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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,…

12 December 2017

Private group makes $800 million offer for RPX

RPX has been the subject of a recent takeover offer from a private consortium which values the defensive aggregator at around $800 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the offer. IAM understands that the firm’s board has yet to…

21 November 2017

Tough market realities confront RPX and other service providers that are eyeing China expansion

On a recent quarterly earnings call, RPX CEO Marty Roberts told analysts that the firm is looking to expand its presence in China in 2018. The exact dimensions of the aggregator’s planned investment aren’t known as of yet, but when you speak with…

03 November 2017

Looking at overseas growth to make up for sluggish US market, RPX contemplates Chinese move

RPX has indicated that it is looking to target China in 2018 in response to continued drag on its core business in the US. On a quarterly call with analysts, CEO Marty Roberts, revealed that the company was focused on Chinese opportunities as one of…

28 October 2017

Via launches LTE patent bank as it continues to push into mobile

Via Licensing is moving into the IP acquisition business with the launch of a defensive patent bank providing pool members with another layer of risk mitigation through a defensive aggregation model. The new bank is looking to buy high quality…

05 October 2017

Fresh suit shows RPX settlement deal hasn’t taken Creative out of the assertion game entirely

Back in July, RPX announced a deal with ZiiLabs – a subsidiary of Singapore’s Creative Technology – which halted US patent infringement litigation against seven defendants, at least some of whom are members of the aggregation service. As part of the…

21 September 2017

Red Hat expands its pioneering patent promise to the open source community

Open source software business Red Hat this morning announced a big expansion of its Patent Promise - the 2002 commitment the company made not assert to its patents against free and open source software. The promise now extends to all of Red Hat’s…

11 July 2017

RPX settlement deal ends latest Creative assertion campaign while $100 million ‘Zen patent’ awaits Alice fate

UPDATE - This article was updated on 12th June with further details about the ITC case involving the Zen patent RPX Corporation yesterday announced a deal with Singapore’s ZiiLabs that will see the Creative Technology subsidiary assign certain…

18 May 2017

As its share price rises and valuation climbs the chances of an RPX buyout becomes more remote

In February this blog broke the story that John Amster had stepped down as CEO of RPX in one of the patent market’s biggest shocks so far this year. According to a statement from the company which confirmed his exit, a disagreement between Amster…

28 April 2017

InterTrust CEO sees Patent Shield hook-up with Google as means to get edge in its VC operation

There have been several attempts in recent years to use patents to help start-ups protect themselves from possible infringement lawsuits. In 2015, for example, Google launched its Patent Starter Program which offered two patent families to 50 early…

24 March 2017

A busy week for the auto sector as IV goes to court and Microsoft and Toyota announce a new agreement

The auto industry has been a hive of patent activity for several years. Manufacturers and suppliers are far more sophisticated players in terms of their own patenting, have become more assertive in fighting claims and are increasingly signing-up to…

16 March 2017

As it celebrates its 10th birthday, AST looks beyond the US and anticipates an upswing in patent prices

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…