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28 September 2018

McCurdy's move to RPX is high stakes for himself and for the firm

The defensive aggregator's new CEO is a much-needed figurehead, but with litigation risk in the US diminishing the former Provenance head faces some serious challenges

01 May 2018

RPX board accepts $555million purchase offer from Palo Alto private equity fund

RPX is set to be sold to private equity outfit HGGC in an all-cash deal that values the defensive aggregator at $555 million. The acquisition - at $10.50 a share - was announced this morning and brings to an end months of speculation about the firm&…

13 November 2017

AST hires former Yahoo! dealmaker for drive to expand membership base

AST has appointed former Yahoo! IP executive Ray Strimaitis as vice president, corporate development and global strategy. Although Strimaitis’s role looks like it will be broader, he is effectively replacing Linda Biel who left the defensive…

04 April 2017

Samsung, LG and Foxconn among early takers of Google’s new – and hush-hush – PAX licence

Google yesterday unveiled the Android Networked Cross-License – or PAX, for short – a new defensive licensing programme ostensibly aimed at reducing patent risk for businesses shipping products with its Android operating system. While PAX already…

27 February 2017

Microsoft’s Azure IP Advantage programme puts Amazon’s AWS cloud offering under pressure

Microsoft’s recent launch of its Azure IP Advantage programme for the company’s cloud customers has generated a great deal of coverage. On the IAM blog, we argued that it once again showed the company to be a world leader when it comes to creating…

03 February 2017

IAM Exclusive: John Amster leaves RPX

IAM understands that RPX co-founder John Amster has stood down as CEO of the defensive patent aggregator. As yet it is not known if he has been fired or has left of his own volition, but his departure comes less than a year after investment firm…

16 December 2016

LOT Network can look back on a bumper 2016 thanks to Asian subscriptions

For the first time, the License On Transfer (LOT) Network has released data relating to patents that have been assigned to third parties by its members. The figures give a glimpse of how the LOT Network project has progressed since its launch in…

04 December 2016

IP market pioneer McCurdy leaves RPX to become name partner at Quatela Lynch

Dan McCurdy, senior vice-president at RPX with responsibility for data and technology solutions, is to leave the defensive patent aggregator to become a partner with strategic IP consultancy Quatela Lynch. He will join on 1st January 2017, when its…

03 November 2016

IP3 results announced – more than $5.3 million spent with an average price of $96,000 per patent family

AST announced the results last week for the Industry Patent Purchase Promotion (IP3), the initiative backed by 21 companies designed to give patent owners a quick and easy way of selling their patents. The headline numbers are that IP3 made 56…

03 October 2016

Automakers in Korea and Japan embrace defensive patent aggregation, but Chinese companies hold out

This blog has noted that one of the big themes in Asia’s automaking industry this year has been a significant move by Japanese and Korean brands to join defensive patent alliances. It’s a strategic shift for the industry that in many ways is being…

26 September 2016

With the “troll” threat reducing, the case for defensive patent aggregation may no longer be as compelling

The week before last I hosted a webinar for IAM Market entitled Readying a Patent Portfolio for Sale: What You Need to Know to Be Successful. Over 350 people signed up to get the materials and the recording, while close to 200 listened live as…

18 May 2016

Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and 14 others team up with AST to launch new patent buying initiative

A group of major patent-owning companies - Google, Microsoft, IBM, Ford, Apple, Cisco and Facebook among them - have banded together to form the Industry Patent Purchase Program – or IP3 – providing patent owners with a streamlined way of selling…

04 April 2016

Issue 77 of IAM now out, with a cover story focusing on IV's changing patent monetisation strategy

The latest issue of IAM has now been published and is available online to all our subscribers. The cover story this time around focuses on Intellectual Ventures. For many years, the firm kept its cards close to its chest - rarely speaking to the…

24 March 2016

LOT nets Lenovo in further sign of Chinese companies' increasing engagement in global patent market

Lenovo last week became the latest company to join the License On Transfer Network (LOTNet), a coalition of IP owners that pledge to grant fellow members a licence to any patents they assign to patent assertion entities (PAEs). The Beijing…

01 February 2016

While Japan Inc remains sceptical about working with intermediaries, new realities are softening attitudes

Issue 76 of IAM – which is now available online for our subscribers – features highlights from a roundtable discussion I had with several senior IP executives at some of Japan’s major companies. You can view the full article here. We covered such a…