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02 April 2015

Bass/Spangenberg file new pharma IPR re-exams

Hedge fund investor Kyle Bass and former IPNav CEO Erich Spangenberg have filed inter partes reviews against patents owned by Shire Pharmaceuticals and NPS Pharmaceuticals. The Irish headquartered Shire recently bought NPS in a $5.2bn deal. Its…

31 March 2015

With so much fear surrounding the PIPCO sector, now is the time to be greedy, says leading IP investor

Mark Argento is a founding partner of boutique investment bank Lake Street Capital Markets and one of the leading analysts of public IP companies (PIPCOs). The businesses he covers include Acacia Research, TiVo, Unwired Planet and Vringo. He…

26 March 2015

Mazda aligns with Japan's anti-NPE camp but increases IP value with LOTNET membership

Japanese carmaker Mazda signed up to the License On Transfer Network (LOTNET) this week, demonstrating how the litigation risk reduction initiative is spreading its appeal to a diverse range of IP owners – and proving again that Japanese companies…

24 March 2015

Panasonic makes its case as Japan’s IP strategy leader with royalty-free and open source plans

Panasonic announced that it will grant royalty-free access to its patents, software and other technology assets relevant to the development of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) services at the Embedded Linux Conference in San Diego yesterday. This…

24 March 2015

InterDigital reveals that, like Qualcomm, it is reworking relationship with IEEE after introduction of new patent policy

In February the standards setting organization the IEEE announced a number of significant changes to its patent policy – the terms which govern the licensing of a range of standard essential patents, particularly in the Wi-Fi space. Those changes…

23 March 2015

Patents give Kodak a second chance – and what could be more American than that?

How will we come to view Kodak? The iconic US company emerged from bankruptcy in 2013 after it had missed the digital photography revolution and crumbled into technological irrelevance. On Sunday it was the subject of a New York Times article which…

20 March 2015

The biggest impact on patent quality would be the USPTO injecting certainty into the eligibility debate

Next week the USPTO will hold its first summit on patent quality. Having both appointed its first deputy commissioner on the issue and announced its enhanced patent quality initiative earlier this year, it’s easy to see what the agency currently…

17 March 2015

Another investor attack launched against a pharma patent at the PTAB; and Kyle Bass is not involved

An IPR has been filed against an Allergan patent by an investment firm in a move that will heighten fears in the life sciences industries about the potential damage the PTAB process could do to their IP rights. The latest move comes after two…

13 March 2015

Patent reform on a knife-edge; Germany's growing appeal; PIPCO consolidation; and other highlights from NPE 2015

Yesterday, IAM hosted the NPE 2015 conference at the Convene Center in New York’s Financial District. Close to 200 delegates attended the event, including ,many senior leaders at public and private NPEs, inventors, investors, DC lobbyists, analysts…

12 March 2015

IV, VirnetX and Apple’s $500 million nemesis all among the most targeted at the PTAB

Recently we ran a blog on the most frequent filers of IPRs at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Not surprisingly the list was dominated by large tech companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, all of which frequently find…

10 March 2015

Confidential deals with Apple and Intel show that Intellectual Ventures still has pulling power

Last week’s news that Intellectual Ventures had signed a major licensing deal with Ford was undoubtedly good news for the firm. As I understand it, the transaction was completed after a painstaking negotiation that took place over a period years…

05 March 2015

The Inventing America event showed opposition to the Innovation Act is bi-partisan and getting STRONGer

With competing bills in Congress and lobbying dollars pouring into the fight, it’s fair to say that the patent reform debate is heating up. Earlier this week a coalition of groups including the Association of American Universities, the Association…

03 March 2015

A letter to Congress on patent reform from 51 IP academics is powerful, but omits many key points

Yesterday a group of 51 prominent academics who specialise in the study of intellectual property wrote to members of the US Congress to argue that there is a large body of empirical evidence demonstrating that patent reform is necessary. “Over the…

01 March 2015

Deal with Ford is potentially very good news for IV and also indicates patents are coming to the fore in auto sector

To this observer, it’s slightly strange that there has not been more comment on the announcement made by Intellectual Ventures on 27th February that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Ford. Writing on the IV blog, president and COO…

26 February 2015

Don’t bet against Apple turning the tables in its $500 million battle with NPE Smartflash

A Texas jury decision to award damages of $533 million against Apple for infringing three patents owned by NPE Smartflash Technologies has rightly attracted a lot of headlines. It might be the world’s biggest company but a decision that may see the…