Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP seen facing rejection in China, a casualty of looming trade war between China and U.S.

China IP market watchers said the Ministry of Commerce of China’s request for Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) to withdraw and refile their notice of acquisition may be a precursor to a decision to scuttle the deal, the latest casualty in a looming trade war between the U.S. and China. The request [...]

April 20th, 2018|Categories: China, Patent Investing|Tags: , |

What CEO pay reveals about the prospects for InterDigital, Xperi and VirnetX

A comparison of the explanations of the executive compensation packages of InterDigital Inc. (IDCC) CEO William Merritt, Xperi Corp. (XPER) CEO Jon Kirchner, and VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) CEO Kendall Larsen may have a lot to reveal about the future prospects of the three technology companies. All three technology companies make make money by licensing [...]

April 20th, 2018|Categories: exec changes, Patent Investing|Tags: , |

Acacia reduces size of board to seven from eight in midst of proxy battle with activists Sidus and BLR Partners

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing firm that is fighting a proxy battle with activist investors Sidus Investment Management and BLR Partners LLC, said it is reducing its board from eight directors to seven directors. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia is reducing its board at a time when Sidus, run by Alfred Tobia Jr., and [...]

April 19th, 2018|Categories: exec changes, Patent Investing|Tags: , |

U.K. High Court of Justice hands Conversant big jurisdiction win in standard essential patent dispute with Huawei and ZTE

The High Court of Justice in London on Monday, April 16, handed Conversant Intellectual Property Management a significant victory in its dispute with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. over a fair reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license for standard essential wireless patents. Justice Henry Carr rejected a challenge by defendants Huawei and ZTE to [...]

April 18th, 2018|Categories: China, Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, U.K.|Tags: , |

TiVo renews product and patent license with Mediacom Communications

TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the entertainment technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Enrique Rodriguez, said it has renewed its product and patent portfolio license agreement with Mediacom Communications, a top 10 multichannel video service provider in the U.S. The San Jose, California-based company didn't provide any details on the terms of the license. The company [...]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: licensing agreement, Patent Investing, Product|Tags: , |