Ericsson reaches global settlement with Apple, terms confidential, includes initial payment and royalty

Ericsson AB (ERIC) and Apple Inc. (APPL) said they reached a global settlement of all pending patent infringement litigation in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands for an undisclosed amount. As part of the seven-year agreement, Apple will make an initial payment to Ericsson and, thereafter, will pay on-going royalties. The specific terms [...]

By | December 21st, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Ericsson reaches global settlement with Apple, terms confidential, includes initial payment and royalty

ParkerVision raises $2.65M in financings with institutional investors and a director

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Parker, said it raised $2.06 million in a private placement of common stock from institutional investors and another $50,000 of common stock from a director. Jacksonville, Florida-based ParkerVision said it issued 10,859,023 shares at 19 cents each in the first financing and 208,333 shares [...]

By | December 18th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on ParkerVision raises $2.65M in financings with institutional investors and a director

(Update3) Acacia loses Adaptix infringement action against Alcatel-Lucent, others, shares fall more than 20%

Shares of Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by CEO Matt Vella, dropped more than 20% after the patent licensing company was handed a defeat in its Adaptix Inc. unit’s infringement action against Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. and others. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia said a jury in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas [...]

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(Update1) Power Integrations wins $139.8M infringement award against Fairchild Semiconductor

Power Integrations Inc. (POWI), a provider of semiconductor technologies for high-voltage power-conversion, won a rare $139.8 million award against Fairchild Semiconductor in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Calif. The award came after a second trial on damages after Judge Maxine Chesney threw out a $105 million award in March 2014. The original jury’s finding [...]

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Changes to U.S. patent system are seen as unlikely to harm American Innovation as many patent owners fear

The patent owners complaining the loudest about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s Mayo and Alice rulings will stifle innovation in the U.S. are licensing companies and other non-practicing entities and owners of relatively weak patents, who have seen a system once tilted in their direction, tilted squarely against them by the courts and the America [...]

By | December 17th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Changes to U.S. patent system are seen as unlikely to harm American Innovation as many patent owners fear

Finjan is seeking $7.8M in exceptional case fees from Blue Coat Systems

Finjan Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, is seeking $7.8 million in exceptional case fees against Blue Coat Systems Inc., which earlier this year was ordered to pay $39.5 million in damages by a jury in federal court in San Jose, Calif. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan had tried [...]

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RPX acquires eDiscovery services firm Inventus from Clearlake for $232M in cash

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and provider of IP litigation loss control services, said it acquired Inventus Solutions Inc., an international eDiscovery services provider to Fortune 1000 companies, law firms and government agencies sponsored by Clearlake Capital Group L.P. for $232 million in cash. San Francisco-based RPX said the acquisition is expected to add [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on RPX acquires eDiscovery services firm Inventus from Clearlake for $232M in cash

Netlist prevails in two IPRs of self-test technology patents filed by Sandisk

Netlist Inc. (NLST), the licensing company that received $23 million from Samsung Electronics to develop a new class of non-volatile memory storage systems, said it has prevailed against SanDisk in the inter partes review of two Netlist patents, related to self-test technologies. Irvine, California-based Netlist said the Patent Trial and Appeal Board conducted a full [...]

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(Update1) ParkerVision takes its infringement claims to ITC against Apple, LG, Samsung and others

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeffrey Parker, said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that Apple Inc. and others have engaged in unfair trade practices by unlawfully importing into the U.S. and selling products that infringe four of ParkerVision’s U.S. patents. The ITC complaint identifies [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on (Update1) ParkerVision takes its infringement claims to ITC against Apple, LG, Samsung and others

RPX secures agreement to license Round Rock’s semiconductor patent portfolio for more than $100M

RPX Corp. (RPXC) , the patent aggregator and provider of infringement litigation loss control services, said it executed agreements to secure licensing rights for more than 20 companies to the portfolio of patents owned by patent licensing company Round Rock Research LLC. San Francisco-based RPX said the transaction, valued at more than $100 million, is [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Patent Investing|Comments Off on RPX secures agreement to license Round Rock’s semiconductor patent portfolio for more than $100M