(Update1) BlackBerry may have brighter future as a patent troll than as a software developer

BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), the former smartphone and software technology developer run by CEO John Chen, may have a brighter future as patent troll than as a software developer with a portfolio of some 44,000 patents, many of which have been described by Envision IP as high quality based on reverse citations. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

BlackBerry said to file enforcement action against Nokia over infringement of 11 standard essential patents

BlackBerry Ltd., the wireless technology company run by CEO John Chen, filed an enforcement action against Nokia Corp. alleging its mobile network products infringe 11 standard essential patents owned by BlackBerry, Bloomberg reported. Officials from Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry and Espoo, Finland-based Nokia couldn't be reached immediately for confirmation and comment. The Bloomberg report said the [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Centerbridge-backed NPE files enforcement action against ZTE, its third after actions against Huawei and LG in December

Fundamental Innovation Systems International LLC, the patent monetization company backed by Centerbridge Partners, filed its third enforcement action against Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. and its affiliates in the U.S. With backing from Centerbridge, the firm acquired the patents from Blackberry Ltd. in December 2015 for about $30 million. Fundamental Innovation is run by Craig [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Federal Circuit finds PTAB’s argument in favor of obviousness in Apple’s challenge of PersonalWeb patent to be deficient

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a precedent setting decision in PersonalWeb Technologies LLC v. Apple held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must do more in its final written decisions invalidating patents than rubber stamping the arguments of a challenge of a patent. The decision came in PersonalWeb’s appeal of [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Federal Circuit denies en banc review of PTAB invalidation of VirnetX patents

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), the patent licensing company run by CEO Kendall Larsen, an en bank review of a decision upholding final written decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidating several of its patents. The decision leaves intact a Dec. 9 a decision by [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Federal Circuit, Patent Investing|0 Comments

RPX posts 68% drop in fourth quarter net income on lower than expected e-Discovery revenue and higher expenses

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and litigation loss control company run by interim CEO Martin Roberts, said it posted a 68% drop in fourth quarter net income on lower than expected e-Discovery revenue, and higher cost of revenue and other expenses. San Francisco-based RPX said its fourth quarter profit dropped to $1.73 million, or [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|earnings, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon’s German unit files against Google, Vodafone, ZTE and others in Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxell, said it began a new enforcement campaign involving four standard essential patents against Google Inc., Vodafone GmbH, ZTE Corp., Xiaomi Technology Co. Ltd., Telecom Deutschland GmbH and Telefonica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf, Germany. The actions [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Inventergy Innovations signs letter of intent to commercialize Approach Me’s location-based technology

Inventergy Innovations LLC, the unit of Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT) that focuses on commercializing the technology of startups, has entered into a letter of intent with Approach Me Inc., a company that develops innovative location-based mobile applications. Campbell, California-based Inventergy Innovations said as part of the engagement, it will obtain commercialization rights to Approach Me's [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments

ParkerVision adds another patent in amended action against Apple in Munich Regional Court

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the semiconductor technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Jeffrey Parker, developer, said its wholly-owned German subsidiary, ParkerVision GmbH, has amended its complaint against Apple Inc. in Munich Regional Court. The action was originally filed against Apple, Apple Distribution International and Apple Retail Germany B.V. & Co. KG last year. Jacksonville, [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Samsung agrees to take a patent license from Personalized Media Communications

Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC), the patent licensing company run by CEO Mary "Kazie" Metzger, reached a patent licensing agreement with Samsung Corp. and its affiliates, the terms of which weren't disclosed. Sugarland, Texas-bases PMC said the agreement ends litigation regarding patents for controlling personalized media delivery with Samsung in district court and inter partes [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|licensing agreement, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments