Crossroads Systems appeals remaining IPR rulings to the Federal Circuit

Crossroads Systems Inc. (CRDS), the patent licensing company that is partnering with Fortress Investment Group to sell its non-core patent portfolio, as expected appealed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s rulings in four inter partes reviews invalidating most of the claims of three patents the company considers fundamental to secure and efficient access to network [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Crossroads Systems appeals remaining IPR rulings to the Federal Circuit

(Update1) Newegg loses another second motion for exceptional case fees against Acacia unit

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by interim CEO Marvin Key, won a second reprieve from a motion for exceptional case fees in an enforcement dispute between its AdjustaCam unit and Newegg Ltd. and Sakar International. The denial of exceptional case fees against AdjustaCam was handed down by Judge Rodney Gilstrap, of [...]

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Patent investors are pursuing trading strategy around patent disputes over biologics

Patent investors looking for risk uncorrelated to the equity markets may want to consider a new trading strategy focused on disputes over biologic and biosimilar patents developed by the partners of a high-end boutique IP law firm, its investment consulting affiliate and an affiliated hedge fund. Gaston Kroub, Zachary Silbersher and Sergey Kolmykov are former [...]

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(Update1) Marathon’s loss widens on higher litigation expenses, ParkerVision loss narrows on staff cuts

Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, posted a much wider net loss in 2015 as revenue fell 11% and litigation and other expenses increased 62%. Los Angeles-based Marathon said its net loss in 2015 ballooned to $16.94 million or $1.19 a share, from $3.15 million, or 16 cents. [...]

By | March 30th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on (Update1) Marathon’s loss widens on higher litigation expenses, ParkerVision loss narrows on staff cuts

Finjan’s 2015 loss widens on expenses related to Blue Coat Systems action

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it posted a wider net loss in 2015, compared with a year ago on higher litigation costs and other expenses. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said its net loss increased to $12.6 million, or 56 cents a share, from [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Finjan’s 2015 loss widens on expenses related to Blue Coat Systems action

Supreme Court denies ParkerVision’s appeal of dismissal of $173M verdict against Qualcomm

The U.S. Supreme Court as expected denied ParkerVision Inc.’s (PRKR) petition for a writ of certiorari requesting a review of the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit throwing out a $173 million award ParkerVision won against Qualcomm Inc. Jacksonville, Florida-based ParkerVision filed its petition on Feb. 29, saying the key [...]

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Marathon forms product unit 3D Nanocolor with electro-kinetic film IP from Hewlett-Packard

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, said it has it has acquired a new subsidiary, 3D Nanocolor Corp., which used to be called Caldera Technologies, using intellectual property licensed from Hewlett-Packard. Los Angeles-based Marathon said it has provided an initial round of seed capital described as de [...]

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Acacia and RPX fates seen as intertwined as they reckon with faltering business plans

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by interim CEO Marvin Key, and RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and litigation loss control company run by CEO John Amster, may have to recalibrate their business plans, exorbitant expense structures and return cash to shareholders if their CEOs want to survive. Newport Beach, Calif.-based [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Acacia and RPX fates seen as intertwined as they reckon with faltering business plans

Founders Wanted is latest firm to use patents as currency to invest in startups

Founders Wanted has joined a growing list of patent advisory and licensing companies, incubators and technology companies in developing a platform seeking to marry the best patented ideas from inventors with the best founders to build startups. The firm is joining companies including Dominion Harbor Group, WiLAN Inc., TheraNova LLC, ipCreate, Intellectual Ventures and Google, [...]

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InterDigital gives raises to two execs, increases long term incentive plan payments for four

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Bill Merritt, said its board’s compensation committee gave raises to two of five top executives and increased long term incentive plan payments to four of five executives. Merritt will be paid a base salary of $620,000 in fiscal year 2016, which begins April [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on InterDigital gives raises to two execs, increases long term incentive plan payments for four