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Leading Blogger Unloads on Patent Critics and the Real Bad Actors

Innovation is not threatened by patent “trolls,” says a Virginia IP attorney, but by half-truths about the failure of the patent system spread by businesses looking to defend their turf. The publisher of IP Watchdog, one of the most widely read blogs in the patent field, went from watchdog to bulldog this week, taking on businesses […]

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Mobile & Other Patents will Play a Role in Pantech Bankruptcy Sale

Expect a transaction to yield some clues about which smart phone-related patents are interesting, what they are worth and to whom. Struggling South Korean handset maker, Pantech, announced this week that it is up for sale. Pantech’s financial troubles could be other technology companies’ gains, especially if they are interested in cracking the lucrative Korean smart […]

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IP Dealmakers Forum will Connect Investors with Patent Holders

2014 IP Dealmakers Forum is the first to place equity, venture and debt investors in front of patent holders, private and public. IP deals are no different from other asset transactions. The best informed and networked are often in the best position to succeed. That’s what the organizers, all-star speakers and investor attendees are banking […]

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“Patent Licensing is Totally Broken,” Priceline Founder Tells Investors

Inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker says new ideas are needed to make innovation less contentious. He wants to make “no fault” patent licensing a reality. Earlier this year Jay Walker merged remaining parts of Walker Digital, his invention company, into Patent Properties (OTC: PPRO). Patent Properties will continue to license his patents and soon introduce a […]

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Big Media is Buying into YouTube Networks; IP Battles May Loom

New sources of content created independently, produced cheaply and distributed on YouTube are challenging network and cable TV dominance. The impact on copyright and brand licensing is unclear. If you are over 25, or so, you may be too old to notice it, but changes are taking place that are altering how and by whom […]

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LES Hot Topic: “Public IP Cos, Their Impact and Business Models”

Licensing Executives Society session at annual meeting in SF will also look at PIPCOs’ profile, performance and future. This year’s LES annual meeting in San Francisco, it’s 50th, will provide many timely sessions, including one on the future of PIPCOs – public IP (licensing) companies. Moderated by your dedicated IP CloseUp reporter, Bruce Berman, it features […]

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Vringo Stock Dive: Bad Day in Court or Flawed Business Model?

Google’s successful CAFC appeal has vacated Vringo’s already reduced $30M award. Could it have quit while it was ahead? Vringo stock traded as high as $5.45 in 2013 and as low as $.67 a few days ago. It lost 80% of its value in a matter of hours when its big win was overturned by […]

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Post-Grant Reviews are Shaping NPE Patent Quality & Portfolio Size

More and better patents have greater meaning for licensors now that a petitioner can seek an internal review (IPR) canceling a patent because of a single claim. Expect those with capital and experience to prevail. IPNav announced in May that the firm’s President, Deirdre Leane, is set to succeed CEO Erich Spangenberg by the end of […]

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PwC Patent Litigation Study: More Suits and NPEs; Fewer Big Awards

What’s to be learned from PwC’s 2014 Patent Litigation Survey that we don’t already know? Patent suits are at an all-time high, with almost 6,500 in 2013 keeping pace with the number of utility patents granted, about 300,000. Most of the new cases (67%), have been brought by NPEs or those without significant operating revenue. Median […]

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Despite Limiting Dubious Rights and Behaviors, Patents are More Uncertain than Ever

It’s unclear whether attempts by lawmakers and the courts to rein-in invalid patents and bad patent-holder behavior have succeeded in improving the system. Whatever the case savvy investors will be looking for a silver lining. Recent United States Supreme Court and federal district court decisions and new laws making it harder to enforce patents have […]

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Enhancing IP Deals will be Focus of LES’ 50th Anniv’y Meeting in SF

The Licensing Executive Society will celebrate its 50th year in 2014 holding education and networking meetings for patent and other IP holders and investors. The dates are October 5 to October 8 in San Francisco. The 2014 theme is “Advancing and Enhancing Business Development, Deals & Innovation” Meeting Highlights Interactive cross-sector plenary session featuring the “Titans […]

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2014 Patent Verdicts Suggest the Best IP Rights Remain Valuable if More Difficult to Monetize

While $50 million-and-up patent verdicts were up in the first half of 2014, there were only two wins higher than $131M and none from NPEs. The uncertainty brought about by legislation and the courts has not put a damper on patent wins, but it likely has influenced them by putting an unofficial ceiling on some. […]

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