Clinton, Trump administrations seen as more neutral on patents, unlikely to push Silicon Valley’s reform agenda

A Hillary Rodham Clinton administration or a Donald Trump administration is unlikely to continue the unfinished patent reform agenda pushed by the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress including venue reform, discovery reform, fee shifting, joinder and customer stays, patent market observers and lobbyists say. So far only the Clinton campaign has put out any [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

(Update1) Spherix to offer advisory service to inventors, small companies on patent enforcement

Spherix Inc. (SPEX), which turned its patent enforcement efforts over to Dean Becker’s Equitable IP Holdings Corp. earlier this year, has become the latest patent licensing company to offer a new service to help inventors and small companies monetize their patents. Bethesda, Maryland-based Spherix, which has had few successes in bringing enforcement actions on its own, [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Finjan takes its enforcement campaign against Blue Coat to Germany where injunctive relief may pressure settlement

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said today it filed a patent infringement lawsuit on Friday, Oct. 14 in District Court in Dusseldorf, Germany against the German subsidiary of Blue Coat Systems Inc., the third action filed by Finjan against Blue Coat. The enforcement action was filed against Blue [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon’s Croxall cancels 80,000 options as stock remains well below conversion price

Marathon Patent Group (MARA) CEO Doug Croxall returned 80,000 of the 300,000 options he was given in November 2014 for cancellation because shares of the patent licensing company are trading at a fraction of the conversion price. The transaction involving the cancelled options occurred on Oct. 13. The conversion price of the options, which expire [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Qualcomm takes enforcement fight against China’s Meizu to U.S. ITC, Germany and France

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company that filed 17 enforcement actions against Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. in Beijing and Shanghai intellectual property courts, said it has filed additional actions against the Chinese company in the U.S., Germany and France. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|China, Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Mobile Synergy Solutions enforces visual voicemail patents against T-Mobile, MetroPCS and others

Mobile Synergy Solutions LLC, a privately-held non-practicing entity based in Plano, Texas, filed an enforcement action involving two patents related to visual voicemail technology against T-Mobile USA Inc., MetroPCS Communications and makers of their mobile devices. The device makers named as defendants include ZTE (USA) Inc., HTC Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., Coolpad [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Chardan analyst’s estimated value of Inventergy after completion of Fortress pact seen as optimistic

Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT), the patent licensing company that signed a letter of intent to give Fortress Investment Group (FIG), the first $30 million of recoverable from enforcement actions plus 70% of subsequent recoverables, may still be worth $70 million to $224 million, or $3 to $9 share, to shareholders, according to a new report [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

The Great Capitulation and Recovery of the U.S. Patent Market may be a generation away

A year ago, the oracle of patent enforcement Erich Spangenberg told The Patent Investor that he expected the U.S. patent market to bottom in the second half of 2016 and begin to recover in 2017. He also said the recovery would be signaled by a great capitulating event such as the collapse of a major patent [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Google seeks finding of non-infringement in action against InfoGation, which has enforced patent against Android partners

Google Inc. (GOOG) filed a lawsuit against patent assertion entity InfoGation Corp. in which the Internet giant sought to invalidate a patent related to navigation and route information that the non-practicing entity has enforced against Google partners HTC Corp., ZTE Corp. and Huawei. Mountain View, California-based Google filed its action Oct. 7 in the U.S. District [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Dean Becker’s Equitable IP is assembling portfolio of doctor-owned patents for licensing pool

Dean Becker's Equitable IP Holdings is trying to assemble a licensing pool of patent portfolios created and owned by medical practitioners that are currently being infringed by the top 40 medical device makers. Becker put a call out for physician-owned patent portfolios on his LinkedIn profile. "In today's post America Invents Act market, a single [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments