Acacia may acquire a pre-IPO business, allow struggling IP business to wind down, former employees say

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG) may be looking to acquire a pre-IPO business or businesses and to wind down its struggling patent monetization business, former employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements, said. Newport Beach, Calif.-based Acacia may be able to spend as much as $600 million for a business or [...]

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Newly formed private NPE Pico Byte files 24 enforcement actions against Acer, ASUS and others

Private non-practicing entity Pico Byte Systems Inc., which filed in February as a Texas limited liability company run by Nicolas Labbit, a Longview, Texas patent attorney, filed enforcement actions against 24 companies for alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,771,981, related to adaptive transmission in multi-access asynchronous channels. The actions were filed in U.S. District [...]

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WiLAN reaches licensing deals with TCL, Carl Zeiss and Bosch Rexroth, terms undisclosed

WiLAN Inc. (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said it reached licensing agreements with TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corp. in the last two days of the second quarter. The Ottawa-based company said on Thursday, June 30 its Touchscreen Technology LLC unit and TCL [...]

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(Update3) Qualcomm files two more enforcement actions against Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai IP Courts

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, said it filed two more patent infringement complaints against Meizu Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese electronics company, for infringing patents covering a broad range of features and technologies used in smartphones, including those relating to 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G (LTE) wireless [...]

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Finjan signs licensing agreement with unnamed European cloud-based security solutions firm

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it entered into a patent license agreement with an unnamed European-based firm who is a leading provider of cloud-based and on-premise security solutions. The terms of the agreement are confidential. "Finjan's growing list of global licensees, all of whom are [...]

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WiLAN enters partnership with University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office

WiLAN (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said it entered into a technology transfer partnership with the University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office. Ottawa-based WiLAN will assist the university’s licensing efforts, including the provision of technology to promising startup companies. This is the second partnership WiLAN has announced with a Canadian [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on WiLAN enters partnership with University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office

Emboldened by Carnegie Mellon and WARF wins, Harvard files infringement actions vs. GlobalFoundries and Micron

Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University and the fellows of Harvard filed enforcement actions against GlobalFoundries and Micron Technologies Inc. alleging infringement of patents for technology used to make semiconductor chips. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Harvard’s decision to bring enforcement actions comes in the wake of Apple Inc.’s (APPL) decision to pay $24.9 million to [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Emboldened by Carnegie Mellon and WARF wins, Harvard files infringement actions vs. GlobalFoundries and Micron

Network-1 Technologies reaches settlement with Sony after nine year battle over Ethernet network power patent

Network-1 Technologies (NTIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, reached a settlement with Sony Corp., in an infringement action filed against Sony and 27 other companies who allegedly infringed Network 1’s patent for an apparatus and method for remotely powering access equipment over a 10/100 switched ethernet network. “Plaintiff Network-1 Technologies, Inc. [...]

By | June 25th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Network-1 Technologies reaches settlement with Sony after nine year battle over Ethernet network power patent

British vote to exit European Union not expected to affect U.K. participating in Unified Patent Court

The British vote to exit the European Union will not effect the United Kingdom's membership in the European Patent Organization nor the launch of the Unified Patent Court, European Patent Office President Benoit Battistelli, said in a statement. "The Office underlines that the outcome of the referendum has no consequence on the membership of the [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on British vote to exit European Union not expected to affect U.K. participating in Unified Patent Court

Great Elm Capital, formerly known as Unwired Planet, merges with Full Circle Capital to become business development company

Great Elm Capital Group Inc. (GEC), the financial services company created by Unwired Planet Inc.’s decision to exit the patent monetization business, said it is merging with Full Circle Capital Corp. (FULL) to create a business development company with a net asset value of more than $190 million. Earlier this year, the former Unwired Planet [...]

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