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21 May 2019

Recent run of success for IPValue provides more evidence of robust semiconductor licensing market

Deals with Samsung and Mediatek come as the NPE reveals it has chalked up revenues of more than $400 million over the last two years  

20 May 2019

After SEP push Unified Patents goes back to its roots

Cisco and McAfee among early members as launch of new security zone initiative reflects heightened NPE activity in the sector

20 May 2019

Trade war has not stopped US-China chip patent deals

Analysis of US patent assignment data shows cross-border transactions are still happening in semiconductors and other high-tech sectors. Proposed legislation could lead to greater scrutiny

17 May 2019

Recent deals show busy litigant Samsung is picking its battles

Settlement with Immersion and newly-minted Huawei agreement both came on the heels of China litigation, while IPVALUE licence announced yesterday keeps the Korean giant out of court

13 May 2019

Continental lawsuit against Avanci could help set the terms for licensing in the IoT 

Key automotive supplier accuses pool operator, Nokia and several other patent owners of antitrust violations in what looks set to become a blockbuster case in front of the Northern California federal district court

09 May 2019

Toyota taking aim at GE hybrid patents as it offers its own for free

The dispute over the validity of 5 GE-owned patents goes back to before the automakers big initiative announced last week; early returns from the PTAB have not been favourable for the Japanese firm

25 April 2019

US inventor: “Suing Apple would cost me $20 million in the US. In China I can do it for $500,000”

Head of American advocacy group explains why he has given up on home soil and has chosen Beijing to launch action against iPhone maker over video codec technology

22 April 2019

Litigation involving high-performance camera maker underlines Fortress’s reach

SiOnyx, which is owned by the investment giant, and co-plaintiff Harvard accuses Japanese optical devices manufacturer of patent infringement

16 April 2019

Huawei leverages patent transactions for peace and profit

Recent assignments showcase different ways Huawei reaps value from patent deals: one sealing its settlement with Samsung, another arming America’s most prolific NPE

16 April 2019

IV looks to expand its licensing ecosystem with Desmarais tie-up

“We’ve used them as a litigation firm in the past, they know our portfolio really well and we wanted to take the opportunity to leverage that expertise more broadly to focus it on co-developing licensing programmes along with our own team,” says Invention Investment Fund head Mathen Ganesan

12 April 2019

Via Licensing signals China focus with new deals and big hires

In an interview with IAM, firm president Joe Siino (pictured, far right) also confirms expansion of operations in Hong Kong, with former Technicolor licensing head Deirdre Leane soon to join the team

11 April 2019

Funai’s biggest patent disposal yet looks like a monetisation play

The Japanese OEM completed a big patent acquisition from Lexmark in 2013 to boost its inkjet business, and a new deal suggests it wants to get more money out of those 1,500 assets

09 April 2019

In court fights with Fortress, Apple encounters a new kind of foe

As litigation continues to unfold over former Inventergy and Uniloc patents investment giant has the kind of capital needed for a prolonged fight

05 April 2019

Future of former Yahoo! patents comes back on the agenda 

No free passes insists Excalibur head as he contemplates future of $250m portfolio after parent company announces dissolution

04 April 2019

Toyota offers 24,000 patents royalty-free in bid to boost hybrid business

The Japanese automaker is ‘opening up’ patents related to hybrid electric vehicle technology that it has previously licensed to Nissan, Ford, Subaru and Mazda, in a move that expands on its previous fuel cell pledge