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12 December 2017

Private group makes $800 million offer for RPX

RPX has been the subject of a recent takeover offer from a private consortium which values the defensive aggregator at around $800 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the offer. IAM understands that the firm’s board has yet to…

21 November 2017

Tough market realities confront RPX and other service providers that are eyeing China expansion

On a recent quarterly earnings call, RPX CEO Marty Roberts told analysts that the firm is looking to expand its presence in China in 2018. The exact dimensions of the aggregator’s planned investment aren’t known as of yet, but when you speak with…

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…

03 November 2017

Looking at overseas growth to make up for sluggish US market, RPX contemplates Chinese move

RPX has indicated that it is looking to target China in 2018 in response to continued drag on its core business in the US. On a quarterly call with analysts, CEO Marty Roberts, revealed that the company was focused on Chinese opportunities as one of…

28 October 2017

Via launches LTE patent bank as it continues to push into mobile

Via Licensing is moving into the IP acquisition business with the launch of a defensive patent bank providing pool members with another layer of risk mitigation through a defensive aggregation model. The new bank is looking to buy high quality…

05 October 2017

Fresh suit shows RPX settlement deal hasn’t taken Creative out of the assertion game entirely

Back in July, RPX announced a deal with ZiiLabs – a subsidiary of Singapore’s Creative Technology – which halted US patent infringement litigation against seven defendants, at least some of whom are members of the aggregation service. As part of the…

21 September 2017

Red Hat expands its pioneering patent promise to the open source community

Open source software business Red Hat this morning announced a big expansion of its Patent Promise - the 2002 commitment the company made not assert to its patents against free and open source software. The promise now extends to all of Red Hat’s…

11 July 2017

RPX settlement deal ends latest Creative assertion campaign while $100 million ‘Zen patent’ awaits Alice fate

UPDATE - This article was updated on 12th June with further details about the ITC case involving the Zen patent RPX Corporation yesterday announced a deal with Singapore’s ZiiLabs that will see the Creative Technology subsidiary assign certain…

01 June 2017

Join a defensive aggregator and what is your financial return?

Defensive aggregator models continue to evolve to address the challenge posed by patent assertion entities. While determining the financial return on these can be challenging, there are solutions – as a work-through of the LOT Network proposition demonstrates

18 May 2017

As its share price rises and valuation climbs the chances of an RPX buyout becomes more remote

In February this blog broke the story that John Amster had stepped down as CEO of RPX in one of the patent market’s biggest shocks so far this year. According to a statement from the company which confirmed his exit, a disagreement between Amster…

28 April 2017

InterTrust CEO sees Patent Shield hook-up with Google as means to get edge in its VC operation

There have been several attempts in recent years to use patents to help start-ups protect themselves from possible infringement lawsuits. In 2015, for example, Google launched its Patent Starter Program which offered two patent families to 50 early…

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…

24 March 2017

A busy week for the auto sector as IV goes to court and Microsoft and Toyota announce a new agreement

The auto industry has been a hive of patent activity for several years. Manufacturers and suppliers are far more sophisticated players in terms of their own patenting, have become more assertive in fighting claims and are increasingly signing-up to…

16 March 2017

As it celebrates its 10th birthday, AST looks beyond the US and anticipates an upswing in patent prices

Defensive patent aggregation firm AST celebrates its 10th birthday this year at a time when it is on something of a roll. Last year, the firm successfully coordinated IP3, which, in a first for the market, brought together a group of operating…

07 March 2017

Just weeks after CEO exit, private equity interest in RPX mounts – and at a premium

In the last couple of weeks the RPX board has received a number of bids for the business from private equity investors amid growing interest in a buyout for the defensive patent aggregator. IAM understands that at least two of the bids have been…