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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…

28 March 2016

Taiwan remains a bystander as patent fund activity heats up in China, Korea and Japan

In recent months we have seen a steady churn of activity by Asia’s sovereign patent funds (SPFs). Some are certainly further along than others, but Japan, South Korea and China all have funds at various stages of development – aggregating patents,…

25 March 2016

New Korean sovereign patent fund makes its first move with telecom patent investment

Asia’s newest sovereign patent fund looks to be officially up and running. Last summer, this blog covered the launch of KDB Infra IP Capital by two Korean state-owned banks, with start-up capital of about $89 million. Eight months later, Korean…

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…

17 March 2016

Investor issues stinging rebuke of RPX strategy and presses for major changes

Mangrove Partners, an investment firm that has thus far made its name in the IP world by filing a series of IPRs against VirnetX, has written a highly critical letter to RPX’s Board of Directors as it looks to address what it sees as a number of…

29 February 2016

This is the year the US patent pendulum swings back - how you should react

It’s been tough going for patent owners in the US over recent years, with legislation, the courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO increasing uncertainty over validity and enforcement; this has reduced the incentives alleged…

26 February 2016

A new defensive patent network aims to offer more flexible alternative to LOTNet

The Clearing House and its subsidiary Askeladden LLC are finalising plans to launch a new defensive patent network designed to give operating companies greater protection from patent infringement lawsuits, particularly from NPEs. While The Clearing…

11 February 2016

Korea will need more than litigation risk reduction to put its IP rights balance firmly in the black

The License On Transfer (LOT) Network announced last week that it has welcomed Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors as its first new members in 2016. As well as being the second and third automotive OEM companies to sign up to the alliance…

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…

18 December 2015

Patent reform stalls, Bass takes on pharma, litigation spikes plus plenty more – the US IP market in 2015

As we near the end of the year it’s list time and so here’s our run through of the most significant patent stories from the US. As with last year, we’ve ranked them in order of importance. Feel free to tell us where we got it wrong. Kyle Bass and…

04 December 2015

The rules of the game may have changed, but the brokered patent market is still alive and kicking

The latest issue of IAM – now available online for subscribers – features our annual review of the brokered patent marketplace. The past few years have been something of a turbulent time for US patent assets and the intermediaries who seek to profit…

03 December 2015

Spherix avoids “draconian consequences” of missing $5 million RPX payment

It was always one of the stranger outcomes of RPX’s acquisition of the Rockstar portfolio that as part of the deal it found itself as the largest shareholder in the NPE Spherix. When your business model is based on reducing exposure to NPE…

27 November 2015

Samsung’s $23 million Netlist deal shows Fortress IP financing model is about much more than stick licensing

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and US cloud computing and data storage company Netlist have entered into a licensing agreement that will see the two collaborate on the development of NVDIMM-P non-volatile memory solutions. The deal shows that…

10 November 2015

Buying strategies for growing companies; the great "troll" debate; US hope & more at IPBC Asia 2015 Day Two

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 have now come to an end, although many of the 550 delegates are now enjoying one final networking opportunity at the closing drinks reception. Before joining them, IAM’s team of reporters covering…

09 November 2015

US market dominance under serious threat and much more from IPBC Asia 2015 Day One

The plenary and breakout sessions of IPBC Asia 2015 got underway today at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Over 550 delegates are in attendance, with a very strong showing of senior corporate IP managers working in Japanese companies and those based in…