ParkerVision says its enforcement actions against Apple, LG and Qualcomm were reopened after lifting of stay

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing and developer and marketer of semiconductor technology solutions for wireless applications run by CEO Jeff Parker, said on Tuesday, May 30, a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida has lifted the stay in its patent infringement action filed against Apple Inc., LG Electronics [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Shares of Marathon plunge 13% as it asks shareholders to ok reverse split and share issuance at up to 25% discount

Shares of Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, fell another 13% today after the company asked shareholders to approve one or more non-public offerings of stock at significant discounts. The  Los Angeles -based company announced the proposed reverse split and discounted public offerings today in filings with the [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food on venue seen having marginal but meaningful impact on nuisance suits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food is expected to reduce the concentration of nuisance patent infringement lawsuits especially in the perceived patent owner friendly Eastern District of Texas, though it also will increase the number of cases in jurisdictions with much less patent experience. Patent market observers say the impact [...]

Voip-Pal paints a David and Goliath patent struggle against Apple, AT&T and others in letter to PTAB’s Chief Judge and other policymakers

Dr. Thomas Sawyer, a Sandy, Utah-based patent investor who has served four different U.S. presidents including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is convinced that the America Invents Act has done grievous harm to the U.S. patent market in general and in particular to Voip-Pal Inc. (VPLN), the patent licensing company [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Spherix, down to its last $210K, files to raise $3M for working capital, corporate purposes

Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent monetization company that turned over management its enforcement campaigns to Dean Becker’s Equitable IP Holdings Corp., has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise about $3 million by selling 3 million shares of common stock to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. Shares of Spherix [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

PTAB invalidates key claims of patent supporting Valeant’s Apriso drug for ulcerative colitis

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on May 19 invalidated the only two independent claims of a patent supporting Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (VRX)’s drug Apriso, which is a treatment for maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis and is expected to produce about $120 million in earnings before income tax depreciation and amortization in 2018. [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|drug patents, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Acacia says its up to $50M investment in Veritone has converted into stock worth more than $53.6M

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman Louis Graziadio III, said it has more than made good on its pledge to invest up to $50 million in Veritone Inc. (VERI), the artificial intelligence firm upon whose board Acacia’s chairman also sits. Newport Beach California-based Acacia said in a filing with [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Financier Jeff Feinberg sold 419,482 Marathon Patent Group as shares repeatedly tested new lows

Financier Jeff Feinberg, who had been the largest shareholder of Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA) since acquiring shares in a private placement last fall, sold a chunk of stock in early April and has been buying ever since as the stock has plunged and set new 52-week lows. According to a Form 4 filing, between [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Apple and Nokia settle their infringement dispute, reach business collaboration agreement

Apple Inc. agreed to settle a multi-jurisdictional patent infringement dispute with Nokia after the two tech companies reached a business collaboration agreement in which Nokia will provide network infrastructure product and services to Apple and the computer titan will resume carrying Nokia digital health products in its retail and online stores. The Cupertino, California-based and [...]

Uber threatens to fire former Waymo engineer Levandowski to force him to testify or turn over stolen documents

Uber Technologies has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, the former Waymo LLC engineer who allegedly stole 14,000 documents and trade secrets for Waymo’s self-driving car technology, unless he either denies stealing the documents or turns them over. Judge William Alsup, of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, who is overseeing the trade secret theft [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments