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23 April 2018

Taiwanese start-up widens assertion drive in the wake of 2017 Apple settlement

At last week’s IPBC Taiwan conference, managing IP costs emerged as a key theme of conversation – with some suggesting that financial pressure could lead to more monetisation activity. One firm that has recently opted to go down the monetisation…

19 January 2018

Google takes a big step in China and Tencent joins the patent licensing world in major cross-licence deal

Google and Tencent have announced a patent cross-licence deal that they say will pave the way for future technology collaboration. The pact is said to be “long term” and covering “a wide range of products and technologies”. Beyond that there are no…

07 November 2017

Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues

Transactions recorded in recent weeks show Seiko Epson picking up its divestment activity again, sending portfolios in the direction of Microsoft, IP Bridge and an unknown holding company. But despite the summer spurt of activity, the deals we know…

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…

14 March 2017

In tough market, how close Yahoo! gets to $740 million for Excalibur remains to be seen

Since Yahoo! put its Excalibur patent portfolio up for sale last summer, estimates have varied on how much it might go for. One early report speculated that the patents could generate as much as $4 billion — the kind of price tag not seen since the…

13 October 2015

Although they did not drive the deal patents will be important for the new Dell/EMC business

Even in a very frothy deals market, Dell’s proposed takeover of EMC is one that stands out. At $67 billion it’s the largest tech transaction ever announced, with Dell seemingly eager to lessen its relative exposure to the declining PC market and…

28 March 2016

Rovi plus Tivo with a bit of IV thrown in would create a powerful licensing force in a growing market

There’s no doubt that over the last few years Rovi has been ramping up its IP strategy. Last year it made its debut in our list (put together by MDB Capital Group) of those companies with at least 1000 active US patents as its total number of assets…

30 October 2015

Sogou’s assertion of patents against Baidu could be a landmark in the evolution of China’s IP market

Chinese internet and software company Sogou has sued domestic competitor Baidu for patent infringement in a development that underlines just how rapidly the Chinese IP marketplace is growing in sophistication. Sogou – a subsidiary of online…

20 October 2015

Boeing, Google, HP, IBM, Philips and 10 other companies join forces at launch of new IP and tech transfer portal

IAM has joined forces with 15 leading companies to launch a new product that will simplify IP and technology transfer dealmaking, while making the process more transparent. IAM Market is an online portal that allows IP owners to profile their…

05 January 2015

The IAM IP personalities of 2014, part one

With the Christmas and New Year festivities now done and dusted, it’s time to crank up the juice and to get the IAM blog fully rocking and rolling once more. And what better way to do it than by revealing our IP personalities of 2014? As always,…

01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL…

28 April 2015

“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of patents,” Google tells the market

Whatever you think of the possible motives, you can’t fault Google for trying. The search giant launched another initiative yesterday targeted at solving what it terms the “NPE problem”: the fact that 70% of the patents that are litigated by non…

23 April 2015

The big patent debate in which Google (for once) is on the sidelines

The debate and the fallout from the changes to the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy, has broadly resembled the ongoing debate around patent reform. On one side you have the implementers, those who typically put standards into practice,…

26 May 2015

HP's Tsinghua link-up lights the way for foreign companies looking to exploit IP in China; but big hurdles remain

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to sell the majority stake in its China-based networking, data storage and server businesses to state-run Tsinghua Holdings – the investment arm of Beijing’s Tsinghua University – in a deal worth at least US$2.3 billion…

16 July 2015

New version of Google Patents makes public bow today with mission to help raise quality standards

Google has launched a new version of Google Patents, the tech giant’s tool which enables users to search for US and international patents as well as analyse a vast database of prior art. The new version introduces a number of changes including…