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15 February 2019

PanOptis acquired by New York-based private equity business

The NPE, which bought Unwired Planet in 2016 and owns thousands of patents previously held by Ericsson and Panasonic, sold to Brevet Capital for an undisclosed sum

14 February 2019

World’s most valuable startup buys patents again

The company behind Tik Tok bought out much of a struggling smartphone maker’s patent portfolio in January. USPTO assignments from last week show what assets Beijing-based ByteDance came away with

11 February 2019

Apple’s courtroom strategy shows team monetising former portfolio of Blackberry patents faces biggest licensing challenge

The iPhone maker moves for declaratory judgment claiming non infringement of grants relating to charging technology

07 February 2019

Pantech deals more patents, this time to Oppo

Sell-off continues as new ownership seeks to get out from under nearly $100 million in debt with just a few hundred granted US patents remaining in its arsenal

04 February 2019

As 5th birthday nears LOTNet aims to prove you can monetise patents and be a member at the same time

After Microsoft's headline grabbing decision to sign-up to the network last year, LOT CEO “absolutely expects IBM to join” once its Red Hat acquisition is finalised

01 February 2019

Still no sign of a patent war as the world’s largest automakers see US litigation slump

Ford faces new confrontation over alleged infringement of MIT-owned IP, but number of suits against car giant well down from 2012-2014 peak

31 January 2019

Excalibur IP accuses Spotify of infringing former Yahoo! patents

Delaware lawsuit is first move to litigate assets since former RPX dealmaker took control of portfolio 

31 January 2019

Latest Samsung acquisition could re-ignite patent war with Apple

The Korean electronics giant has bought Corephotonics, an Israeli startup that is taking on Apple in Judge Lucy Koh’s Northern District of California courtroom

29 January 2019

Facebook turns to IV for latest patent purchase

Deal follows acquisition of assets from AT&T and Provenance, and shows that interest in giant NPE’s portfolio remains high

28 January 2019

Critical condition: has Section 101 put the US medical device sector on life support?

As fears grow over subject-matter eligibility and technological convergence threatens to reshape the competitive landscape, patent strategy has become even more crucial for medical device companies

24 January 2019

Despite just $11 million of deals in three years, the IP3 patent buying programme is creating significant value

Participants in the scheme - such as Google, IBM and Microsoft - are getting something that is worth a lot more than the assets being offered for sale: market data 

18 January 2019

Downward trend in US patent litigation continues; Big Tech gets busier at the PTAB

Lawsuit filings and inter partes review petitions both fell in 2018, but operating companies’ share of the action was on the rise 

17 January 2019

University domination of the biologics patent landscape points way to heightened deal-making in the coming years

New report shows research institutions dominate the field, with UCAL, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the NIH, Harvard and Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology & Research leading the way between 2015 and 2018

08 January 2019

Immersion hands CEO job to former Nokia and Dolby patent monetisation head

The appointment of Ramzi Haidamus comes just days after the touchscreen technology company announced a partnership and licensing deal with Google

07 January 2019

US patent sales jump, with Samsung, InterDigital and Fortress among those leading the way

Transactions back up in third quarter after Q2 slump. More NPEs are buying up assets, while software continues to attract most interest indicating a price rise may be on the way