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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…

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…

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…

01 February 2017

Why smart corporate IP strategies need licence on transfer

Licence on transfer is an emerging and flexible licensing tool which should be a part of every corporate IP transactions strategy

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…

30 September 2016

New priorities and strategies for sovereign patent funds

Sovereign patent funds have become key players in the global IP market. However, a shifting economic, legal and political landscape raises questions for the future of this state-backed aggregation model

27 September 2016

First results of IP3 buying spree show up in USPTO database; sellers included Korea’s Intellectual Discovery

The Industry Patent Purchase Program (IP3), the initiative launched in May by AST and a group of major operating companies which was designed to give patent owners a quick and simple way to sell their patents, has bought 78 US patent applications…

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…

27 May 2016

We will be a very different company in three years’ time, says Spherix CEO after key RPX deal closes

More evidence of a rapidly evolving NPE market came this week in the shape of two announcements from Spherix. The public IP company (PIPCO) which has a slew of Nortel patents in its arsenal, courtesy of two deals with the former Rockstar business,…

20 May 2016

The timing is perfect for IP3’s patent buyers; for sellers the picture is far less rosy

In many ways IP3, the new patent selling platform backed by the likes of Google, Apple, Ford, Microsoft and IBM that was announced on Wednesday, is a product of its time. It’s hard to imagine, say five years ago, Google and Apple jumping into bed…

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…

13 May 2016

Funai continues to explore patent monetisation options with IP Bridge deal

USPTO data suggests that Osaka-based electronics manufacturer Funai has become the latest Japanese corporate to team up with IP Bridge, the operator of the country’s first and to date only sovereign patent fund (SPF). According to the USPTO’s…