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18 September 2017

DSS brings in Singapore money man to save its NYSE American listing; Asia offices planned

US-listed PIPCO Document Security Systems has hired a Singapore businessman to head its international and Asia-focused efforts, according to recent SEC filings. The move comes alongside a stock swap that will ensure the company is not de-listed by…

05 September 2017

New case against ZTE shows Fortress may be a far tougher licensor than struggling PIPCOs

Last week INVT SPE, the vehicle established by Fortress to monetise the portfolio previously owned by the NPE Inventergy, filed an infringement suit against ZTE in district court in New Jersey. The case is the third that INVT has filed since it took…

31 August 2017

Licensing profits from recent IBM patent purchase will go to shareholders, not Big Blue, Finjan CEO confirms

It may be a depressed market for patent assets generally, but Finjan’s recent deal with IBM seemingly bucks that trend. Big Blue has agreed to hand over 25 grants and 16 applications to the cyber security business and in return will receive $2…

03 August 2017

New $50 million patent fund underlines latest era in IP investment

It’s not often that an investor commits to spending tens of millions of dollars on patents so the news from earlier this week that Hawkeye Ventures was pairing up with Dominion Harbor to launch a $50 million fund to buy grants worldwide was enough…

25 July 2017

Big name Hilco hire shows semiconductor patent action hotting up thanks to 5G and the IoT

Hilco IP Merchant Banking, the advisory and investment platform formed last year by former Ocean Tomo executive Michael Friedman and ex-Rockstar head John Veschi, has made a key hire from Broadcom as it looks to expand its monetisation expertise…

21 July 2017

The Japan Patent Office outlines goals for coming year as first woman commissioner takes over

This month Naoko Munakata was announced as the new commissioner of the Japan Patent Office, replacing the retiring Yoshinori Komiya. While their short terms of tenure mean most JPO commissioners have a limited policy impact, the organisation’s…

13 July 2017

Jawbone may be dead, but its patent assets could be worth as much as $40 million according to research

Jawbone, the consumer electronics business, which was one of the pioneers in fitness oriented wearable devices, started liquidation proceedings earlier this month. Having attracted more than $600 million in venture capital funding and reached a peak…

30 May 2017

Fortress begins assertion campaign of former Inventergy patents with cases against Apple and HTC

Last week an entity called INVT SPE filed two infringement lawsuits against Apple and HTC in a New Jersey federal district court. Two big tech companies falling into the crosshairs of a patent assertion vehicle is nothing new - except this one owns…

26 May 2017

Corporate reforms are shaking up their business models, so more Japanese banks look to IP space

Since the beginning of 2017, three of Japan’s four biggest investment banks have announced forays into the IP space with initiatives in patent analytics and IP trading platforms. It is the latest indication that investors in the country are…

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…

08 May 2017

Venture branch of Korean patent fund notches another profitable year and looks to broaden its scope

The venture capital arm of Korean patent fund operator Intellectual Discovery recorded another profitable year in 2016, according to an annual financial disclosure. The firm also has a new fund in the works that will take it beyond the technology…

28 April 2017

Foreign companies stand to benefit from Singapore's new $1 billion IP-focused fund

The Singaporean government has reinforced its strong IP credentials with the establishment of a S$1 billion (US$718 million) public-private investment fund that will target “high-growth companies with strong IP and proven business models”. …

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…

20 April 2017

Qualcomm reveals $150 million dispute with licensee as it provides more detail on Apple lawsuit

There was plenty to discuss yesterday on Qualcomm’s call with analysts concerning the company’s latest quarterly results. On the positive side the company is in the final stages of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and reported that it is seeing…

10 April 2017

Qualcomm top of the Indian patent filings pops as foreign firms reverse two years of application declines

India’s Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDT) released its annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year last week, and the results showed a 10% jump in applications, reversing two straight years of slight decline. The list of…