drive to expand membership base

AST has appointed former Yahoo! IP executive Ray Strimaitis as vice president, corporate development and global strategy. Although Strimaitis’s role looks like it will be broader, he is effectively replacing Linda Biel who left the defensive… Read more

4 Apr 2017

Samsung, LG and Foxconn among early takers of Google’s new – and hush-hush – PAX licence

Google yesterday unveiled the Android Networked Cross-License – or PAX, for short – a new defensive licensing programme ostensibly aimed at reducing patent risk for businesses shipping products with its Android operating system. While PAX already… Read more

27 Feb 2017

Microsoft’s Azure IP Advantage programme puts Amazon’s AWS cloud offering under pressure

Microsoft’s recent launch of its Azure IP Advantage programme for the company’s cloud customers has generated a great deal of coverage. On the IAM blog, we argued that it once again showed the company to be a world leader when it comes to creating… Read more

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29 Jun 2018

Tencent makes a splash in open source community by becoming a Linux Foundation platinum member

Chinese social media giant makes a big commitment to the Linux Foundation, becoming just the second Chinese firm to do so. Read more

4 Jun 2018

IV, Huawei, Sharp and NXP among the leading sellers of patents in first quarter, AST data reveals

IAM has teamed up with Allied Security Trust (AST) to provide quarterly updates on the secondary market for patents to determine who’s buying, who’s selling and what sort of assets are changing hands. As well as the data, AST has provided some… Read more

28 May 2018

RPX filing confirms early interest in the company at well above the eventual sale price

Last week RPX’s proposed takeover by private equity player HGGC passed an important milestone, as the private equity player commenced its tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of the defensive aggregator at its offer price of $10.50 per… Read more

22 May 2018

AI, blockchain and IoT patents all on the shopping list for latest IP3 buying programme

Details of the latest iteration of IP3, the patent buying programme hosted by AST designed to give IP owners a quick and efficient way of selling their assets, were announced this morning. This year’s version is open to non-AST members and is… Read more

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