(Update1) WiLAN reaches multi-year license renewal with China’s ZTE, terms not disclosed

WiLAN Inc. (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said Chinese telecommunication giant ZTE Corp. has entered into a multi-year license agreement with WiLAN covering wireless technologies, the terms of which were not disclosed. “This license renews our former agreement with ZTE signed several years ago,” Skippen said in a statement. “The re-signing [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update2) Jury awards Finjan Holdings $15M for infringement of five patents by Sophos

A jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco awarded Finjan Holdings (FNJN) $15 million in damages after finding that Sophos Inc. infringed five patents related to cybersecurity. The verdict was handed down after a two- week long trial before Judge William Orrick that ended yesterday. The jury did not find that Sophos had willfully [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Inventor-entrepreneur Mahalingaiah cites her gender, defiance of the odds in enforcement actions against Broadcom and 7 other companies

Rupaka Mahalingaiah, a female electrical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, has filed enforcement actions against 8 companies in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas, alleging infringement of patents related to the architecture of communications networks. The actions name Broadcom Corp., Extreme Networks, Intel Corp., Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, Hewlett Packard Co., Huawei Device USA and Juniper [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

ParkerVision says German action against LG may be resolved before ITC action against Qualcomm, Apple and LG

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeffrey Parker, said its hearing at the International Trade Commission against Qualcomm Inc., Apple Inc., and LG Electronics has been rescheduled to begin March 13, 2017. Jacksonville, Florida-based ParkerVision said the hearing, which previously had been scheduled for August of 2016, was delayed by the [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Rambus names Cypress Semiconductor finance exec Rahul Mathur as new CFO

Rambus Inc. (RMBS), the technology licensing company run by CEO Ron Black,  said Monday Sept. 19, Rahul Mathur joined the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces Martin Pilling, who has been serving as interim CFO since Satish Rishi stepped down August 5. Mathur, who will report to Black, previously served as senior [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Tessera agrees to acquire DTS for $850M in cash, sees transaction as immediately accretive to earnings

Tessera Technologies Inc. (TSRA), the technology licensing company run by CEO Tom Lacey, is acquiring DTS Inc. (DTSI), a provider of audio technology for mobile, home and auto markets, for about $850 million in cash, representing a 28% premium over DTS shares’ closing price of $34.33 on Monday, Sept. 19. Shares of Tessera gained $1.49, [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon sees enforcement opportunities in Asia, Europe and U.S. from acquisition of CPT IP energy storage patents

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company that hired IP Navigation Group owner and founder Erich Spangenberg to head its enforcement efforts in Asia and Europe, said its wholly owned subsidiary Traverse Technologies has acquired a portfolio of approximately 40 worldwide patents from privately held CPT IP Holdings LLC. Los Angeles-based Marathon didn’t disclose [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|China, Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

WiLAN’s North Star unit reaches licensing deal with Integrated Silicon Solutions

WiLAN Inc. (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said Thursday, Sept. 15 its subsidiary, North Star Innovations Inc., entered into a patent license agreement with Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI), a maker of high performance integrated circuits. The Ottawa, Canada-based company said the terms of the settlement were confidential. The company [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Operating companies’ growing comfort with NPE litigation belies agenda behind their anti-troll rhetoric

When John Amster recently talked about the disconnect between the perception of a reduced threat from non-practicing entity litigation and the actual threat today, the CEO of RPX Corp. (RPXC) may have inadvertently hinted that the patent aggregator’s clients never really were much troubled by NPEs to begin with and especially not the ones who [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

AST’s Industry Patent Purchase Program completes 56 patent family purchases

Allied Security Trust, the patent aggregator run by CEO Russell Binns, said its Industry Patent Purchase Program (IP3) purchased 56 families of patents from a group of more than 1,400 families submitted during a two week period that ended June 10. The Princeton, N.J.-based company said 21 companies participated in IP3 and spent all of [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments