Dean Becker tries to use failed IPR filed by Unified Patents to gin up interest in for Sisvel patent that’s for sale

Patent broker Ocean Tomo’s Board of Advisors Vice Chairman Dean Becker is using a failed inter partes review (IPR) challenge of a patent owned by Societa Italiana Per Lo Sviluppo dell’Elettronica S.p.A. (SISVEL), filed by Unified Patents as evidence of the validity and value of a patent he is trying to sell. The former chairman [...]

Marathon, Spherix seen as primed for capital raises after recent run-ups in their share prices

Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent licensing company run by CEO Doug Croxall, and Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent licensing company run by CEO Anthony Hayes, probably should consider raising capital after their shares soared over the past week and a half. Shares of Marathon more than tripled to 50.9 cents on Monday, June 26 [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

VirnetX says ‘unforeseen circumstances’ led to one month delay in PICA’s $20M investment

VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), the patent licensing company that announced $20 million investment from Japan’s Public Intelligence Technology Associates (PICA) earlier this month, said the closing date of the the investment has been extend for a month due to "unforeseen circumstances." The Zephyr Cove, Nevada-based company made the disclosure in a filing with the Securities [...]

Dominion partners with Beijing East IP to expand licensing of Kodak portfolio in China

Dominion Harbor Enterprises (DHE) has partnered with Beijing East IP Law Firm, the top intellectual property firm in China run by Dr. Lulin Gao, to further expand the licensing opportunities of the Kodak portfolio across an expanding Chinese market. Dominion’s Monument Peak Ventures (MPV), acquired the portfolio from Intellectual Ventures in February 2017 and has [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Asia, China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Acacia alums at Longhorn IP win licensing agreements with Western Digital and SanDisk

Longhorn IP, the patent licensing company founded by former Acacia Research Corp.(ACTG) executives Chris Dubuc and Khaled Fekih-Romdhane, said on Tuesday, June 27 that its Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC subsidiary has reached an agreement with Western Digital Corp. and SanDisk LLC. Plano, Texas based Longhorn IP didn’t disclose the terms of the agreement. The [...]

Finjan files to raise another $13M in public offering underwritten by B. Riley & Co.

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it is planning to raise about $13 million from an underwritten public offering of common shares. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission it is issuing 3.6 million shares of common [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia’s Saint Lawrence unit reaches licensing agreement with China’s ZTE, terms not disclosed

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman Louis Graziadio III, said its subsidiaries Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GmbH have entered into a patent license agreement with ZTE Corp. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia officials didn’t provide any information on how much ZTE agreed to pay for the [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|Europe, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Senator Chris Coons’ STRONGER patent reform bill seen as antidote to anti-patent troll legislation

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, introduced new patent-owner friendly legislation designed to rebalance the U.S. patent system by restoring injunctive relief and getting rid of the gamesmanship in the inter partes review and post-grant review processes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The new bill is called the Support Technology & Research [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Spherix acquires Hoth Therapeutics, becoming latest licensing company to acquire product company

Spherix Inc. (SPEX), which turned over its enforcement actions to Equitable IP Holdings Corp., acquired Hoth Therapeutics, a developmental stage company focused on treatments for atopic dermatitis such as eczema. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company didn’t say how much it paid but in acquiring Hoth Therapeutics Spherix became the latest patent licensing company to use its [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|drug patents, Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments

(Update1) Finjan raises $15.3M in preferred stock for possible patent acquisitions and share buybacks

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it secured a $15.3 million Series A-1 preferred stock financing in a private placement transaction led by Soryn HLDR Vehicle II LLC. The East Palo Alto-based company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission it plans to use [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments