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Motions to dismiss data represents yet more bad news for US patent plaintiffs

Yesterday we reported on data released by Docket Navigator showing that in 2014, the year of the Alice decision, the number of motions to dismiss on Section 101 eligibility grounds stood at an all time high, as did the success rate of such motions…

14 February 2015

Data reveals a surge in the success rate of motions to dismiss after Alice

It has been more than six months since the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank. The case, which concerned section 101 of the US patent statute and specifically the patentability of abstract subject matter, has created waves…

13 February 2015

Dodgy data and empty troll rhetoric are back as “Patent Reform the sequel” is launched in Washington DC

The patent market might be a year older and, one hopes, a year wiser, but you wouldn’t know it from watching yesterday’s action in Washington DC. In the US capital it was deja-vu all over again as Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House of…

06 February 2015

IP-savvy activist shareholders + declining patent values + tightening patent eligibility = potential trouble for public companies

The PIPCO sector has attracted its share of - sometimes less than sophisticated - investor interest and there are a number of investors that are active around privately-held licensing-based businesses. There are also various kinds of financial model…

26 January 2015

The $130 million “anti-troll coalition” has the financial power to have a major say in the reform debate

A guiding principle for anyone observing the political process in Washington DC is, of course, to follow the money. In the patent world that is being given new meaning as the main players in the legislative reform debate swell the coffers of the US…

23 January 2015

Figures show clearly that PTAB petitions are a high-tech, big boys game - UPDATE

Hot on the heels of its 2014 US patent litigation survey – which showed a fall in suits and an especially dramatic drop in NPE activity in the third and fourth quarters – Unified Patents has produced a set of statistics on last year’s activity at…

18 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part one

With the Christmas and New Year festivities now done and dusted, it’s time to crank up the juice and to get the IAM blog fully rocking and rolling once more. And what better way to do it than by revealing our IP personalities of 2014?As always,…

05 January 2015

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