Former Unwired Planet CEO Teksler takes the helm at Conversant IP and aims to establish licensing framework for standard essential patents

Boris Teksler, the former CEO of Unwired Planet Inc., was named president and CEO of Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. succeeding John Lindgren. The move comes just days after Conversant IP’s Core Wireless unit won a $7.3 million award against Apple Inc. in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. The jury found that Apple [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|exec changes, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Dean Becker’s Equitable IP makes populist pitch for patents from bullied inventors

Dean Becker, chairman of Equitable IP Holding Corp., is known for his ability to sell, which is much in evidence in his latest marketing email, featuring a cute photo of a mother and baby rhinoceros under a headline that says "Does your baby need help to enforce it's (sic) invention rights?" The email marketing campaign [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

FORM Holdings says acquisition of XpresSpa may not close until second quarter 2017

FORM Holdings Corp. (FH), the holding company formerly known as Vringo, said its planned $20.15 million acquisition of XpresSpa Holdings, as expected may be postponed until the second quarter of 2017 because of a challenge to the deal from another suitor for the luxury airport spa company. New York-based FORM said in a filing with [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update3) Jury awards Merck’s Idenix Pharmaceuticals $2.54B from Gilead for infringement of patent related to Hep C products

A jury in the United States District Court in Wilmington, Delaware ordered Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) to pay $2.54 billion in damages for infringing upon an Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. patent for methods used to develop sofosbuvir-based medicines for the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including Sovaldi and Harvoni. Idenix's parent Merck [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

InterDigital reaches licensing deal with Apple, raises 4thQtr revenue forecast to $258M to $268M

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the mobile technology research and development company run by CEO Bill Merritt, said it entered into a patent license agreement with Apple Inc. and also increased its revenue guidance for the fourth quarter of 2016. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital provided no information on the terms of the multi-year, royalty-bearing, worldwide and non-exclusive license [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Inventergy unit enters letter of intent to commercialize IOTA Computing’s IoT technology

Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT), the patent monetization company run by CEO Joseph Beyers, said its Inventergy Innovations unit entered into a binding letter of intent with IOTA Computing Inc., a technology company that has implemented a patented Internet of Things (IoT) architecture. As part of the agreement with IOTA, Inventergy Innovations will obtain exclusive rights [...]

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

Judge rejects Blue Coat motion seeking to invalidate Finjan cybersecurity patent

A U.S. District Court in San Jose, California rejected Blue Coat Systems’ motion seeking to invalidate the claims of a cybersecurity patent owned by Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), which is at the center of their patent infringement dispute. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan filed the suit in July 2015 alleging that Blue Coat infringed U.S. [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

WiLAN’s North Star Innovations sues Xilinx for patent infringement in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware

WiLAN Inc.’s (WILN) North Star Innovations filed a patent infringement suits against Xilinx Inc. , developer of sofware and hardware solutions, in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The complaint alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,617,437, which was invented by William Moyer and North Star acquired from Freescale Semiconductor. The complaint says the ‘437 patent [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

NASA complains that higher USPTO fees, budget constraints impede its tech transfer mandate

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has written a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, objecting to upward fee adjustments for filing and maintaining patents. In a letter to the PTO on Dec. 2, Mark Dvorscak, agency counsel for intellectual property at NASA, said "this upward fee adjustment will have a direct [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court is likely to reverse Federal Circuit on venue in patent infringement suits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review a Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling involving the appropriate venue for patent infringement suits likely means a reversal that could hurt patent owner rights and end the dominance of the Eastern District of Texas as the most active district court for patent cases. The high [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Federal Circuit, Patent Investing, Supreme Court|0 Comments