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10 October 2016

There’ll be mixed feelings about Inventergy’s “deeper alliance” with Fortress at Huawei and Panasonic HQs

Publicly traded patent monetisation company Inventergy announced recently that it has expanded its IP-backed loan agreement with lender Fortress Investment Group. While the "deeper alliance" will reduce debt and expenses for the NPE, the expanded…

28 September 2016

Former Intellectual Ventures fund looks to leverage new-found freedom after completing divestiture and rebrand

The Invention Development Fund (IDF), formerly one of the three main fund groups under Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) management, relaunches under a new brand today as it marks the final step in its spin-out from the patent aggregation firm. The…

12 September 2016

A new challenge for corporate Japan as investors hone in on IP ownership and strategy

Up until recently, Japanese companies largely escaped the attention of so-called activist short-sellers – traders who seek to profit by betting against a stock and then releasing a scathing research report about it. In Asia, it has more often been…

09 September 2016

New JPO commissioner talks IP Bridge, monetisation and patent reform in exclusive IAM interview

Commissioners of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) tend to stay in the post for only about a year or so, and the typical profile is a senior official within Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) – not a figure from IP practice. But as…

06 September 2016

The future for Asia’s sovereign patent funds is in the private sector, say their chief executives

Asia has led the way in the development of public-private patent aggregators, which have become more popularly known as sovereign patent funds (SPFs). But according to the men heading up the region’s two largest SPFs – Intellectual Discovery (ID)…

01 September 2016

Changes to China’s IP tax break scheme put foreign companies in a “very difficult position”

During the IAM blog’s summer break, Apple revealed plans to open its first R&D centre in China. The US company’s revenues in the country have fallen as local players grab bigger pieces of the smartphone pie and the new research facility, announced…

30 August 2016

Europe’s multi-billion dollar tax ruling against Apple throws treatment of IP assets into spotlight

The announcement today by the European Commission that Ireland must claw back €13 billion in tax revenues from Apple looks set to escalate the back and forth on the tax practices of major multinationals who use their economic leverage to benefit…

18 July 2016

Private equity player makes another big IP move with Longitude Licensing purchase

Vector Capital, the private equity house that has become one of the investors most closely associated with the IP market, is acquiring Longitude Licensing, the Irish-based business that was established in 2013 to monetise a portfolio of 3,500…

08 July 2016

Mixed views among senior US patent market players about whether the pendulum is swinging back

As anyone in and around the patent market knows, the ebb and flow of patent rights in the US is often characterised as a pendulum swinging between one side that favours strong patent rights and the other that indicates weaker ones. This binary…

01 July 2016

Unwired Planet’s private buyer has partnered with some of Asia’s biggest companies on monetisation

The privately held company that has agreed to buy the patents of publicly traded NPE Unwired Planet has acquired hundreds of patents from two of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest tech corporations, IAM can reveal. Optis UP – a newly formed…

16 June 2016

We have much more flexibility than PIPCOs, says man about to buy the Unwired Planet patents

The proposed acquisition of Unwired Planet, which is due to close later this month or in early July, is set to make the acquirer, Optis UP and its affiliated business PanOptis Patent Management, far more familiar names on the NPE scene. Although it…

06 June 2016

IPBC Global 2016 gets underway with the growing threat of Brexit hanging over the patent market

The IAM editorial team is in Barcelona currently for this year’s IPBC Global, which gets underway today. We have we over 500 delegates in attendance, many of whom hold senior IP leadership positions inside some of the world’s biggest and most…

31 May 2016

We are still going to be IP dealmakers, but the deals may look slightly different, says new Ericsson CIPO

In late April Gustav Brismark took over one of the biggest jobs in IP. As the chief IP officer at Ericsson he not only has control of a vast patent portfolio, which is generally accepted to be one of the highest quality stockpiles in cellular…

27 May 2016

Intellectual Discovery may be the biggest of the sovereign patent funds, but its activities are the least known

South Korea’s Intellectual Discovery (ID), Japan’s IP Bridge and French outfit France Brevets are typically seen as comprising the first generation of ‘sovereign patent funds’ (SPFs). Loosely defined, these are entities with significant state…

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,…