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22 December 2017

The most read IAM blog stories of 2017 revealed as we take a break. See you at the start of 2018!

We are taking a short break on the IAM blog to celebrate the Christmas and New Year, and to recharge our batteries after what has been an extremely busy 2017. Since the start of January, Google Analytics tells me, we have had just over 154,000…

15 December 2017

AST on track for record year as it capitalises on buyers’ market for patent dealmakers

In October we ran a story following a comment from AST’s CEO Russell Binns that the patent market was due to see 30,000 assets for sale in 2017. “It seems like everyone is trying to clear house at the same time,” he commented at that time. Well,…

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…

01 December 2017

The finance of IP litigation

As contingency arrangements in US patent cases become rarer, litigation financing options are attracting more interest. With so many choices available, those exploring opportunities have much to understand

01 December 2017

Provenance CEO: The reason the Yahoo! portfolio hasn’t sold is because not enough people are scared of it

Since Yahoo! put up a large portfolio of is patents up for sale last year we have become accustomed to plenty of speculation about how much the assets might be worth and who might buy them. But we’re still none the wiser about how much the assets…

01 December 2017

Tokyo treat for IP pros

IPBC Asia 2017 took place at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo from October 29 to 31. Over 530 delegates – a new record – were in attendance, contributing to what was a fascinating and insightful three days. Issues such as IP strategy in the age of convergence and the state of the global patent transactions market were central themes, with the perspective of senior IP leaders from the region forming the basis of discussions. By the end one thing had become abundantly clear: change is in the air and Asia is at the heart of the developing world of intellectual property

01 December 2017

Asia’s first $500 billion company can in part thank a diverse IP value creation strategy for its success

In the hottest Hong Kong IPO in a decade, shares of China Literature surged over 90% in their trading debut earlier this month. The wild success of Tencent’s digital publishing business with investors is just the latest success for the Shenzhen…

01 December 2017

The 2017 brokered patent market – the fightback begins

Whisper it softly but the signs first glimpsed in 2016 are becoming stronger – the brokered patent market in the United States may just be in the first stages of a recovery

01 December 2017

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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

03 November 2017

Samsung Electronics scoops up nearly 500 patent assets from defunct US search startup

With a valuation of just over $600 million, Quixey was not quite a unicorn, but it is one of the biggest Silicon Valley startups to go out of business thus far in 2017. The Mountain View-based developer of mobile search platforms and digital…

02 November 2017

Intellectual Discovery plans sale of its venture capital unit later this year

Korean patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) is seeking a buyer for its subsidiary ID Ventures, according to the company’s website. IAM understands the fund is weighing multiple offers already, and just one week remains before the bidding deadline…

30 October 2017

New licensing vehicle will be offering a slice of 12,000 former Nokia patents for just $100,000

Earlier this month we broke the story of how a large portfolio of Nokia patents had been acquired by Provenance Asset Group LLC, which is led by Dan McCurdy and Tim Lynch of Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM). Now, based on exclusive interviews with…

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…

24 October 2017

VirnetX calls off share sale to Japanese partner after Apple verdict drives up stock price

Back in June, VirnetX Holding Corp announced plans to sell a 10% stake in itself to an obscure Japanese partner billed as a consortium of Japanese corporations and financial institutions. The PIPCO (which trades on the NYSE American exchange) was…

20 October 2017

Nokia disposes of huge US portfolio as company continues to streamline its patent arsenal

This story has been updated to include details of Dan McCurdy's role with Provenance Asset Group.  In what looks like one of the biggest patent deals of the year so far, Nokia has transferred a portfolio of almost 4,000 US grants to an entity…