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12 February 2015

The number of litigants in US patent suits drops to lowest level since 2009

Last week we ran a story on some analysis that Lex Machina had done on patent litigation levels in 2014 which showed that, by trying to take out the impact of the joinder rules in the America Invents Act, they might be even lower than previously…

11 February 2015

After yesterday's pharma IPR attack maybe Erich Spangenberg will next turn his hand to shareholder suits

Those of us who read the predictions for 2015 that Erich Spangenberg made on the IPNav blog on the final day of last year were probably not too surprised to find out yesterday that he has teamed up with activist shareholder and hedge fund owner Kyle…

10 February 2015

Despite setback in US case Marathon shows no sign of letting up the pace in 2015

There’s little doubt that the award for breakout PIPCO of the year 2014, at least in terms of share performance, went to Marathon Patent Group. The company’s stock price rocketed as it put in place a hugely significant deal with IPNav, began to…

03 February 2015

New Spherix shareholder RPX questions board's decision to reject Marathon approach

Shares in Spherix jumped today after it announced that it had been the subject of a bid from fellow public IP company (PIPCO) Marathon Patent Group. News of that offer coincided with confirmation that RPX had picked up a chunk of Spherix stock at…

02 February 2015

A senior team of deal-makers, technologists and lawyers departs Rockstar to start new firm

A team of senior Rockstar Consortium executives has left the firm to start an IP advisory business they are calling Marquis Technologies. They will be led by John Veschi, previously Rockstar’s CEO and before that chief IP officer of Nortel. Their…

30 January 2015

As new patent reform legislation heads for the House key senator makes the case for reform

Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the key legislators in the proposed patent bill that failed to reach the Senate floor last May, yesterday described the lowering of standards around fee shifting in patent…

29 January 2015

2014 was an unforgiving year for many PIPCO investors

Issue 70 of IAM will shortly be available to view online for subscribers, with hard copies hitting desks soon after. As this is our first edition for 2015, Data Centre takes a look back at the performance of publicly-traded IP company (PIPCO) stocks…

27 January 2015

Fortress-backed company expands patent offensive against Asian and US corporates

Andrea Electronics has filed a complaint at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that a slew of major companies have infringed five of its US patents relating to microphone noise cancellation technology. This is its latest push in a…

26 January 2015

IP-savvy activist shareholders + declining patent values + tightening patent eligibility = potential trouble for public companies

The PIPCO sector has attracted its share of - sometimes less than sophisticated - investor interest and there are a number of investors that are active around privately-held licensing-based businesses. There are also various kinds of financial model…

23 January 2015

The $130 million “anti-troll coalition” has the financial power to have a major say in the reform debate

A guiding principle for anyone observing the political process in Washington DC is, of course, to follow the money. In the patent world that is being given new meaning as the main players in the legislative reform debate swell the coffers of the US…

18 January 2015

Figures show clearly that PTAB petitions are a high-tech, big boys game - UPDATE

Hot on the heels of its 2014 US patent litigation survey – which showed a fall in suits and an especially dramatic drop in NPE activity in the third and fourth quarters – Unified Patents has produced a set of statistics on last year’s activity at…

10 January 2015

NPE suits in the US down significantly in 2014 and figures make it clear that SMEs are very much a secondary target

The 2014 Patent Litigation Report published earlier this week by Unified Patents is a treasure trove of statistics. Not surprisingly for a firm whose business model is focused on helping clients defend against “frivolous lawsuits” primarily…

09 January 2015

An IPR warning shot for pharma that could resonate far and wide

Earlier this week US hedge fund investor Kyle Bass got the wires buzzing when he reportedly outlined his plans to wage an inter partes review (IPR) war on big pharma at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). According to Bass,…

06 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part two

Yesterday, we revealed the identities of the first six of our IP personalities of 2014. Today, we name the final six - once again in alphabetical order. As previously explained, at IAM we define a “personality” in very broad terms. You don’t have to…

05 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part one

With the Christmas and New Year festivities now done and dusted, it’s time to crank up the juice and to get the IAM blog fully rocking and rolling once more. And what better way to do it than by revealing our IP personalities of 2014? As always,…