Optimism about reset of U.S. patent system under Trump upended by risky trade war with China

Much of the optimism patent licensing companies once had about a reset of the U.S. patent system under President Trump seems to be at risk in a risky trade war with China that some think could harm American technology and licensing companies for a generation or more. The optimism about Trump was felt in large [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|China, Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Patent owners see duplicative IPRs as example of an unfair U.S. patent system

A growing number of patent owners believe that the high percentage of duplicative filings of inter partes reviews (IPR) by large companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung and LG Electronics reveals how imbalanced the patent system is in the U.S. and that significant changes such as a limit of one IPR per patent are necessary [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|IPRs, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Federal Circuit upholds Finjan patent against Palo Alto Networks appeal of PTAB ruling

The Court off Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, a victory in its long running infringement dispute with Palo Alto Networks, affirming a ruling that a Finjan patent was valid. The appellate court decision came in an appeal of two [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

Serial IPR petitioners abuse the IPR process according to Robins Kaplan study

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has adopted a much too permissive approach to allowing petitioners to file serial inter partes review challenges of the same patent with some of the biggest abusers such as Apple and Microsoft filing duplicative IPRs 56% and 59% of the time. That's according to a new study by the [...]

By | September 14th, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, Uncategorized, USPTO|0 Comments

Patent licensing companies are turning to M&A bankers to sort out value in a down market

When Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN) went looking for an investment bank to advise it on recently emerged strategic opportunities, it didn’t choose one with proven intellectual property expertise. Instead, the cybersecurity technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, chose Atlas Technology Group, a boutique investment bank with experience advising on software mergers [...]

By | August 9th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Contingency lawyers are more reluctant than ever to represent patent owners in current environment

Contingency lawyers who once were willing to represent significant inventors, universities, medical laboratories and even non-practicing entities say for many it’s become too costly and risky to take on contingent cases thanks to controversial decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on injunctions, patentable subject matter, damages and venue. Contingent law firms agree to take on [...]

(Update1) High Court’s ruling on so-called ‘partial institutions’ of IPRs seen benefiting petitioners and patent holders

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in SAS v. Iancu, which rejects partial institution decisions on inter partes reviews,  is far more momentous than the high court's decision in Oil States v. Greene Energy, which affirmed the constitutionality of the IPR process, because SAS revises existing practices while Oil States reinforces the status quo. In SAS [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Fortress unit has filed liens on patents assigned to Theranos IP Co. LLC

Fortress Investment Group (FIG) may be about to take over patents assigned to Theranos IP Co. LLC, a unit of Theranos Inc., the troubled medical device company whose former CEO Elizabeth Holmes settled a fraud complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, based on liens placed on the patents by Fortress Credit Corp. New [...]

By | April 10th, 2018|Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

Federal Circuit reverses PTAB decision invalidating DSS patent enforced against Apple

Document Security Systems Inc. (DSS), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Ronaldi, said it won reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found that claims of a patent being enforced against Apple were unpatentable. Rochester, New York-based DSS said U.S. Patent No. 6,128,290 is the subject of DSS's patent infringement [...]

Reps. Stivers and Foster to introduce patent-owner friendly STRONGER Patent Act in the House

Representatives Steve Stivers (a Republican from Ohio) and Bill Foster (a Democrat from Illinois) are expected to introduce the House version of last year’s Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act, which was introduced in the Senate Even before it was introduced in the House the bill had [...]