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04 June 2018

IV, Huawei, Sharp and NXP among the leading sellers of patents in first quarter, AST data reveals

IAM has teamed up with Allied Security Trust (AST) to provide quarterly updates on the secondary market for patents to determine who’s buying, who’s selling and what sort of assets are changing hands. As well as the data, AST has provided some…

01 June 2018

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

01 June 2018

Europe enjoys a patent renaissance, despite Brexit and UPC uncertainty

With close to 900 responses, the 2018 IAM benchmarking survey is the biggest we have carried out yet. The results reveal an IP market that is more international than ever before, but which has still to fully recover its mojo

01 June 2018

Bigger than BlackBerry

Mark Kokes quit as BlackBerry’s IP head last year to go to work at a sprawling conglomerate owned by one of California’s richest men. Charged with monetising a huge, disparate portfolio, this new role could be his biggest challenge yet

28 May 2018

RPX filing confirms early interest in the company at well above the eventual sale price

Last week RPX’s proposed takeover by private equity player HGGC passed an important milestone, as the private equity player commenced its tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of the defensive aggregator at its offer price of $10.50 per…

22 May 2018

Chinese company which raised $1.3 billion in IP-backed financing has Virginia factory site foreclosed

It would appear that the recipient of the largest ever IP-backed loan has come full circle to cautionary tale. Tranlin Paper, based in China’s Shandong Province, borrowed well over a billion dollars from the China Development bank in 2014 on the…

21 May 2018

Reports of a new Fortress fund point to continued success in the market but raise questions for Softbank

According to a recent news report Fortress IP is putting together a $400 million “patent troll” fund in what looks like a significant capital raising exercise.  Beyond the amount they’re looking to raise, however, details in the story are…

13 May 2018

Microsoft's changing patent priorities spelled the end for IV's third invention investment fund

Last week we reported on a filing made by a Microsoft subsidiary in Ireland which provided details of a $136.5 million write down of an investment the company had made in Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Investment Fund 3 (IIF3). The filing also…

03 May 2018

RPX’s new owners will face tough task of improving financials and keeping members on board

Tuesday’s news that RPX’s board of directors had accepted a $555 million offer for the company draws a line on an episode in the company’s history that effectively began in the months leading up to John Amster’s exit early last year. The defensive…

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&…

23 April 2018

Iancu is promising change, but only action will revive the US’s struggling monetisation market

Since Andrei Iancu took over as USPTO Director in February it has been hard to fault his engagement with the user community. As well as sitting down with IAM just a few weeks into his tenure (he is the cover star of our latest issue), he has been a…

20 April 2018

Cantor Fitzgerald IP managing director departs and could be set to strike out on his own

Andy Ramer, who was one of the driving forces behind the Ocean Tomo patent auctions in the 2000s, has left Cantor Fitzgerald after a little over four years at the investment giant, where he was managing director of the IP group. Ramer is not moving…

29 March 2018

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

02 March 2018

InterDigital more than doubles patent portfolio with acquisition of Technicolor licensing business

InterDigital confirmed last night that it was buying Technicolor’s licensing business in a transaction valued at $475 million. Once completed the deal will draw a line under the French company’s licensing operation which has long been one of the…

23 February 2018

InterDigital sees revenue boosted by LG deal and forecasts big benefits from new US tax law

InterDigital announced its 2017 financials yesterday and while they didn’t match last year’s blockbuster performance, the company still saw total income of a little over $530 million. Although that was down from $665.9 million in 2016, its licensing…