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29 October 2015

Fledgling NPE picks up $3 million portfolio from IV as it looks to build its business

We’re far more accustomed to Intellectual Ventures buying patents, even in a tough assertion climate, so whenever it makes a sale from its portfolio it always catches our eye. Documents, filed with the US’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)…

13 October 2015

A new $995 litigation insurance scheme puts the "troll problem" into its proper context

Unified Patents has recently launched a low-cost insurance scheme designed to help start-ups (defined as companies with annual revenues of less than $20 million) to protect themselves from patent suits initiated by trolls. Priced at $995 per annum…

11 October 2015

Patent deal numbers continue to rise, but prices stay flat as sellers get realistic about values

The number of patent transactions continues to rise, with the total for 2015 looking like it will outstrip last year’s figure, according to Linda Biel, vice-president of business development at defensive patent aggregator Allied Security Trust (AST)…

09 October 2015

IV aims to maintain a portfolio of 30,000+ assets, but don't expect big buying binges anytime soon

Last week we ran a story on a surge in speculation that Intellectual Ventures is up for sale. IV strongly denied that it was on the block and in discussions with a Chinese buyer, and we were happy to print what the firm had to say. “Intellectual…

01 October 2015

"We are not for sale," says Intellectual Ventures, following speculation about a deal with a Chinese buyer

Intellectual Ventures has categorically denied growing speculation that it is in the process of being acquired. A number of senior figures in the IP market have spoken with IAM over recent days claiming that, following redemption requests from some…

27 July 2015

French connection and military R&D link in Beijing aggregation fund’s patent acquisitions

Since launching its first IP aggregation fund in April 2014, Beijing-based IP consultancy firm Zhigu has focused on obtaining Chinese patent assets from the domestic research sector. But assignments data suggests that the outfit has recently stepped…

24 July 2015

Google offers start-ups free patents, but also begins to roll-out patent sales

Google is at it again - trying to solve the ills of the patent world with another initiative, this time aimed at giving a helping hand to the start-up community. Or at least, that’s how the company is pitching it. The search giant announced the…

20 July 2015

Fujitsu revealed as major corporate that assigned 500 assets to sovereign patent fund IP Bridge

Last month, we reported on two major deals involving Japanese sovereign patent fund (SPF) manager IP Bridge which hinted at an acceleration in its monetisation plans (we also ran a guest blog post from IP Bridge’s CEO). One of the transactions…

06 July 2015

Major European telecoms player puts over half its patent assets up for sale

A small note on a Swedish intermediary firm’s website could herald one of Europe’s largest ever patent sales. Posted on 24th June, the announcement from AWA IPro states that it “has signed a letter of engagement with TeliaSonera to monetize a…

30 June 2015

We may now be reaching the point when PIPCO deals begin to take place

Half-way through 2015, it’s clear that this has not been an easy six-months for most in the public IP company (PIPCO) market. Even Marathon, once the darling of the sector, has been hit, with its share price currently just under $3 (compared with a…

11 June 2015

Unified’s new auto zone provides further proof that patent activity in the sector is increasing

In another sign that patent activity continues to increase in the auto sector, Unified Patents has announced the formation of a new zone focused on the industry. Although more than 20 companies have joined the zone only Honda and Toyota have been…

22 May 2015

Lycos patent sale may be happening two years too late

The news this week that Lycos is looking to dispose of some of its patents afforded tech bloggers the opportunity to remind their readers that yes, one of the iconic internet search brands of the before-Google era still exits. For those in the…

22 May 2015

World’s largest asset manager enters the IP financing game with wearables loan

BlackRock – the world’s biggest investment firm with over $4.6 trillion of assets under management – is loaning wearable technology company Jawbone $300 million against its intellectual property and other intangible assets. According to a Bloomberg…

01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL…

21 April 2015

Major issues must be tackled if the Nokia/Alcatel deal is to be a patent success

The merger of the year so far, in IP terms at least, is undoubtedly Nokia’s proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which was announced last week. Envision IP recently cast its eye over the two patent portfolios and came up with some interesting…