ParkerVision posts narrower net loss on lower litigation expenses

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the intellectual property licensing company run by CEO Jeffrey Parker, reported a narrower net loss in the fourth quarter of 2014 and full year because of a reduction in litigation expenses. Shares of ParkerVision gained 1.9% or 1.69 cents to 89.57 cents in trading on the Nasdaq before the earnings were announced. [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on ParkerVision posts narrower net loss on lower litigation expenses

Unwired Planet names new interim CFO from The Brenner Group

Unwired Planet Inc. (UPIP), the intellectual property licensing company run by Chairman Philip Vachon, said it named a new interim chief financial officer named Dean “Kip” Witter III to replace Mark Thompson, who had announced plans to step down last month. Reno, Nevada-based announced the naming of a new interim CFO in a filing with [...]

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Rovi accuses Engaged Capital of trying to seize control without paying premium

Rovi Corp. (ROVI), the licensing company run by CEO Thomas Carson, said March 12 a proxy fight launched by activist investor Engaged Capital LLC is an attempt to seize control of the company without paying a control premium. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Rovi’s statement came the same day Engaged Capital launched its proxy fight in an [...]

By | March 13th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Rovi accuses Engaged Capital of trying to seize control without paying premium

Inventergy said to threaten Sonus with Fortress-backed ‘IP Bloodbath’

Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT), the patent monetization company that received $11 million in debt financing from Fortress Investment Group, allegedly has used its relationship with Fortress as a cudgel to coerce Sonus Networks to agree to a licensing agreement worth from $24 million to $97 million. That is the allegation in a new amended complaint [...]

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Federal Circuit reverses lower court on indefiniteness of patent in Eidos v. AU Optronics

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a de novo ruling, reversed a lower court decision invalidating a liquid crystal display (LCD) patent in an infringement complaint filed by Eidos Display LLC against AU Optronics Corp. and other major LCD manufacturers on Tuesday, March 10. The appellate decision returns the case to the [...]

By | March 11th, 2015|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|Comments Off on Federal Circuit reverses lower court on indefiniteness of patent in Eidos v. AU Optronics

Judge rules Adobe is entitled to some exceptional case fees from Digital Reg

A judge in the U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., ruled on Monday, March 9 that Adobe Systems Inc. is entitled to exceptional case fees against Digital Reg of Texas LLC in a patent infringement dispute over three patents that were ruled obvious and therefore invalid. In September, a jury verdict approved by Judge Claudia [...]

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ESW Capital bid for Hipcricket ruled superior to SITO Mobile bid by bankruptcy court

SITO Mobile Ltd. (SITO), the mobile marketing company and patent monetizer run by CEO Jerry Hug, said its stalking horse bid for rival bankrupt mobile marketer Hipcricket Inc. (HIPP) was rejected by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Judge Laurie Silverstein ruled on March 10 that an amended bid for the right to sponsor [...]

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Network-1 settles litigation with Samsung, claims against 10 others continue

Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP), the intellectual property licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, said it reached a settlement of patent infringement litigation and a licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The terms were not disclosed, though Network-1 said Samsung will receive a fully-paid license to U.S. Patent No. 6,218,930 for remote power. The [...]

By | March 10th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Network-1 settles litigation with Samsung, claims against 10 others continue

Intellectual Ventures may face reduction in award against Symantec, judge signals

Intellectual Ventures, the privately-held patent monetization company founded in 2000 by Nathan Myhrvold, Edward Jung, Peter Detkin and Greg Gorder, is the latest patent monetization company facing the prospect of having a significant jury award reduced or thrown own by the courts. Bellevue, Washington-based Intellectual Ventures won a $17 million jury award from Symantec Corp. [...]

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Marathon Patent appoints Chernicoff to replace Smith on board

Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent monetization company run by Doug Croxall, said it appointed Richard Chernicoff to its board to replace Stuart Smith, who resigned effective March 3. Los Angeles-based Marathon said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Smith’s resignation was not in connection with any known disagreement with the [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Marathon Patent appoints Chernicoff to replace Smith on board