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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…

07 March 2017

Just weeks after CEO exit, private equity interest in RPX mounts – and at a premium

In the last couple of weeks the RPX board has received a number of bids for the business from private equity investors amid growing interest in a buyout for the defensive patent aggregator. IAM understands that at least two of the bids have been…

07 February 2017

Taking RPX private seems to be what cost John Amster his job; but that does not make it a bad idea

Our exclusive last Friday that RPX CEO John Amster had left the defensive patent aggregator has not surprisingly rocketed onto the list of our most popular blogs. As much as you may like or dislike its business model or question its strategies for…

27 September 2016

First results of IP3 buying spree show up in USPTO database; sellers included Korea’s Intellectual Discovery

The Industry Patent Purchase Program (IP3), the initiative launched in May by AST and a group of major operating companies which was designed to give patent owners a quick and simple way to sell their patents, has bought 78 US patent applications…

27 May 2016

We will be a very different company in three years’ time, says Spherix CEO after key RPX deal closes

More evidence of a rapidly evolving NPE market came this week in the shape of two announcements from Spherix. The public IP company (PIPCO) which has a slew of Nortel patents in its arsenal, courtesy of two deals with the former Rockstar business,…

20 May 2016

The timing is perfect for IP3’s patent buyers; for sellers the picture is far less rosy

In many ways IP3, the new patent selling platform backed by the likes of Google, Apple, Ford, Microsoft and IBM that was announced on Wednesday, is a product of its time. It’s hard to imagine, say five years ago, Google and Apple jumping into bed…