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20 July 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…

29 June 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.

04 June 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…

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…

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…

15 May 2018

Sell-offs and expirations have taken a big chunk out of IV's portfolio, new study reveals

Since Intellectual Ventures started ramping up its rate of sales early last year, it has been clear that the secondary market for patents has a new and particularly deep well of assets shaping it. Among the large disposals, the firm has transferred…

14 May 2018

RPX is still buying assets - just not at the same rate as it was before

RPX has acquired a small portfolio of patents from former search behemoth Lycos, according to an assignment recorded late last week with the USPTO. In total, the defensive aggregator picked up 24 assets from the tech company which grew rapidly…

03 May 2018

RPX’s new owners will face tough task of improving financials and keeping members on board

Tuesday’s news that RPX’s board of directors had accepted a $555 million offer for the company draws a line on an episode in the company’s history that effectively began in the months leading up to John Amster’s exit early last year. The defensive…

22 February 2018

RPX says it is evaluating “strategic alternatives” and forecasts sharp decline in business

Yesterday, defensive patent aggregator RPX announced its fourth quarter and full financial year 2017 results, and revealed what readers of this blog have known for several weeks: a “for sale” sign has been erected by the firm - or, as the company…

16 February 2018

In highly unusual move RPX acquires portfolio of assets from Intellectual Ventures

RPX has acquired a tranche of patent assets from the Intellectual Ventures Invention Science Fund in what is the first such deal between the firms. So far two sets of rights have shown up on the USPTO assignment database — one for 35 granted patents…

06 February 2018

AST members spend $2.5 million in latest IP3 round, but pass on $900 billion patent

AST has announced the results of its latest IP3 initiative which saw 15 of the defensive patent platform’s members participate, including Google, IBM, Microsoft and Ford. In total they spent almost $2.5 million to buy 70 active assets in 19…

19 January 2018

RPX management eyes possible deal, Spangenberg among interested parties; Microsoft drops membership

The management of RPX is meeting with a number of interested parties in a process that might lead to an eventual sale of the business, IAM understands. It is believed that an investment consortium led by IP monetisation specialist Erich Spangenberg…

09 January 2018

Former “stupid patent of the month” acquired in latest IP3 auction

When might a stupid patent, not actually be that stupid? Perhaps when it ends up being bought at auction by some of the world’s most sophisticated IP-owning businesses. Well, that is exactly what has just happened with regards to an asset once named…

19 December 2017

Exclusive breakdown of RPX portfolio amid whispers of $800 million takeover offer

Following rumours of an $800 million takeover offer for defensive patent aggregator RPX, IAM examines the current state of its patent portfolio and takes a look back at the key storylines for the company in recent years. Patent portfolio…

15 December 2017

AST on track for record year as it capitalises on buyers’ market for patent dealmakers

In October we ran a story following a comment from AST’s CEO Russell Binns that the patent market was due to see 30,000 assets for sale in 2017. “It seems like everyone is trying to clear house at the same time,” he commented at that time. Well,…