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08 February 2018

An exclusive look at Xperi’s patent position as revenues exceed expectations

Xperi – the company formerly known as Tessera – had a positive 2017 financial year. Its  preliminary results – announced in a recent press release – exceeded market expectations. Following its better-than-expected results, IAM takes a closer look at…

02 February 2018

Nokia forecasts significant licensing growth after a big year for its patent business team

Earnings season is in full swing and so far, of the licensing-heavy businesses to report, it’s Nokia that is arguably the standout performer. Many of the headlines on the Finnish company’s results purred about the strong licensing performance…

02 February 2018

Why talk of a pharma patent deal-making surge in 2018 is premature

A flurry of pharmaceuticals transactions in January has led several observers to describe the past month as the best start to M&A in recent years, and has further encouraged predictions of a surge in patent-driven acquisitions in 2018. Yet, by a…

01 February 2018

<strong>IP strategist:</strong> Financial modelling for IP strategists

Modelling tools from the world of finance can be deployed to help inform IP decision makers, with their applications extending well beyond outright monetisation campaigns

01 February 2018

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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

01 February 2018

Trends in semiconductor patent transaction activity from 2013 to 2017

Upheavals in the semiconductor industry have seen patents change hands at unprecedented rates. This activity means that the IP landscape now looks very different to how it did five years ago

01 February 2018

The long and the short of it

Matt Stack has spent much of his investment career developing a keen understanding of just how valuable intellectual property can be to a company. But as patents become far less enticing, he has shifted his focus to a new and very different kind of intangible asset

01 February 2018

The IP personalities of 2017

IAM names the 10 people and institutions that made some of the biggest waves over the last year and that helped to encapsulate developments in the global IP market

30 January 2018

Rambus and Xperi release results as US licensing businesses adjust to new accounting standard

Rambus and Xperi have both released their results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and, bucking the licensing headwinds, turned in solid performances. Their numbers also provided the first indications of how licensing businesses are preparing for a…

25 January 2018

Finjan sees quick payoff from groundbreaking IBM patent deal

Finjan has already recouped the $2 million it spent on acquiring a small package of patents from IBM last year as part of a deal which saw the cyber security business form a new subsidiary, Finjan Blue. The news emerged as the company announced its…

16 January 2018

New deal structure suggests WiLAN has its eye on further semiconductor patent acquisitions

WiLAN, now part of the Quarterhill family of companies, kicked off 2018 with two patent deals with major Asian operating companies, TSMC and Panasonic. On January 8th, the NPE announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Cetus Technologies had acquired…

15 January 2018

Bank of America and IBM lead on blockchain patents, but start-ups and other specialists dominate

As the fluctuating bitcoin market has everyone talking, new research has thrown light on which companies are the leading filers of patents related to blockchain, the technology which underpins the world’s best known cryptocurrency, but whose…

12 January 2018

Pharma executives predict increase in patent deal-making following US tax reform

A number of leading pharmaceuticals executives have said that recent US tax reforms will create a more conducive environment for patent transactions. Corroborating forecasts made by leading industry analysts suggest that 2018 will see a significant…

12 January 2018

Inventergy makes assertion comeback, but PIPCO travails show brutal market remains

It looks like the public IP company (PIPCO) Inventergy, which went through a recent major restructuring that saw it hand control of a huge portfolio to debt provider Fortress, has reappeared on the assertion scene, filing a suit in the Central…

05 January 2018

Round-up - another big litigation drop, Fortress deals, rumours of significant Xiaomi acquisition

As we covered late last month in our top 10 stories of the year, 2017 was a particularly active year for patent news in the US. From Indian tribes becoming major patent owners and claiming sovereign immunity at the PTAB, to major corporate IP…