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30 March 2018

Nokia’s booming licensing business is based on high-quality patents, with filings and acquisitions to help grow its portfolio, exclusive analysis for IAM reveals

Approximately 35% of Qualcomm patents cite Nokia assets, research commissioned by IAM has uncovered. In a deep-dive into the Finnish company’s portfolio, published exclusively for subscribers yesterday, other information revealed by the team of…

20 February 2018

Despite the spin, new report shows NPEs are responsible for a fraction of European patent litigation

For several years executives from various US-based NPEs have been talking about the much more appealing litigation environment in various European countries as they have seen the climate become far tougher in their home market. Germany, in…

23 January 2018

WiLAN explains IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to others

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that…

10 January 2018

Gerald Holtzman

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Gerald Holtzman, the president of Personalized Media Communications and a major player in the IP transactions market since long before IAM began publishing in 2003. Gerald was a great…

02 January 2018

The IAM IP personalities of 2017 - part one

The mince pies have all been eaten, the decorations are down, the hangovers have been slept off, just about – and now the IAM blog is back for 2018. We get things going as we always do at the start of a new year by naming our IP personalities for…

30 October 2017

New licensing vehicle will be offering a slice of 12,000 former Nokia patents for just $100,000

Earlier this month we broke the story of how a large portfolio of Nokia patents had been acquired by Provenance Asset Group LLC, which is led by Dan McCurdy and Tim Lynch of Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM). Now, based on exclusive interviews with…

20 October 2017

Nokia disposes of huge US portfolio as company continues to streamline its patent arsenal

This story has been updated to include details of Dan McCurdy's role with Provenance Asset Group.  In what looks like one of the biggest patent deals of the year so far, Nokia has transferred a portfolio of almost 4,000 US grants to an entity…

22 September 2017

Nathan Myhrvold now the only IV founder with day-to-day, hands-on role at firm following Gorder exit

Intellectual Ventures founder Greg Gorder has left the firm, becoming the latest of the quartet of its founders to step away from the business, following Peter Detkin and Ed Jung. According to his bio, which remains on the IV website, Gorder left…

27 April 2017

China's emergence as a key patent litigation hub poses challenges for its companies

China is already arguably one of the three most important countries when it comes to patent enforcement and most signs point toward continued growth in litigation. For multinationals who have long struggled to protect their IP rights here, the…

18 April 2017

“We’re not sure that investing significant amounts of capital in patents really makes sense,” says WiLAN CEO

Yesterday’s news that WiLAN will purchase an Internet of Things (IoT) business as it looks to diversify away from patent licensing represented another nail in the coffin of the NPE sector as we know it. WiLAN is acquiring International Road…

07 April 2017

The UK's first-ever court decision on FRAND/SEP licensing could be a global game-changer

On Wednesday, the High Court sitting in London handed down the UK’s first-ever decision in a case relating to the licensing of standard essential patents on a FRAND basis. It came down on the side of licensor Unwired Planet in its dispute with…

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…

17 February 2017

Intellectual Ventures’ deal involving Dominion Harbor is firm’s biggest ever disposal

Intellectual Ventures has sold a portfolio of around 4,000 former Kodak patents to Dominion Harbor in another sign that the IP giant is actively seeking to slim down its holdings. This is the fourth deal that IV has done with Dominion, including…

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…

24 January 2017

Key FTC Commissioner states patents should remain a cornerstone of an effective US innovation policy

A member of the Federal Trade Commission has highlighted the importance of the US patent system to the country’s innovation economy, warning that investment in new technologies could be threatened by a weakening of patent rights. In a paper…