New Book Takes a Hard Look at How Businesses Profit from Patents

‘The Intangible Investor’ scrutinizes how to generate the best returns in innovation — Why some significant holders would rather see patents weakened, including their own. What is innovative? Who owns it? What are the best ways to generate a return on new ideas? These are among the most vexing questions facing businesses today. The Intangible […]

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The Times IP Supplement Targets Mainstream Readers

The Times of London today published a sponsored 16-page special report devoted to intellectual property developments that addresses general and business readers with sprightly illustrated articles, data and commentary. The focus of the content in Raconteur provide an indication of what interests non-professionals and more mainstream readers about IP issues, and how best to reach them. […]

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Patent Pricing: One Part Market Value; Two Parts Perceived Need

Google’s recent sale of Motorola Mobility’s handset business to China’s Lenovo is an illustration of how what appeared to have been an over zealous acquisition in 2012 is starting to make more sense. It is a reminder that the eventual cost of the purchase and return to Google is not necessarily visible on the balance sheet or its P&L. Extracting value from patents can […]

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Silicon Valley Execs Collude to Steal from Engineers, says Pando Daily

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by and reported in PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from […]

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IP CloseUp 30 Index is Updated

Exclusion of two prominent patent holders will make the IP CloseUp® 30 index of publicly held IP companies (PIPCOs) more relevant. ARM (ARM.L) and Qualcomm (QCOM), while strong, patent licensing companies with excellent IP portfolios, have been removed from the IPCU 30 because their large market cap, $14 billion  and $131 billion, respectively, dwarfs the others […]

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Can a Publicly Held Patent Buying Service Solve the ‘Troll’ Problem?

An article in Fortune by a former litigator examines a possible market solution for what he calls “the nation’s most pressing legal challenge.” Taking on the Trolls in the current Fortune is worth reading for what it hints at – a possible market based solution for a growing business problem, patent disputes – as well as what […]

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Patent Troll “Witch Hunt” Slammed; IP Litigation Tactics, Too

Companies and lawmakers who bash businesses that license patents got a dose of their own bitter medicine this week when their techniques were compared with those of fear-mongering, 1950s anti-communist demagogue Joe McCarthy. “Villains of the new millennium” is how Jamie Siegel, an Acacia Research Group’s Senior Vice President, characterized the portrayal of non-practicing entities NPEs, […]

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Pandora Suit Against ASCAP May Portend Future for Inventors as well as Songwriters

The royalties guaranteed to songwriters for playing their work on radio, television, and in restaurants and retail establishments are being threatened by a law suit filed by the streaming media service, Pandora, against ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Pandora contends that the century-old royalty scheme governed by a Department of Justice […]

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Vringo’s Potential $1b in Google-AOL Patent Case is not Yet a Win

While the court’s decision to enhance damages last week is a big positive, Google is unlikely to accept defeat without a fight. Vringo, Inc.’s shares shot up 20% last Wednesday after a district court ruled that the result of the enhanced damages calculation on its AdWords infringement case involving AOL and Google could exceed $1 […]

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Expiration of Key 3D Printing Patents in February Will Fuel Growth and Confusion

Fewer fundamental patents on the most basic 3D printers is unlikely to have an immediate impact on most businesses, IP holders or investors. A few years from now it will be different. The cost of basic 3D printers is likely to drop dramatically in 2014, enabling hobbyists and individuals greater access to the disruptive technology. […]

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March LES Meeting will Enable Attendees to Customize

The first-ever mid-year LES meeting featuring presentations by Judge James F. Holderman and former USPTO Commissioner David Kappos, will also be the first to provide six industry tracks that can be tailored by attendees to suit their interests. Optimized for customization, the March LES meeting will take place in New York and give those LES […]

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If “trolls” that make frivolous claims should be subject criminal penalties, so should patent infringers and filers who act irresponsibly

Lawmakers have failed to make a distinction between NPEs that are good for the innovation and those that are bad. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s  ambitious legislative agenda for 2014 includes criminalizing several dangerous activities affecting the constituents of his state: soliciting child pornography, selling designer drugs, and patent trolls.  Yes, that’s right, patent trolls […]

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