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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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First Wireless Phone is Among 18 Early Inventions Filmed by Pathé

Coming up with better ideas for communication and transportation is nothing new. British Pathe captured many of the 20th Century’s most innovative on film.  A news film archive popular until television made it superfluous, British Pathé, recently made available for viewing on video 85,000 of its newsreels collected from 1896 to 1976. A group of […]

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Copyright Monetization Business is Latest IP Enforcement Play

New IP licensing model is generating opportunity for content providers and investors; obstacles for file-sharers. Rightscorp is an IP licensing business model of a different stripe. It monetizes copyrights through widespread enforcement of consumers who download music and movies without paying. While some may consider Rightscorp the first public “copyright troll,” others see it as an […]

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Five New Stocks added to IP Close Up 30 Patent Licensing Index

Finjan, Inventergy, Network-1, Straight Talk and Universal Display have been added to the IP licensing company (PIPCO) stock index, IP Close Up 30. To remain relevant a stock index must change. Companies added to the IP CloseUp® 30, a conveniently configured, real-time listing of company stock performance, financials and news include those that can be […]

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New Patent Sector Index: PIPCOs Trail the S&P 500 over 3-Yr Period

Despite their increased size and capital most small public companies that rely significantly on patent licensing have yet to prove they can compete with other equity investments. A recent report by, “PIPX Intellectual Property Sector Index,” from Dr. Kevin Klein of Freescale Semiconductors, a provider of embedded procession solutions, shows that the stock of most […]

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Public IP Company Challenges will be Heard at IP Business Congress

Interest in public IP licensing companies or PIPCOs continues to build; so do supporters and skeptics. With some 30 trading on various exchanges throughout the world, “PIPCO Challenges” will be among the 16 sessions featured at the 2014 IP Business Congress in Amsterdam, June 22-24. IP CloseUp editor, Bruce Berman, (yes, that’s me) will moderate […]

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Top Plaintiffs are Operating Cos Not NPEs, New Study Shows

Seven of the top ten plaintiffs with the most patents asserted in cases open in 2013 are operating companies. Data presented in a report released this morning by Lex Machina, the legal analytics firm based in Silicon Valley, indicate that businesses that sell products are much more likely to be involved in active patent litigation than […]

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Online Retailer Alibaba ‘Stocks Up’ on U.S. Patents Pre-IPO

In the days preceding what could be the largest U.S. IPO ever, Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has been buying patents as well as filing them in an attempt to establish a stronger IP presence. According to Bloomberg News, Alibaba’s pre-IPO patent buying is part of a larger move on the part of some e-commerce […]

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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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