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12 December 2010

Spain and Italy struggle to see off single patent, but ECJ could yet be the saviour- UPDATE

If reports emerging at the end of last week are correct, it looks like Spain and Italy have had their bluffs well and truly called by other EU member states over the single patent issue. Eleven countries - including France, Germany, the UK, the…

10 December 2010

Discovery may be painful for Intellectual Ventures, says PatentFreedom and AST boss

Intellectual Ventures could find itself embroiled in a discovery nightmare as a result of its decision to launch patent infringement proceedings against a number of companies, including McAfee, Symantec and Hynix Semiconductor. So says Dan McCurdy,…

08 December 2010

Intellectual Ventures goes on the attack

I have just received the following press release from Intellectual Ventures. It is, I believe, the first of its kind the firm has ever put out: Intellectual Ventures files three separate patent infringement complaints against nine companies …

07 December 2010

NPEs and practising entities in US patent litigation - compare and contrast

PWC's latest overview of the US patent litigation scene is now available. It is a veritable stat-fest. Some of the highlights I have picked out follow, but I am sure you will find plenty of your own to keep you amused. • The number of filed patent…

02 December 2010

German NPE moves closer to victory in its dispute with Nokia

The German NPE IPCom has secured an important victory in its ongoing patent fight with Nokia and HTC. On Wednesday Germany's Federal Patent Court confirmed the patents at the heart of the dispute are valid. This means that IPCom is now in a position…

02 December 2010

Why Microsoft will lose even if it wins, perhaps ....

Ralph Eckardt of 3LP Advisors has been in touch with some background and views on the Microsoft v i4i case that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear, and which could see a reduction in the standard for invalidating a patent in the US. Unlike me,…

30 November 2010

Supreme Court to hear Microsoft invalidity challenge; plus more on Novell patent purchase

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that may have a significant effect on the threshold under which patents can be invalidated in the US. In Microsoft Corp v i4i Limited Partnership, the court will look at the standard of proof by which…

22 November 2010

Samsung's IV hook-up gives it more freedom to operate - UPDATED: and HTC signs up too

When I interviewed Intellectual Ventures' Joe Chernesky while I was in Silicon Valley last month, he told me to look out for some "very significant announcements". Late last week, we got one of those with the news that IV has agreed a long-term…

21 November 2010

The "major semiconductor company" that has just sold Acacia a DRAM patent portfolio

Has anyone else spotted the clue as to the identity of the "major semiconductor company" that Acacia looks to have provided in its 12th November press release announcing the purchase of 65 patents covering DRAM technologies from that company? No?…

15 November 2010

Rumour has it that Round Rock's Micron purchase is reaping big rewards - UPDATE

Last month this blog reported on Micron's announcement of a $280 million patent licensing settlement with Samsung. In the same report I wondered whether the NPE Round Rock Research, which by now everyone must know bought a sizeable chunk of Micron's…

05 November 2010

Farewell to Townsend and Townsend

A press release announces the demise of another front-line US IP law firm boutique. This time it's Townsend and Townsend and Crew: ATLANTA/SAN FRANCISCO (November 3) -- Kilpatrick Stockton and Townsend and Townsend and Crew today jointly announced…

01 November 2010

German NPE confident of victory in dispute with Nokia and HTC

The CEO of German NPE IPCom has predicted that it will soon win its long-running case against Nokia in Germany, following a statement by the country's Federal Patent Court that it would uphold a key patent. According to Bernard Frohwitter the 27th…

28 October 2010

"Sub-standard" patents cost the US economy over $25 billion a year. Hmmmmm ...

... we find that the economic losses resulting from the grant of substandard patents can reach $21 billion per year by deterring valid research with an additional deadweight loss from litigation and administrative costs of $4.5 billion annually…

21 October 2010

Micron's $200 million licensing windfall

Having given quite a lot of coverage to Micron Technology - the company that believes NPEs are a major threat to innovative US businesses and which sold over 20% of its patent portfolio to an NPE called Round Rock last year - I make sure I keep an…

15 October 2010

Despite what some might say, patent litigation is very much a minority sport

The 2010 edition of the annual survey of litigation trends in the US and UK produced by law firm Fulbright & Jaworski has been published. As ever, it is a compendium of fascinating figures. And, as usual, there is quite a bit of IP related…