WiLAN enters into multi-year licensing agreement with Funai Electric Co. Ltd.

WiLAN Inc. (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said Funai Electric Co. Ltd. entered into a multi-year license agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed. "We are very pleased to have signed a license agreement with major Japanese television manufacturer Funai," Skippen said in a statement. "Funai is a manufacturer [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Network-1 Technologies gets USPTO approval for addition of content identification patent to its Cox Portfolio

Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, said it added a new patent to its Cox portfolio. New York-based Network-1 said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,529,870, Methods for Linking an Electronic Media Work to Perform an Action to Network-1. The claims in the [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Qualcomm reaches licensing agreement with China’s Meizu, ending more than 17 enforcement actions

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, reached a licensing agreement with China’s Meizu Technology Co. Ltd., which previously had balked at Qualcomm’s rate despite approval from Chinese regulators. The terms were not disclosed. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm said it granted Meizu a worldwide royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Nokia opens multi-jurisdiction infringement war with Apple, echoing Vringo war against ZTE

In its infringement battle with Apple Inc. (APPL), Nokia Corp. appears to be taking a page from the enforcement playbook of the former Vringo Inc., whose three-year multi jurisdictional infringement war against ZTE Corp. went to far away jurisdictions, cost tens of millions of dollars and netted only $21.5 million. On Dec. 22, Nokia said [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

(Update1) Qualcomm cries foul against Korea Fair Trade Commission $865M fine for alleged violations of competition laws

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on Tuesday, Dec 27 fined Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by CEO Steven Mollenkopf, said it plans to issue a corrective order and a 1.03 trillion won ($865 million) against Qualcomm for violations of the country’s competition law. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm called the announcement “an [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Asia, Korea, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Finjan’s falling share price takes its market value below Nasdaq minimum listing requirement rule

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it was notified by the Nasdaq Stock Market on Dec. 16, 2016 that its market value has fallen below Nasdaq's $35 million minimum listing requirements. Under  Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(C), listing companies have a period of 180 calendar [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Inventergy signs agreement with Fortress giving up vast majority of recoverables to cure loan default

Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT), the patent licensing company that agreed to give the first $30 million of enforcement recoveries and 70% of future recoveries to Fortress Investment Group to cure a loan default, said it signed a definitive agreement that implements the arrangement the two companies outlined in September. The Campbell, California-based company said under [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Patent Investing|0 Comments

FORM Holdings closes XpresSpa acquisition after injunction lifted in challenge by another suitor

FORM Holdings Corp. (FH), the holding company formerly known as Vringo Inc., said it closed its $20.15 million acquisition of XpresSpa Holdings LLC. The closing of the acquisition comes a week after New York-based FORM had said the closing might be postponed until the second quarter of 2017 because of a challenge to the deal [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Technology giants Apple and Nokia appear headed for a battle royale over alleged unlawful enforcement tactics

Apple Inc. (APPL) and Nokia Corp. appear headed for a battle royale as each traded lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany in the last two days in which Apple alleges Nokia is colluding with Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG) and Conversant Intellectual Property Management and Nokia alleges Apple is infringing 32 of its patents. Cupertino, California-based [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

InterDigital acquires Hillcrest Labs, an innovator in Smart TV, virtual reality and augmented reality

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the technology licensing company run by CEO William Merritt, said it acquired Hillcrest Labs, a pioneer in sensor processing technology, for an undisclosed amount. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company said privately held Hillcrest Labs was founded in 2001 by Chairman and CEO Dan Simpkins, a technology entrepreneur. Under Simpkins, Hillcrest Labs’ has produced innovations [...]

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