(Update1) Acacia, WiLAN and VirnetX may face downward pressure on stocks in 2016 without big paydays soon

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), WiLAN Inc. (WILN) and VirnetX Holdings Corp. (VHC) may see their stocks test new 52-week lows this year unless they can find a way to convert some bigger paydays. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia is still smarting from its marquee portfolio Adaptix trial loss against Alcatel-Lucent and others on Friday, Dec. 18, [...]

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Pendrell’s Spolyar, Ovidian’s Saltzberg leave after ContentGuard loss to start IP law firm

Mark Spolyar, the former vice president of IP strategy and transactions at Pendrell Corp. (PCO) and Robert Saltzberg, the former managing director of patent asset development and analysis at Ovidian Group, a unit of Pendrell, have left to start their own intellectual property advisory law firm called Almanac IP Advisors LLP. Spolyar, Saltzberg and Almanac [...]

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Gerchen Keller Capital launches new $400 million fund to invest in commercial and patent lawsuits

Gerchen Keller Capital LLC, the investment and advisory firm focused on legal and regulatory risk run by CEO Adam Gerchen, last week launched a new $400 million investment fund, increasing its assets under management to more than $1.4 billion. The fund will invest in early commercial litigation funding including patent litigation. The fund is being [...]

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Finjan sees licensing revenue gaining momentum in the fourth quarter and into 2016 and beyond

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it sees accelerating licensing momentum after securing nearly $4 million in licensing revenue in the fourth quarter and may be close to breaking even in the same quarter. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said in a statement today it [...]

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Still smarting from Adaptix trial, Acacia is facing expectations of big payday from LG settlement

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company whose CEO Matthew Vella abruptly resigned after an unfavorable verdict last month, is facing expectations of a big payday from its settlement with LG Electronics, which was signed Dec. 4 and announced Jan. 4. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia declined to comment on the terms of the settlement [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Still smarting from Adaptix trial, Acacia is facing expectations of big payday from LG settlement

Shares of VirnetX jump 24% after favorable ruling on pretrial motions in retrial against Apple scheduled for Jan. 25th

Shares of VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), the patent licensing company run by CEO Kendall Larsen, soared more than 25% today after the company announced a federal judge’s order in its long waited trial with Apple regarding pretrial motions ahead of the Jan. 25 trial. VirnetX shares gained 49 cents or 24.5% to $2.49 at 12:23 [...]

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Unwired Planet appoints retired Tennenbaum Capital managing director to its board

Unwired Planet Inc. (UPIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Boris Teksler, said on Jan. 6, that financial industry executive and attorney Hugh Steven Wilson was appointed to its board. Wilson, a retired managing partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners from 2005 to 2012 and former partner at Latham & Watkins from 1971 to 2004 [...]

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WiLAN signs three licensing deals in first days of 2016 after inking two in waning days of 2015

WiLAN Inc. (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, started 2016 with three licensing agreements after completing two more in the final days of 2015. Ottawa-based WiLAN said on Monday Jan. 11 its Polaris Innovations subsidiary reached a licensing agreement with Global Foundries. Last week, WiLAN said on Wednesday Jan. 6 it [...]

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Finjan reached a $3.65M licensing agreement with unnamed U.S. network security company

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology licensing company run by Phil Hartstein, said on Monday Jan. 4 that on Dec. 30 its Finjan Inc. unit reached a $3.65 million licensing agreement with a U.S.-based network security company. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said the undisclosed licensee received from Finjan a worldwide, nonexclusive, irrevocable license [...]

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Bloomberg BNA hosting conference on Patent Litigation in San Francisco on Thursday Jan. 14

Bloomberg BNA is sponsoring a live conference on Patent Litigation in the New Era on Thursday, Jan. 14 in San Francisco. James Wallace Jr. and Brian Pandya, partners with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP, are the co-chairman of the program, which features speakers including Judges Paul Grewal of the U.S. District Court for [...]

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