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28 February 2017

Softbank may not like this - Inventergy files suits against Apple and HTC days before crucial Fortress vote

Inventergy has filed infringement lawsuits against Apple and HTC just days before its shareholders are due to vote on a restructuring agreement which could see Fortress handed control of the NPE’s vast portfolio of assets. That vote is due to…

27 February 2017

Former Intellectual Ventures development fund Xinova seeks $50 million in new investment

Xinova – formerly the Invention Development Fund (IDF) of Intellectual Ventures (IV) – is seeking up to $50 million in investment amid hopes that its “cultivated innovation” business model is getting closer to turning its first-ever profit. …

17 February 2017

Singapore may be about to roll out the red carpet for NPEs – and start one or two of its own

A new Singapore government report recommends “bringing in” or creating patent monetisation entities, as well as other kinds of other intermediary, to boost the country’s IP commercialisation capabilities. Published earlier this week, the report…

16 February 2017

Fortress and its industry-leading IP finance group come under Japanese management in latest Softbank deal

Japan’s SoftBank took another step towards its goal of becoming the world’s largest technology investor yesterday, surprising markets again with its latest deal: a $3 billion takeover of Fortress Investment Group. It is a transaction that comes with…

10 February 2017

WiLAN picked up portfolios from Kodak and Global Foundries in 4th quarter, but expect a patent cull

WiLAN announced its results for the fourth quarter yesterday and it’s fair to say that the Canadian NPE had a very strong end to 2016. Revenues for the last three months of the year were $30.2 million, up just over $4 million year-on-year, while…

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…

26 January 2017

Houlihan’s Black Stone acquisition is a sign of growing confidence in the US patent market

Last week it was announced that investment bank Houlihan Lokey had acquired Black Stone IP in another sign that financial giants are taking a closer look at the patent space. The deal will see Black Stone’s US-based staff of 12 join Houlihan,…

05 January 2017

With Fortress set to take control of Inventergy’s patents the market has a potential new NPE on its hands

Investment giant Fortress looks set to take control of Inventergy’s patent assets following the announcement shortly before Christmas of a restructuring deal between the two. Subject to shareholder approval, and the green light from third parties,…

20 December 2016

BlackBerry’s deal with TCL leaves the company free to focus on monetising its patents and technology

BlackBerry has effectively completed its transition to a technology services and licensing-focused business model after signing a global brand and software deal with China's TCL. At the same time, BlackBerry patents are at the centre of a new…

15 December 2016

Burford’s acquisition of Gerchen Keller could have major implications for patent owners

In the still relatively nascent world of litigation finance the tie-up announced yesterday between Burford Capital and Gerchen Keller Capital is about as big a deal as you can get. In the seven years since it was founded, Burford has become a giant…

22 November 2016

Asian investors’ appetite for IP management services grows as Xiaomi-linked firm snaps up PatSnap stake

IP analytics start-up PatSnap has closed its Series C funding with investments from Sequoia Capital’s China arm and Beijing’s Shunwei Capital Partners. The deal further underlines Asia-Pacific investors’ growing interest in IP management and…

18 November 2016

DSS secures $13.5 million Juridica financing to acquire and monetise Intellectual Discovery patents

In one of the more elaborate IP deals seen of late, US publicly traded IP company (PIPCO) Document Security Systems (DSS) has teamed up with litigation funder Juridica Asset Management and Korean sovereign patent fund (SPF) Intellectual Discovery to…

14 October 2016

Samsung’s problems add to recent gloom for smartphone licensing businesses

This blog reported recently about how a lagging smartphone market is hurting the licensing industry. When much of the royalty base is calculated on a per handset basis, falling prices and sluggish sales don’t help those companies that over the last…

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…