Non-Practising Entities

Adversaries no more - licensors look to make deals, not settlements

In its day, the IPNav model was hugely successful in generating cash, but successful licensing in the here and now requires a different, less confrontational approach

Adversaries no more - licensors look to make deals, not settlements
23 Aug 2019

Canon’s portfolio might be shrinking but it’s still world class    

Analysis shows that the Japanese company has cut down its filing activity and ramped up its abandonment rate, while there has been a recent litigation spike, too

23 Aug 2019

Chinese smartphone trio to collaborate on file sharing standard

In a first, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo are enabling cross-brand functionality similar to Apple’s AirDrop on their devices. But Huawei, the country's Android leader, is not taking part

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22 Aug 2019

New data points to possible shift in plaintiffs’ litigation tactics

While the number of new infringement suits has fallen dramatically in recent years the number of patents being asserted has dropped by a much smaller margin Read more

21 Aug 2019

Successful licensing means understanding patents are innovation assets, not litigation weapons

Why the IBM approach to IP deal making that was so successful in the 1990s should still be front and centre for prospective licensor's today  Read more

20 Aug 2019

Apple leads the way at the PTAB; on one measure, though, Samsung stands out

Tech giants have flocked to file IPRs, but petitions should be seen in the context of district court litigation Read more

20 Aug 2019

Why the IBM licensing model of the 1990s remains so relevant

Big Blue made $2 billion a year from patent royalties - representing over 95% of the company's pure profit - by following basic principles that still hold true today  Read more

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10 Aug 2019

A No Deal Brexit now looks unavoidable, so plan accordingly

Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister has totally changed the trajectory of the UK's departure from the EU and IP owners' strategies should reflect that Read more

25 Jul 2019

Big CAFC decision gives operating companies that transfer patents to NPEs plenty to consider

The Lone Star ruling squarely puts entities that try to monetise their IP by transferring it to third-parties at risk of being joined in any subsequent litigation Read more

10 Jul 2019

Intel takes patents off market and enters exclusive talks with potential buyer

Acquirer not named, but Apple looks like a strong candidate to purchase the portfolio of 8,500 largely unencumbered wireless assets that was due to be auctioned in August Read more

10 Jul 2019

All the big life sciences IP developments in June

Our round-up of the major patent issues affecting pharma and biotech that emerged on the legal, market and policy fronts last month Read more

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19 Aug 2019

Court rules against patent owner in “troll” defamation suit, pointing to problems over definition

Opinion from Supreme Court of New Hampshire means victory for financial bodies who were accused of “defamatory smear campaign” in attempt to destroy licensor  Read more

15 Aug 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations Read more

12 Aug 2019

With money on hand Acacia claims it is “uniquely positioned” to take advantage of dislocated IP market

As its comeback continues, NPE allocates $20 million for new acquisitions this year - but with more than $160 million on its balance sheet it is well placed to re-build portfolio   Read more

12 Aug 2019

Japan’s Sharp latest to join expanding European auto patent battle

The Foxconn affiliate has joined Nokia in filing German infringement suits against automaker Daimler, recent US court documents show Read more

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24 May 2019

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May. Read more

1 Apr 2019

IP market news highlights

The big stories from the IAM platform in February and March. Read more

1 Dec 2017

Going global is the new mantra in the patent transactions market

A record-breaking deal between Nokia and Provenance Asset Group shows just how important multinational patent portfolios now are to the patent buy-side Read more

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Bart Eppenauer
Managing Partner, Seattle
Seattle WA, United States
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP