Intellectual Ventures files complaint with U.S. ITC against Toyota, BMW, Honda and otheras

Intellectual Ventures, the patent licensing company run by Nathan Myhrvold and Edward Jung, filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking an investigation of the trade practices of a number of automobile industry companies. The ITC complaint filed March 21, names Toyota Motors, BMW, Honda Motors, Aisin Seiki, Denso, Mitsuba and [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|headlines, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

(Update1) Finjan reaches license agreement with Avast for $7.745M, ending litigation in federal court

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it reached an agreement with Avast Software s.r.o. in which Avast agreed to pay $7.745 million. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said the amount paid is on top of the $2.95 million Avast previously paid before it acquired AVG Technologies [...]

Marathon Patent Group’s share decline this week may be linked to concern over looming Fortress debt

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, is facing a much tougher environment in which to raise capital, and may be more beholden to Fortress Investment Group than ever before, after its shares declined 38% on Tuesday, March 21. Shares of Marathon set a new 52 week low [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Intellectual Ventures files infringement actions against Toyota, BMW, Honda and other auto companies

Intellectual Ventures, the patent licensing company run by Nathan Myhrvold and Edward Jung, filed new enforcement actions against Toyota Motors, BMW, Honda Motors and four other automotive industry companies alleging infringement of five patents. The other defendants are Alsin Seiki, Denso, Mitsuba and Nidec. All the actions were filed by Intellectual Ventures II in U.S. [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon Patent Group shares plunge 38% on high volume suggesting major holder unloaded shares

Shares of Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, tested a new 52 week low on Tuesday, March 21, falling 40 cents, or 38%, to 65 cents in trading, suggesting a major institutional holder may have dumped its position. Trading volume was unusually heavy at 769,254 shares. It was [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Patent Investing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

(Update1) PTAB upholds validity of Biogen’s Tecfidera patent in blow to Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board handed Biogen (BBIB) a major victory against Hayman Capital Management owner J. Kyle Bass and IP Navigation Group founder Erich Spangenberg’s Coalition for Affordable Drugs, upholding the validity of a patent for the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. The patent at issue was U.S. Patent No. 8,399,514. The subject matter [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Uniloc files enforcement action against Google related to its Google Hangouts app

Uniloc USA LLC and Uniloc Luxembourg SA, the patent monetization companies run by CEO Craig Etchegoyen, filed a new infringement action involving four patents related to voice over internet protocol messaging methods against Google Inc. (GOOG). The complaint filed Monday, March 20 in U.S. District Court in Marshall Texas alleges that Google’s Hangout app and [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) PTAB hands Finjan another victory in three IPRs filed by Palo Alto Networks

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board handed Finjan Holdings Inc., the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, more victories in three more inter partes review  (FNJN) challenges of two Finjan patents. The PTAB rulings, which were handed down on March 16 and March 17, were filed by Palo Alto Networks Inc. [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Xperi’s Invensas prevails in German Court against Broadcom on patent infringement case

Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology and licensing company run by CEO Thomas Lacey, said its Invensas Corp. unit has prevailed in two German patent infringement actions against Broadcom Ltd. and certain of its subsidiaries and distributors. A separate nullity or validity hearing is scheduled for January 2018. San Jose, California-based Xperi said the District Court [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) RPX promotes interim CEO Martin Roberts to be CEO and president, appoints chairman and director

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and litigation loss control company, said its board named interim CEO Marty Roberts as CEO and president of the company, effective March 15. The San Francisco-based company also announced that venture capital investor Magdalena Yesil has joined its board, and that current board member Shelby Bonnie has been named [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments