Spherix is in talks to invest in Darin Myman’s DatChat secure email service

Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent licensing company run by CEO Anthony Hayes, said it is in talks to invest in DatChat Inc., a privately held provider of secure messaging services Bethesda, Maryland-based Spherix said it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to invest in DatChat, which is run by Chairman Darin Myman, who [...]

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Finjan Holdings posts wider 2nd Qtr net loss on $5.48M accretion for preferred shares

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, posted a wider net loss in the second quarter of 2016 because of a $5.48 million accretion of series A preferred convertible shares. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said its net loss was $4.58 million, or 20 cents a share, versus $2.64 [...]

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(Update1) Form acquires luxury airport spa business for more than $20.15M in stock and assumed debt

Form Holdings Corp. (FH), the holding company and licensing company formerly known as Vringo Inc., said it is acquiring 100% of XpresSpa, the luxury airport spa business for more than $20.15 million million in common stock, preferred convertible stock and warrants and debt. New York-base Form said XpresSpa equity holders will receive 2.5 million shares [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on (Update1) Form acquires luxury airport spa business for more than $20.15M in stock and assumed debt

Acacia disbands Office of Chairman, names G. Louis Graziadio as executive chairman

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by interim CEO Marvin Key, said its board on Aug. 1 disbanded the Office of the Chairman set up to assist Key, and named G. Louis Graziadio as executive chairman. Newport Beach, California-Based Acacia said Graziadio will have authority and duties commensurate with his position and [...]

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Qualcomm signs 3G, 4G Chinese patent licensing agreement with vivo Communication

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by Steve Mollenkopf, said on Monday Aug. 8 it entered into a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement with vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd. San Diego-based Qualcomm didn’t disclose the terms of the agreement, which it said were consistent with the terms of the rectification [...]

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Equitable IP, Spherix plan 2-3 new enforcement actions this month, more in September

Dean Becker’s Equitable IP Corp. and Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent licensing company run by CEO Anthony Hayes said they are planning two to three new enforcement actions by the end of August as well as additional actions in September. Bethesda, Maryland-based Spherix and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Equitable IP made the announcement in a statement on [...]

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Apple’s success in tossing $625.6M VirnetX award seen as sign of sharp decline in U.S. patent rights

Apple Inc.’s (APPL) success in tossing out a $625.6 million award won by VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), security technology licensing company, the same week the computer giant reached a licensing deal with The Kudelski Group, a much smaller cyber security company, suggests patent owners might fare better if they dramatically lowered their expectations. Cupertino, California-based [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Apple’s success in tossing $625.6M VirnetX award seen as sign of sharp decline in U.S. patent rights

Acacia’s Parthenon unit settles with China’s ZTE over infringement of handset patents

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by interim CEO Marvin Key, said its Parthenon Unified Memory Architecture LLC unit has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with ZTE Corp., resolving litigation pending in the U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia didn’t disclose the terms of the [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Acacia’s Parthenon unit settles with China’s ZTE over infringement of handset patents

Ex-Unwired Planet CEO Boris Teksler joins Via Licensing as special advisor to the board

Boris Teksler, the former CEO of Unwired Planet Inc., has joined Via Licensing Corp. as a special advisor to the board to grow the company’s IP licensing programs that enable global innovation for the wireless industry, including its Long Term Evolution (LTE) patent pool. Teksler joins Kevin Rivette and Professor Robert Merges, two recognized and [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Ex-Unwired Planet CEO Boris Teksler joins Via Licensing as special advisor to the board

Spherix shares plunge after it warns of possible material impairment charge, prices $2.5 million public offering

Shares of Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent licensing company run by CEO Anthony Hayes, plunged after its warned that it may have to take a material impairment charge related to its collaboration agreement with Dean Becker’s Equitable IP Corp., and priced a $2.5 million underwritten public offering priced at a 25% discount to the closing [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Patent Investing|Comments Off on Spherix shares plunge after it warns of possible material impairment charge, prices $2.5 million public offering